Refresh
Page last updated on Mon Apr 21 08:12:45 EDT 2014
RECAP
08/17/2013 4:52 AM EDT
Saints' first team sharp in 28-20 win over Raiders
NEW ORLEANS 28, OAKLAND 20

By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- If the Saints wind up returning to playoff
contention in 2013, they'll be able to point to the preseason as
the first signs of progress upon coach Sean Payton's return from
the bounty suspension that banished him from the league in 2012

New Orleans is 2-0 after jumping out to a 23-0 lead against
Oakland on Friday night and surviving a sloppy second half by
its reserves to hold on for a 28-20 victory.

"We felt like we were in complete control," quarterback Drew
Brees said of the first half. "That's what you want when the
starters are out there."

Payton expressed disappointment in New Orleans' three turnovers
and six penalties in the second half, which helped Oakland to
pull as close as 23-20.

But Payton's problems pale in comparison to what his former
assistant, Dennis Allen, has to rectify in his second season in
Oakland.

The Raiders looked lost for much of the first half, including a
15-play stretch in which the offense netted 1 yard.

Allen's defense, meanwhile, struggled to stay with New Orleans'
high-powered offense.

Here are five things we learned while watching Brees and Co.
control the first half against the Raiders:

1. CRISP BREES: Brees completed 78 percent (14 of 18) of his
passes, demonstrating fine touch and accuracy on short and long
throws alike. He perfectly lofted a swing pass to Darren
Sproles. His 56-yard strike to Nick Toon hit the receiver in
stride. He also threaded a pair of hard throws to Stills, one
for a TD while scrambling left. He racked up 202 yards passing
in only five series and was not intercepted.

2. PROTECTION WOES: Not only did the Raiders give up seven
sacks, they also struggled to run, which cost them a safety in
the fourth quarter. Flynn was under constant pressure and sacked
five times. None of that bodes well for the offensive line, even
if Allen said the quarterbacks share the some blame for not
getting the ball out quickly enough.

"It was just a lack of communication and execution and we just
can't let it happen," Flynn said.

3. DEFENSIVE DEVELOPMENT: Saints defenders say they enjoy
playing for new coordinator Rob Ryan, and the results have been
encouraging. After allowing only one offensive TD and 185 net
yards against Oakland (which scored its other touchdown on
defense), the Saints' defense has allowed only two touchdowns
and 400 yards through two preseason games. Against Oakland,
undrafted rookie defensive end Glenn Foster had two sacks, while
inside linebacker Ramon Humber, outside linebacker Will Smith,
safety Roman Harper and defensive ends Cam Jordan and Akiem
Hicks each had one.

4. KEEPING CALM: As ragged as their performance looked, the
Raiders expressed confidence in their ability to improve by the
regular season.

"The difference between moving the ball and not moving the ball
is just so small," Flynn said. "There are just some things we
have to clean up. We know we can do a lot better."

Even former Saints cornerback Tracy Porter, who left the game
early with a right groin pull, downplayed the significance of
the Raiders' defense yielding 240 yards in the first half alone.

"That's why you play these preseason games, because you know
coming in you are going to make mistakes," Porter said. "It
wasn't like we are almost to the season. Tonight was the second
preseason game, so we have a lot of time to learn."

5. NEW HANDS: Brees will need some unproven receivers to emerge
this season and was encouraged by the performances of rookie
Kenny Stills and virtual rookie Nick Toon, who was drafted a
year ago but never played while on injured reserve.

Toon, who had four receptions for 66 yards last week, added a
56-yard reception deep down field against the Raiders.

"I definitely think my speed is something that's been
overlooked," said Toon, son of former NFL All-Pro receiver Al
Toon. "It was a great opportunity to go out there and show
everybody that I can run."

Stills snagged his 16-yard TD while leaning out of bounds and
tapping his toes down in play. He finished with four catches for
64 yards.

