|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1.1||2-1||1-2||24.3||16.3||354.3||(6.2)||1.3||24.7||12.3||477.0||(6.8)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||27.7||15.8||21.0||26:54||21-88||(4.1)||26-42||61.5%||304||(7.3)||63-392||(6.2)||(14.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.3||11.5||19.9||30:33||25-104||(4.1)||22-35||62.4%||247||(7)||61-351||(5.8)||(15)|
|Offense Road Games||25.7||15.5||22.2||27:58||22-85||(3.8)||29-45||63.2%||332||(7.3)||68-417||(6.2)||(16.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||28.4||15.9||25.9||34:03||32-162||(5.1)||24-38||64.8%||308||(8.2)||69-470||(6.8)||(16.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.7||11.1||21||31:37||28-120||(4.3)||22-34||63.6%||244||(7.1)||62-363||(5.9)||(15.4)|
|Defense Road Games||31.2||20.0||27.0||32:02||33-161||(4.9)||23-33||68.4%||321||(9.6)||66-482||(7.3)||(15.4)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.3||1.3||0.0||13-6||44.0%||1-1||62.5%||2-63||(25.8)||1-8||(6.2)||6-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||1.9||13-5||38.2%||1-0||42.6%||2-53||(22.7)||19-2||(8.7)||7-55|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.0||0.0||1.0||0.0||14-6||45.6%||1-1||60.0%||1-36||(24.2)||1-12||(10)||5-41|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.6||0.8||1.3|| ||14-5||39.3%||1-1||58.3%||2-52||(22.5)||2-21||(9.5)||7-55|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.8||1.9|| ||13-5||39.4%||1-0||55.7%||3-57||(22.6)||18-2||(7.9)||6-52|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.2||0.7||1.0|| ||11-5||42.2%||1-1||60.0%||2-47||(23.5)||2-18||(10.3)||6-40|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.2||1-2||3-0||26.0||11.0||396.7||(5.8)||2.3||37.7||13.3||411.0||(6.8)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||21.2||9.8||19.2||29:19||22-77||(3.5)||26-42||61.3%||289||(6.9)||64-366||(5.7)||(17.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.5||11.4||20||30:05||27-108||(4)||21-35||61.2%||241||(6.9)||62-350||(5.6)||(15.5)|
|Offense Home Games||26.5||9.0||21.7||29:17||19-64||(3.3)||30-47||64.9%||290||(6.2)||66-354||(5.3)||(13.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||31.6||12.0||19.7||30:55||27-119||(4.4)||23-35||66.0%||256||(7.2)||62-375||(6)||(11.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.3||11.2||19.8||30:18||27-107||(4)||22-35||62.7%||239||(6.9)||61-346||(5.6)||(14.8)|
|Defense Home Games||29.5||12.7||18.0||31:14||24-104||(4.3)||24-36||66.0%||249||(6.9)||60-354||(5.8)||(12)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.8||1.8||-0.3||14-4||32.0%||1-0||25.0%||2-53||(23.7)||2-14||(5.5)||7-57|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||1.8||13-5||38.6%||1-0||59.5%||2-58||(23.6)||19-2||(8.3)||7-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.2||0.7||2.0||-1.0||14-6||39.7%||1-0||25.0%||2-53||(26.7)||2-6||(2.9)||7-49|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.8||1.4|| ||13-5||40.5%||1-1||62.5%||2-51||(25.3)||3-39||(11.4)||6-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||40.3%||1-0||45.1%||3-64||(24.7)||20-2||(8.6)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.0||1.0||1.0|| ||13-5||35.2%||1-0||50.0%||3-59||(19.7)||3-32||(11.8)||10-92|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ORLEANS 20.2, OAKLAND 19.9|
|9/30/2012||@ GREEN BAY||27-28||L||7.5||W||54||O||19-45||35-54-429||0||25-102||31-41-319||2|
|10/21/2012||@ TAMPA BAY||35-28||W||-1.5||W||49||O||26-81||27-37-377||1||25-98||24-42-415||0|
|11/18/2012||@ OAKLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/25/2012||SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/29/2012||@ ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ NY GIANTS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||TAMPA BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/28/2012||@ KANSAS CITY||26-16||W||1||W||41||O||34-135||14-28-209||1||22-102||22-34-197||4|
|11/18/2012||NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/25/2012||@ CINCINNATI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/6/2012||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|NEW ORLEANS: While this will be a trying year with head coach Sean Payton suspended, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. has been his right hand man running the offense for the past three seasons, calling plays while Payton was recovering from a broken leg last year. New Orleans will continue to use its versatile, three-headed running back monster with a series of different blocking schemes up front. Mark Ingram will likely lead them in carries again, most often serving as a second-half closer. Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles usually split carries in the first half, though Sproles is most often used as a receiver as opposed to a ball carrier. Ingram will take most of the red zone carries, though not exclusively. Carmichael came onto the staff as quarterbacks coach in 2006, the same year Drew Brees arrived. New Orleans will continue to use spread principles and will be fine with Brees running the show. TE Jimmy Graham and receiver Marques Colston are targets 1 and 1A for Brees, who is more comfortable throwing to receivers facing him. Because they use two backs often, slot receiver Lance Moore plays only about 50 percent of their snaps. Sproles is the main catch-and-run threat, getting screen passes and occasionally splitting wide. Thomas is used often in the screen game as well. And with Robert Meachem gone, Devery Henderson becomes the primary deep threat. Graham is the No. 1 target in the red zone but Sproles, despite his size, plays a big role on screens and swings, creating after the catch. There is not much to like about this defense, which ranked 30th in pass defense and is coming off a second straight season with a meager nine interceptions. Defensive leader LB Jonathan Vilma is suspended for bounty nonsense and the team's second-leading tackler from last season, LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, is now in St. Louis. They'll be replaced by Curtis Lofton, who takes over at middle linebacker after playing the same position for the Falcons last season, and David Hawthorne, who was a solid run-stopper at middle linebacker for Seattle in 2011 and will likely switch to the weak side. Safety Roman Harper often blitzed and played almost exclusively in the box under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and he will likely have a less aggressive role under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. |
|OAKLAND: After switching back to a power-blocking scheme last year, the Raiders are going back to the zone-blocking scheme they used with success in the Tom Cable years'they still have the line to do it. Darren McFadden was better in last year's power-blocking scheme, but he's had success in the one-cut system. Considering his injury history they weren't about to build around him though. His back-ups, Mike Goodson and Taiwan Jones, are both one-cut runners. They'll likely ride McFadden as a three-down back until he gets hurt again. The Raiders were the NFL's most run-heavy red zone offense a year ago, and it figures to stay that way. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp prefers a catch-and-run West Coast passing game to the vertical attack the Raiders ran during the Al Davis years. Considering his fading arm strength, quarterback Carson Palmer should benefit. Palmer will be asked to do a little more in terms of throwing on the move and ball-handling on play-action. His receivers, however, don't really fit the West Coast mold'Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford are all primarily deep threats. It could open up opportunities for the tight ends, though Brandon Myers isn't much of an option. In the end, there could be a ton of passes going to McFadden. When the Raiders throw off play-action near the goal line, Heyward-Bey and Moore figure to be the most common targets. The Raiders were woeful on defense in 2011, ranking 27th in the NFL in both passing defense and rushing defense, and allowing the fourth-most points in the league. They should benefit from the return of DE Matt Shaughnessy, whose 2011 season was cut very short by a shoulder injury. With a quick first step and long arms that allow him to fight off blocks, he'll not only produce from the starting RDE spot in 2012, but he'll draw attention away from Richard Seymour'the veteran lineman totaled just one sack over his final 11 games of 2011 without Shaughnessy on the field. Former No. 8 overall pick Rolando McClain will be Oakland's starting middle linebacker in new head coach Dennis Allen's defense, but that's only if he avoids suspension and jail time'McClain is appealing a 180-day jail sentence he received in May after being found guilty on assault charges. About the only good thing that can be said about that secondary is that safety Tyvon Branch is a solid run-stopper'the Raiders are severely lacking in talent when it comes to pass coverage. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (NEW ORLEANS-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Saints-Raiders Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have climbed their way back into contention after stumbling through a winless September.
