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Breaking down the Raiders' game

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

A look at the Raiders' 45-7 defeat to visiting New Orleans on Saturday:

I'm not big on preseason wins and losses. I am big on the play of individuals and units. In a 38-point loss, there wasn't much good anywhere for Oakland. What is most concerning about the blowout loss is that the third game is the most important of the preseason because the starters play the longest. This was likely the last tune-up for many of Oakland's starters before the regular-season opener Sept. 14 against San Diego. It could be a long 16 days in Oakland.

The Saints, who led 31-0 at halftime, had their way offensively. The Saints had 311 yards passing and 232 yards rushing. Oakland's run defense continues to be gutted. It has allowed 507 yards on the ground in the last two games. This is a major problem.

Rookie receiver Louis Murphy looked good at points, but he struggled holding onto the ball as well. He will likely be a starter to open the season, so he needs to improve.

Top pick Darrius Heyward-Bey, also set to start against San Diego, had one catch for 12 yards.

Ricky Brown made another strong push or the middle linebacker job with 10 tackles.

Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell had decent numbers. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 153 yards. Yet, the fact that he generated zero points while he was in is troubling.

Oakland continued to have trouble running the ball, which was expected to be an area of strength. Darren McFadden and Michael Bush combined for 1-yard rushing on four carries.

Oakland had 10 more penalties. It has 31 penalties in three preseason games.

Overall, it was a bad day for Oakland as it couldn't improve in problem areas and looked out of sync.