Saints destroying the Raiders

The New Orleans Saints are looking to get back to the playoffs after two years of unfulfilled expectations.  The team’s primary weakness of late has been a porous defense that has resulted in the Saints’ high-powered offense being outscored too often to keep coach Sean Payton employed into the next decade.

If the third preseason game of 2009 is any indication, the New Orleans offense is still very good, and the defense is improved. 

Dramatically.

The Saints outscored the Raiders in the first half of Saturday afternoon’s game to the tune of 31-0.  (You can follow the rest of the action right here, at NBCSports.com.)

Though Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell has generated decent numbers, the Saints have smothered the Raiders’ rushing attack.  With five minutes gone in the third quarter, the Raiders have only two net yards on the ground.

So if the Saints can carry their performance into the regular season, they’ll be a major factor in the chase for six seats at the NFC playoff table.  That said, with defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant scheduled to commence their four-game StarCaps suspensions in little over a week, the Saints will need to find a way to suck it up against the Lions, Eagles, Bills, and Jets.

Regardless, the offense will be fine.  Quarterback Drew Brees finished the day with 14 completions on 17 attempts, resulting in 179 yards and two touchdowns.

For the Raiders, the pathetic play comes at a time when head coach Tom Cable continues to be distracted by the reality that he’s the subject of a criminal probe relating to the busted jaw of defensive assistant Randy Hanson. 

39 responses to “Saints destroying the Raiders

  1. Boy you and the Raiders are alot alike , both pathetic. Atleast the Raiders have a chance to improve.

  2. Thank God it’s preseasin…
    And thank God we’re not the Eagles…
    That’s how much they suxxx..

  3. That will be an epic battle to begin the season when the Saints play their dopplegangers…the Saints!

  4. “That said, with defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant scheduled to commence their four-game StarCaps suspensions in little over a week, they’ll need to find a way to suck it up against the Saints, Eagles, Bills, and Jets.”
    So the Saints play themselves in week 1 do they?

  5. The Saints play the Lions in Week #1, not themselves.
    I see them being 3-1 (losing at Philly) irregardless of whether or not they lose Grant and Smith.

  6. As a Raider fan I’m compelled to ask, is the word “destroying” strong enough? How about disintegrating?

  7. FANTASY ALERT, FANTASY ALERT
    According to Florio, the Saints play the Saints in Week 1. This means Drew Brees will pass for 800 yards in one game!

  8. Charles Grant didn’t play today and Smith didn’t play much. Grant may eventually lose his starting spot to McCray.

  9. I thought that selling out to the NBC corporate overlords was supposed to provide more resources to clean up the sloppy editing of these posts. That sure doesn’t seem to be the case.

  10. Just look at the bright side, Faiders fans. They MIGHT get 10 first downs today. I say might, because its only 2 minutes to play and they have 9. Its possible…

  11. No Florio is correct the Saints do play themselves in week one. because the only way they’re going to lose that game is if they beat themselves. c’mon it’s the Lions. they only win in the pre season. Lock it up!

  12. I THINK MIKE FLORIO GOT PUNCHED IN THE MOUTH BY TOM CABLE………ONLY MIKE SHANHAN MAY HATE THE RAIDERS MORE…….I HAVE YET TO SEE A POSITIVE ARTICLE FROM HIM ON THE RAIDERS…..EVERYTHING IS NEGATIVE……

  13. The Greatness of the Raiders. Mr.Davis only has one question for all of you,”Hows yah motha.”

  14. THE RAIDERS DEFENSIVE LINE NEEDS A MASSIVE OVERHAUL….I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF THE RAIDERS CUT TERDELL SANDS, TOMMY KELL, MAYBE EVERY DT ON THE ROSTER….EXCEPT THE KID FROM HARVARD…………NO PASS RUSH, CANNOT STOP THE RUN….WHY ARE YOU GETTING PAID ?
    EITHER WAY………IT WILL BE ANOTHER LONG SEASON UNTIL THE UNCAPPED YEAR…

  15. I THINK MIKE FLORIO LIKED THE RAIDERS KEEPING NNAMDI ASOMUGHA BUT YES MANY OF THEIR RECENT PERSONNEL DECISIONS SUCH AS DRAFTING DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY AT NO. 7 BUT ALSO MIKE MITCHELL THE SAFETY AT NO. 47 WERE CRITICIZED QUITE HEAVILY…………. ALL CAPS IS PAINFUL TO THE EYES…….

