The Oakland Raiders had a very long Friday night.
After beating the Dallas Cowboys in their first preseason game of the season, the Raiders failed to get the job done Friday night against the New Orleans Saints.
New Orleans dominated the first quarter in every way possible. After Garrett Hartley’s 53-yard field goal, Drew Brees cannoned a deep ball to wide receiver Nick Toon for a long conversion which led to a 2-yard Mark Ingram rushing touchdown. Then to top it off, Brees connected with Kenny Stills for the 16-yard touchdown, as Brees had all the time in the world and threw a beautiful pass to the young wide receiver.
The second quarter was a bit better for the Raiders, as they were able to score their first touchdown of the game. But not before Garrett Hartley kicked in two field goals to give them a 23-0 lead. However, Matt Flynn was able to connect with Denarius Moore for the 18-yard pass for the sweet touchdown. The half would end and the Saints held the 16-point lead.
In the third quarter, the Raiders were able to force some big turnovers and get some more points up on the board. Ryan Robinson had a 1-yard fumble return for a touchdown and Eddy Carmona also booted in a 50-yard field goal.
The fourth quarter was when Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 50-yard field goal but the Saints responded. After coming up with a safety, the Saints had Hartley drill a 28-yard field goal to push the Saints’ lead to a 28-20.
The game ended with a final score of 28-20 and not many Raiders played well. They could not seem to stop the lethal aerial attack of the Saints and their offense was very dry. Matt Flynn failed to get any sort of real rhythm going on and the only touchdown that Terrelle Pryor scored was taken back because of a holding penalty.
Hopefully this is just a preseason horror and not something that will continue to the regular season, but only time will tell.