Saints get back to .500 with 38-17 win vs. Raiders

Saints get back to .500 with 38-17 win vs. Raiders
November 18, 2012, 7:23 pm

Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece, top, carries the ball over New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes and Malcolm Jenkins returned an interception for a score to get the New Orleans Saints back to .500 with a 38-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Lance Moore caught two touchdown passes and Mark Ingram ran for a TD as the Saints (5-5) won for the fifth time in six games since an 0-4 start. They are in position to make a late-season playoff run despite the season-long distraction from the bounty scandal.

The Raiders (3-7) lost their third straight game under first-year coach Dennis Allen as their banged-up defense got picked apart by Brees' precision passing. Oakland has allowed 135 points in those defeats - the most in a three-game span for the franchise since allowing 141 in the first three games in 1961.

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