FanPost

Ultimate tune-up game for Raiders Defense

The Drew Brees led Saints present a sophisticated offense that will test Oakland's Defense in every conceivable way.

Not saying N.O. has a great offense, but it is good - well coached and explosive. The Saints' Offense will be most challenging because of the abounding variety of sets they use. In only a couple of drives you will see packages ranging from their basic 21 (if "basic" can even be applied), 11, (1 RB & 1 TE w/3 WRs) 22 (2 RBs, 2 TEs, 1 WR), 00 (No RBs or TEs w/ 5 receivers), 01 (no RB, 1 TE and 2 WRs & 2 Flankers/in the slots) and probably some other formations I failed to notice.

OC, Pete Carmichael and HC Sean Payton thrive on offensive variety and it's a wonder their players can absorb the Saints playbook which in practice is far more extensive than our own OC's famous tomb.  

So, both intellectually and physically, the Raiders Defense has its greatest preseason challenge against N.O. with Brees conducting a full scale symphony of offensive weapons behind a solid offensive line.

Look for McClain to have a huge or poor game. Brees works the middle a lot and then tries to punch his RBs - Thomas #23 and Ingram #28 through DLs and into open spaces, or lure in many and lob the screen pass . And, like other good qbs, Brees will find our greatest weakness (I'm sure he already has) and exploit it mercilessly, e.g. quick outs and slants to thwart reckless blitzing and CBs playing soft.

All in all, this game will do us a world of good, showing us our strengths and, more importantly, clearly revealing our weaknesses - that we still have time to correct before Sept. 12. The key to defeating the Saints' offense is the same as it is for Rivers and SD, pressure the QB, disciplined execution of sound coaching decisions and controlling TOP.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Silver And Black Pride

You must be a member of Silver And Black Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Silver And Black Pride. You should read them.

Join Silver And Black Pride

You must be a member of Silver And Black Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Silver And Black Pride. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker