By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, August 29th, 2009 at 1:49 pm in Oakland Raiders.
NO_Heath Evans 4-yard run (John Carney kicks PAT), 9:29
NO_Devery Henderson 40-yard pass from Drew Brees, 4:22
– Following a Raiders punt, Brees guided New Orleans into Raiders territory as the quarter ran out.
The series had started with a sack by Desmond Bryant, only to have Lynell Hamilton rush twice for 26 yards to negate the play.
New Orleans has 197 yards of offense in the first quarter. Brees is 11 of 14 for 152 yards.
– Following the Russell fumble, Brees took the Saints 67 yards for another easy score, this time finding Henderson for 40 yards behind a trailing Hiram Eugene on third-and-9. Brees couldn’t find receivers at the outside, stepped inside the rush and lofted a strike just before reaching the line of scrimmage.
An illegal contact foul on the Raiders was declined.
In two possessions, Brees is 9-for-10 for 123 yards.
– Russell waited too long on a playfake, was hit and fumbled the ball away to Jonathan Vilma after driving the Raiders to the 27.
Russell fumbled 12 times last year, losing seven. Fumbles were more of an issue than interceptions.
Before the fumble, Russell hit Darrius Heyward-Bey for 12 yards on a alsant and Zach Miller for 33 yards on a nice play-fakie.
– The Saints drove 80 effortless yards the first time they had the ball, with Evans scoring on a first-and-goal from the 4.
Brees picked up where he left off against the Raiders in the regular season last year, completing 4 of 4 passes for 60 yards.