How to beat the Raiders at home this week
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The Raiders were coming off a 41-21 win over the New Orleans Saints.
That game came on a Sunday in which the Raiders were leading 14-7 and were up 30-7 with 4:20 left.
But after the Raiders lost a fourth straight game, they took a three-point lead and trailed 31-21 at halftime.
After three possessions, the Raiders converted three third downs.
They scored the next five points to tie it, then ran out the clock to win the game, 27-26.
That’s when it got interesting.
Oakland quarterback Derek Carr had three passes intercepted, including one that led to a pick-six, which led to the Raiders scoring the winning touchdown on a two-point conversion with 6:21 remaining.
Here’s a look at how the Raiders will try to prevent the Saints from winning their first Super Bowl title.
Raiders at Saints: The Raiders can clinch their first title in franchise history by winning this game and beating the Saints at home.
The Raiders have won three in a row, including a 23-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Thanksgiving.
Carr had a career-high 24-for-29 for 328 yards and two touchdowns.
Carr also threw for a career high 267 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown.
The Saints are coming off their first losing season since 1997 and are coming back after a disappointing 2015 season.
But quarterback Drew Brees will look to keep his team motivated after the Falcons took a 2-1 lead with 7:21 left in the third quarter.
Brees threw for 321 yards and one touchdown, and the Saints defense held Atlanta to just 42 yards on 14 carries.
But Carr threw three interceptions in the game.
It was the third time this season that Carr has thrown three interceptions.
The other two were the two interceptions that led the Falcons to a 24-23 victory over Tampa Bay on Thanksgiving, and he threw two picks in that game.
The defense held New Orleans to a season-low 28 points.
Saints at Raiders: The Saints will try for their first win in New Orleans since 2008 and fourth straight season.
Brees will face his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who lost by three points to the Oakland Raiders in the season opener on Thursday.
Brees and the Falcons will be without cornerback Robert McClain (hip) for the game because of the bye week.
Tight end Zach Strief (ankle) and running back Alvin Kamara (hamstring) will miss the game due to injuries.
Brees has thrown six touchdown passes in his past five games against the Saints, including three to running back Devonta Freeman (22 carries for 145 yards).
Freeman will miss this game with a broken left foot, but Strief and Kamara could return.
The Raiders were coming off a 41-21 win over the New Orleans Saints.That game came on a Sunday in which…