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Brees and the Saints Power Over Oakland 40-20

The Saints appear to be ready to go for the season opener in Green Bay. In their last meaningful preseason game before their opener at the Packers September 8th, the Saints put up 40 points in topping the Oakland Raiders 40-20 at the Coliseum in Oakland.

The Saints offense ran like a well oiled machine, going off for 514 yards. Pro Bowl QB Drew Brees threw for 189 yards on 15-for-23 passing, and the Saints had plenty to feel good about after the 20-point win.

“I felt like we were very efficient offensively running the football and throwing,” Brees said. “Obviously, there’s always some mistakes and things you could have done better. But for most part I was pleased with what we accomplished.”

As for the Raiders and new coach Hue Jackson, the team once again watched their defense get run over. Oakland allowed 297 yards passing to Arizona in the opener, 239 on the ground last week to San Francisco and then 388 in the air to New Orleans.

“Obviously on that side of the ball we have some work to do,” Jackson said. “We’ll do the work and we’ll get it done. As I said a week ago, thank gosh this is not the regular season. We have some fixing to do. I understand that and we’ll get it done.”

They did get some good news from their offense, as Jason Campbell went 12-for-17 passing for 150 yards and a score. RB Michael Bush had 32 yards on five carries, a 6.4 yards per carry average.

Campbell led the Raiders to a score on their first drive, as he hit a 35-yard scoring strike to Derek Hagan. He ended the night with 121 yards on six catches. The Saints with their first team offense led 14-7 at the end of one, and 17-10 at the half.

“Obviously on that side of the ball we have some work to do,” Jackson said. “We’ll do the work and we’ll get it done. As I said a week ago, thank gosh this is not the regular season. We have some fixing to do. I understand that and we’ll get it done.”

Oakland will be in Denver for their opener in the 2nd half of a Monday night double header on September 12th. The defense has a lot of work to do, but LB Kameron Wimbley thinks the club has time to turn it around before the 12th.

“We have some things that we need to clean up,” Wimbley said. “Big plays hurt us. We did better in the run game, but it wasn’t acceptable in the passing game.”

The Saints will play the Titans in their fourth and final preseason game this upcoming Thursday.


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One Response to “Brees and the Saints Power Over Oakland 40-20”

  1. As much as I hate to admit it, I thought the Saints looked in mid-season form…They are the team to beat in the NFC. They’re offensive is much more potent with Mark Ingram replacing Reggie Bush…I like what I saw last night.

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