First Looks - New Orleans Saints

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The Raiders will host the New Orleans Saints at O.co Coliseum in 2012 Week 11 action. The two teams first met in 1971 and have faced off 11 times. The Raiders and Saints are tied 5-5-1 in the all-time series record.

Week 11 – Sunday, November 18 | O.co Coliseum | 1:05 p.m. PT | FOX

Coach

The Saints are coached by Joe Vitt, who is serving as the interim head coach during Sean Payton's suspension. Vitt has been the Saints assistant head coach and linebackers coach since 2006. Prior to his time with the Saints, Vitt was the assistant head coach and linebackers coach for the St. Louis Rams and acted as interim head coach for the Rams for 11 games in 2005. He has also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Colts.

Series Highlights

The Raiders last played the Saints in the regular season in 2008 in New Orleans and fell 38-3. DB Gibril Wilson led the Raiders defense in tackles with 10.

The Silver and Black hosted the Saints in Week 7 of the 2004 season. The Raiders lost to the Saints 31-26 despite a 350-yard and two-TD passing performance from QB Kerry Collins. WR Jerry Porter caught six passes for 113 yards and a TD and K Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals.

In 2000, the Raiders beat the Saints 31-22 at the Georgia Dome. QB Rich Gannon threw for 160 yards and two TDs and added 55 rushing yards. RB Zack Crockett rushed 17 times for 44 yards and two TDs and WR Tim Brown caught four passes for 69 yards and a TD. The defense recorded 3 sacks and an interception.

In Week 11 of the 1997 season, the Raiders fell to the Saints at home 13-10. WR Rickey Dudley caught five passes for 116 yards and RB Harvey Williams scored the Raiders lone touchdown.

The Los Angeles Raiders hosted the Saints in 1994 and won 24-19. QB Jeff Hostetler threw for 310 yards and three TDs, including two to WR Tim Brown. RB Harvey Williams rushed 24 times for 88 yards and WR Rocket Ismail caught four passes for 68 yards and a TD. The defense recorded 4.0 sacks and an interception.

Story Lines

Head Coach Dennis Allen will face his former team for the first time. Coach Allen was an assistant coach with the Saints for five seasons - assistant defensive line coach (2006-07) and defensive backs coach (2008-10).

Saints offensive line/running game coach Aaron Kromer served as the Raiders offensive line coach from 2001-2004.

LB Rolando McClain played at Alabama with RB Mark Ingram and CB Marquis Johnson.

CB DeMarcus Van Dyke and TE Richard Gordon will see former Miami (Fla.) teammate TE Jimmy Graham.

DE Jack Crawford, OL Stefen Wisniewski, LB Nathan Stupar, and DB Chaz Powell will face former Penn State teammates WR Derek Moye and G DeOn'tae Pannell.

DE Matt Shaughnessy and S Aaron Henry and Saints TE Jake Byrne, LB Jonathan Casillas, and WR Nick Toon are all Wisconsin Badgers.

Saints 2012 Draft Class
Round Pos Name School
3 DE Aliem Hicks Regina
4 WR Nick Toon Wisconsin
5 SS Corey White Samford
6 G Andrew Tiller Syracuse
7 T Marcel Jones Nebraska

Saints Key Acquisitions

G Ben Grubbs (Ravens), DT Brodrick Bunkley (Broncos 2011, Eagles 2006-10), LB Chris Chamberlain (Rams), LB Curtis Lofton (Falcons), LB David Hawthorne (Seahawks), CB Elbert Mack (Buccaneers), QB Luke McCown (Jaguars 2007-11, Browns 2004).

We continue the series with a look at the Cincinnati Bengals, Friday, July 20.

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