Raiders Week 11 Preview VS. New Orleans Saints

The Raiders host the New Orleans Saints today at 4pm ET/1pm PT on FOX. Photo: Raiders.com

So, there’s barely been enough time for Raiders fans to lick their wounds between last week’s blowout in Baltimore and this afternoon’s game when the Saints come to town. I must admit that I haven’t seen all that much positivity from Raiders fans on social media the last few days; I think we’d all be satisfied if the Raiders could make it close.

Keeping it short and sweet today, so let’s look at the injury statuses for today’s game, kindly provided by CSN Bay Area:

OUT
RB Mike Goodson (ankle), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring).

QUESTIONABLE
 SS Tyvon Branch (neck), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring)

PROBABLE
RT Khalif Barnes (groin), FS Matt Giordano (concussion), TE Richard Gordon (hamstring), PK Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), TE Brandon Myers (shoulder/concussion), FB Marcel Reece (hamstring).

It’s going to be another tough game for the Raiders, lacking a run game and also Seymour’s presence on the D-line. Branch being listed as questionable at this point is not a good sign – without him today, the defensive secondary will be shredded by a QB like Drew Brees. Speaking of shredded, FS Matt Giordano will be back in action today, but to cover who? Jimmy Graham? Marques Colston? Lance Moore?! You’ve got to be kidding me with this guy. It will be interesting to see if he plays with any pride at all today.

How do some of the Raiders feel about today’s match-up?

After the loss in Baltimore, the Silver and Black want to bounce back in Week 11 and recognize that they need to put in a lot of work to do so. “Practice hard, and practice like you play,” said LB Miles Burris. “It sounds cliché, and I’ve heard it since I started playing the game, but it’s just as true as I’ve ever heard. Your best practice weeks are your best game weeks.”

Veteran CB Ron Bartell wants his defense to rebound from the Ravens game. “Learn from it, correct the mistakes, embrace the mistakes that we made and realize we have some work to do,” said Bartell. “You don’t forget it, but you have to move on. Everybody’s just got to put it behind them, focus on their job, their responsibility, their technique and not try to do too much and I think we’ll be fine.”

The Raiders defense will face another tough quarterback this week in Drew Brees, who is currently leading the NFL in passing yards with 2,847 yards for the 2012 season. “He’s the ultimate competitor,” said Coach Allen on Brees. “The way he prepares is as good as anybody I’ve seen. He’s got outstanding football instincts and intelligence and he’s as accurate a passer as I’ve seen. I’ve got a lot of respect for Drew Brees. I think he’s not only a heck of a quarterback, but a heck of a person too.”

Photo: US Presswire

Palmer also has a lot of respect for Brees. “He’s just a great quarterback,” said Palmer. “He’s good at it all. He can throw it deep; he can throw it short, intermediate. He understands what defenses are trying to do to him. He checks the ball down when he’s supposed to and he takes his shots when he’s supposed to.”

Read the rest of team reporter Rebecca Corman’s game preview at the team’s official website here.

One thing is for sure, that there will be a ton of yards thrown for and a lot of scoring possibilities in this game between QBs Palmer and Brees. Both defensive secondaries are lacking; Brees has that proven arm and Palmer is still just warming up this season. Hopefully at the very least, this game is entertaining and packed with scoring on both sides. Regardless of the outcome, it’s a chance to see the Silver & Black that I often miss in the offseason, so I might as well soak it up while I can.

It’s Black Sunday, baby! GO RAIDERS!

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