Even though it was only their second game of the preseason, the New Orleans Saints looked in midseason form against the Oakland Raiders in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday.
The Saints scored on their first five possessions of the game enroute to a 23-0 lead and cruised to a 28-20 victory.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who only played the first half, 14 of 18 for 202, one touchdown and no interceptions. Brees was 9 of 11 for 147 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the first quarter.
Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn, formerly of LSU, was sacked five times in the first half. Flynn was 12 of 16 for 124 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
The Saints drove 22 yards on six plays on their first possession of the game, which ended on a 53-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley that made the score 3-0.
Running back Mark Ingram bounced around left end for a 2-yard touchdown run, which made the score 10-0. The score came one play after Brees completed a 56-yard pass to receiver Nick Toon.
The Saints increased their lead to 17-0 when Brees thrw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Stills.
Hartley hit a 31-yard field goal with 10:19 left in the second quarter to make the score 20-0. He hit a 31-yard field goal to make the score 23-0 with 3:03 left.
But the Raiders cut the Saints lead to 23-7 when Flynn threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moor with 31 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Oakland then scored 13 unanswered points to make the score 23-20 after Sebastian Janikowski hit a 50-yard field goal with 12:29 remaining in the game.