Raiders Vs. Patriots: Oakland Falls 31-19 To Tom Brady, Wes Welker & New England

The Oakland Raiders try to knock off their second straight big opponent in the New England Patriots. Rolando McClain had an interesting quote when discussing the Pats offense.

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Oakland Raiders NFL Report Card Week Four: Raiders Have No Answer for Tom Brady

The Oakland Raiders followed a big win with a big let down in week four. There were really no positives for the Raiders to take from their loss to the Patriots, instead, they are left taking it as a sign that they have a lot of work left to do.

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Raiders vs. Patriots: Jason Campbell Regresses in Loss to Patriots

The Oakland Raiders have found success this year by riding the coat tails of running back Darren McFadden. As a result of McFadden's immense success, the play of Jason Campbell has been overlooked for the most part. After struggling to find consistency and success in his first year as an Oakland Raider, Campbell has looked much improved this season. Coming into the game against the Patriots, Campbell had played well. He has protected the ball and avoided the pit falls of trying to do too much.

One of the biggest improvements that the Raiders have seen in Campbell this season is his decision making when a play does not go the way it was supposed to. In the past, Campbell would make poor decisions with the ball that often resulted in a sack, a fumble or an interception.

This season, we have seen Campbell show a lot more confidence in his ability to scramble should protection break down and, perhaps more importantly, we have seen Campbell throw balls away and live to play another down, rather than attempt to make a play when there is no play to be made.

Unfortunately for the Raiders, Campbell regressed in his play on Sunday against the New England Patriots. Campbell threw two costly interceptions at key points in the game, both times, attempting to make a play rather than playing it safe.

Campbell's first interception came at the end of the first half as the Raiders were trailing 14-10. Oakland had the ball at the New England six yard line. It was second down with under three minutes left in the half. In a scenario like this, the worst that the Raiders should come away with is a 14-13 half time deficit. However, on second down, Campbell found himself with a collapsing pocket and no open receivers. However, rather than try and make it into the end zone himself (he appeared to have several clear running lanes) or throw the ball away and live to play third down, Campbel inexplicably threw the ball right in between the numbers of Patriots safety Patrick Chung. The Pats then drove down the field for a first half ending field goal that put them up 17-10.

Campbell's second interception came in the fourth quarter as the Raiders were driving down the field. With right around ten minutes left in the game, and the Raiders trailing by three scores, Campbell threw an interception to defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. At this point in the game, the interception ensured that there would be no late comeback by the Oakland Raiders. Again, the play was broken at the time Campbell threw the interception. Campbell was moving around a crumbling pocket, and rather than run for a few yards or escape the tackle box and throw it away, Campbell attempted to get the ball to Darren McFadden, who was lost amidst a slew of lineman. Needless to say, it was yet another very ill advised throw by Campbell.

If the Raiders want to make the playoffs this season, Campbell cannot make these kinds of plays at the most crucial times in a game as the Raiders are simply not good enough yet to overcome such mistakes.

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Oakland Raiders Can't Overcome Penalties, Turnovers, Fall To New England Patriots 31-19

The Oakland Raiders lost a potentially winnable game against the New England Patriots. But they were victimized by their own mistakes and couldn't stop the Tom Brady-Wes Welker connection as Oakland dropped to 2-2 on the season.

The Oakland offense was able to generate plenty of yardage against a vulnerable New England defense, piling up 504 yards and 344 passing yards, plus they held the ball for 33 minutes and converted eight of 12 third downs. However, they could only manage 13 meaningful points, as Jason Campbell threw two crucial interceptions, including one right in the end zone to Patrick Chung. They killed two important Oakland drives, and handed the Patriots a crucial advantage they wouldn't relinquish.

Raiders penalties also cost them against New England. The early personal foul/late hit penalty by Richard Seymour after the whistle was a huge killer on the first drive, as the Patriots went on to drive for their first score of the game. And then Brady found Welker over and over again, to the tune of 9 catches for 158 receiving yards. Oakland committed nine penalties for 85 yards, none more vital than that early Seymour penalty.

To further discuss the Raiders-Patriots result, check out Silver and Black Pride (Oakland SB Nation site) and Pats Pulpit (New England SB Nation site).