  16. Angelo,
    Take a look at your keyboard.
    Go the the bottom left hand corner. Then move up two more spaces. That button should spell “Caps Lock”.
    Please press it just once, and continue.
    Next week, we will learn the use of this little one ……………

  17. Florio,
    Mr. Angelo makes a great point. Why didn’t you seize see the obvious opportunity to write a positive article about the Raiders as the trailed 31-0 at halftime?
    Also, you’ve forgotten to cover the obvious advantages of a prison vacation. Plaxico deserves a positive article right now as well.
    Thank you.
    Yours Truly,
    The-Can’t-Spell-IQ-Club

  18. # Alpheratz says: August 29, 2009 6:49 PM
    How many years can this last?
    —————————————————
    That depends on how much longer Al Davis will be alive.
    Well… not actually alive because that ship sailed a few years ago.
    As long as he is in charge.

  19. This is a scheme issue for the defense. They are using the same scheme from last year. This is Al’s weekend play thing. Monday night massacre again! ANGELO: The Raiders SUCK! If they were good everyone would love to hate them but they SUCK. PERIOD. The NFL wants the Raiders to be good, Florio knows that and at the NFL Network they always say that. Al davis and his way is DONE. This crap will end when he dies. His son is not interested in running the team and he’ll eventually get someone to run it and that’s when hope will be kindled. I want them to win but the D Line and Jamar-sucks Russell STINK. What a joke so glad I didn’t get tickets. I hate the black butt hole fools standing up for this garbage.

  20. That’s 3 straight weeks of moving the ball at will. Doesn’t seem to matter who’s under center or who’s running the ball. It begs the question…..Do we really NEED Reggie Bush?

  21. Philtration – Zombie Al will be in charge forever… or at least as long as he has access to brains.

  22. The Saints could easily be 4-0 after the first 4 games. Their opponents are very beatable esp. the Bills, with no offensive line, and no QB. The Jets with a new QB and not much else, the Lions, nuff said. And, the Eagles, with a divisive QB controversy brewing, a head case at right guard, an ineffective left tackle who will be a major disappointment, no Jim Johnson, and a head coach who has lost his effectiveness and his passion.

  23. You couldn’t resist could you? You had to throw a little barb in there.
    “For the Raiders, the pathetic play comes at a time when head coach Tom Cable continues to be distracted by the reality that he’s the subject of a criminal probe relating to the busted jaw of defensive assistant Randy Hanson. ”
    No you retard, the Raiders lost because they suck, not because the coach is distracted. Daddy Al has that handled. Its only a story here in PFT (not locally anymore) because you so desperately want Daddy Al to lose in court, JUST ONCE!!!
    Its not going to happen so take your tainted and barely adequate legal opinions and shove them up your zitty, smelly, tart asshole.

  24. 30+ year Raider fan here. You know what’s almost as embarrasing as the Raiders play on the field? Greg Poppa, Jim Plunkett, and Tom Flores announcing the game. These guys sound like the biggest idiots making excuse after excuse after excuse. Seriously Florio, just watch the first half and listen to these suck-ups. I wish someone would write about these clowns!!!!! I’m sick!!!!

  25. cwhiffen:
    Greg Poppa is the best in the league. You are a fan nothing more. A STUPID FAN! The ex-Raiders in the booth are doing what any ex-player would do for their team: make excuses. All ex-players do that. Shut up and deal with the garbage on the field idiot. The team stinks with Davis running the show. Cable is not a head coach. He’ll be gone at season’s end when the whole thing implodes and they lose by a 30 point average. This team needs Al to push daisies or flat out retire. Then it will be around 5-10 years before they are relevant again. We’re looking at the demise of a once great team. It has to get darker before the light turns on and this team is finally winning again. But Al is holding the torch and won’t give it up. He’s like that old crazy guy in Poltergeist 2.
    http://www.i-mockery.com/halloween/greatest/poltergeist2.php

  26. RaiderChile – Poppa best in the league? Ha! At what? Kissing Al’s ass? You’re the one that sounds like the stupid idiot.

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