- Opponent: at New Orleans Saints
- Time: 10 a.m.
- Line: Saints by 1 1/2
- Records (2015): Raiders 7-9, Saints 7-9
- TV/radio: Ch. 40 (Chris Myers, Ronde Barber), 1140
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The old lion, 37-year-old Drew Brees, will begin his 11th season with the Saints. Brees has 48,555 passing yards with the Saints – the most passing yards in a 10-year stint in NFL history. His 60,903 career passing yards make Brees the fourth player in league history with 60,000. He needs 459 yards to pass Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino (61,361) for third on the all-time list. His counterpart, 25-year-old Derek Carr, begins his third season with the Raiders after passing for a career-high 3,987 yards and 32 touchdowns last season, which ended with a trip to the Pro Bowl. He is the only quarterback in Raiders history with more than 3,500 passing yards and 30-plus touchdown passes in a season.
A FAMILAR FACE
Dennis Allen was the head coach of the Raiders from 2012 to 2014. But after winning just eight of 36 games, he joined the long list of ex-Raiders head coaches. Now Allen is the defensive coordinator for the Saints, and although he won’t come out and say it, nothing would likely please him more than to dump the team that dumped him. “Reality is, we’re just going to go out and try to win a game,” Allen told NOLA.com. “I think anytime you make it about anything other than that, then you’re taking away from what your main objective is, what your main goal is.” Allen was fired after an 0-4 start to the 2014 season and replaced by interim head coach Tony Sparano. Jack Del Rio became the Raiders’ head coach prior to last season.
MACK THE KNIFE
After recording 15 sacks in 2015, the second most in the NFL, and making 23 tackles for losses, Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack was a first-team All-Pro selection. Now he’s back and looking to improve on those numbers. One player on the Saints’ offensive line, right guard Zach Strief, told NOLA.com that he’s expecting to have his hands full with Mack. “He’s an elite pass rusher,” Strief said. “(He) really kind of progressed last year in that role and obviously a guy, he’s All-Pro at the position.”
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- Out: T Austin Howard (ankle)
- Doubtful: None
- Questionable: None
- Out: OLB Dannell Ellerbe (quadriceps)
- Doubtful: None
- Questionable: T Terron Armstead (knee), TE Chris Manhertz (head), WR Michael Thomas (ankle)
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