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Raiders vs. Patriots Score Update: New England Controlling Second Half, Up 31-13

The New England Patriots seem to be tired of playing around with the Oakland Raiders, and have turned on the jets in the second half. New England took the opening drive and took four minutes to go up 24-10. Brady found Wes Welker running toward the right sideline for 32 yards to put the Patriots in Raider territory. Then Stephen Ridley took the football to the outside and torched it 33 yards into the end zone.

Oakland then put up an extensive 15 play, 74 yard, seven and a half minute drive behind the passing of Jason Campbell to put them in the red zone, but Oakland chose to kick a Sebastian Janikowski field goal down 14 and take the points on 4th and 3 at the New England 8. New England went almost immediately back to work, and it was Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Tom Brady, Wes Welker (receptions of nine, 19, six, and 28 yards). Brady then capped off the drive and probably put the game away when he found Deion Branch in the middle of the end zone.

The Raiders were driving early in the fourth quarter, but Vince Wilfork had another impressive interception from the nose tackle spot to kill it. Oakland is in a deep hole and time is running out for them in this one.

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Raiders vs. Patriots Score Update: Jason Campbell INT Keeps New England Ahead 17-10

The Oakland Raiders are hanging in there with the New England Patriots, but they could very well be in the lead if not for a crucial error by their quarterback. Jason Campbell had the Raiders in the red zone after a solid drive set up by a nice 28 yard connection with Darrius Heyward-Bey and a 30 yard Jacoby Ford sweep. But then on second and goal, Campbell tried to throw it away, and didn't throw it high enough. Patriots safety Patrick Chung made the interception practically uncontested.  Tom Brady throws to Chad Ochocinco and Benjarvus Green-Ellis set up a late Stephen Gostkowski 44 yard field goal to put New England up 17-10 at halftime.

The Raiders did hold an early 10-7 second quarter lead. A 41 yard rush by Darren McFadden, a 17 yard scramble by Campbell, and then a 23 yard reception by Kevin Boss set up a Michael Bush one yard score. But Brady came right back to give the Patriots the lead, connecting with Wes Welker (again) for 24 and 21 yards to set up a Green-Ellis one yard rushing score.

To discuss the Pats-Raiders game, go to Pats Pulpit to connect with New England fans, and go to Silver and Black Pride to converse with fellow Oakland fans.

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Raiders vs. Patriots Score Update: Oakland Down 7-3 After Richard Seymour Miscues

The Oakland Raiders marched down the field to start things off against the New England PatriotsJason Campbell spread the wealth around, finding Denarius Moore for seven yards, Darren McFadden for 15 yards, then hooked up with Kevin Boss for 23 and 12 yards. A Raiders holding penalty in the red zone stalled the drive, and Sebastian Janikowski had to kick a gimmee 28 yard field goal to put Oakland up 3-0.

But back came New England, and a former Patriot did a lot of the damage for Oakland. A crucial personal foul penalty by Richard Seymour cost the Raiders 15 yards on a 3rd and 9. Then a Seymour face mask set the Patriots up at the Oakland 32. A Stephen Ridley direct snap went for 15 yards, and then Tom Brady found Wes Welker to give the Patriots the lead through one quarter.

To discuss the game with Oakland fans, check out Silver and Black Pride. To discuss the game with Patriots fans, check out Pats Pulpit.

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Raiders vs. Patriots, Injury Report: Albert Haynesworth, Aaron Hernandez Out For New England

Both the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots will be without a number of key players this Sunday at the sold out Oakland Coliseum, setting up a matchup of the ‘new’ Raiders behind Hue Jackson and a Patriots team still searching for some identity.

Oakland has a veritable laundry list of injuries as safety Michael Huff, cornerback Chris Johnson, fullback Marcel Reece, defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, wide receiver Louis Murphy, linebacker Ricky Brown, and offensive tackle Stephon Heyer will all be sidelined with injures this afternoon for the Black and Silver.

New England will be without a number of crucial players, having to go without backup QB Ryan Mallett, cornerbacks Leigh Bodden and Ras-I Dowling, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, tight end Aaron Hernandez, offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and defensive lineman Mike Wright will all be out this Sunday. Hernandez and Haynesworth had been making serious strides with the team and will be tough to replace for Bil Belichick and his New England squad.

