The Sky has fallen, The end is near. The Raiders season has come to a end barring some kind of miracle where the Raiders win out. That does not seem likely though since they have The Saints coming to town. We seen what Joey Flacco can do to the Raiders and now Drew Brees is coming…..This is not good
I think it’s fair to say that the “new era” has failed, When Reggie McKenzie said he had a new vision for the Raiders I did not think that vision was Raiders defense allowing 55 points. The embarrassment that was last Sunday shows that this team simply can not compete with good teams in the NFL.. I almost thought to myself what’s the point of doing a preview of this game since we all know what we are going to see but it’s the NFL and anything could happen. So let’s get right into this
First let’s ge into the banged up Raiders, They are really hurting and have several major holes. Darren McFadden is out with that Ankle injury and is still in a boot and so is Mike Goodson so it look’s like it’s going to be Marcel Reese and maybe a little bit of Taiwan Jones if the coaching staff trust him not to fumble which Head Coach Dennis Allen stated he does not trust him but I expect him to get more carries this Sunday. The secondary is also banged up. Free safety Matt Giordano missed practice with a concussion and strong safety Tyvon Branch is out with a neck injury. For substitutions, the Raiders could move cornerback Michael Huff back to free safety, and put Joselio Hanson, Brandian Ross, Coye Francies or Phillip Adams into the starting lineup opposite Ron Bartell. Branch, who has never missed a game in his Raiders career could be replaced by Mike Mitchell who is primarily a strong safety. Cornerback Shawntae Spencer, who has a foot injury, won’t play again this season as he was placed on injured reserve on Saturday. Also placed on injured reserve is linebacker Travis Goethel who has a torn ACL. Linebacker Omar Gaither, was signed to the 53-man roster to replace him and was on the field wearing No. 53. Offensive tackle Khalif Barnes is back for his second week of practice. Last week, he was limited in his participation and listed as inactive for the game at Baltimore. This week, he is listed as a full participant on Wednesday and took all the snaps from right tackle. His replacement Willie Smith has been more or less a disaster. He has failed to provide pass protection for Carson Palmer who has been sacked, hurried, and hit multiple times in each game. Tight end Brandon Myers who suffered a concussion on Sunday was limited in practice. Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was also limited, he tweaked his hamstring during practice. This game already looked like a disaster for Oakland when they are all healthy all this just makes it seem like it’s impossible. The Saints have better news as far as injuries go. Darren Sproles is not back at practice and will play against the Raiders.
Let’s take a look at the Numbers:
303.9 (2nd)Pass Off.
88.4 (28th)Rush Off.
307.3 (31st)Pass Def.
162.0 (30th)Rush Def.
Pass Off.288.9 (5th)
Rush Off.76.7 (31st)
Pass Def.255.9 (24th)
Rush Def.119.0 (20th)
OPENING LINE — Saints by 6 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — New Orleans 5-4; Oakland 3-6
SERIES RECORD — Tied 5-5-1
AP PRO32 RANKING — Saints No. 13; Raiders No. 30
LAST MEETING — Saints beat Raiders 34-3, Oct. 12, 2008
LAST WEEK — Saints beat Falcons 31-27; Raiders lost at Ravens 55-20
News and Notes:
Saints (66.9 percent) and Raiders (66.6 percent) pass ball more than any other teams in NFL. … New Orleans QB Drew Brees won last six starts vs. Raiders, completing 70.4 percent of passes for 1,248 yards, 13 TDs and 0 INTs for 120.7 rating. … Brees holds NFL records with TD passes in 52 straight games and 20 or more completions in 45 straight. … New Orleans allowed at least 400 yards of offense in all nine games. … Saints have scored TDs on NFL-best 71 percent of their red zone drives this season. … Saints RB Chris Ivory had 56-yard run last week, longest for New Orleans since 2006. … Saints TE Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for 146 yards and two TDs vs. Atlanta. … Oakland allowed 97 points past two weeks, most for franchise since 1961. … Raiders QB Carson Palmer threw for personal-best 782 yards past two games and looking to string together three straight 300-yard games for first time. … Oakland TE Brandon Myers second in NFL with 23 catches in fourth quarter. … Raiders FB Marcel Reece has 15 receptions past two weeks. … Oakland scored in last 2 minutes of first half in all nine games
Well what can I really say? Will I be rooting for the Raiders? OF COURSE! But I also got to be honest with the RNF NATION. Raiders will get destroyed Sunday. I think this might be the biggest blow out in Sports history. I hope I’m wrong I really really do.