Rapid Reaction: Saints 34, Raiders 3
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
NEW ORLEANS -- At least Raiders fans didn't have to wait until the fourth quarter to get their hearts crushed in Tom Cable's head coaching debut.
There was no drama today. The Saints absolutely crushed the Raiders in every phase. The only surprise was that New Orleans didn't lead by three touchdowns at halftime. No, the Saints did their piling on in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter. After toying with Oakland in the first half, the Saints, who led 10-3 at halftime, easily pulled away in the second half.
In its last two games, Oakland, which had a bye last week, had big leads that were blown in the fourth quarter. In the losses to Buffalo and San Diego, Oakland gave up a total of 42 points.
The lack of drama in the blowout loss could be an ominous sign for Cable, the team's interim coach. Cable was Oakland's offensive line coach before he replaced Lane Kiffin who was fired after the loss to San Diego.
In his three final games, the Raiders played hard under Kiffin. Today, under Cable's guidance, the Raiders were overmatched. It was simply no contest. Was it poor coaching from Cable, who was 11-35 as the head coach at Idaho? It's too early to tell. But one thing is certain: The Raiders had zero spark today.