The Oakland Raiders will host the surging New Orleans Saints as both teams are fighting to stay in their respective division races at the O.co Coliseum on Sunday in Oakland.
Carson Palmer will work to exploit the Saints' (4-5) shaky pass defense, which is ranked No. 31 in the NFL, allowing an average of 307.3 yards per game through the air. The game figures to be a shootout as the Raiders (3-6) have had issues of their own stopping the pass, ranking 24th in that category by allowing 255.9 yards per game to opposing passers.
Given that both Palmer and Saints quarterback Drew Brees figure to have their way with the secondaries, the game could be won or lost on the ground. That figures to be a tall order for Oakland, as they are depleted at the running back position as leading rusher Darren McFadden recovers from a high ankle sprain. Taiwan Jones and Marcel Reece figure to see the majority of the workload in the backfield. Oakland is ranked 31st in rushing yards with 76.7 yards per game in 2012.
New Orleans is looking to rebound from a disappointing start to the season and climb back to .500 as they fight for their playoff lives. Oakland is trying to stay out of the cellar of the AFC West and keep its own playoff hopes alive.
Game Time & Date: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, 1:05 p.m. PT
TV Schedule: FOX and DirecTV 713 | NFL RedZone
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