Thearon W. Henderson
The Oakland Raiders did fairly well in keeping Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints passing attack at bay, but struggled against the run in Sunday's loss.
Brees finished with 219 passing yards, the second fewest he's thrown for this season, and marks the fifth time that he's failed to eclipse 300 yards. His 27 pass attempts also tied a season-low.
Rather, it was the rushing attack of New Orleans that the Raiders defense had a difficult time stopping. The Saints gashed Oakland for 153 yards on the ground with a 5.5 yard per rush average, with Mark Ingram toting a team-high 12 carries for 67 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown.
Ironically, the Raiders defense has had more success against the run than the pass this season. Oakland ranks 24th in the NFL with 255.9 passing yards allowed per game, compared to 119.0 rushing yards per game, good for 21st.
Brees didn't face much pressure as the Raiders failed to register a sack or force a turnover.