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.
Marshawn Lynch first tasted Cassie Nickelson's food when he was nine years old while she catered out of her Oakland apartment.
"When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger," Nickelson said to KTVU.
Lynch, 31, is now set to take over Nickelson's popular soul-food restaurant, Scend's Restaurant and Bar, in Emeryville. Nickelson, 79, will be retiring in August.
"I'm comfortable with him and I like him," Nickelson said.
Lynch will not become the official owner until the liquor license changes hands. Scend's, an acronym for Nickelson's children and grandchildren, is known for its seafood, fried chicken and red beans.
Raider Nation is grieving on Monday.
The father of general manager Reggie McKenzie passed away recently, and the franchise issued the following statement:
"The Raiders family is saddened by the passing of Sam McKenzie Jr., father of Reggie and Raleigh McKenzie. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with the McKenzie family."
No additional information is known at this time.