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Preview: Saints at Raiders

The New Orleans Saints are not ready to give up on their playoff hopes and are riding high after knocking off the previously undefeated Atlanta Falcons. The Saints’ offense could be in for another big day Sunday when they visit the Oakland Raiders. New Orleans was left for dead at 2-5 but has taken two straight and still has an offense that can put up points on anybody. The Raiders have surrendered 97 points over the last two weeks. Oakland was soundly beaten in all three phases against the Baltimore Ravens last week and is hurting in the running game with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both dealing with high ankle sprains. Those two are questionable for this Sunday and could be of some use in keeping Drew Brees off the field and gouging a Saints defense that has surrendered an average of 162.0 yards on the ground.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Saints -4.5, O/U 54.5

ABOUT THE SAINTS (4-5): New Orleans has a tough road ahead to get the six more wins it would likely need to put itself in strong playoff position. The Saints have the San Francisco 49ers at home in Week 12 followed by road games at the Falcons and New York Giants. But first they have to get through the Raiders. Brees and company have put up at least 28 points in each of their four victories and rank second in the NFL in passing yardage, averaging 303.9. Tight end Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for a career-high 146 yards against Atlanta last week in the 31-27 triumph. The offense needs to be that explosive because of the defense, which has given up an average of 28.4 points. Matt Ryan passed for 411 yards against that defense last week but the unit managed a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter to hang on for the win.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (3-6): Carson Palmer should put up big numbers passing against the New Orleans secondary, just as he has all season. The problem for the veteran quarterback has been turnovers. Palmer has thrown seven interceptions in the last five games. He passed for 368 yards at Baltimore last week but the Oakland defense and special teams could not contain Baltimore in a 55-20 setback. The Ravens scored three times through the air, two times on the ground, once on a kickoff return and once on a fake field goal. The defense, which had been burned for 251 rushing yards by Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin the previous week, performed better against the ground game but left the middle of the field open for Joe Flacco. The Raiders are now even worse than New Orleans, allowing an average of 31.6 points

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Saints have won 13 straight games in the month of November.

2. Brees is 6-0 with 1,248 yards, 13 TDs and no interceptions in his last six games against Oakland. He has a passing TD in an NFL-record 52 straight games.

3. Palmer needs 277 yards to reach 3,000 for the sixth time in his career.

PREDICTION: Saints 38, Raiders 31

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Las Vegas Raiders

  • D.J. Killings

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Killings has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after telling the team that he will sit out the entire 2020 season.

  • Jeremiah Valoaga

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Valoaga is expected to miss the entire season while on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list due to a personal reason.

  • Ukeme Eligwe

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Eligwe has landed on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after deciding to sit out the duration of the 2020 season.

  • Devontae Booker

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Booker has landed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long it will be until it is safe for him to get back on the field.

  • Marquel Lee

    Toe
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Lee is rehabbing a toe injury that ended his 2019 season. As a result, the team put him on the active PUP list for an unknown length of time.

  • Siaosi Mariner

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Mariner has been placed on the active Non-Football Illness list as he is sick. There is no timetable for return.

New Orleans Saints

  • Kiko Alonso

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Alonso has been placed on the active PUP list as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. There is currently no timetable for return.

  • Johnson Bademosi

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bademosi has landed on the active PUP list as he continues his recovery from a foot injury. It is unknown when he will be ready to make his debut.

  • Cole Wick

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Wick has decided to sit out the 2020 season due to a personal reason. As a result, the team has placed him on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list.

  • Jason Vander Laan

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Vander Laan is on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after telling the team that is not going to take part in the 2020 season due to a personal reason.