New Orleans travels to Oakland and stuns the hometown crowd in a thriller. Oakland kicked off to start the game. Saints were looking good until Brees forgot how to run an I form with Sproles coming in motion outta the back field and threw an ill-intentioned pass to the TE ( had a brain fart and thought Sproles would set before hicking it- so I hiked it, again right to Rolando McClain ). Oakland now has the ball and comes out running with McFadden. Saints were waiting all week to challenge McFadden and prove they could stop the best. His longest gain of the day would be 18 yards. "We'll call it a win in our books" said Coach Thomas. With MacFadden running early the Saints switched to more short zone coverage plays and the timing was perfect as Palmer's first pass attempt would get picked off! Still in the first quarter the Saints would march down and kick a FG for an early 3-0 lead. Oakland would once again lean on McFadden who couldn't find as much running room the first go and the Raiders punted. Saints would extract another FG and the announcers would question the 3rd down play calling in short yardage situations. Oakland would waist little time and start to open the playbook up a little. Palmer & McFadden would open the 2nd quarter with a nice display of balanced football and score to take a 7-6 lead. Holy COW the crowd is rocking and the Raiders have momentum. On the Saints next possession Colston would take a mesh route on the very first play and get rocked to cause a fumble. The Oakland defender scooped it up and scored! Now the crowd is off the hook and the Saints are looking around trying to figure out what the fucks going on. Coach Thomas is livid and he's letting his team know it. Down 14-6 the Saints have let the Raiders take back control of the game and need to show some life. Brees and company would move down the field by using every route and and man available to get into the endzone finally and cut the lead to 14-13. Brees made a beautiful pass over the middle to Henerson... who made an even more spectacular catch by holding onto the ball. The Raiders would take the last few minutes of the half and tack on another FG. HALFTIME! Oakland would drive down with the opening kick only to have DMC fumble the ball- and the Saints recovered! The Saints would take over and convert a few 3rd downs before settling for another FG and a 16-14 lead. By now both defenses were settling down and scores were hard to come by. The Raiders would take over and lean some more on DMC, but Palmer was off and the Raiders were forced to punt. Brees though returned the favor when Chimdi Chekwa made a crazy jump on a corner route and picked it off! Brees after the game said, "I should have thrown it inches higher to the WR- great catch by the defender though". Now as the game transitions to a critical time in the middle of the 4th quarter both teams are gearing up for potential game winning drives. Palmer would have the first crack at it after the Chimdi INT. The Raiders would drive and cross the 50 and come close to scoring a TD, but had to settle for another FG. I think the Raiders played it safe and took the FG and the lead at 17-16. Brees would get a say in this outcome though. He'd lead a masterful drive down into Raider territory making great passes. Late in the drive Brees would find Moore on a Flood play and take it to the 1-yard line where FB Jed Collins would pound it in for a late lead 23-17 WoW, on the road and everything!! The Stadium goes quiet... but there is still just over 2-minutes left in the game. The Raiders come out and move the ball at ease with a few draws to DMC, but Palmer would make a mistake by not reading the double coverage deep down the sidelines for a Greer INT!!! Boom the Saints sideline goes crazy... but wait the Raiders have three (3) timeouts and there's still over a minute on the clock. Coach Thomas had a tough decision with the ball on their own 9-yard line. We called three running plays and forced Oakland to use all three TO. The Punter Morstead made an amazing punt by booting it deeeeeeepp and just out of bounds so Ford had no chance for a return Sigh of relief. The Raiders got the ball back, but NO timeouts. Palmer would try his hardest and drive Oakland into Saints territory, time was ticking away, tick, tick, tick... On a great sideline catch the Raiders were on the 5 yard-line and with seconds left on the clock. Oakland calls a draw play that almost worked but was stopped a few yards short. Palmer had to go no huddle and throws a quick incomplete pass in the enzone with 1 second on the clock and it's 4th down. Last play of the game and the Raiders need a TD to tie and the xp for the win. Coach Thomas dialed up a man blitz and put the blitzing defender in QB spy. Palmer takes the snap and looks for his trusty TE, but MLB Lofton was sitting in his window and forced the pass to fall to the ground in a tight match. Saints win 23-17. GG Kidofcrash23 Player of the game goes to WR Lance Moore- he played his heart out and virtually willed his team to victory. He had so many great catches that coach handed him the gameball afterwards.