|Raiders look to slow down New Orleans TE Graham|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 15 November 2012 23:33|
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Sports Writer
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Playing in the same division as Antonio Gates and having faced Tony Gonzalez so many times over the years has given the Oakland Raiders plenty of experience dealing with elite tight ends.
Going up against New Orleans' Jimmy Graham this week might be the toughest test yet.
With his imposing 6-foot-7, 265-pound frame and the athletic ability of a former college basketball player, Graham is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. That's especially true for a Raiders team that is banged up in the secondary and has struggled all season to slow down opposing tight ends.
Graham has overcome an inconsistent stretch earlier this season to help the Saints (4-5) rebound from an 0-4 start heading into Sunday's game against the Raiders (3-6).