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papz 11-17-2012 06:45 AM

Game Preview: Raiders vs. Saints
 
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The Raiders will host the New Orleans Saints at O.co Coliseum in 2012 Week 11 action, presented by USAA. Head Coach Dennis Allen will face his former team for the first time. Coach Allen was an assistant coach with the Saints for five seasons - assistant defensive line coach (2006-07) and defensive backs coach (2008-10). “I started coaching in the National Football League in Atlanta, but really I grew up in the National Football League in New Orleans,” said Coach Allen. “I got a lot of good memories there. We were able to win a championship, so it was a big part of my development as a coach.”

The two teams first met in 1971, have faced off 11 times and are tied 5-5-1 in the all-time series record. The Saints started the 2012 season 0-4, but have bounced back to win four out of their last five games, most recently beating the previously undefeated Atlanta Falcons. “They’re a good football team,” said Coach Allen. “Obviously they didn’t start the season the way they wanted to, but the way that they’ve played over the last five weeks, they’ve played exceptionally well. It’s obviously going to be a tough challenge going against that team. We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

The Raiders understand the importance of Sunday’s game against New Orleans. “It’s going to be a big matchup for us,” said QB Carson Palmer. “We get a chance to get back and play at home. They’ve won four out of five. They need a win with how their season started off. We need a win desperately. They can score a lot of points and we know we have to score a lot of points to keep up with them. It’s going to be an exciting game. I can’t wait to get to Sunday.”

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WhoDat!656 11-17-2012 07:01 AM

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There are a ton of weapons to watch out for on the Saints offense. Jimmy Graham is the one I worry most about because tight ends have killed the Raiders this year and most recently the tight ends killed them last week. Jimmy had been hurt most the year but last week he had a monster game and is obviously back healthy. He is a scary person to have to defend with his basketball leaping ability.



Darren Sproles is also a Raider killer and appears to be back this week. Then there is still Marques Colston and Lance Moore on the outsides at WR and Chris Ivory has been averaging 7 yards a carry the last two weeks. Oh and did I mention Pierre Thomas? Yeah this Saints team is loaded alright, and that's why the defensive line needs to show up this game. Watch for screens especially because that's where Sproles has killed us in the past. Watch for everything really because there isn't a weak spot for this Saints offense.


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Rugby Saint II 11-17-2012 03:00 PM

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I wish Dennis Allen well when we're done with them. I like Palmer and their bad boy attitude.

Utah_Saint 11-17-2012 03:05 PM

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"I started coaching in the National Football League in Atlanta, but really I grew up in the National Football League in New Orleans,” - Dennis Allen

Was there ever really a question?

FinSaint 11-17-2012 04:02 PM

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I too wish the best for Allen, but unfortunately for him, the Saints are going to be too tough of an opponent for his team this week - if last week's Ravens game is anything to go by.

I haven't got anything against the Raiders, but I really don't like their field with the baseball diamond, and how it presents a problem for the players with the alternating surface types. Sometimes I wonder if that type of a field solution causes more player injuries, but I guess that isn't the case since they continue to use the filed as it is - probably out of necessity?!

onebyone 11-18-2012 08:37 AM

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It would be nice if this could be a total blow out and not yet another close one that makes me bite my nails and drink too much.

dizzle88 11-18-2012 09:41 AM

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Originally Posted by onebyone (Post 457882)
It would be nice if this could be a total blow out and not yet another close one that makes me bite my nails and drink too much.

The close games absolutely kill me, I can't sit down to watch the game when it's comes down to the last drive

Hopefully we can get in a real rhythm offensively and Defensively, and put the game out of reach early

pherein 11-18-2012 10:50 AM

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things that will tick me off.
#1 We spot the other team 10-14 pts again, and have to win from behind.

#2 We turn over the ball after another long drive.

#3 Defense waste more than 30 mins TOP again

#4 Graham keeps dropping balls

#5 Ivory doesn't get his reps. Hes earn it over Ingram, sorry

#6 O gets 2 3 and outs in a row. cant keep rhythm

#7 We sputter and don't put the raiders way if we get the chance.

#8 defense takes a step backward

#9 We struggle against another should beat team.

Danno 11-18-2012 11:04 AM

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Originally Posted by pherein (Post 457905)
things that will tick me off.
#1 We spot the other team 10-14 pts again, and have to win from behind.

#2 We turn over the ball after another long drive.

#3 Defense waste more than 30 mins TOP again

#4 Graham keeps dropping balls

#5 Ivory doesn't get his reps. Hes earn it over Ingram, sorry

#6 O gets 2 3 and outs in a row. cant keep rhythm

#7 We sputter and don't put the raiders way if we get the chance.

#8 defense takes a step backward

#9 We struggle against another should beat team.

Other than #5, you've described the entire season for me so far.


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