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Saints Down Raiders in Second Preseason Game

The New Orleans Saints moved to 2-0 on the preseason as the first-team offense and defense turned in solid performances in defeating the Oakland Raiders 28-20 Friday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The New Orleans Saints moved to 2-0 on the preseason as the first-team offense and defense turned in solid performances in defeating the Oakland Raiders 28-20 Friday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees was his normal efficient self, completing 14 of 18 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown pass to rookie receiver Kenny Stills. Mark Ingram carried the ball nine times for 30 yards and a 2-yard touchdown as Garrett Hartley (three field goals) and the defense (one safety) provided the rest of the scoring.

Stills finished the game with four receptions for 64 yards and second-year receiver Nick Toon caught an early 56-yard bomb from Brees to set up Ingram's score.

"We had great tempo throughout that whole first half," Brees said. "...I wish we could have punched a few more of those drives in the end zone. It's nice when you don't punt in the first half."

The Saints' first-team defense held the Raiders and starting quarterback Matt Flynn largely in check and was able to provide consistent pressure even without its two starting inside linebackers, Curtis Lofton and Jonathan Vilma, and outside linebacker Junior Galette. The team registered five sacks.
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