Brees leads Saints over Raiders

New Orleans QB throws for 3 TDs

POSTED: 7:51 PM Nov 18 2012
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OAKLAND, Calif. -

Drew Brees threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns as visiting New Orleans won for the fifth time in its last six games to pull to .500.

Mark Ingram rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown and Malcolm Jenkins returned an interception 55 yards for a score for New Orleans (5-5), which began the season 0-4. The Saints have won three straight overall.

Carson Palmer threw for 312 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and Marcel Reece piled up 193 yards from scrimmage for Oakland (3-7), which has allowed a total of 135 points in dropping three straight games.

Brees marched New Orleans 80 yards on its opening drive, hitting Jimmy Graham with a 1-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead. Jenkins made it a 14-0 gap later in the first quarter and the Saints took a 21-7 lead into the locker room when Brees hit Lance Moore for a 38-yard touchdown with 57 seconds left in the second quarter.

New Orleans would not give Oakland a chance to get back into it in the second half, as Travaris Cadet returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter 75 yards and Ingram broke through for a 27-yard touchdown on the first play. Moore and Brees connected again on a 15-yard score to push it to 35-10 with 3:31 left in the third.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Brees extended his NFL record to 53 straight games with a TD pass and improved to 7-0 with 16 TDs and no interceptions in his last seven starts against the Raiders. … The Saints have won 14 straight games in November. … Oakland was without RB Darren McFadden (ankle) and RB Mike Goodson (ankle).