Saints vs. Raiders: Oakland Raiders Winners and Losers from Week 11

Ray GarciaContributor IIINovember 18, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 18:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints threws a long touchdown pass to Lance Moore #16 in the second period before being hit by Lamarr Houston #99 of the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on November 18, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders suffered another rough week, this time against the re-surging New Orleans Saints.

After another tough loss, let’s break down this week’s winners and losers.



Fullback Marcel Reece

With running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out with injury, the 6’2" 250 pound fullback Marcel Reece (along with Taiwan Jones) were tasked with filling a role that for most of this season has not lived up to its potential.

Marcell Reece stepped in and had one of the most productive games of his career. Rushing for 103 yards (with a long of 17 yards) on 19 carries, Reece made quick single cut decisions against an aggressive Saints defense.

Reece was a valuable option for Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer. Both out of the backfield and splitting off as a wide receiver, he led the team with four catches for 90 yards.

Marcel Reece has proven himself a valuable, versatile weapon for this Oakland Raiders offense.

Oakland Raiders penalties

If there is one team positive we can take away from this game, it’s Oakland’s reduced penalties. Coming off of a 10 penalty, 105 yard day in a blowout game versus the Baltimore Ravens, this week the Dennis Allen-led team was penalized four times for 40 yards.

A step in the right direction, in a game where all their other steps were backward.



Raiders Defense

Both against the pass and the run, the Oakland Raiders struggled to stop the New Orleans Saints offense.

Oakland could not stop Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ deep ball (20-27 for 219 yards and 3 touchdowns) OR a Mark Ingram-led Saints rushing attack, which gained 153 total rushing yards against the Raiders front seven.

The New Orleans Saints were able to capitalize off of a defense that ended up chasing the ball rather than attacking it.


Offensive Line: Quarterback Protection

Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer was harassed early and often by the New Orleans Saints defense. Oakland’s front five gave up three sacks for 28 yards. Just returned from injury, Khalif Barnes gave up a costly 12 yard sack.

Because of the consistent pressure Carson Palmer was rushed, hurried and forced into bad throws.

After another rough Raiders loss, who are YOUR winners and losers this week? Post your thoughts in the comment section!

Ray Garcia is a sports radio host and owner of (The People's Sports Radio Network). You can follow him on Twitter @tpsray