Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/12
OAKLAND -- The New Orleans' Saints long climb back to .500 ended Sunday with a 38-17 rout of the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum. After starting 0-4, the Saints are now 5-5, and they have no intention of going backward. "It's been a long grind, especially starting off 0-4," Saints strong safety Roman Harper said. "We never pointed fingers, we stuck together as a locker room, as a team. We knew we could achieve great things if we could stick together and continue this grind of this long season. "We're right back where we need to be. We're back at .500, and we've got to continue to grind and we'll be in the playoff race." The Raiders, meanwhile, continued streaking in the wrong direction, losing their third straight game and falling to 3-7. Rookie coach Dennis Allen, who won a Super Bowl during his five-year stint as a Saints assistant coach, lost to his former team. "Disappointing," Allen said. "We felt like we had a good week of practice. We thought we were ready to p...
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