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First quarter: Saints 14, Raiders 0

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, August 29th, 2009 at 1:49 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Scoring

NO_Heath Evans 4-yard run (John Carney kicks PAT), 9:29

NO_Devery Henderson 40-yard pass from Drew Brees, 4:22

Notes:

– 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.

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  • drray

    just give mcfadden the ball

  • El Dirty

    Drray

    You got your wish

  • VanHeathen

    Mario needs to stay away from Burger King…he got beat bad

  • OFL71

    Good news for fantasy owners…Raiders Offensive players will make good 2nd,3rd options because the Raiders will be playing from behind A LOT this season and should get some decent fantasy numbers.

  • OFL71

    I don’t think it’s too early for Al to be looking for Cable’s replacement.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw Raider75

    # El Dirty Says:
    August 29th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Three ring

    Walk away from the Kool-aid, brother. We are, this bad.
    ………..

    I called 8-8 based on last year’s finish. However, this defense is really bad. I am still hoping for 8-8, but its looking like 5-11 may be a good year for them.

  • VanHeathen

    Cable has ‘that look’ that comes over all of our coaches…sad

  • http://raidermight.com RaiderMight

    Horrible game. To think I was actually excited to watch this game.

  • El Dirty

    AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGHHH!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw Raider75

    I would play my starters the rest of the game if i were Cable. They need serious work.

  • The Judge

    drray

    I asked you a question the last time you were on but I think you had just left. You had mentioned that you played HS football with Mike Madden. Were you guys friends? What school did you go to? Was he a good player?

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com Silver-n-Black666

    Man this is so bad I have waited since February to at least look at a little improvement but…………

  • drray

    lets go offense

  • El Dirty

    Nice pic, Still… stay away form the kool-aid

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com Silver-n-Black666

    wow the sun even shines on a dogs ass once and a while!!

  • radraider

    on the bright side its a total team effort

  • Raiders13LA

    They show the most Horrible game on NFL Network. We Look like shit… Wheres our D?

  • drray

    He was a couple years older- i knew joe – he was my year at the choate school- john used to stop by when doing nfc east games in his bus and get us psyched up with old raiders clips

  • Raiders13LA

    WOW We got A pick!

  • sirblitzalot

    Jr. is looking the play all the way! Damm.

  • drray

    joe was pretty good o lineman payed at brown- mike was a linebacker at harvard- but i think he only played one year

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com Silver-n-Black666

    I am going to bury my head in the sand now!

  • sirblitzalot

    Was that the 3rd string sacking Jr.?

  • drray

    last i saw joe- he was going comercials- i think it was a mitsibishi one – my roomate in college- chris bodig- later became the producer of espn sports center

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com Silver-n-Black666

    I once knew a guy that touched a guy that lived next door to a guy that touched Mick Jaggers big toe!

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com Silver-n-Black666

    31 – 0 at half????

  • drray

    he hated it- retired and went into real estate–
    this is embarassing—- raiders look completely outclassed

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw Raider75

    Routt should be cut

  • sirblitzalot

    We should have gone after Drew Brees! He has incredible vision. But then again that would mean somebody with executive power on the Raider staff would have had to recognized the potential.

  • OFL71

    4-12.
    If we’re lucky.
    This is the same team I’ve been watching for 6 years now.
    We still suck.

  • The Judge

    Ahhh, I thought you had said High school. Well, that’s cool. I hear Mike is a big developer in The Bay Area

  • Raiders13LA

    I thought we had the best practice this week! this is bullshit!

  • VanHeathen

    Same as it ever was…
    worse is, that Jamarcus is leaving the door cracked for garcia.
    Watch, Jeff will play his ASS off…

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Is Bowie really WORSE than Routt? How could that be?

  • drray

    yeah- high school- joe and mike went to boarding school in Connecticut- The choae school- same school JFK went to in wallingford ct- about twenty minutes from yale

  • THREE RING CIRCUS

    wow thaTS horrible

  • Raiders13LA

    31-0 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • drray

    i was there 82-85

  • El Dirty

    Jerry stop lying to us on your blog!!!! You are serving this awful Kool-Aid. Lies, Deceit, betrayal!

  • The Judge

    I am not watching the game, just listening, yes, it sounds bad BUT, we don’t have all of our starters, the Saints offense is probably the best in the nfl, this is still a pre-season game. I think the Opening game vs. the chargers will be a better barometer. PLUS, it sounds like Jmac is getting better, our receiving corp is better than last year, especially once chaz comes back, we know our running game is going to be good. The main thing I am looking for is improvement and I believe we are improving

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com Silver-n-Black666

    and now Gallery holds

  • VanHeathen

    Do we have STARTERS?
    Seems like any job on this field should be up for grabs…

  • The Judge

    Ahhh, I guess I didn’t realize that they had gone to a boarding school. I thought they went to public school in the bay area

  • OFL71

    It’s just a reality check for everyone talking about major improvement.
    There is minimal improvement,AT BEST.
    More like taking steps backwards today.
    This is a BAD team.

  • drray

    im an optimist- but todays performance has no excuses

  • THREE RING CIRCUS

    The Judge Says:
    August 29th, 2009 at 2:46 pm
    I am not watching the game, just listening, yes, it sounds bad BUT, we don’t have all of our starters, the Saints offense is probably the best in the nfl, this is still a pre-season game. I think the Opening game vs. the chargers will be a better barometer. PLUS, it sounds like Jmac is getting better, our receiving corp is better than last year, especially once chaz comes back, we know our running game is going to be good. The main thing I am looking for is improvement and I believe we are improving

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    kool aid drinker

    we should of drafted EUGENE MONROE OR RAJI SERIOUSLY

  • sirblitzalot

    O.K. it’s time clear the benches, run to the other side of the field and beat the Saints players up. Never mind, they will beat also physically kick our asses. What a bunch of effeminates. D. McSadden. Murphy’s Law is alive and well!

  • Bishop916

    i’m looking more forward to how cal does, or maybe get into high school football, i’ve seen better play at youth games.

  • OFL71

    I’m a REALIST and this team sucks.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Unreal…god, I can’t wait for the NBA to start.