The Raiders (5-5), once considered among the N.F.L.’s leading teams, have actually nose-dived, losing three straight games as other controversies engulfed them. Weeks after Jon Gruden resigned as head coach in October after The New york city Times reported on racist and homophobic emails he sent previously signing up with the team, the Raiders released their 2020 first-round draft choices, Henry Ruggs III and Damon Arnette, for separate off-field incidents.Quarterback Derek Carr has actually had a hard time to adjust without Ruggs, who commanded defensive attention as a rapid deep risk, and Las Vegas’s offense has not scored more than 20 points in a video game throughout the skid.Buffalo Expenses at New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m., NBC The Expenses (6-4) were as soon as thought to be Super Bowl contenders who were building on last season, when they appeared in their first A.F.C. national championship considering that
the 1993 season. Buffalo can still be one of the much better teams in the conference, but it has lost 2 of its last three games to inferior challengers, and ceded the A.F.C. East division lead to the New England Patriots. Losing to the Colts recently pointed out the Costs ‘worrying problems with penalties, dangerous decisions by quarterback Josh Allen, and a top-ranked defense that atypically gave up 264 rushing yards.The Saints( 5-5 )were expected to regroup after quarterback Drew Brees’s retirement this off-season, however New Orleans has been unbearably inconsistent because of wrecking injuries. The top receiver Michael Thomas, who was expected to miss out on 6 weeks, rather is out for the season and Brees’s follower, Jameis Winston, tore an anterior cruciate ligament in Week 8, leaving journeyman Trevor Siemian in charge of the offense.The group has actually lost three straight video games, and over that span has actually been beleaguered by much more injuries to offending playmakers. The flexible running back Alvin Kamara (knee)will not use Thursday, and his backup, Mark Ingram, is likewise recovering from a knee injury. Tight end Adam Trautman(knee )was placed on the injured reserve list.Both teams are on a down skid, but this game is more vital for the Saints. A loss would reduce New Orleans’s possibilities of reaching the postseason to 44 percent, according to the Playoff Simulator. Possibly they’ll play like it.