New Orleans continues it’s pre-season perfection after securing a decisive one sided victory over the Oakland Raiders, 45-7, improving to 3-0.
The scoring fest started early after Brees carried the first team offense down the field going 4 of 4 for 60 yards, a few running plays later FB Heath Evans punched in a one yard touchdown to make the score 7-0.
From there it was all down hill as the Saints were able to do score at will totaling 536 yards of total offense while scoring six touchdowns, three on the ground and three in the air.
After Brees went a perfect 4 of 4 on his opening drive he finished his day 14 of 17 for 179 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with receiver’s Devery Henderson and Lance Moore.
The Saints flexed their improving ground game again building on their impressive showing from last weeks win against the Texans, accounting for 232 yards of the teams 536 yard performance.
Rookie runner P.J. Hill, vying for a roster spot, gashed the Raiders for 83 yards and two touchdowns, averaging nearly seven yards a carry.
Lynell Hamilton dished out his own punishment totaling 95 yards on 16 carries, netting a 5.9 yard per carry average.
New Orleans looks to have a respectable running game at the moment after the combined effort led to a five yard per carry average for the day.
Gregg Williams has whipped his starting defense into a frenzy after they allowed only 77 yards to Oakland in the first two quarters.
During Oakland’s opening series SS Roman Harper sacked QB JaMarcus Russel causing a fumble that was recovered by Jonathan Vilma at the 33 yard line.
The entire defensive unit performed admirably causing three turnovers, totaling 3 sacks, and only giving up one touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
It was the longest playing time to date for the first team defense who leave no doubt in anyones mind that this is a drastically improved unit from the last two seasons.
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Now on to the good, the bad, and the ugly highlights from the Saints win.
- Drew Brees was razor sharp and appears to be in mid-season form.
- Robert Meachem continues to impress this off season catching a 71 yard pass.
- Jeremy Shockey looks to have a re-bound season turning in four catches for48 yards.
- Joey Harrington looked much improved going 4 of 6 for 46 yards and one touchdown.
- First team defense was phenomenal while on the field.
- Amazing strides have been made on the ground as the Saints runners hammered on the Raiders again and again.
- QB Mark Brunell looked awful connecting on only 4 of 13 passes for 86 yards and two interceptions.
- The Saints were penalized seven times for 55 yards, an improvement from last weeks total but none the less needs to be cleaned up.
- What can I say, there simply is nothing to put here after the Saints solid game on both sides of the ball.
The Saints will conclude their pre-season back home at the Superdome when the Miami Dolphins (3-0) come to town to take on the black and gold next Saturday at 8 pm eastern time, 7 pm central.
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