OAKLAND, Calif. — New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston, who needs one more touchdown to set the franchise record for a career, reached a different milestone in Sunday’s 38-17 win over the Oakland Raiders.
Colston went into the game needing four catches to reach 500 for his seven-year career. He got there on a 15-yard reception from Drew Brees early in the fourth quarter.
Colston is only the third player in franchise history to have 500 catches, joining Eric Martin (532) and Joe Horn (523).
Brees threw for 219 yards and moved up another spot on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list in the first quarter when he passed Drew Bledsoe for eighth place.
Brees, who started the season in 11th place, now has 43,808 yards to Bledsoe’s 44.611. He also extended his two NFL-record streaks in throwing a touchdown pass in his 53rd straight game and stretching his streak with 20 completions to 46 games.
Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins scored the second touchdown of his four-year NFL career in the first quarter when he intercepted a pass intended for tight end Brandon Myers and returned it 55 yards. It was Jenkins’ first pick since he had two in a Dec. 12, 2010, game against St. Louis, with one being returned 96 yards for a score.
The Saints’ inactives were RB Darren Sproles (hand), T Zach Strief (groin), DE Junior Galette (ankle), CB Corey White (knee), LB Scott Shanle, WR Greg Camarillo, and DT Tyrunn Walker.
Inactives of note for the Raiders were RB Darren McFadden (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring), SS Tyvon Branch (neck), and RB Mike Goodson (ankle).
Cornerback Elbert Mack, who’s been released several times this season, played as the nickel back with White sidelined. On his first play, Mack made a nice open-field tackle on Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater after a third-down catch — forcing a punt on their opening possession.
Saints T Charles Brown left late in the second quarter with a right knee injury and did not return. … Mack banged his head on defensive end Will Smith’s knee after nearly coming up with an interception late in the game and didn’t return.
Rookie Bryce Harris was pressed into service for the first time this season when Brown, who was starting in place of an injured Strief, went down. Harris struggled early, but had good protection on his third snap when Brees found Lance Moore in the end zone for a 38-yard TD pass.
Jon Gruden, who coached Oakland from 1998-2001, pushed the button to light the eternal flame located in a corner of O.co Coliseum in honor of the late Raiders owner Al Davis.
A guest lights the flame just before each game for Davis, who once said, “The fire that burns brightest in this organization is the will to win.”
The Saints have won 14 straight games played in November and 16 of the last 17. . … Former Catholic High and Stanford running back Jeremy Stewart had two carries for 7 yards and one catch for 23 yards for the Raiders. Stewart was on the practice squad before being signed on Nov. 10. … Raiders coach Dennis Allen is 4-for-4 on replay challenges after winning one in the first quarter.
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