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article imageNFL: Saints surge past the Raiders in a 40-20 preseason victory

By Austin Tyler     Aug 29, 2011 in Sports
Oakland - The Saints are looking to get back to the Super Bowl while the Raiders are just looking to be relevant again. The Raiders have had a tough off-season with the lost of their number one corner and the addition of yet another new coach.
The Oakland Raiders hosted the New Orleans Saints for a Week 3 Sunday night match-up that started to look one-sided by the end of the night. The Raiders are trying to deal with all the changes, but so far this preseason it has been tough. The Raiders where 0-2 coming into this game, and after this loss they are now 0-3. The Saints on the other hand have only lost one game, but last night’s victory was a little impressive, even if it was the Raiders.
The Saints started with the ball and did what was needed to be done, go down the field and score. Drew Brees (15/23, 189 yards) started off shaky, but then got on a roll as he moved the Saints 85-yards in 11 plays to put the first touchdown of the game on the board. The drive was dominated by Brees’s arm then Mark Ingram (6 carries, 7 yards, 1 TD) carried the ball in for the score. The 1-yard run by Ingram gave the Saints an early 7-0 lead.
After Jason Campbell’s (12/17, 150 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int) head injury last week he made it back to start this game and did pretty well. Campbell answered the Saints first drive with a 91-yard, 11 play drive of his own. The Raiders used the mixture of Campbell arm and Micheal Bush’s legs (5 carries, 32 yards) to get them down the field. Campbell capped off the Raiders drive with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Derek Hagan (6 receptions, 121 yards, 1 TD). The touchdown tied the game up at 7-points apiece and it looked like it was going to be a pretty good game.
Brees came back in and lead the Saints on another lengthy drive that covered 80-yards this time in 11 plays. Mostly using his arm on this drive Brees moved the ball with ease as he got them in scoring position. In the end like last drive the ball was ran in instead of Brees throwing it. Pierre Thomas (3 carries, 9 yards, 1 TD) capped off the drive this time with a 1-yard run of his own to give the Saints a 14-7 lead.
The Raiders next drive was cut short as they only went 4 plays before having to punt the ball away. They were unable to answer the Saints drive as they only moved the ball 23-yards before the punt.
The Saints moved the ball again on the Raiders, but this time it was just 58-yards in 13 plays. New Orleans had some trouble on the drive as they could not score a touchdown and had to settle for a field-goal. Garrett Hartley came in to kick a 33-yard field-goal for the Saints as they took a 17-7 lead on the Raiders. Oakland got the ball off the kickoff and moved it 40-yards and got a field-goal from Sebastian Janikowski to cap their drive off. Janikowski came in and kicked a 57-yard field-goal that made it a 17-10 game.
Chase Daniel (9/18, 191 yards, 2 TD) came in for Brees and took over the Saints offense. The Saints could not do much as they went 5 plays for 18-yards and was forced to punt the ball away. The Raiders got the ball back with .40 seconds left and tried to move the ball down the field as they picked up three first-downs. Campbell took the snap and dropped back to throw the ball, but had it intercepted. Jonathan Amaya picked off Campbell’s pass, but could not return it and the Saint’s just ran the ball out to go into halftime.
Kyle Boller (5/7, 69 yards) came in to take over for the Raiders at the quarterback position. Taiwan Jones (13 carries, 81 yards, 1 TD) was the main reason this drive moved as he did most of the work with his legs. Jones rushed for 27-yards before he finished the drive with a 22-yard touchdown run. Jones ran for a total of 49-yards on the drive that covered 80-yards in 6 plays to make it a 17-17 tie.
The Saints struggled on their next drive as they went three and out and was forced to punt. Boller moved the Raiders offense again as he got them in field-goal range. Janikowski came in and made a 39-yard field-goal that gave the Raiders a 20-17 lead.
Daniel finally got the Saints offense going as he moved them 60-yards in 5 plays. Daniel did most of the work through the air as 3-for-3 on the drive. Daniel capped off the drive with a 3-yard pass to tight end Troy Humphery who caught his only pass for the touchdown. The Saints took a 24-20 lead over the Raiders.
The Raiders came on and was forced to punt the ball after being able to only move the ball 20-yards on the Saints defense. Daniel came in on the Saints next drive and moved them 97-yards in 10 plays. Daniel moved the ball down the field with his arm as the big play came when he hit Joique Bell (2 receptions, 92 yards) with a 60-yard pass. Bell (6 carries, 50 yards, 1 TD) capped off the drive with a rushing touchdown from a yard out that made it a 32-20 lead.
The Raiders had trouble moving the ball, and the Saints took over again. On one play the Saints scored with Daniel hitting Adrian Arrington (3 receptions, 51 yards, 1 TD) for a 39-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown catch made it a 40-20 Saint lead victory.
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