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New Orleans Saints (4-5) at Oakland Raiders (3-6)
The Saints are overrated. Yes, they knocked off Atlanta, but Dallas, Carolina, Washington, and Oakland almost did so. Their defense is still a joke. Because of their defense, they rank 28th in yards per play differential and 25th in rate of sustaining drives differential. Their defense ranks dead last in both of those metrics. The Raiders, meanwhile, aren’t much better, but they rank 24th in yards per play differential and 23rd in rate of sustaining drives differential. They rank better in both of those statistics than the Saints and somehow they’re still home dogs.
Using those statistics to compute real line, we get that Oakland should be 3.5 point favorites using the yards per play differential method and 4.5 points favorites using the rate of sustaining drives differential method. Instead, Oakland is +5.5. That’s 9 or 10 points of line value, which is an absolutely ridiculous amount to get at this point in the season.
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It’s been a rough year in New Orleans. Just short of canceling Mardi Gras, the Saints are the big show in the Big Easy, but since the bounty scandal, its been tough sledding.
The loss of head coach Sean Payton for the year and losing Vitt for 8 games, seemed to really throw off a team usually in sync on offense and timely on defense.
However, the offense seemed to have gained...
Reports out of the New Orleans market are painting a picture that free agent head coach Sean Payton will weigh his options prior to firmly committing to a return to the Saints.
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Dennis Allen is the 18th head coach for the Oakland Raiders, but in his first year, his 3-6 team is struggling. However, before he landed in Oakland, and prior to Allen being with the Denver Broncos in 2011, he learned his trade in New Orleans as a defensive backs coach.
Allen sat down with the Jerry McDonald of the San Jose Mercury News to talk about his time in New Orleans.
Per a report from Kathrine Terrell of NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune, New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma ripped the Falcons for the perceived disrespectful bravado they showed prior to the game last Sunday. During pregame warm ups, Vilma said the Falcons rubbed them the wrong way, instead of showing some respect and humility, they were “chirping the whole time” and...
Last week: 20 (+2)
They’re the least likely of the three 2011 playoff teams who are currently 4-5 to go 1-6 and be this year’s team that goes from the playoffs to 5 wins or fewer, but I guess we can’t rule them out. They probably won’t be that team, however. That being said, they’re overrated. Yes, they knocked off Atlanta, but Dallas, Carolina, Washington,...
Current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden always generates interest at this time of the year when it appears that coaching vacancies will be opening up. Last week, a rumor surfaced that Gruden was interviewing prospects for a possible coaching staff and his return to the sidelines in 2013 was inevitable. It now appears that Jon Gruden will return to the sidelines of the Oakland Raiders, the...
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...
The Oakland Raiders backfield has been struck by the injury bug. RB Darren McFadden (ankle) will likely not play this week when the Raiders host the New Orleans Saints. Earlier this week Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer reported that the Raiders initially thought that McFadden would be out 2-4 weeks while dealing with his high ankle sprain. He will not play this week and should be considered...
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer Playing in the same division as Antonio Gates and having faced Tony Gonzalez so many times over the years has given the Oakland Raiders plenty of experience dealing with elite tight ends.
Going up against New Orleans' Jimmy Graham this week might be the toughest test yet.
With his imposing 6-foot-7, 265-pound frame...
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that Oakland had expected running back Darren McFadden to miss 2-to-4 weeks after he suffered a high ankle sprain Week 9 against the Buccaneers.Fantasy Spin:McFadden missed last week's loss in Baltimore and is unlikely to play Sunday against the Saints. Look for Marcel Reece to get the start at running back for the 3-6 Raiders.