Jim Henderson's Commentary: Raiders defeat Saints

Jim Henderson's Commentary: Raiders defeat Saints

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In Oakland today they're calling him "Black Jack" DelRio, more for his daring than what he was wearing.

His successful gamble on a two-point conversion with 47 seconds left was the first game-winner in the final minute of a season opener. It provided one of four one-point Week 1 wins for the first time ever.

In Dallas, the Giants provided another over the Cowboys. It was the first time in nine tries dating back to 1965 that the Giants had scored a Week 1 win over the Pokes.

That the Giants were able to hold off the Cowboys on defense to win, and that the Saints were unable to hold off the Raiders on defense gives hope to New York that everything has changed and fear in New Orleans that nothing has.

Last year, the Saints had the 31st-ranked defense in the NFL while surrendering a league-worst 30 points per game. Only the Giants' was more inept.

In trying to fix it, New York guaranteed over $100 million in signing three defensive players the first day of free agency. Yesterday, that defense didn't surrender a touchdown pass and limited Ezekiel Elliott to a 2.6 yard per carry average.

When they met here last year, Drew Brees threw seven touchdowns and Eli Manning six. But it took a 50-yard field goal from Kai Forbath at the final gun to provide a 52-49 Saints win.

Given the Giants' supposed defensive improvement, will they need more than 49 points to win this rematch?

Given the Saints performance yesterday and the loss of their best defensive back in Delvin Breaux therein, will they need 52 points again?          Or more?

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