The Oakland Raiders fell to 3-7 on the season with a 38-17 home loss to the New Orleans Saints. The same lapses and mistakes continue to handicap the Raiders. They have now given up 135 points in their three straight losses.
Similar to their other losses on the season, Oakland continues to put themselves in early deficits. After a Raiders punt on their opening possession, the Saints drove right down the field for a touchdown. Quarterback Drew Brees found a wide open Jimmy Graham from one yard out to give the Saints a 7-0 lead. After both teams punted, Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer threw an ill-advised off balance pass that was intercepted by Malcolm Jenkins and returned 55 yards for a touchdown. Just like that the Saints exploded to a 14-0 lead.
Oakland responded with a Palmer to tight end Brandon Myers one yard touchdown. The play was set up by a Marcel Reece 56 yard catch and run. Reece was a rare bright spot for the Raiders combining for 197 rushing and receiving yards. With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out with high ankle sprains for the second straight week, Reece has filled in tremendously going over 100 total yards in both games. Myers scored his third touchdown in two weeks and made up for a dropped touchdown earlier in the game that resulted in Palmer's second interception of the day.
New Orleans answered the Raiders score on their next possession. On third and 13, Brees found Lance Moore for a 38 yard touchdown. Moore ran right by cornerback Michael Huff and safety Mike Mitchell was late, letting Moore easily score just before the half. Brees finished the game 20-27 for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
Travaris Cadet returned the second half kickoff 75 yards to the Oakland 27 yard line. On the next play, running back Mark Ingram broke to the outside and in for a 27 yard Saints touchdown, giving them a 28-7 lead. After an Oakland field goal. Brees would connect with Moore again for a 15 yard touchdown and end any chances of a Raiders comeback, extending the lead to 35-10.
The Raiders added a late touchdown when Palmer found Juron Criner on a fade route for a three yard touchdown. It was the rookie's first career touchdown reception. Palmer finished the game with 312 yards on 22-40 passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
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