NFL Preseason Preview - Oakland (1-0) at New Orleans (1-0) (ET)
(Sports Network) - The New Orleans Saints will host their final home game of the 2013 preseason when they take on the Oakland Raiders at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday.
Preston Parker caught a pair of touchdown passes last week as the Saints welcomed head coach Sean Payton back to the sidelines with a 17-13 preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Payton returned to New Orleans following his year-long suspension for his role in the Bounty Gate scandal. The Saints stumbled to a 7-9 record and a third place finish in the NFC South without him at the helm in 2012.
Drew Brees played two series against the Chiefs and ended 7-of-10 for 65 yards. Before exiting, he led a 10-play, 74-yard march that set up a Garrett Hartley 24-yard field goal in the second quarter.
"In the game, we had the two drives. I think we are progressing and progressing the way we want," Brees said. "We have to continue to improve no doubt."
Luke McCown took the bulk of the snaps for New Orleans, completing 18-of-28 throws for 216 yards. He also tossed a pair of 2-yard third-quarter touchdowns to Parker, who had four catches for 43 yards and put the Saints ahead for good with his second score of the evening.
The Raiders also won their preseason opener as Matt Flynn completed 4-of-5 passes in his first game in Oakland, helping the Raiders to a 19-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Flynn was acquired from Seattle during the offseason to guide an Oakland squad which went just 4-12 last season under first-year head coach Dennis Allen.
Terrelle Pryor completed 6-of-10 passes for 88 yards with an interception in backup duty, while rookie Matt McGloin finished 4-of-7 for 78 yards and a score for the Raiders.
This will be the sixth all-time preseason matchup between these two clubs and the first time the Raiders will play a preseason game in NOLA. The Saints lead the preseason series 3-2.
- New Orleans Field Goal - 53-yarder by Garrett Hartley.
- New Orleans Touchdown - 2-yard run by Mark Ingram.
(Garrett Hartley kick). 7:26 remaining.
- New Orleans Touchdown - 16-yard pass from Drew Brees to
Kenny Stills. (Garrett Hartley kick). 0:14 remaining.
- New Orleans Field Goal - 31-yarder by Garrett Hartley.
- New Orleans Field Goal - 30-yarder by Garrett Hartley.
- Oakland Touchdown - 18-yard pass from Matt Flynn to
Denarius Moore. (Sebastian Janikowski kick). 0:31 remaining.
- Oakland Touchdown - 1-yard fumble return by Ryan Robinson.
(Eddy Carmona kick). 3:49 remaining.
- Oakland Field Goal - 46-yarder by Eddy Carmona. 0:14 remaining.
- Oakland Field Goal - 50-yarder by Sebastian Janikowski.
- New Orleans Safety - Jamize Olawale tacked in end zone by
Will Herring. 7:20 remaining.
- New Orleans Field Goal - 28-yarder by Garrett Hartley.
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Drew Brees went 14-for-18 for 202 yards and a touchdown as the New Orleans Saints defeated the Oakland Raiders, 28-20, on Friday.
Mark Ingram rushed nine times for 30 yards and a touchdown for New Orleans, which edged the Chiefs, 17-13, in their preseason opener last week.
The Saints, who are transitioning from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense under newly appointed defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, limited the Raiders to just 185 total yards and recorded seven sacks and a safety.
Matt Flynn was 12-for-16 for 124 yards and a touchdown while Darren McFadden ran five times for 17 yards for Oakland, which narrowly defeated the Cowboys, 19-17, in their preseason opener a week ago.
Garrett Hartley scored on the Saints' opening drive, booting a 53-yard field goal. On their next drive, Ingram pushed forward from two yards out for the score. Near the end of the first quarter, Brees connected on a 16-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills.
In the second, Hartley split the uprights from 31 and 30 yards out to give the Saints a 23-0 advantage. However, Flynn found Denarius Moore for an 18-yard touchdown as the first half was coming to a close.
Late in the third, the Saints were on their own 10-yard line after they opened their drive with a 10-yard offensive holding penalty. Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace was sacked by David Bass at the 1-yard line and fumbled, which was recovered by Ryan Robinson for a touchdown.
A 46-yard field goal by Eddy Carmona with 19 seconds left in the period brought Oakland within six. Sebastian Janikowski drilled a field goal from 50 yards out on Oakland's first drive in the fourth to cut the deficit to 23-20.
Midway through the period, the Raiders had their backs against the wall at the 1-yard line and Jamize Olawale was tackled by Will Herring in his own end zone for a safety.
Hartley sealed the game on the ensuing possession with a 28-yard field goal.