64 degrees – cloudy
- For the 2nd game in a row, the Patriots played another complete, near flawless game.
- The Patriots’ only difficulty continues to be their redzone offense, where they too often settle for FGs.
- For the 7th consecutive game, the Patriots scored within the final minute of the end of the first half. Ahead 14-0, the Patriots took over on their own 7-yard line with two time outs and 33 seconds left in the half, after a fumble by Raiders WR Seth Roberts. Most teams would err toward being conservative and being content going into halftime with a two-score lead. Not the Patriots. They moved efficiently down the field, and with five seconds left in the half, converted a 62-yard K Stephen Gostkowski FG. With a 17-0 lead, which based on how the Raiders were playing, effectively closed out the game.
- The Raiders simply didn’t do much on offense or defense in this game. Offensively, they don’t have an identity. While they have RB Marshawn Lynch and a host of other talents, they can’t decide on what kind of offense they want to be. They don’t appear to play with conviction in their current system, and when they get behind, as they did today, they also didn’t do anything to increase or change the tempo. On defense, the Raiders still suffer too many breakdowns. They’ve had a lot of difficulty with injuries on the back end. Today, they were forced to play rookie DB Obi Melifonwu, who made one mistake in coverage, that caused a 64 yard TD pass from Tom Brady to WR Brandin Cooks.