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.
The Patriots have placed Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve, officially ending the injured tight end's season.
The Patriots have added running back D.J. Foster to the 53-man roster.
Gronkowski underwent surgery on his back Friday in Los Angeles. There was some hope he might be able to return if the Patriots reached the Super Bowl, but this move ends that.
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ALAMEDA -- The Oakland Raiders have signed DL Branden Jackson to the active roster and placed CB DJ Hayden on the Reserve/Injured List, the club announced Saturday.
Jackson originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent on May 16 of this year after participating on a tryout basis at the team’s rookie mini-camp. After participating in the offseason program and training camp with the team, he was waived on Sept. 3 and signed to the practice squad the next day, where he spent the first 12 weeks of the regular season.
The 6-foot-4, 268-pounder played four years at Texas Tech, seeing action in 51 games with 38 starts. Jackson totaled 138 tackles (97 solo), 11 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and seven passes defensed.
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