At this point of the season wins are of the highest priority. However you can get one, you take it.
The New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders are two teams in need of victories in the win column and the two will be battling it out on Sunday in Week 11.
With seven games remaining on the schedule, it's now or never for these two teams.
Here is everything you need to know to get you ready for this game.
Where: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
When: Nov. 18, 2012 at 4:05 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL.com
Betting Line: New Orleans (-5.5), according to Bovada
New Orleans Injury Report via CBS Sports (as of Nov. 14, 2012)
|DE Junior Galette|
|WR Courtney Roby||Shoulder|
|RB Darren Sproles||Hand|
Oakland Injury Report via CBS Sports (as of Nov. 14, 2012)
|DB Tyvon Branch||Neck|
|LB Travis Goethel ||Knee|
|T Khalif Barnes||Groin|
|DT Desmond Bryant||Cardiac|
|LB Miles Burris||Elbow|
|LB Keenan Clayton||Shoulder|
|CB Coye Francies||Thumb|
|S Matt Giordano||Hamstring|
|RB Mike Goodson||Ankle|
|TE Richard Gordon||Hamstring|
|K Sebastian Janikowski||Left Groin|
|RB Darren McFadden||Ankle|
|S Mike Mitchell||Finger|
|TE Brandon Myers||Shoulder|
|RB Marcel Reece||Hamstring|
|DT Richard Seymour||Knee, Hamstring|
|DE Matt Shaughnessy||Shoulder|
|T Willie Smith||Knee|
|DE David Tollefson||Shoulder|
What's At Stake?
Oakland pretty much has to win six of their next seven games (would put them at 9-7) to give them a shot at the Wild Card in the AFC. Six of their next seven games are against teams under .500, so the possibility is still there.
Denver is the only above-.500 team remaining on Oakland's schedule and they play them at home. It's a long shot, but the schedule is just about as perfect as you could ask for.
New Orleans is a team that has won four of its past five games after starting the season 0-4. They have been firing on all cylinders lately and they have put themselves in a position to compete for a playoff spot.
Defeating teams like Oakland on the road will be what pushes the Saints to a playoff spot, but losses to the same team will be the reason why the Saints miss the postseason.
This is the same team that lost to the one-win Kansas City Chiefs earlier this season. Playoff teams find a way to beat teams like that, especially at home. Sunday's game at Oakland is one of those games that will determine their playoff fate.
New Orleans RB Mark Ingram
Chris Ivory received the majority of the publicity last week with his 56-yard scamper, but Mark Ingram was the one who received the majority of the carries.
Going up against the league's 21st-ranked rushing defense, Ingram will be able to have a good day on the ground. He only has one touchdown all season but he averaged 4.2 yards a carry last week against Atlanta, and he will have his opportunities in the red zone this week against a lousy defense.
Ivory may be the more notable option, but consider Ingram as your fantasy sleeper because he will receive more touches.
Oakland FB Marcel Reece
Listed as a fullback, four-year professional Marcel Reece isn't your typical fullback. He plays more like a running back, and last week he finally received some carries. Reece carried the ball 13 times for 48 yards—an average of 3.7 per carry.
Reece has made a small fantasy impact through the air this season, which is unheard of from a fullback. In points per reception (PPR) leagues, Reece has been a decent play all season long, posting 33 receptions, 328 yards and a touchdown.
If Reece can receive the majority of the carries again, we could be looking at a true fantasy weapon for owners down the stretch.
What They Are Saying
The Saints know that the Raiders' defense is terrible this season. Drew Brees and the passing attack should be able to have their way with the secondary, but Chris Ivory and the rushing attack should have a good day too.
Per New Orleans Saints' official Twitter feed, head coach Joe Vitt has high praise for Ivory and his talents.
Vitt on Ivory: “He can make ya miss and at the same time he can lower his pads and run over people” #Saints— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 12, 2012
Against the 21st-ranked rushing defense, Ivory will have a great chance to replicate his Week 10 performance while Ingram does the same.
Key Matchup: Oakland Defense vs. New Orleans Offense
It's simple: Oakland won't win this game if they can't stop the Saints from going up and down the field. Carson Palmer is having a pretty good year, but he doesn't have the weapons to win this game in a shootout.
Oakland must get off the field on third downs, they must apply pressure on Brees and they need to force turnovers. Brees has had the turnover bug at times in his career, and Oakland needs to bring that bug out on Sunday to have a shot.
New Orleans is about ready to return to being one of the better teams in the NFC. They have been battling to stay alive in the race and the adversity benefit them down the stretch.
Oakland is on the opposite end of the spectrum, as they are the losers of two games in a row. These teams are heading in different directions.
Saints 41, Raiders 34
Oakland's defense has allowed 48.5 points per game in its past two contests. They haven't had an answer defensively and their woes will continue on Sunday.