The Saints will look to put together their first three-game winning streak of 2012 and claw back to .500 for the season in Sunday's contest at the Oakland Raiders. It is the first matchup in a two-game swing against Bay Area foes, as New Orleans will host the San Francisco 49ers on November 25 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
It will also mark New Orleans' final contest against AFC West opponents in 2012. The Saints are coming off a dramatic 31-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and have gained momentum in winning four of their last five contests.
"We prepared well last week, had a chance to compete and won the game," said Saints assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Vitt. "We are certainly proud of our players and the game plan the coaching staff put together. Now it's on to Oakland."
The Saints and the Raiders have met 11 times with the series knotted at 5-5-1. The Saints are 2-2 in matchups played in Oakland. They have won three of the last four in the series.
The series has been defined by several hard-fought contests as five of the games have been decided by a touchdown or less. The first meeting in the series, which took place at Tulane Stadium on October 23, 1968, ended in the first tie in franchise history at 21-21. New Orleans would not capture a win in the series until 20 years later to the day on October 23, 1988, a 20-6 victory at the Superdome that improved their record at the time to 7-1.
Sunday's contest will be regionally televised on FOX (WVUE FOX-8 locally) with Dick Stockton handling play-by-play, John Lynch serving as color analyst and Jennifer Hale as the sideline reporter. The game can be heard on the New Orleans Saints radio network (WWL 870 AM and 105.3 FM locally) with Jim Henderson handling play-by-play, Hokie Gajan serving as color analyst and Kristian Garic on the Saints sidelines.