The Oakland Raiders will be heading to New Orleans to battle the Saints in their second preseason game of 2013. This is their sixth matchup all-time during the preseason. It also marks the first time in franchise history that the Silver and Black will play a preseason game in New Orleans.
The Raiders first faced the Saints in 1971, and game the two teams tied 21-21. However, since then, the 2009 Super Bowl champion Saints have a 6-5 regular season record against the three-time Super Bowl champion Raiders, and a 3-2 preseason record.
1970s and 1980s
The first ever Raiders vs. Saints match-up, a game that took place in New Orleans in 1971, concluded in a rare tie. The next game however, which took place in Oakland in 1975, was won by the Raiders 48-10. The Raiders then won a thriller coming from behind to defeat the Saints 42-35 on Monday Night Football. The Raiders and Saints split two games in the 1980s, with the Raiders winning 23-13 in 1985, and and the Saints winning 20-6 in 1988.
1990s and 2000s
Preseason: It took a while for the Saints to meet the Raiders in a preseason game, but it finally happened in London, England in 1990. The Saints claimed the game on foreign soil by a score of 17-10. The next preseason meeting occurred in 1997, when the Raiders beat the Saints at home 18-16. The Raiders won at home again in 2005 by a score of 13-6. The following two games however in 2009 and 2011, both taking place in Oakland, were won by the Saints.
Regular Season: The Regular season, too, has tipped in favor of New Orleans during the 1990s and 2000s. The Saints defeated the Raiders in New Orleans 27-0 in 1991, yet were beaten by the Raiders in Los Angeles 24-19 in 1994. In 1997 and 2000 the series was split, however since then the Saints have won three straight (2004, 2008, and 2012).
Head Coach Dennis Allen was the assistant defensive line coach for New Orleans from 2006-2007 and the secondary coach from 2008-10. He faced his former team for the first time as a head coach during the 2012 regular season. CB Tracy Porter and safety Usama Young played under Coach Allen with the Saints.
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