Saints Report: New Orleans Saints vs. Las Vegas Raiders

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Going on the road and winning the first ever game played at a team’s new stadium is much easier said than done, but that being said the New Orleans Saints can’t really use an empty Allegiant Stadium as an excuse for losing to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Saints lose the time of possession battle by more than 12 minutes and allowed the Raiders to gain five first downs via the penalty. Raiders win 34-24.

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Las Vegas Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden said, “When you can win the time of possession and keep Brees and Sean Payton over there together on the sideline, you have a chance. But we knew it was going to be a 15-round fight. We knew the Saints were going to give us everything that we had, and certainly the third down conversion was big.”

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton said, “We’re going to look at third downs. We’re going to look at time of possession, the turnover right before the half. We’re going to look at a number of things, but we’ve got to do a better job coaching. I don’t think it’s going to be a real pleasant film to watch, for some of our star players as well.”

New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees said, “Are we totally in sync right now? No, we’re not. We’re not even close to what we are capable of. Not even close. We did some good things, just wasn’t enough for the few opportunities we had. We needed to take better advantage of that.”

Next up for the Saints is another primetime game back at the Superdome where they’ll host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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