The Las Vegas Raiders will travel east to Foxborough for a Sunday afternoon meeting against the New England Patriots. They are coming off a big time win on Monday Night Football in their brand new home at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas. The Raiders erased an early deficit against the Saints for a 34-24 victory. Good win for the Raiders against a good team in the Saints.
Their offense made it look easy against a quality Saints’ defensive unit. Derek Carr has been criticized for coming up short in big games, but he made sure that his team was going to win on opening night in Las Vegas. I’m still getting accustomed to calling them the Las Vegas Raiders. It might take a full season before I get used to knowing them as the Raiders of Las Vegas.
As far as the on-field product is concerned, it’s been smooth sailing for the Raiders so far. The Raiders won both of their first two games. They opened the season with a 34-30 win over the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. That game was all about workhorse Josh Jacobs. Jacobs hit the end zone three times, while Carr chipped in with a touchdown to Nelson Agholor.
Even more impressive was their performance over a good New Orleans team on Monday night. They were 34-24 winners behind 3 touchdowns from Carr to Zay Jones, Darren Waller, and Alec Ingold. The offense was well-balanced with Jacobs touting the rock for 88 yards, and Carr finishing with 284 yards through the air. The threat of Jacobs on the ground opens everything up for Carr downfield.
The Patriots at Gillette Stadium will be the Raiders’ biggest test yet. Sure, the Saints are one of the best in the league, and you could make the argument more talented than the Patriots, but they were without Michael Thomas and it was the opening of Allegiant Stadium. Now, the Raiders must go into Foxborough on a short week following a huge win. Can they sustain their momentum? Head below for our free Las Vegas Raiders vs. New England Patriots pick for September 27, 2020 in NFL Week 3.
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The New England Patriots are coming off a tough loss on Sunday night in Seattle. With the ball at the goal line, Cam Newton was denied by a determined Seattle defense. Everyone knew what the play call was, and the Seahawks certainly weren’t fooled by Josh McDaniels putting the ball in the hands of Cam. Despite the loss, it was an impressive effort by the Patriots on the road against a good Seahawks squad. That performance proved that the Patriots are still contenders and not going anywhere with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.
The Patriots didn’t do anything too exotic against the Dolphins in Week 1. The play calling was very conservative. Belichick didn’t want to open things up against an inferior opponent. However, on Sunday night, I think we saw a little more of the full product from the Patriots in Seattle.
Cam threw for 397 yards with a touchdown and interception on 30 for 44 passing. With some help from the defense, the Patriots would have won that game. While I say that, it was more Russell Wilson than anything. Coverage wasn’t terrible for the Patriots, but Wilson kept dropping dimes in tight windows.
Their defense is better than what we saw in Seattle, or at least than what the box score indicated. There aren’t too many defenses who would have been able to offer much resistance against Wilson on Sunday night. The Patriots did what they could and Wilson performed like an MVP candidate.
Carr will be without Henry Ruggs on Sunday afternoon. Ruggs was questionable last week, but suited up and played with an injury. Even though he wasn’t 100%, his speed had to be respected by the Saints.
Without that deep ball presence, the Patriots can do a better job zeroing in on Darren Waller. Waller was a pass catching machine on Monday night, as he hauled in 12 receptions for 105 yards and a score. That was partially possible because of the attention given to Ruggs on deep routes.
The Raiders are also dealing with major injuries to their offensive line going into Sunday. Richie Incognito has been placed on IR because of an Achilles injury, joining Trent Brown as critical losses for the Raiders up front offensively. Sam Young is considered questionable to play this afternoon, and Denzelle Good, Brown’s replacement, is dealing with a thumb injury.
This looks like a tough position for the Raiders after a huge win in their first ever game in Las Vegas. They go into Foxborough on a short week as well, having to deal with a Patriots team that typically responds well following a loss. Look for McDaniels to unleash more of Cam on Sunday against a suspect Las Vegas defense. They came a yard short last week in Seattle, but expect a touchdown or more of distance between them and the Raiders.