The first edition of a new season-long series, recapping the history between the Oakland Raiders and their opponents.
We’re starting up a brand new series that will run for the entire season, overviewing the history of the Oakland Raiders and whichever team they are playing.
The Raiders kick-off their season on the road against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, September 11th, at 10:00am PST. These two teams have met twelve times in total, with the first matchup actually resulting in a tie, in November of 1971.
Total Games Between the Raiders and the Saints: 12
All-Time Record: Saints lead, 6-5-1
Current Streak: Saints, 3 wins in a row
Total Raiders Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 251 (20.9 points per game)
Total Saints Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 283 (23.6 points per game)
Longest Raiders Winning Streak Against Saints: 3 (November 9, 1975 – October 13, 1985)
Longest Saints Winning Streak Against Raiders: 1 (October 24, 2004 – Present)
Oakland had the lead in the overall series, but the Saints have won all three contests since 2004, and now hold a one-game advantage. The last time the Raiders beat the Saints was on November 19th, 2000.
Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane, and talk about that last Raiders win (31-22) in 2000, with Jon Gruden at the helm.
In that game, Rich Gannon completed 14 passes on 21 attempts for a total of 168 yards. He threw two touchdown passes without any interceptions. Perhaps the most important part was Gannon’s seven carries for 55 yards. Sneaky athlete.
Gannon was actually the leader rusher for Oakland in this one, as Napoleon Kauffman carried the ball nine times for 49 yards.
Zach Crockett was the workhorse that game, leading the team with 17 carries, but only for 44 yards. Crockett was always just a short-yardage guy, but the team was feeding him the rock in this one. Crockett also found paydirt twice.
Tim Brown caught the ball four times for 69 yards, and other Oakland pass catchers in this game included Rickey Dudley, Randy Jordan, Andre Rison, James Jett and Jon Ritchie.
Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 49-yard field goal. Good job, rookie.
Charles Woodson was the up and coming star on the defense, which also included players such as Marquez Pope, Eric Allen, Reagan Upshaw, and Greg Biekert.
Fast forwarding back to the present — the most notable storyline in the upcoming game will be former Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, now defensive coordinator with the Saints, facing the team he used to coach.
Hopefully Derek Carr throws for 500 yards on Allen’s secondary.