With momentum on their side you’d think it would be an easy task for the New Orleans Saints to get ready for the struggling Oakland Raiders. But that is something that they can’t afford to do at this point.
To dismiss the Raiders would be a huge mistake for the Saints as they try to get to the .500 mark in the season. The words “trap game” were already used yesterday at a Saints press conference and for good reason.
The Raiders seem like a lame duck at the moment. They are 3-6 on the season and currently sit at third place in the AFC West with an overall standing of 25th in the NFL.
Another attractive feature is that the Baltimore Ravens just pounded the Raiders for a 55-20 victory. Easy right? Well before you put the Saints easily in the win bracket, just remember the Kansas City Chiefs(1-8), Carolina Panthers(2-7), and Washington Redskins(3-6) who gave the Saints their losses.
Not saying that the Saints can’t win on Sunday, but let’s be honest. When everyone saw the schedule come out for this season, these were three victories that were already marked down.
The Raiders are currently on a two game slide but are only one game down from other teams in the AFC that are in the hunt for a playoff spot like the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and Tennessee Titans.
The Saints can continue their path down the narrow road to the postseason as well but must not take the Raiders as a team that will simply lay down for them. In a press conference yesterday interim head coach Joe Vitt has this to say when asked about the upcoming game,
“This is our next game. If we don’t prepare for the Oakland Raiders the same way we prepared for Atlanta, with the same detail, concentration and commitment, it’s going to be a long day on Sunday and we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves.”