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Saints 38, Raiders 17

Saints back to .500 after rout on road

OAKLAND, Calif. — Drew Brees is once again his efficient self, the running game is rolling and the defense is back to being a fast, ball-hawking group. About all New Orleans interim coach Joe Vitt had to complain about were two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties after big plays.

What a difference from that 0-4 start for the Saints.

Brees threw three touchdowns and Malcolm Jenkins returned an interception for another score to get New Orleans back to .500 after a rout of the Raiders.

"We're on our way," Brees said. "Had you told us or anybody after 0-4 we'd be looking at 5-5 at some point, I think a lot of people might have looked at that and said that's pretty unrealistic. But here we are."

Lance Moore caught two touchdowns and Mark Ingram ran for a score as the Saints won for the fifth time in six games to make a playoff run despite the season-long bounty scandal distraction.