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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).