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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 rallied off three straight victories and have won five of six to get back into the NFC playoff race.

Brees threw for 219 yards on 20-of-27 efficiency and connected twice with Lance Moore for touchdowns.

Jimmy Graham caught a game-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.

Marcel Reece rushed for a game-high 103 yards on 19 carries in the setback.

11/18 19:27:18 ET