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
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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