Drew Brees was a happy man after the New Orleans Saints trounced the Oakland Raiders, 34-3. Brees had every reason to after having an excellent game in the Superdome, he completed 26 of 30 passes for 320 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brees did not throw any interceptions.
On the other hand, Raiders' quarterback JaMarcus Russell completed 13 of 35 passes for 159 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. Russell was fortunate in the interception area, the Saints had an opportunity to intercept at least three other passes but various defensive backs dropped the passes including one that hit Roman Harper in the lower midsection.
The win comes just after the Saints lost a heartbreaker (30-27) to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night in the Superdome. The win brings the Saints' record to 3-3.
The Saints' leading rusher was no surprise, Duece McAllister. McAllister rushed 13 times for 65 yards. Reggie Bush rushed 14 times for 27 yards and a touchdown.
The Saints' leading receiver was Lance Moore, Moore caught 7 passes for 97 yards. Devery Henderson caught 2 passes for 68 yards.
In the defensive department, Jonathan Vilma made 7 tackles and 4 assists. Bobby McCray sacked Russell twice, forcing a fumble on the first sack. Jason David made an interception.
Taylor Mehlhaff made 2 of 3 field goals, the longest being 44 yards. This was his first game as a Saints after replacing injured kicker Martin Gramatica earlier this week.
The only score in the first quarter was a 24 yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski which gave the Raiders three points. From then on, it was all Saints.
In the second quarter, Reggie Bush ran into the end zone from three yards out and the extra point was good. Taylor Melhaff also kicked a 44 yard field goal.
Two touchdowns were scored in the third quarter, one an 8 yard pass from Drew Brees to Aaron Stecker and the other a 15 yard pass from Brees to Reggie Bush. On both of the touchdowns the point after was good.
In the fourth quarter, the first score was a 33 yard field goal by Mehlhaff and the second score was a 2 yard pass from Brees to tight end Mark Campbell.
Jeremy Shockey and Marques Colston didn't play in the game.
All of the teams in the NFC South now stand at 4-2 except the Saints who stand at 3-3.
The Saints will not play in the Superdome for another month and a half (exactly 42 days). Next week, the Black and Gold will travel to Bank of America Stadium to play the Carolina Panthers, then its on to London, England to play the San Diego Chargers then the Saints will have a bye week.
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