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Saints vs Raiders Season Opener: Who Takes the Cake?

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 30: Fans enter the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the Houston Texans vs the New Orleans Saints game on August 30, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 30: Fans enter the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the Houston Texans vs the New Orleans Saints game on August 30, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /
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The New Orleans Saints host the Oakland Raiders in week one of the 2016 NFL season.

Week one of the 2016 NFL season started off with the Broncos sticking a dagger to one of the Saints arch rival’s, the North Carolina Panthers. Now it’s time for the root of New Orleans to make a stand and keep the excitement alive. However, there’s one problem standing in their way and it’s the Oakland Raiders.

The Saints have been struggling for a few years trying revive their identity, while the Raiders seem to have found all of their missing pieces. Although they’re not in the same state, both teams look to be on the same level, making this a good one!

A win is important for both teams considering the conferences they compete in.  Teams in the NFC South and the AFC West that were horrible two years ago are silently on the come up. The Saints can’t only depend on home field advantage, there’s more to getting a win Sunday.

Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) congratulates running back Mark Ingram (22) after his fourth quarter touchdown run against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) congratulates running back Mark Ingram (22) after his fourth quarter touchdown run against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

Saints Keys to winning

  • First thing’s first, the offensive line has to man up! The Raiders will bring every man they have at Brees. In order for him to do what he does best, the O-Line can’t get bullied.
  • Secondly, the run game has to get going right off the back. Brees can’t do everything on his own. He needs help and the Saints need to be more than just a throwing team. Yes, Mark Ingram the team needs you!
  • On the other side of the ball it’s simple, play smart defense and stay in man coverage. Everyone knows Carr’s main target is going to be Michael Crabtree. However, you can’t sleep on Cooper. His and Carr connection might have slightly been off during preseason, but he’s a monster on the field. He will be a key factor to a win or loss for both teams.

These three things are very manageable and possible. However, the biggest factor to winning on Sunday is finishing. The Saints have to finish and not give it away.

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Prediction: Saints will fall short to the Raiders, losing by a field goal.  Sorry Who Dat Nation, it’s just their time to shine!  The Raiders, along with the city of Oakland, have been waiting to have a team that’s a force to reckon with. They have young players in Carr, Cooper and Khalil Mack, while the Saints have Drew Brees, who is pretty much the heart of the team.

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