Brees finished 15-of-23 for 189 yards in passing and converted 6-of-9 third-down conversions.
Chase Daniel replaced Brees late in the second quarter and was 9-of-18 for 191 yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders' second- and third-team defenses.
"There are some mistakes and some things you could have done better, but for the most part, I was pleased with what we able to accomplish," said Brees. "The third preseason game is the one where the starters get a majority of the playing time.
"It's really a dress rehearsal going into the regular season, so you definitely want to leave the game feeling good about where you are, even though we have almost two weeks of preparation prior to playing Green Bay."
"Drew had good tempo," said Saints coach Sean Payton. "We were getting out of the huddle quicker than we have been and that is something that we have been pretty good at. We were back at that tempo."
The Saints defense experienced trouble stopping the run, a major problem for the team the past two seasons. The coach didn't see it that way and said, "I thought we battled well. We had great energy to the ball."
Tight end Jimmy Graham lined up all over the field while catching 5 passes for 73 yards in the first half. The Saints have great depth in their receivers.
The Saints running backs group enjoyed a productive evening. Pierre Thomas started and rushed 3 times for 9 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown leap over the goal line. Rookie Mark Ingram scored a touchdown for the third straight game on a 1-yard touchdown run. He also had 2 catches for 24 yards. Darren Sproles had 3 carries for 14 yards.
Ingram fired a ball at a Black Hole sign in the back of the end zone after scoring his touchdown. The game was blacked out in the Bay Area because the C.co Coliseum wasn't sold out.
In the second half, Joique Bell in his return following a knee injury that caused him to miss the second game, had 6 carries for 50 yards and 2 catches for 92 yards, including a screen pass from Daniel where he broke several tackles in rambling down the sideline for a 60-yard gain. Bell also had a 1-yard TD dive on the last play of of the third quarter that lifted the Saints lead to 32-20.
Daniel threw a 3-yard TD pass to tight end Tory Humphrey. He threw 39 yards to wide receiver Adrian Arrington for a TD that made it 40-20.
The Saints have given up a combined 491 yards in rushing to the 49ers and Raiders, a 5.6-yard average per carry.
The Saints missed tackles and weren’t not getting to the quarterback without blitzing.
Defensiveordinator Gregg Williams needs to motivate defensive tackle Shaun Rogers to play harder.
Without a dominating defense, the Saints can beat teams like San Francisco and Oakland not teams like Green Bay.
The Saints wind up their preseason against the Titans on Thursday night in the Superdome. The following Thursday, they oppose the Packers at Lambeau Field. in the NFL's opening game.
SAINTS NOTEBOOK: CB Jabari Greer led the Saints in tackles with 5... DE Junior Gallette recovered a fumbled snap that gave the Saints' offense possession at the Oakland 38, which helped set up the 38-yard TD pass...DT Aubrayo Franklin, S Roman Harper and WR Lance Morris were inactive for this game. Franklin's return will be a big boost to the defense stopping the run. OT Zach Streif has the starting RT job sewed up. Charles Brown didn't enjoy a good game against the Raiders...Former Saints S Chip Vaughn was cut by the Bears...
Patrick Robinson started in Tracy Porter's cornerback spot against the Raiders, and Porter returned to his first action (knee) of the preseason playing in nickle situations only. Porter
by Ed Staton
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