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Raiders-Patriots recap, final score: Raiders blown out of Mexico City 33-8

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It was never close.

NFL: New England Patriots at Oakland Raiders Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The expected shoot out turned into a firing squad real quick. It was the Raiders who showed up without any ammunition.

Running to start the game was working well for the Raiders. Marshawn Lynch got the ball on the first three plays to go for 12 yards and a fresh set of downs. It was going to the air that ended it. A short catch by Crabtree and a 5-yard run by DeAndre Washington put them in 3rd and 4. Carr threw over the middle to Seth Roberts who dropped it and the Raiders would begin the game with a punt.

Starting their drive at their own 13-yard-line, the Patriots drove 87 yards for a touchdown on their opening drive. Obi Melifonwu got the start at cornerback and Brady went after him early and often. The Patriots would convert 4 third downs on their opening drive and Brady would go 9 for 9, finishing it off with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dion Lewis.

Another strong run by Marshawn Lynch gave the Raiders a first down early in their next drive. A few plays later, in 3rd and 11, Carr went deep to Johnny Holton up the left sideline, but the ball bounced off Holton’s shoulder pad and was intercepted.

On the second play of the Patriots’ next series, Khalil Mack would get around the right edge to sack Tom Brady. The Raiders defense would hold and force one of the few punts for the Patriots in the game.

The Raiders next drive stalled near midfield for another punt. The Patriots drive did not. On first down, Brady went up top to Brandin Cooks for 52 yards. The Patriots churned out the remaining 28 yards, finishing on a 5-yard pass to Danny Amendola in the back of the end zone.

Down 14-0 with just under five minutes, the Raiders needed to get something going quickly. And they did. On second down, Marshawn Lynch ran for 25 yards – his longest run of the season – and the Raiders were at midfield.

Four straight runs by Jalen Richard picked up 19 yards to put the Raiders in scoring range. Two more runs by Marshawn Lynch (9) and DeAndre Washington (2) put them in first down at the 15-yard-line. A pass over the middle to Seth Roberts looked to put the Raiders in first and goal at the 3-yard-line, but Roberts had the ball knocked out while trying to fight for more yards.

Not only did the Raiders get stopped with no points, but the Patriots quickly moved back into scoring range on a 20-yard Dion Lewis run, an 18-yard catch by Amendola, and a 10-yard completion to Gronkowski. Then kicker Stephen Gostkowski took the field for a 62-yard field goal. In the high elevation, the field goal was easily through and the Patriots took the 17-0 lead at the half.

With the ball to begin the second half, the Patriots would extend that lead quickly. On the third play, Cooks burnt Obi Melifonwu and Reggie Nelson wasn’t there to help out and Cooks went 64 yards for the touchdown. That gave the Patriots a 24-0 lead a minute into the third quarter.

Two more drives for field goals would give the Patriots an insurmountable 30-0 lead to begin the 4th quarter. It was garbage time early in Mexico City.

Marshawn Lynch was the only thing the Raiders had going well early. He had 67 yards on 11 carries (6.1 yards per carry).

Derek Carr was 12 for 23 for 101 yards and an interception while the game was in any way still in reach.

He would lead the Raiders on a scoring drive early in the fourth quarter, ending with a touchdown throw to Amari Cooper and a two-point conversion to Michael Crabtree with 11:43 remaining.

Just to…prove a point or something I guess, Tom Brady came back out and drove the Patriots for another field goal to go up 33-8 with 8:15 remaining. Brady would watch the rest of the way having thrown for 339 yards and 3 touchdowns with a 131.9 passer rating. And, of course, no interceptions for the Raiders. Record now at 10 games.

The Raiders fell to 4-6 on the season. The Patriots improve to 8-2.