---

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Boston Red Sox
2
Boston Red Sox
3
Golden State Warriors
4
Los Angeles Clippers
5
Oklahoma City Thunder
04/21/2014
Denmark Sas LigaenFC Nordsjalland at Sonderjyske04:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsWolverhampton Wanderers at Leyton Orient04:15 AM PST
England - DivisionsAldershot Town at Woking FC05:00 AM PST
Belgium - Pro LeagueStandard Liege at Club Brugge05:30 AM PST
Holland - Eerste DivisieSC Telstar at Willem II Tilburg05:30 AM PST
Holland - Eerste DivisieFC Dordrecht at FC Den Bosch05:30 AM PST
Denmark Sas LigaenViborg FF at FC Midtjylland06:00 AM PST
Sweden - AllsvenskanGefle IF at Aatvidaberg FF06:00 AM PST
Sweden - AllsvenskanIF Elfsborg at Falkenbergs FF06:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsBrentford FC at Milton Keynes Dons07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsHuddersfield Town at Yeovil Town07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsCharlton Athletic at Sheffield Wednesday07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsBarnsley FC at Derby County07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsBournemouth AFC at Ipswich Town07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsBlackburn Rovers at Birmingham City07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsBlackpool FC at Brighton & Hove Albion FC07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsWigan Athletic at Burnley FC07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsDoncaster Rovers at Millwall FC07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsWatford FC at Queens Park Rangers07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsChester City at Cambridge Utd FC07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsTamworth FC at Dartford FC07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsAlfreton Town FC at Hereford Utd07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsNuneaton Town FC at Kidderminster Harriers07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsForest Green Rovers at Luton Town07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsGateshead FC at Macclesfield Town07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsWelling Utd at Salisbury City07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsHalifax Town at Southport FC07:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsLincoln City at Wrexham FC07:00 AM PST
Czech - 1. LigaFC Viktoria Plzen at SK Slavia Prague07:30 AM PST
Denmark Sas LigaenBrondby IF at AGF Aarhus08:00 AM PST
Russia - Fotball National LeagueFC Luch-Energiya Vladivostok at FC Mordovia Saransk08:00 AM PST
Russia - Premier LeagueFC Rostov at Volga Nizhny Novgorod08:00 AM PST
MLBBaltimore Orioles vs Boston Red Sox08:05 AM PST
Sweden - AllsvenskanOrebro SK at IF Brommapojkarna08:30 AM PST
Sweden - AllsvenskanDjurgardens IF at Malmo FF08:30 AM PST
Belgium - Pro LeagueRSC Anderlecht at KRC Genk09:00 AM PST
Croatia - 1. HNLNK Lokomotiva Zagreb at HNK Hajduk Split09:00 AM PST
England - DivisionsNottingham Forest at Leeds Utd09:15 AM PST
England - DivisionsBraintree Town at Barnet FC09:15 AM PST
Argentina - PrimeraAtletico de Rafaela at Godoy Cruz A.t.10:00 AM PST
Denmark Sas LigaenEsbjerg FB at FC Copenhagen10:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueBeitar Jerusalem at Hapoel Haifa10:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaSporting Braga at Vitoria Setubal10:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueMaccabi Tel Aviv at Bnei Sakhnin FC10:50 AM PST
Germany - 2nd BundesligaVfL Bochum at 1 FC Cologne11:15 AM PST
France - Ligue 2RC Lens at LB Chateauroux11:30 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueWest Bromwich Albion at Manchester City12:00 PM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaRio Ave FC at FC Porto12:00 PM PST
Argentina - PrimeraCA All Boys at Gimnasia y Esgrima12:10 PM PST
Spain - La LigaVillarreal CF at Malaga CF1:00 PM PST
Chile - PrimeraCobresal at Santiago Wanderers4:00 PM PST
Paraguay - Primera DivisionDeportivo Capiata at Cerro Porteno4:00 PM PST
Uruguay - Primera DivisionCA Penarol at CA Fenix4:00 PM PST
MLBCincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates4:05 PM PST
MLBKansas City Royals vs Cleveland Indians4:05 PM PST
MLBChicago White Sox vs Detroit Tigers4:05 PM PST
MLBLos Angeles Angels vs Washington Nationals4:05 PM PST
NHLPittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets4:05 PM PST
NHLColorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild4:05 PM PST
MLBMiami Marlins vs Atlanta Braves4:10 PM PST
MLBSt. Louis Cardinals vs New York Mets4:10 PM PST
Argentina - Primera BCA Independiente at Crucero del Norte4:30 PM PST
NBAMemphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder5:00 PM PST
MLBArizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs5:05 PM PST
MLBSan Diego Padres vs Milwaukee Brewers5:10 PM PST
NHLSt. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks5:35 PM PST
MLBSan Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies5:40 PM PST
NHLAnaheim Ducks vs Dallas Stars6:35 PM PST
MLBTexas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics7:05 PM PST
MLBPhiladelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers7:10 PM PST
MLBHouston Astros vs Seattle Mariners7:10 PM PST
NBAGolden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers7:35 PM PST
04/22/2014
Argentina - MinorCA Chacarita Juniors at Nueva Chicago11:05 AM PST
Argentina - MinorComunicaciones at Defensores de Belgrano11:30 AM PST
UEFA Champions LeagueChelsea FC at Atletico Madrid11:45 AM PST
England - DivisionsMiddlesbrough FC at Reading FC12:00 PM PST
England - DivisionsLeicester City at Bolton Wanderers12:00 PM PST
NBAAtlanta Hawks vs Indiana Pacers4:00 PM PST
NBABrooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors4:35 PM PST
Argentina - MinorClub Atletico Atlanta at Deportivo Moron5:05 PM PST
Intl Clubs - Copa LibertadoresLeon at Bolivar La Paz5:15 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BBragantino SP at Avai SC5:50 PM PST
NBAWashington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls6:35 PM PST
04/23/2014
France - Ligue 1Evian TG FC at Paris St Germain09:30 AM PST
France - Ligue 1Olympique Lyon at Toulouse FC09:30 AM PST
Argentina - MinorClub Atletico Fenix at CA Platense11:30 AM PST
UEFA Champions LeagueBayern Munich at Real Madrid11:45 AM PST
Intl Clubs - Copa LibertadoresVelez Sarsfield at Nacional FC3:45 PM PST
USA - MLSHouston Dynamo at NY Red Bulls4:30 PM PST
Intl Clubs - CONCACAF - Champions LeagueCruz Azul at Deportivo Toluca5:00 PM PST
Intl Clubs - Copa LibertadoresAtletico Mineiro MG at Atletico Nacional Medellin6:00 PM PST
Intl Clubs - Copa LibertadoresGremio RS at CA San Lorenzo6:00 PM PST
Costa Rica - Primera DivisionUruguay de Coronado at CD Belen Siglo Xxi7:00 PM PST
Costa Rica - Primera DivisionLimon FC at FC Puntarenas7:00 PM PST
Costa Rica - Primera DivisionAD Carmelita at CS Herediano7:00 PM PST
Costa Rica - Primera DivisionPerez Zeledon at Liga Deportiva Alajuelense7:00 PM PST
Costa Rica - Primera DivisionDeportivo Saprissa at CS Cartagines7:00 PM PST
Intl Clubs - Copa LibertadoresAtletico Lanus at Santos Laguna8:10 PM PST
04/24/2014
UEFA Europa LeagueValencia CF at Sevilla FC12:05 PM PST
UEFA Europa LeagueJuventus Turin at Benfica Lisbon12:05 PM PST
Intl Clubs - Copa LibertadoresUnion Espanola at Arsenal de Sarandi5:15 PM PST
04/25/2014
Russia - Premier LeagueFC Amkar Perm at FC Kryliya Sovetov Samara08:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2LB Chateauroux at Istres FC11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2Clermont Foot at Stade Brest11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2AC Havre at US Creteil11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2AS Nancy at RC Lens11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2Chamois Niort FC at Stade Lavallois MFC11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2Troyes AC at Tours FC11:00 AM PST
Czech - 1. LigaFK Teplice at FC Viktoria Plzen11:15 AM PST
France - Ligue 1Olympique Marseille at FC Nantes11:30 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaVfB Stuttgart at Hannover 9611:30 AM PST
England - DivisionsYeovil Town at Brighton & Hove Albion FC11:45 AM PST
Italy - Serie AAC Milan at AS Roma11:45 AM PST
Scotland - PremierFC St Mirren at Partick Thistle11:45 AM PST
Spain - La LigaLevante UD at Elche CF12:00 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BSampaio Correa MA at Icasa CE3:30 PM PST
Brazil - Serie BJoinville SC at Parana Clube PR5:00 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraCF Pachuca at Gallos Blancos5:30 PM PST
Mexico - PrimeraLeon at Club Tijuana7:30 PM PST
04/26/2014
BOXINGJ Molina vs L MATTHYSSE6:30 PM PST
BOXINGJ Diaz vs K Thurman7:15 PM PST
05/03/2014
BOXINGM Maidana vs F Mayweather Jr8:00 PM PST
TONIGHT'S NBA WINNING ACTION!
Access Tonight's featured Premium Pick "guaranteed" to win! Simply put your email in the box below or text/call 702-979-4410

Featured pick:

WIZARDS VS. BULLS 7:05 PM ET


* WINNER, WINNER, WINNER *

Here's result from our 2014 Premium Picks.

January (+16.9 Units): $1,690.00
February (+6.6 Units): $660.00
March (+22.9 Units): $2,290.00
Total: (46.4 Units): $4,640.00

Don't miss out on Tonight's pick. Enter your email address in the box below or text/call now: 702-979-4410

EMAIL: