The New Orleans Saints used two bombs to take a 17-0 first quarter lead over the Oakland Raiders on Friday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Garrett Hartley drilled a 53-yard field to end the Saints' first drive of the game and Drew Brees connected with Nick Toon on a 56-yard pass to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Mark Ingram to make it 10-0.
On Brees' third possession he led the Saints to another TD as he connected with rookie Kenny Stills for a 16-yard TD.
The Saints' first-team defense was effective as it held the Raiders and quarterback Matt Flynn to 38 yards on two possessions.
Key stats: Saints: Drew Brees 9 of 11, 134 yards, 1 TD; Mark Ingram four rushes for 10 yards, 1 TD; Nick Toon 1 reception for 56 yards; Raiders: Matt Flynn 3 of 6 for 36 yards.