Saints-Raiders Scouting Report

WHEN: 3:05 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Coliseum, Oakland

TV/RADIO: Fox/WTGE (100.7-FM), WWL-AM (870-AM, 105.3-FM)

RECORDS: Raiders, 3-6; Saints: 4-5

LAST WEEK: Raiders lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 55-20; Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 31-27

COACHES: Raiders, Dennis Allen, 1st season (3-6); Saints, Joe Vitt, 2nd season (6-8)


Offense (league rank in parentheses)

Points: Raiders, 21.2 (20); Saints, 27.7 (6)

Total yards: Raiders, 315.6 (t12); Saints, 392.3 (4)

Rushing: Raiders, 76.7 (31); Saints, 88.4 (28)

Passing: Raiders, 288.9 (5); Saints, 303.9 (2)

Defense (league rank in parentheses)

Points: Raiders, 31.6 (31); Saints, 28.4 (t28)

Total yards: Raiders, 374.9 (23); Saints, 449.3 (32)

Rushing: Raiders, 119.0 (21); Saints, 162.0 (31)

Passing: Raiders, 255.9 (24); Saints, 307.3 (31)


Raiders: QB Carson Palmer, RB Darren McFadden, WR Denarius Moore, DT Richard Seymour, CB Michael Huff, K Sebastian Janikowski.

Saints: QB Drew Brees, RB Chris Ivory, TE Jimmy Graham, DE Will Smith, MLB Curtis Lofton, FS Malcolm Jenkins.


Offense: The Raiders haven’t been terrible as they’re tied for 12th in total yards (365.6 yards per game) and are fifth in passing yards (288.9). Carson Palmer is having a big season with 2,723 yards, 15 TDs and an 86.8 passer rating. Shifty running back Darren McFadden, however, could miss his second straight game with an ankle injury.

Defense: The Raiders rank 23rd in total yards (374.9) and are 21st against the run (119.0) and 24th against the pass (255.9) and have allowed 97 points the last two games although two of the TDs last week were on special teams. They rank 31st with only 11 sacks and have six interceptions in nine games.

Special teams: The Raiders have one of the top kicking tandems in Sebastian Janikowski, who’s 21-of-22 in field goals and is deadly from beyond 50 yards, while Shanle Lechler averages 48.7 yards a punt. Their kick coverage was shaky last week, allowing a 105-yard kickoff return.


The Raiders have only one player with Louisiana ties — former Catholic High and Stanford running back Jeremy Stewart, who was signed off their practice squad last Saturday. He had seven carries for 22 yards in his NFL debut against the Ravens. … Starting free safety Matt Giordano played for the Saints in 2010. … First-year coach Dennis Allen was a Saints’ assistant from 2006-10, serving as secondary coach in 2009-10. … The Raiders have been outscored 109-31 in the third quarter. … The teams have met 11 times with each winning five games with one tie. The draw came in their first meeting on Nov. 7, 1971 in old Tulane Stadium, 21-21.

Compiled by Sheldon Mickles