For a team whose recent history includes a Super Bowl title and playoff runs, reaching.500 midway through November would seem like a modest goal.
After the way this season started for the New Orleans Saints, it was a cause for celebration.
Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes and Malcolm Jenkins returned an interception for another score to help the Saints get back to even after an 0-4 start by beating the Oakland Raiders 38-17 on Sunday.
''It's been a journey,'' said tight end Jimmy Graham, who caught Brees' first TD pass. ''It's been an uphill battle to be .500. I never thought I'd be so happy to be .500 in my entire career. We're excited because things are moving the right way for us.''
Lance Moore caught two touchdown passes and Mark Ingram ran for a score as the Saints (5-5) won for the fifth time in six games and are in position to make a late-season playoff run despite the season-long distraction from the bounty scandal.
Getting back to even was just the first step. N...