New Orleans Saints vs Oakland Raiders preview

Paul DavisCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2008

The Oakland Raiders come into the game with a new head coach and the possibility of new schemes due to having a bye week to get adjusted. 

The Raiders come in with the 19th ranked offense in the NFL, having a top three rushing attack to counter one of the league's worst passing offenses.  Their defense is ranked 17th overall with 18th in pass and 17th in rush. 

The New Orleans Saints match-up better against the Raiders statistically.  The Saints have the fourth ranked offense and the number one passing game in the NFL. 

Unfortunately, the team has one of the worst rushing games, ranking 29th in the league.  The defense for the Saints continues to have trouble against the pass, coming in the game ranked 27th in the league and 24th overall.  The Saints have been improving against the run, currently ranked 16th in the NFL.


Saints passing vs. Raiders pass defense

Drew Brees is the best in the game, and with the Raiders having injury problems in the secondary, Brees should have another stellar day. 

Projected stats:  38-44, 387 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT


Saints running vs. Raiders run defense

Deuce McAllister should have a solid game (projected: 18 carries 68 yards) and Reggie Bush may break a couple of big gains but continue to struggle (projected: 10 carries 37 yards).

Saints pass defense vs. Raiders passing

JaMarcus Russell has been getting better with each game and he could have a career day against a Saints secondary that lost starter Tracey Porter for the season. 

Projected stats:  22-34 289 yards 2 TDs, 2 INTS


Saints run defense vs. Raiders running

If Justin Fargas and Darren McFadden can both bounce back from injury coming off their bye week; they are the key to winning the game.  But the Saints run defense has been improving, though still missing Sedrick Ellis for another game. 

McFadden projected:  22 carries 89 yards 2 TDs. 

Fargas projected:  17 carries 77 yards.


Final Score: Saints 38 Raiders 28. 

Rookie and newly signed kicker Taylor Mehlhaff will make a late field goal to seal the victory.