Marcus Allen ran for two touchdowns in a 3:33 span in the first half to give Los Angeles an early lead and the Raiders went on to defeat the New Orleans Saints, 23-13, today.

The NFL victory was the third in a row for the Raiders (4-2), who are tied with Denver and Seattle for first place in the AFC West. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Saints (3-3).

Allen led all rushers with 107 yards on 28 carries and caught three passes for 51 yards. Los Angeles built a 14-0 lead on his 11-yard run with 1:36 remaining in the first quarter and eight-yard run 1:57 into the second.

The Saints scored for the first time with 4:03 left before halftime on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Dave Wilson to Guido Merkens. New Orleans cut the deficit to 14-13 on a 34-yard field goal by Morten Andersen in the third quarter and a 33-yarder by Andersen with 14:13 remaining in the game.

Marc Wilson's 15-yard touchdown pass to Dokie Williams and Chris Bahr's extra point gave the Raiders a 21-13 lead with 6:32 left in the game. They added a safety with 2:49 left when Lyle Alzado sacked Dave Wilson in the end zone.