A quick look at the Raiders’ loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, which saw a final score of 36-20 and leaves Las Vegas as 2-1.
The Raiders made mistakes on both sides of the ball and had too many key penalties to keep up with the Patriots.
Gutted on ground:
The Patriots had 217 rushing yards through three quarters. That’s ridiculous.
Tough time on third down:
The Raiders didn’t convert on third down on their first five tries.
The Patriots got the ball deep in their own territory on a fumble. It was a bad call and the Raiders should have kept possession.
Raiders’ safety Johnathan Abram bailed out the official’s mistake when he intercepted Cam Newton on the next drive and took the ball back into the red zone. The Raiders took a 3-0 lead on the drive.
Nothing else to add. He killed the Raiders.
The Raiders committed four penalties lost two fumbles by midway through the second quarter. Not great.
Carr fumbles again (twice):
Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr was sacked and lost a fumble in the second quarter and it setup a New England field goal as it took a 6-3 lead. Then, he fumbled on a sack in the end zone in the fourth quarter to make it a 36-13 game. According to ESPN, Carr has lost 26 fumbles since he entered the NFL in 2014. It is the most in the NFL.
Raekwon McMillan, acquired from Miami in an August trade, started at middle linebacker for the injured Nick Kwiatkoski. Nicholas Morrow had been starting. Morrow did play, too.
Defense fades in second quarter:
After a great start, the Raiders’ defense, especially against the run, started to give up a lot of yardage in the second quarter,
Rookie cornerback Damon Arnette left the game with a hand injury in the second quarter. He was already playing with a thumb fracture.
The Raiders didn’t target star tight end Darren Waller until the third quarter. He didn’t catch his first pass until the four minutes remained in the game. Yes, the Patriots did a nice job on him, but he was pretty hobbled by a knee injury he suffered last week.
Edwards hurt: Rookie receiver Bryan Edwards went to the locker room early in the third quarter with a right ankle injury. He was hurt after a long catch-and-run. He did return to the game.
Crazy end to first half:
The Raiders got back in the game by scoring in the final seconds of the first half (they’ve done that in all three games) when they thought they had a score on a pass from Carr to Hunter Renfrow. But he was ruled down at the 1. No problem, Carr then hit tight end Foster Moreau for the score to cut the Patriots’ lead to 13-10.
Bad miss: Raiders’ kicker Daniel Carlson, who has two 54-yard field goals so far, missed a field goal that would have tied the game at 13-13 in the third quarter.
The Raiders’ forced New England to go 3-and-out on the first series of the game.
Big day for Crosby:
Raiders’ defensive end Maxx Crosby sacked Newton twice. Crosby had been pretty quiet in the first two games so that’s a god sign,
The Raiders host Buffalo and red-hot quarterback Josh Allen next Sunday in Las Vegas. The Bills beat the Rams 35-32 in a Week 3 thriller.