Raiders aim to grow from another noted Superdome visit

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Even if a Oakland Raiders’ latest revisit to a Superdome won’t go down as their many noted delight in New Orleans, it positively has a intensity to be a pivotal impulse in a apparent resurgence of a unapproachable authorization that hasn’t won most for some-more than a decade.

The Raiders have been so annually lousy given 2002 that manager Jack Del Rio’s 7-9 record in his initial deteriorate with a bar a year ago was widely seen as a earnest development. And since a series of a Raiders’ tip players are young, Oakland is apropos a renouned dim equine collect to contend for an AFC playoff spot.

Given a solve and courage a silver-and-black demonstrated in a dramatic, season-opening 35-34 feat over a Saints on Sunday, because not?

The Raiders not usually erased a 14-point, second-half necessity on antagonistic ground. They also overcame another one-touchdown necessity in style, marching 75 yards in a final mins for a touchdown and a bold, do-or-die, 2-point acclimatisation from Derek Carr to Michael Crabtree with 47 seconds left.

That’ll never magnitude adult to a 1980 Raiders’ Super Bowl delight in a Big Easy, though it’s a kind of feat that can give a immature patrol a psychological edge.

“Today unequivocally helps them with anticipating a approach to get a win,” Del Rio pronounced after Sunday’s triumph. “This year, we are articulate about training how to win, training how to tighten these games, adhering together and creation plays during a end. we am unequivocally unapproachable of a guys, unequivocally happy for them.”

The Saints are also entrance off of a 7-9 record final season. They showed intensity to improve, though eventually mislaid for most a same reason as final year — their invulnerability couldn’t make what Drew Brees and Co. constructed reason up.

“There’s a indicate where we have to puncture down and get off a field,” manager Sean Payton pronounced of his defense, observant a section did not have any sacks or turnovers. “We weren’t means to do so. From afterwards on, you’re only unresolved in there, and we didn’t make adequate plays.”

Other pivotal developments from a Raiders-Saints deteriorate opener:

BALANCED ATTACK: As most as a Raiders competence gaunt on Carr and his tip receivers — Crabtree and Amari Cooper — to produce, their using diversion done a disproportion in New Orleans. The Raiders rushed for 167 yards, including touchdown runs of 75 yards by rookie Jalen Richard , 6 yards by Latavius Murray and 2 yards by Jamize Olawale.

BETTER BLOCKING: The Saints’ descent line struggled during an 0-4 preseason, though generally gave Brees a time he indispensable opposite Oakland. Brees blamed himself for his fail on a sack, observant he hold a round too long, and applauded his insurance during a 423-yard, 4 TD performance.

“We’ll be fine,” pronounced maestro right ensure Jahri Evans, who was re-acquired final week to seaside adult a unit. “Drew felt gentle behind there. We got some prolonged passes.”

OPPORTUNISTIC DEFENSE: While a Raiders’ invulnerability infrequently struggled to stop a ever-prolific Brees, they done a series of earnest plays, highlighted by Bruce Irvin’s pouch and frame of a Saints star QB for a turnover. The Raiders forced another fail by Saints receiver Willie Snead, though weren’t means to pounce on it. Meanwhile, Oakland hold a Saints to 88 yards rushing.

EXPERIENCE DEFICIT: The Saints started a diversion with a lot of girl and unawareness in a delegate and finished it with even some-more after second-year starting cornerback Delvin Breaux was taken to a locker room with an undisclosed reduce leg injury. With newly acquired maestro cornerback Sterling Moore inactive, a Saints had several defensive backs with no before unchanging deteriorate NFL knowledge on a margin for Oakland’s winning drive. That enclosed undrafted rookie Ken Crawley, who was covering Crabtree on a winning conversion.

QB PROFICIENCY: The Saints needn’t worry about a 37-year-old Brees’ age and a Raiders can be assured that Carr continues to rise into one of a NFL’s best as he enters his prime. Brees non-stop his 16th deteriorate by eclipsing a 400-yard symbol for a 14th time in his career, restraining for initial all-time with Peyton Manning. He also set personal and group annals for longest flitting play on a 98-yard TD to Brandin Cooks . Car upheld for 319 yards, one TD and a span of purchase 2-point conversions, initial to Cooper to tie a diversion during 27 and after to Crabtree for a win.

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