Raider nation will meet ‘Who dat’ nation tonight in New Orleans.
Raiders’ second-year head coach, Dennis Allen is returning to New Orleans where he was an assistant coach for 5 years under New Orleans head coach Sean Payton.
“Sean’s a heck of a football coach. I learned a lot form him on how he handles a football team and they’re a different team now that he’s back at the helm,” Allen said.
I feel really comfortable in New Orleans. That’s where I grew up as a football coach. It’ll be great to see all the guys again and I have a few ideas I’d like to bounce off Sean to see what he has to say.”
The offensive juggernaut that is the New Orleans Saints will test the Raiders defensively.
It’s be a good barometer to find out just how much the Raiders have improved and a yardstick for how much they have to work on with three weeks to go before the regular season opener.
“We spent a lot of time on watching them attack. We have to be able to play the man and the ball. The preseason is all about making plays and playing the ball,” SS Tyvon Branch said.
The defense will likely see multiple offense looks.
“If Drew Brees is in there, he likes to get the ball out quickly. Darren Sproles is very quick. You’ve got to keep your eyes on him, “ LB Omar Gaither said.
Excited to play in his hometown, CB Chimdi Chekwa is looking forward to the challenge, “It going to be rowdy, the way New Orleans always is and against a good team on the road.”
The Saint will use the opportunity to practice specific play sets.
"Expect to see us run 2-minute drills, use hand signals between the QB and receivers and the no-huddle,” WR Tray Session said.
Although it’s just week two of the preseason, the Raiders are looking to see exactly where they stand in many facets of their game both on both sides of the ball. By game’s end, the Raiders will walk out of the Super Dome knowing how long the road ahead of them lies and whether they have enough gas in the tank.
They might just need a better grade of fuel and tune-up or look for a complete new set of spark plugs and tires.