=== Saints stay sharp with rout of Raiders ===
 
 Oakland,  CA  (Sports Network) - Drew  Brees tossed three touchdown passes and
 the  New Orleans  Saints stayed red-hot, easily defeating the Oakland Raiders,
 38-17, to reach the .500 mark for the first time all season.
 
 After  losing  their first four games,  the Saints (5-5) have reeled off three
 straight  victories and have  won five of six to get back into the NFC playoff
 race.
 
 "At  0-4,  they stuck together and  continued to work hard," said Saints coach
 Joe Vitt. "They didn't point fingers. It's paying dividends now"
 
 Brees  threw  for 219  yards on  20-of-27 efficiency  and connected twice with
 Lance Moore for touchdowns.
 
 Jimmy  Graham  caught a team-high  six passes for 29  yards and a score, while
 Mark  Ingram rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown for the Saints, who will host
 San Francisco next week.
 
 Carson  Palmer  completed  22-of-40  throws  for  312  yards  and  a  pair  of
 touchdowns,  but  threw two  interceptions for the  Raiders (3-7), who dropped
 their third straight game.
 
 "We  have  to continue to develop.  We got to continue  to go to work and keep
 trying  to  get better each  day. That's  all I know  how to do," Raiders head
 coach Dennis Allen said.
 
 Marcel  Reece rushed  for a  game-high  103 yards  on 19  carries, while  also
 catching four passes for 90 yards in the setback.
 
 The  Saints  got rolling early and  scored on their first possession, as Brees
 capped the 10-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard TD pass to Graham.
 
 The  Raiders did very  little with their first two touches and on their third,
 Palmer was picked off by Malcolm Jenkins, who returned it 55 yards for a score
 to help increase New Orleans' advantage to 14-0.
 
 Using  17 plays, Palmer pushed the ball down the field to drive the Raiders to
 the New Orleans seven, but again was intercepted, this time in the end zone by
 Roman Harper with 10:07 to play in the second quarter.
 
 Oakland  finally got on the board after Reece took a short pass from Palmer 56
 yards to the Saints' 20-yard line. Two plays later, Palmer rolled to his right
 and snuck a 1-yard touchdown pass into the hands of Brandon Myers to bring the
 Raiders within 14-7.
 
 However,  the Saints answered back with a score of their own, driving 90 yards
 to  regain their  two-touchdown  advantage before  halftime.  Faced with  3rd-
 and-13, Brees launched a deep pass for a streaking Moore, who hauled it in for
 a  38-yard touchdown  to make it 21-7  with 48 seconds remaining in the second
 quarter.
 
 Following  a  75-yard return by  Travaris Cadet to  begin the second half, the
 Saints began to break it open. Mark Ingram then took a handoff around the left
 end for a 27-yard score to give New Orleans a 28-7 lead.
 
 On  Oakland's  first touch of the  third quarter, Sebastian Janikowski hit the
 upright  before  his 40-yard kick bounced  through to bring the Raiders within
 18,  but  Brees responded for  the Saints,  as he and  Moore hooked up for the
 second time, finding him in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard score and
 a 35-10 lead with 3:26 to go in the period.
 
 The  Raiders  turned the ball  over on  downs on the  first play of the fourth
 quarter after Reece was stuffed for no gain on 4th-and-1.
 
 The  Saints then drove 31 yards down the field, setting up Garrett Hartley for
 a 47-yard field to give the Saints a commanding 28-point edge.
 
 Palmer  threw  a 3-yard TD pass  to Juron Criner to  make it a 38-17 game with
 four minutes left to play.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Brees  has never lost to the Raiders, improving his record against them to 7-0
 ...  Marques Colston hauled  in four passes for 69 yards for the Saints in the
 win.
 
 11/19 00:51:15 ET