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Raiders vs. Patriots: TV Schedule, Kickoff Time, Radio Coverage & More

The Oakland Raiders face the New England Patriots in Overstock.com Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, as they try to pick up their second straight big victory against an AFC East opponent. The Raiders will have their hands full trying to slow down Tom Brady and the aerial assault from New England's passing game, as well as dealing with their own injuries to ensure they're ready to win.

Kickoff: 1:15 PM PT/4:15 PM ET

TV: CBS (DIRECTV channel 716). Check whether you'll get the game by looking at this regional map. It appears anywhere on the West Coast or New England area will allow you to watch the Patriots and the Raiders.

TV announcers: Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots

Radio: KITS LIVE 105.3 FM, SIRIUS XM Radio Channel 113. Other radio stations include Sacramento - KTKZ 1380 AM,  Napa - KVON 1440 AM, Redding - KNRO 1670 AM, Palm Springs - KPSI 920 AM, King City - KRKC 1490 AM, Fresno - KMJ 580 AM, Los Angeles - KLAA 830 AM,  Modesto - KHKK 104.1 FM. 

Radio announcers: Greg Papa, Tom Flores

Line: The Patriots are six-point favorites after opening up by four points.

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Raiders Cut Nick Miller, Sign Ron Parker Off Of Practice Squad

The Oakland Raiders have cut wide receiver Nick Miller and signed safety Ron Parker, according to Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. Miller has been with the Raiders for the past two seasons but has caught only three passes for 40 yards during that span.

Miller served as the team's main return man, but has bene replaced this season by Taiwan Jones on kickoff returns and rookie Denarius Moore on punt returns. Miller didn't play last week, and the team ultimately felt that the time had come to cut ties with him.

To replace Miller, the Raiders promoted Parker from the practice squad. Parker is a rookie this year and played for the Seattle Seahawks a few months ago, but was released prior to the season. He should help out the Raiders secondary, which has been hit by injuries lately. Parker could play against the New England Patriots this week, fulfilling every safety's dream of facing Tom Brady in his very first game.

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Raiders Vs Patriots Injury Report: Louis Murphy Out; Jacoby Ford, Michael Huff Questionable

The week of practice is in the books and the Raiders and Patriots released their respective injury reports for this week's matchup in Oakland. Oakland will be without receiver Louis Murphy and cornerback Chris Johnson and the Patriots will have to do without tight end Aaron Hernandez, defensive end Mike Wright, and tackle Sebastian Vollmer

The good news for the Raiders is that QB Jason Campbell and RB Darren McFadden were listed as probable and are likely to play.

Here are the teams' injury reports:

Raiders:

OUT
CB Chris Johnson (hamstring), WR Louis Murphy (groin)

QUESTIONABLE
LB Ricky Brown (concussion), WR Jacoby Ford (hamstring), S Michael Huff (concussion), S Michael Mitchell (knee), RB Marcel Reece (ankle), DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder)

PROBABLE
S Jerome Boyd (knee), QB Jason Campbell (foot), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), S Matt Giordano (shoulder), LB Quentin Groves (quadricep), RB Darren McFadden (shoulder, groin), CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (knee)

Patriots:

OUT
TE Aaron Hernandez (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (back), DE Mike Wright (concussion)

QUESTIONABLE
CB Kyle Arrington (chest), CB Leigh Bodden (groin), S Patrick Chung (hand), CB Ras-I Dowling (hip), DE Shaun Ellis (knee), LB Gary Guyton (hamstring), DE Albert Haynesworth (back), WR Taylor Price (hamstring), C Ryan Wendell (calf)

PROBABLE
S Josh Barrett (thumb), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)

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Raiders vs. Patriots Injury Report: Darren McFadden Continues To Practice, Jason Campbell Limited

The Oakland Raiders have a big showdown this week against the New England Patriots, a team looking to relieve frustrations from their previous loss to the Buffalo Bills. As for the two teams, each side has their share of injuries, but it appears most of the impact players will be on the field this Sunday. Here is the full injury report:

Raiders:

Did Not Participate:

