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NFL capsule: Raiders 6.5-point underdogs vs. Saints

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NFL capsule: Raiders 6.5-point underdogs vs. Saints

NEW ORLEANS (4-5) At OAKLAND (3-6)Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOXOPENING LINE - Saints by 6 12RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 5-4; Oakland 3-6SERIES RECORD - Tied 5-5-1AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No. 13; Raiders No. 30LAST MEETING - Saints beat Raiders 34-3, Oct. 12, 2008LAST WEEK - Saints beat Falcons 31-27; Raiders lost at Ravens 55-20STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Saints (66.9 percent) and Raiders (66.6 percent) pass ball more than any other teams in NFL. ... New Orleans QB Drew Brees won last six starts vs. Raiders, completing 70.4 percent of passes for 1,248 yards, 13 TDs and 0 INTs for 120.7 rating. ... Brees holds NFL records with TD passes in 52 straight games and 20 or more completions in 45 straight. ... New Orleans allowed at least 400 yards of offense in all nine games. ... Saints have scored TDs on NFL-best 71 percent of their red zone drives this season. ... Saints RB Chris Ivory had 56-yard run last week, longest for New Orleans since 2006. ... Saints TE Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for 146 yards and two TDs vs. Atlanta. ... Oakland allowed 97 points past two weeks, most for franchise since 1961. ... Raiders QB Carson Palmer threw for personal-best 782 yards past two games and looking to string together three straight 300-yard games for first time. ... Oakland TE Brandon Myers second in NFL with 23 catches in fourth quarter. ... Raiders FB Marcel Reece has 15 receptions past two weeks. ... Oakland scored in last 2 minutes of first half in all nine games.

Raiders fire defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

Raiders fire defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

Ken Norton Jr.'s time with the Raiders is up.

With the team underperforming, Oakland has fired Norton as the defensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. John Pagano will handle the play calling duties when the Raiders take on the Broncos this Sunday.

Head coach Jack Del Rio issued the following statement regarding the news:

“After careful thought, I have made a difficult decision to part ways with Ken Norton, Jr. as defensive coordinator. I have the utmost respect for Ken as a person and as a coach, but I feel that moving John Pagano into the play-calling role will best utilize his wealth of experience. I appreciate Ken’s passion and commitment to the Raiders since coming aboard and wish him the best going forward.”

The Raiders defense under Norton this season ranks 26th in the NFL in yards allow per game (367.0), is allowing 24.7 points per game and has yet to record an interception through 10 games.

"We played under our talent level. Those things come with consequences," defensive lineman Justin Ellis told reporters shortly after the news broke.

"The axe fell on all of us. We love Coach Norton. We didn’t want to see this happen," safety Reggie Nelson said.

Norton joined Del Rio's staff prior to the 2015 season.

Raiders will face a familiar foe calling plays for Broncos

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Raiders will face a familiar foe calling plays for Broncos

ALAMEDA – The Denver Broncos shook up their coaching staff prior to Sunday’s game with the Raiders, firing offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and promoting quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave to that spot.

The name should sound familiar to anyone who doesn’t suffer Dory-style short-term memory loss. Musgrave was the Raiders offensive coordinator in 2015 and 2016 and introduced a system still used in these parts, to far greater effect.

Musgrave orchestrated the No. 6-ranked offense last year, with 120 rushing yards and 253 passing yards per game. They were seventh with 26 points per game.

Head coach Jack Del Rio still decided to let Musgrave’s contract expire. The two didn’t always agree, and the Raiders chose to keep the coveted Downing in house with a promotion.

The offense has not maintained previous course.

All those numbers are down under new coordinator Todd Downing, largely operating with the same talent base plus receiving tight end Jared Cook.

They’re averaging 50 less yards and 5.5 fewer points, thus far.

Del Rio was asked on his 95.7-FM radio show whether he regretting making the switch. His answer was swift and direct.

“No, I do not,” Del Rio said. “And I wish (Musgrave) the best this week. Really, I do.”

Del Rio doesn’t wish him too well heading into an important matchup at Oakland Coliseum. The Broncos offense has struggled mightily this season, and will go with 2016 first-round pick Paton Lynch for the first time this season.

Del Rio insists the Raiders are going up against the system, not the new (yet familiar) play caller.

“You can’t change dramatically what you’ve done with your system in Week 12 or Week 13,” Del Rio said. “We’ll prepare ourselves and be ready to go against the system. Understand that there may be some things that Bill likes a little more than what Mike might do.”

The Raiders know Musgrave well and vice versa, which should make for an intriguing chess match at Oakland Coliseum.