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Once again the Saints' defense got gashed for 404 yards, but this one felt a lot different, wouldn't you say? This defense still has major problems. Most significantly glaring in this one was extremely poor tackling, which led to so many of the big plays the Raiders had. So many of those 20+ yard gains could have been cut in half with proper tackling. But, enough griping. This defense held the Raiders to 17 points and got two takeaways, including one in the red zone. Make the jump for the grades!
Saints vs Raiders boxscore
Will Smith: B+ (2.43) He was active, doing a nice job of getting some pressure on Carson Palmer. He finished with 5 tackles, including one that was almost 30 yards downfield. Kudos for the hustle there. He also had a nice sack before halftime. I have to say he's been playing better as of late.
Cameron Jordan: C (2.44) He wasn't as good sealing the interior as he was pursuing the edge in this game. I almost wonder if his primar...
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