LB Ricky Brown (concussion), S Michael Huff (concussion), CB Chris Johnson (hamstring), WR Louis Murphy (groin), RB Marcel Reece (ankle), DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder)

Limited Participation:

QB Jason Campbell (foot), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), WR Jacoby Ford (hamstring), S Michael Mitchell (knee)

Full Participation:

S Jerome Boyd (knee), S Matt Giordano (shoulder), LB Quentin Groves (quadricep), RB Darren McFadden (shoulder, groin), CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (knee)

Patriots:

Did Not Participate:

DE Albert Haynesworth (back), TE Aaron Hernandez (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (back), DE Mike Wright (concussion)

Limited Participation:

CB Kyle Arrington (chest), CB Leigh Bodden (groin), S Patrick Chung (hand), CB Ras-I Dowling (hip), DE Shaun Ellis (knee), LB Gary Guyton (hamstring), G Logan Mankins (illness), LB Jerod Mayo (thigh), P Zoltan Mesko (left knee), WR Taylor Price (hamstring), C Ryan Wendell (calf)

Full Participation:

S Josh Barrett (thumb), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)

It's a good sign to see McFadden at practice and participating for the second consecutive day. His absence would probably guarantee a loss for the Raiders. As for the Patriots, their bevy of injured players could have an impact on Sunday, though Bill Belichick has been known to hold back information in his injury reports in previous weeks. Limited participation could mean anything from two drills to twenty in the Patriots organization.

For more on the Raiders, check out Silver and Black Pride.

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Raiders vs. Patriots: Rookie Corner Chimdi Chekwa Looks to Impress Against Pats Aerial Attack

After losing Nnamdi Asomugha to free agency this off season, the Raiders have had a ton of questions with their defensive secondary. In week two, Chris Johnson, the number two corner on the team, was borderline humiliated by the Bill's star wide receiver Stevie Johnson. However, unfortunately for the Raiders, behind Johnson on the depth chart is nothing but a whole lot of inexperience.

After Johnson and Stanford Routt, the Raiders have only three other corners. Second year player Joe Porter, who spent last season on the practice squad, and two rookies, Demarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa. Up to this point, Van Dyke has received most of the focus after the two starters. Many saw Van Dyke as a potential starter for the Raiders at some point in the future.

However, due to injuries sustained by Chris Johnson, Demarcus Van Dyke and Michael Huff (who does spot duty as a corner when needed), Chekwa was given the opportunity to show what he could do in a game against a team with three very good receivers. The Jets boast three recievers who could be starters on almost any team in the league with Santonio Holmes, Derrick Mason and Plaxico Burress.

Despite not seeing any playing time with the first team defense in the preseason or regular season, Chekwa did not disappoint. Not only was he able to hold his own against some great receivers, his break up of a pass intended for Burress on a 4th and 2 play was one of the more impactful plays of the game.

Chekwa certainly did not appear to be nervous or in awe of playing against some of the bigger names in the NFL and likely has earned himself more playing time in order to show whether or not he can earn a spot as the nickel back, or potentially even overtake Chris Johnson as the number two corner in Oakland. Either way, it looks as though the Raiders may have found more than one late round contributor in the 2011 draft.

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Raiders vs. Patriots, NFL Injury Report: Darren McFadden Back In Action

The Oakland Raiders are a banged-up team. Not the way they want to go into their tilt with the New England Patriots, but it's no surprise that beating the New York Jets takes a lot out of you. There are a lot of Raiders that were sitting out or sitting a lot during Wednesday's practice. But it's nice to see Darren McFadden going!

Non-participants

  • LB Ricky Brown (concussion)
  • CB Chris Johnson (hamstring)
  • WR Louis Murphy (groin)
  • RB Marcel Reece (ankle)
  • DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder)

Limited

Full pads

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Will not play this week

Non-participants

Limited

  • CB Kyle Arrington (chest)
  • CB Leigh Bodden (groin)
  • S Patrick Chung (hand)
  • CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
  • DE Shaun Ellis (knee)
  • LB Gary Guyton (hamstring)
  • DE Albert Haynesworth (back)
  • LB Jerod Mayo (thigh)
  • WR Taylor Price (hamstring)
  • C Ryan Wendell (calf)

Full pads

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Raiders Vs. Patriots: Source Says Darren McFadden Will Play

There are sources and then there are Adam Schefter sources. The former sources can be unreliable or downright wrong but the Super Schef didn't make his way into the halls of immortal sports reporters by trusting unreliable sources. That being said, Adam Schefter is reporting that, per a team source, Raiders' running back Darren McFadden will play Sunday against the New England Patriots

McFadden left Sunday's game against the Jets with a groin injury after 171 yards and two touchdowns, but according the team source, 'McFadden's groin simply tightened and he could have gone back in the game if Oakland needed him."

