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    NEW ORLEANS -- Even if the Oakland Raiders latest visit to the Superdome wont go down as their most memorable triumph in New Orleans, it certainly has the potential to be a pivotal moment in the apparent resurgence of a proud franchise that hasnt won much for more than a decade. Nike Air Huarache NM White .The Raiders have been so annually lousy since 2002 that coach Jack Del Rios 7-9 record in his first season with the club a year ago was widely seen as a promising development. And because a number of the Raiders top players are young, Oakland is becoming a popular dark horse pick to contend for an AFC playoff spot.Given the resolve and guts the silver-and-black demonstrated in a dramatic, season-opening 35-34 victory over the Saints on Sunday, why not?The Raiders not only erased a 14-point, second-half deficit on hostile ground. They also overcame another one-touchdown deficit in style, marching 75 yards in the final minutes for a touchdown and a bold, do-or-die, 2-point conversion from Derek Carr to Michael Crabtree with 47 seconds left.Thatll never measure up to the 1980 Raiders Super Bowl triumph in the Big Easy, but its the kind of victory that can give a young squad a psychological edge.Today really helps them with finding a way to get a win, Del Rio said after Sundays triumph. This year, we are talking about learning how to win, learning how to close these games, sticking together and making plays at the end. I am really proud of our guys, really happy for them.The Saints are also coming off of a 7-9 record last season. They showed potential to improve, but ultimately lost for much the same reason as last year -- their defense couldnt make what Drew Brees and Co. produced hold up.Theres a point where you have to dig down and get off the field, coach Sean Payton said of his defense, noting the unit did not have any sacks or turnovers. We werent able to do so. From then on, youre just hanging in there, and we didnt make enough plays.Other key developments from the Raiders-Saints season opener:BALANCED ATTACK: As much as the Raiders might lean on Carr and his top receivers -- Crabtree and Amari Cooper -- to produce, their running game made the difference in New Orleans. The Raiders rushed for 167 yards, including touchdown runs of 75 yards by rookie Jalen Richard , 6 yards by Latavius Murray and 2 yards by Jamize Olawale.BETTER BLOCKING: The Saints offensive line struggled during an 0-4 preseason, but generally gave Brees the time he needed against Oakland. Brees blamed himself for his fumble on a sack, saying he held the ball too long, and applauded his protection during a 423-yard, four TD performance.Well be fine, said veteran right guard Jahri Evans, who was re-acquired last week to shore up the unit. Drew felt comfortable back there. We got some long passes.OPPORTUNISTIC DEFENSE: While the Raiders defense sometimes struggled to stop the ever-prolific Brees, they made a number of promising plays, highlighted by Bruce Irvins sack and strip of the Saints star QB for a turnover. The Raiders forced another fumble by Saints receiver Willie Snead, but werent able to pounce on it. Meanwhile, Oakland held the Saints to 88 yards rushing.EXPERIENCE DEFICIT: The Saints started the game with a lot of youth and inexperience in the secondary and ended it with even more after second-year starting cornerback Delvin Breaux was taken to the locker room with an undisclosed lower leg injury. With newly acquired veteran cornerback Sterling Moore inactive, the Saints had several defensive backs with no prior regular season NFL experience on the field for Oaklands winning drive. That included undrafted rookie Ken Crawley, who was covering Crabtree on the winning conversion.QB PROFICIENCY: The Saints neednt worry about the 37-year-old Brees age and the Raiders can be confident that Carr continues to develop into one of the NFLs best as he enters his prime. Brees opened his 16th season by eclipsing the 400-yard mark for the 14th time in his career, tying for first all-time with Peyton Manning. He also set personal and team records for longest passing play on a 98-yard TD to Brandin Cooks . Car passed for 319 yards, one TD and a pair of clutch 2-point conversions, first to Cooper to tie the game at 27 and later to Crabtree for the win.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Nike Air Max 2017 Mens . But by the time the game started, the Toronto Raptors forward felt even worse. And, for three quarters, it showed as Gay shot a woeful three-for-13 from the field. Nike Huarache Ultra Breathe Black . P.A. Parenteau scored early in the third period to help the Avs edge Toronto 2-1 on Tuesday night. Cory Sarich also scored for Colorado (3-0-0), which is off to its best ever start. http://www.pumacreepersrihanna.com/ . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. Paul Gallen will take a pay cut to remain at Cronulla in 2017.Gallen confirmed on Thursday an offer had been tabled for him to sign on for a 17th NRL season with the club.He will look to finalise the negotiations within the next fortnight.However he has admitted his next deal was worth nowhere near as much as his current one, which is reported to be around $650,000.I understand that and I totally accept that, he told the Triple M Rush Hour.Ive sat down with Flanno and spoken about that. Its a significant haircut - put it that way.The timeline the Croonulla and NSW Origin captain has placed on himself means whether the Sharks go onto win their maiden premiership in 2016 will have no bearing on his future. Nike Air Pegasus Sale. owever he did confirm that while the one-year extension would likely be his last in the NRL, he may consider heading to the English Super League.Ive always wanted to go overseas, he said.Ive always wanted to do that so I think I might weigh up that option. 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