This is where you will find out all you need to know about how to watch the Raiders play the Saints today including all the storylines and information you need to head into the game up to date and armed to the teeth with knowledge.
Where: Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana
When: 5:00pm Pacific Time (8:00pm Eastern)
TV: Live broadcast Bay Area KTVU/KICU, Los Angeles KTLA. First replay on NFLN 9:00pm Pacific Time. Additional replays on 8/17 KTVU/KICU, KTLA 12:30am, NFLN 1:00am and 10:00am.
Radio: 102.1 KFOX
Online: NFL Preseason Live
It's week two of the preseason. The Raiders won last week's game against the Dallas Cowboys 19-17 including holding up well against the Cowboys with a 3-3 tie as each team's starters left in the first quarter. The most important thing about last week's game is the Raiders came out of the game without any major injuries.
Standout performances last week included WR Brice Butler, DB Chance Casey, and QB Matt McGloin. They are three players worth watching to see if they can have a repeat performance.
Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor both had promising drives last week but neither got in the endzone. It will be of utmost interest to see if either or both move the ball down the field again. This time for six points instead of three and of course without turning the ball over.
Likely OUT for this game: Miles Burris, Menelik Watson, Pat Sims, Kaluka Maiava, D.J. Hayden, Jacoby Ford, Juron Criner, Latavius Murray, Jared Veldheer, Vance Walker, Mike Brisiel
Jared Veldheer was lost this week to a partially torn triceps muscle. He will have surgery today and be placed on the partial season injured reserve and miss at least half the season.
Taking Veldheer's place in this game will be Alex Barron who is attempting a comeback after being out of football the past two seasons.
Right guard Mike Brisiel has been out all week nursing an undisclosed injury. Replacing him is recently signed former 5-time Pro Bowler, Andre Gurode.
The starters are expected to play a little more than a quarter before being relieved by the second team. An exception would be Darren McFadden who will likely see a bit less time.
Dennis Allen said prior to the first preseason game that all four quarterbacks would play. He wouldn't commit to that for this game and if only three quarterbacks play, the odd man out would be Tyler Wilson who has played poorly in camp and has fallen behind Matt McGloin in the depth chart.
Want to know what to expect from the Saints? I asked a Saints blogger all about it. Read that Q-n-A session here.
The Saints offense is as prolific and their defense is terrible. After the Raiders held up to the Cowboys and their formidable offense, the Saints will offer even more. The Chiefs' first team walked right up the field twice on the Saints last week so if the Raiders can't do similar, it could be somewhat of a gauge of where they are offensively.
This is a homecoming for Dennis Allen, Tracy Porter, Usama Young, and Matt Flynn.
Allen was the defensive backs coach in New Orleans for five seasons. This will be his first time facing his former head coach, Sean Payton, as well as his first return to New Orleans since leaving to become the Broncos' defensive coordinator two seasons ago.
Allen was Porter and Young's position coach when the Saints won the Super Bowl. Porter was a starting corner and a Super Bowl hero when he intercepted Peyton Manning and returned it for the game clinching touchdown. Young was a reserve safety on the team.
Flynn led the LSU Tigers to the National Championship his senior season and has a great many fans in that area because of it.