The Raiders didn't need him last week as they raced to a big lead late in the game, but as they host New England this week as four point underdogs, they'll pin some of their hopes for victory on McFadden breaking some big runs. If McFadden is slowed up at all by the groin issue, expect to see Michael Bush get more carries.

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Raiders vs. Patriots Odds: New England Opens As Four Point Favorite

The Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots square off this weekend in a match-up of 2-1 teams. Though they will play host in Sunday's game, the Raiders are four-point underdogs in the opening spread.

The Patriots have averaged 34.7 points over the team's first three games while the Raiders have averaged 30.7 points per game. Both squads rank in the top six in scoring (the Patriots rank second and the Raiders rank sixth). The two teams are radically different in their offensive composition though: the Patriots have scored a majority of their touchdowns so far through the air (84.62%) while the Raiders have scored most of their points via the run (72.73%).

Both squads also rank among the league's worst on defense. The Patriots are 27th in the league in points allowed (26.3 points per game) while the Raiders are 28th (27.3 points per game). With such high-octane offenses and below-average defenses, this game will be a shootout.

The outcome of the game will be variable until the very end since both teams have the potential to score late. Don't expect to know one way or another about how you (or your friends who might be betting on this contest) fared on the four-point spread until the clock shows all zeroes. 

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Hue Jackson Pays Respect To Patriots, Says Raiders Will Be Ready

The Oakland Raiders are riding high this week after besting the New York Jets 34-24 on Saturday. Next up for the Raiders is another AFC East foe, the New England PatriotsHead coach Hue Jackson paid his respect to the Patriots in an interview with the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones.

On the topic of the Patriots, Jackson said, "This team has the best quarterback in football (Tom Brady). They have the best coach (Bill Belicheck). They've been the Super Bowl champion." Jackson is right: the Patriots have looked very good in the early going and certainly look to be top contenders this year. The Patriots, however, were exposed this past weekend in a 34-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills that saw New England give up a 21-0 lead behind four interceptions by Brady.

That doesn't matter, though. Good teams have bad days, and the Patriots had one of theirs on Saturday. The Raiders are expecting New England to come out firing on all cylinders on Saturday, and they will be ready. As Jackson put it, "This is the best of the best week in and week out. There is no easy opportunities in this deal...But they gotta come out here, in the O, Raiders nation, our fans, our football team and come play us, and we'll show up."

The Raiders have certainly looked like a strong team so far, and Jackson is a huge reason for this. He has coached his young team to an impressive 2-1 start (which could be 3-0 at this point barring a collapse to the Bills in Week 2) and could be looking at a 3-1 record after Sunday. The Patriots stand in the way, but Jackson and the Raiders look forward to the opportunity of proving themselves against one of the NFL's best.

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Darren McFadden Injury: Raiders RB Should Play Vs. Patriots

The status of Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden is the biggest concern going into next week's showdown with the New England Patriots. McFadden had to leave in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets and was replaced by Michael Bush. McFadden suffered a groin injury, and it looked like he'd be questionable to play next week.

A day later though, it's looking like everything should be alright for playing. McFadden believed that he was in good shape to play on Sunday, and now a league source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that the tailback should be ready for action. The Patriots run defense isn't amazing, and McFadden's gamebreaking ability will be needed to ensure Jason Campbell can stay effective in the pocket. The Patriots are expected to get their points against the Raiders, so the offense needs to be able to keep up. McFadden is needed in that regard.

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New England Patriots A "Finesse" Team? Raiders LB Rolando McClain Thinks So

The Oakland Raiders try to knock off their second straight big opponent in the New England Patriots. Rolando McClain had an interesting quote when discussing the Pats offense.

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