Aug 3, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) with running back Mark Ingram (22) during a scrimmage at the team training facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints emerged victorious against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1 of the preseason. Along the way we learned plenty of things about the Saints, including Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defense is a work in progress and the team is deeper at receiver than we initially thought.
Week 2 of the preseason sees the Saints welcoming the Oakland Raiders to town fresh off a victory of their own in Week 1. The Raiders present some interesting matchup problems for the Saints, so it will be a good learning experience for the team.
Here’s a full breakdown.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
When: August 16, 2013, 8:00 PM ET
Watch: KTVU 2 (FOX – San Francisco/Oakland), Cox Sports Television
WVUE 8 (FOX – New Orleans)
Live Stream: NFL Preseason Live
Raiders Player to Watch: Terrelle Pryor
Aug 9, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (6) runs with the ball during the second quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at O.Co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Pryor is the matchup problem we were referring to in the opener. He only threw for 88 yards while in the game last week, but he added another 31 on the ground.
You should not at all be too concerned about Pryor’s ability to pass the ball because quite frankly, he stinks at that part of his position. What he does do well is represent a fad storming the league right now—the read option.
We’ll see how the new 3-4 defends Pryor and his ability to run. It will go a long way in telling us how the team can handle Cam Newton twice in the regular season.
Saints Player to Watch: Khiry Robinson
Jun 11, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson carries the ball during organized team activities at the Saints practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
We have mentioned this kid in the past, but he really showed us what he can do last week against the Chiefs when he posted 52 yards on 12 carries.
Of course the first three spots on the depth chart are all but locked up unless an injury occurs, but Robinson just made a strong case for a roster spot last week,. He is still in a heated battle with the likes of Travaris Cadet and a host of others, but Robinson is off to a head start.
We’ll see if he can keep the ball rolling against a soft defense.
Matchup to Watch: Saints Secondary vs. Raiders Passing Attack
Jul 26, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive back Keenan Lewis (28) works on a special teams drill during the first day of training camp at the team facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Believe it or not, Oakland has some quality arms on the roster. Matt Flynn sat in Green Bay and learned from Aaron Rodgers. He figures to be the starter all season and can sling it when he wants to.
Don’t sleep on rookie Tyler Wilson either. He’s got a heck of an arm and has all the intangibles you look for in a franchise quarterback—except the right attitude.
Watch to see how newcomer Keenan Lewis reacts, as well as safety Kenny Vaccaro and others. The game will provide a brief hint of what is to come, albeit against weak competition.
Jul 26, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Will Smith (91) with teammates linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) and defensive end David Hawthorne (57) during the first day of training camp at the team facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
This game is a good learning experience for the Saints, especially with so many young guys on the roster. Expect the Saints to emerge victorious over an embattled franchise just looking to stick around at .500 while rebuilding.
The Saints should be able to move the ball with ease and could field a better defense than last week now that the players have some real experience in the system.
Barring a shocker this one should not even be close.
Raiders 10, Saints 35
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