While the Saints figure to go as far as Brees can take them, a sustained boost from their ground game could prove crucial down the stretch.
Looking to continue its recent domination in November, New Orleans tries for a season-best third consecutive win Sunday as it visits the struggling Oakland Raiders.
Though it looked like the Saints (4-5) could be in for a long year after opening 0-4, they suddenly find themselves on the verge of getting back to .500.
"That's something we feel like we're capable of and we envisioned being able to do that, because we know the type of team we have," said Brees, who's thrown 15 touchdowns and just four interceptions during the team's 4-1 stretch. "We knew we dug ourselves a hole. We knew we had a mountain to climb, but we also knew we have the right type of people. ... Good things are starting to happen."
New Orleans is coming off its most impressive effort of the season, beating previously undefeated Atlanta 31-27 last Sunday. Brees threw for 298 yards and three TDs while the beleaguered defense, which allowed more than 400 yards for the ninth time in as many games and is still on pace to yield the most yards in NFL history, at least limited the Falcons to 46 rushing yards and came up with a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter.
That helped secure the Saints' 13th consecutive victory in November dating to 2009.
"This win that we had (last Sunday) was a direct result of how hard this team has worked from Day 1, when I wasn't here," said interim coach Joe Vitt, who's gone 2-1 since returning from a six-game bounty-related suspension. "This team has weathered the storm, stuck together and not pointed fingers, and they are trying to get better every day."
After rushing for 140 yards in a 28-13 win over Philadelphia in Week 9, New Orleans compiled 148 on a season-high 29 attempts last weekend.
Running the ball often seems to make a world of difference for the Saints, who have gone 27-4 since the start of 2010 when their backs get at least 21 carries compared to 1-9 with 20 or fewer.
"We're playing more together," left tackle Jermon Bushrod said. "We're just fighting to play more consistent up front. At the end of the day, the first few weeks, we weren't getting the job done. We had too many breakdowns. If we continue to get this running game going, we can open up our playbook a little bit more."
After Chris Ivory didn't play in the team's first seven games, he's recorded 120 rushing yards on 7.1 per carry and two TDs in the last two. He could be in for another big day, especially with Darren Sproles (broken hand) potentially out for a third consecutive week.
"He's a beast," Brees said of Ivory. "He's a rare combination of speed and power."
Raiders running back Darren McFadden, meanwhile, could miss a second straight game with a sprained ankle, although Oakland (3-6) appears to have much bigger problems on its hands.
The Raiders fell 42-32 at home to Tampa Bay on Nov. 4 - yielding 278 rushing yards - then matched a franchise record for points allowed last Sunday in a 55-20 rout at the hands of Baltimore.
Carson Palmer threw for 368 yards with two TDs but the defense couldn't get off the field.
"That outcome was unacceptable," said first-year coach Dennis Allen, who spent five seasons as a Saints assistant from 2006-10. "We have to be better than that.
"I wish there was a magical answer. I know everybody wants a magical, 'This is the solution,' but at the end of the day, and I've said this over and over, it's about us doing our job the right way every single time. And when we develop that consistency, when we've had that consistency, we've played well in all three phases. But that's the key to having success."
In addition to the Saints' suddenly formidable rushing attack, the Raiders could have their hands full with tight end Jimmy Graham. The 6-foot-7 Pro Bowler hauled in seven receptions for a career-best 146 yards and two TDs last weekend, giving him four scores in his last three contests.
Brees, who's thrown at least one TD pass in a league-record 52 straight games, completed 26 of 30 passes for 320 yards and three TDs as New Orleans cruised 34-3 in the last matchup in this series in 2008. The All-Pro QB has 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions while winning six straight starts against Oakland with the Saints and San Diego.
|Last Updated: 3/30/2017 1:37:58 PM EST|