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Send me to Bourbon Street

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, February 7th, 2010 at 7:55 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Would love to eat my words, except I’m too full of jambalaya, shrimp, spicy chicken wings, etc.

A well-deserved win for the Saints, who got their first defensive touchdown in more than a month _ off Peyton Manning, no less _ and showed many of the same qualities which made them one of the NFL’s most impressive teams through the first 12 games.

Have to love a team which recovers an onsides kick to open the second half, converts it into a touchdown, then is unruffled when Indianapolis immediately answers with its final score.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees played the Colts’ Cover 2 defense beautifully, content to take all the short throws it allows without forcing anything downfield and avoiding the kind of mistake Manning made at the end.

Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving player or a more deserving team.

The Saints played similar to the way the Raiders played the last time they were any good, only to unravel in the final game against Tampa Bay.

Fell behind 10-0, outscored Indianapolis 31-7 the rest of the way, and immediately put on hold any thought of Manning joining the likes of Montana, Bradshaw and Brady and bottom-line, championship quarterbacks.

Hell, he’s still a game behind Jim Plunkett.

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  • Thec07

    RR, what up brother??? did you enjoy the game?

  • bcz24

    Mitchell is #34…

  • RaiderRockstar

    hey thec. yeah – good game

    I didn’t care who won

    how about you?

    I’m glad neither team ran away with it. wasn’t over until the Porter pick-six

    Manning incomplete pass on 4th down in the redzone didn’t help either, but even with that TD they’d be a longshot to recover the onside when NO was expecting it and score again with little time left

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    MOST of the political arguments on this blog are irrelevant to the blog’s intended subject. Most are shallow and inconclusive, e.g.:

    Rep: “Obama has to use a teleprompter”. Inferring he is dumb. He is not. You don’t get to be President of the U.S. without a certain level of smarts.

    Dem: “Palin writes notes on her hand”. Inferring she is dumb. She is not. You don’t get to be Governor of Alaska and a Vice Presidential candidate without a certain level of smarts.

    Reagan used notes. Kennedy used notes. Palin writes reminders on her hand. Obama uses a teleprompter. They need to remind themselves in some way of key points they with to not overlook.

    Dem: “Palin has a funny voice and a “hick-sounding” upper North American accent.”

    Rep: “Oh, yeah! Well, Obama fakes a southern black accent to endear himself when speaking to southerners.”

    Then we begin arguing senseless generalities until someone finally decides to state something specific they feel one side or the other does wrong. One side states reasons the other is responsible for a problem and the other side responds with reasons to the contrary.

    It all deteriorates to, “Oh, yeah! Well, your momma wears combat boots!”

    Most of us laugh at the guilt on both sides and hope our country’s politicians, on both sides, get back, at some point, to serving the will of the people rather than themselves and their cronies.

    Then we, miraculously, get back to discussing football and, in particular, the Raiders…..which is why we hit on this site to begin with.

    P.S. I appreciate hearing ALL your opinions about football and the Raiders. NONE of you are stupid. I have learned at least a little from most on this blog. That’s why I am here. I find it – MOSTLY – educational and fun to follow….especially during the off-season when I cannot get my weekly fix by watching the Raiders on the tube or sitting in the stands.

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

    JB,

    Lol, good one…how many times did I hear Ellis’ name last night? And how many career sacks does he have…2 or so?

    LMAO at you thinking Ellis would make any difference playing in Oakland…hell, he would still be sitting behind Kelly and Warren.

  • buckeyeraider

    Rockstar,
    Can’t speak for ohioraider. I don’t watch much Bobcat football, but I remember that game vs Ohio State a couple of years ago. I believe it was the opening game of the season. OU came in and played the Buckeyes very tough, gave a good account of themselves. To be honest I didn’t know who the hell Mike Mitchell was back then, but after watching his youtube highlights, I realized he was a big reason for their good showing that day. He made a nice TD saving breakup in the endzone. Also, almost killed QB Todd Boekman on an excellent safety blitz.
    As a matter of fact Mitchell is a big reason why I’m excited to see year two of DC J Marshall. By the end of the season he was dialing up dome nice blitz packages, most of them featuring MM.

  • Thec07

    RR, Same here Bro, i was at a fox sports grill at the hilton, fans were split 50/50. If that had of been the Raiders playing i would have been nervous as S#!T…
    Good game, I thought NO made the better adjusments…

    Imagine sean peyton as the raiders HC…..

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

    2009

    Kelly 55 combined tackles 1 sack
    Warren 35 combined tackles 2 sacks
    Ellis 34 combined tackles 2 sacks

    LMAO at you dopes…maybe McFadden hasn’t blown us away yet, but we get the same or better production out of our DTs as Ellis provides.

  • JB

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 8th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    My pick for us that year was Sedrick Ellis. Instead, AD took Dmac. I just happen to think that Ellis would have served us better. Just my opinion.

    ***

    I wouldn’t have been upset with Ellis selected by Oakland. run defense has been a glaring issue for 7+ years now.

    Why draft a RB in the Top 5 when you’re already a Top 10 rushing team?

    We had Jordan, Fargas, Rhodes, Echemandu and Bush at the time … the last thing we needed was another RB

    but now that McFadden is a Raider I root for him and wish him the best
    ***************

    I do too but I believe that’s only going to happen if we make him the permanent slot WR. that’s where he can do the most damage – against LB’s & safeties in the open going across he middle.

  • Thec07

    LMAO at you dopes…maybe McFadden hasn’t blown us away yet, but we get the same or better production out of our DTs as Ellis provides.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++==

    Wrong, your not considering the games ellis missed this year….

  • JB

    # Dakota Says:
    February 8th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    JB,

    Lol, good one…how many times did I hear Ellis’ name last night? And how many career sacks does he have…2 or so?

    LMAO at you thinking Ellis would make any difference playing in Oakland…hell, he would still be sitting behind Kelly and Warren.
    ***************

    He was taking up 2 & sometimes 3 blockers. That meant someone else was open to make the play. He would have played next to Kelly if he’d been picked. Football is a team game and if a player can draw multiple coverage then someone else has a better opportunity to make he key play. It’s not always the guy getting the sack that’s making he play. Someone had to create an environment for he other guy to shine. Still say Ellis would have provided us more bang for the buck had he been picked. Given he wasn’t we’ll have top root for DMAC. Hopefully they’ll start playing him where he’ll be most effective – Slot WR.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Dakota Says:
    February 8th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    LMAO at you dopes…maybe McFadden hasn’t blown us away yet, but we get the same or better production out of our DTs as Ellis provides.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    How many fumbles did he have?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Ryan Clady WAS the pick.

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    ok .. THE WHO this year , who they got planned for next year ? methusula and his b.c. band ?

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    th efukkin nfl is full of old rich out of touch idiots .

  • SATANFEARS ALDAVIS

    i mean that halftime show was worst than last years debacle . please the halftime show should be epic every year .

  • Chemuza

    Didn’t the 2 point conversion play look familiar to anyone?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7QwZCIwMyc

  • http://www.randomfunnypicture.com/pictures/1373alcoholism-helps-you-forget-other-problems.jpg Lynn from Snot

    no