The Saints knocked off the Raiders 40-20 in a primetime contest Sunday night at O. co. Coliseum.
The Saints offense had its strongest performance of the preseason as it compiled 514 total net yards, 388 passing and 126 rushing.
The Saints had a balanced rushing attack as
"I was pleased with the effort and our energy tonight,” said Head Coach Sean Payton. “That was something that was a goal of ours for this game - just playing hard."
The Saints offense cruised on their opening drive. Brees opened the drive with a 38-yard bomb to WR
Brees completed 5-7 for 69 yards on the opening drive. On 3rd-and-goal on the one-yard line, Ingram raced in for his third touchdown of the preseason for the first score of the game with 10:45 left in the first quarter.
The Raiders responded on their opening drive as they went 91 yards on seven plays ending with a 35-yard touchdown catch by WR Derek Hagan.
The Saints mirrored their opening drive as Brees fired all over the field to put the Saints at first and goal at the one where Thomas leaped over the line to put the Saints up 14-0 with 33 seconds left in the first quarter.
The start of the second quarter saw the first punt of the game as the Saints defense stopped the Raiders and received the ball at their 21-yard line with 13:02 remaining in the first half.
The Saints continued their scoring spree on the third drive when K
The Raiders trimmed the Saints advantage on their next drive as K Sebastian Janikowski hit a 57-yard field goal to put the Saints lead at 17-10 with 2:31 left before halftime.
Daniel took over at quarterback for the Saints but was unable to continue the Saints scoring streak as New Orleans was forced to punt for the first time.
The Raiders drove all the way to the New Orleans 26-yard line and were in position to score when Jason Campbell was intercepted by S Jonathan Amaya in the endzone.
Kyle Boller took over at quarterback for the Raiders to open the third quarter. Boller and the Raiders drove 80 yards on six plays and knotted the scoreboard on a 22-yard run by RB Taiwan Jones with 12 minutes left in the third quarter.
After the Saints were forced to punt, Janikowski connected on a 39-yard field goal to give the Raiders a 20-17 lead with 8:31 left in the third quarter.
Oakland couldn’t hold onto their first lead for long as two minutes later, Daniel lofted a three-yard touchdown pass to Humphrey to give the Saints a 24-20 advantage with 6:13 left in the third.
Bell shined for the Saints on their next drive. On first and 10 at the Saints 25-yard line, Daniel dumped it to Bell who raced 60 yards down the sideline for the longest reception of the game.
Daniel then hit Ingram for an 18-yard gain to put the Saints inside the five-yard line. Three plays later, Bell dove up the middle for a one-yard score to give the Saints a 30-20 lead. The Saints went for the 2-point conversion and Daniel connected with Arrington for the score to put the Saints up 32-20.
Trent Edwards entered the game at quarterback for the Raiders on their next drive. The Saints forced their second turnover when DE
On the very next play, Daniel tossed a beautiful 39-yard touchdown strike Arrington. The Saints went for two and converted on a two-yard run by Bell to push New Orleans’ lead to 40-20.