Saints vs. Raiders: 10 Keys to the Game for New Orleans

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Saints vs. Raiders: 10 Keys to the Game for New Orleans
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Drew Brees and the Saints need to stay cool and in control Sunday at Oakland against the 3-6 Oakland Raiders.

The 4-5 New Orleans Saints head out to Oakland this weekend to take on the Raiders in a battle of sub-.500 teams. 

The weather promises to be somewhat cool and wet (temperatures in the 50s and 50-plus percent chance of rain). 

It's the first time the teams have played in the regular season since 2008, when the Saints blew the Raiders out at the then-Louisiana Superdome. Of course, the Saints have made the playoffs three consecutive seasons since then and won a Super Bowl in that period of time. 

The Raiders have gone through three head coaches in that time span. 

Whatever the case is, Sunday's game is of mass importance to the New Orleans Saints, who would love nothing more than to salvage their once lost season and make the 2012 NFC playoffs. 

Sunday is a crucial step to that end. 

Here are the ways they can get that done. 

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