New England Patriots easily handle Oakland Raiders in Mexico City


The New England Patriots rolled to another victory in Week 11, defeating the Oakland Raiders.

The New England Patriots can’t even be stopped south of the border. The Patriots took their show on the road to Mexico City to face the Oakland Raiders in Week 11. The Raiders, like so many teams before them, couldn’t handle the Patriots, who were victorious 33-8.

The Patriots winning streak now sits at an impressive six games. They are 8-2 and once again running away with the AFC East despite some pressure earlier in the season. In addition to the AFC East lead, the Patriots are also tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers atop the AFC. The loss doesn’t kill the Raiders playoff chances, but they are lessened as their record drops to 4-6.

The Raiders have no one to blame but themselves for the loss. They were unable to get anything going right from the opening kickoff despite coming off their bye week. The Raiders had everything working in their favor given the circumstances and they were unable to take advantage.

This game was essentially over by halftime. The Raiders looked poised to cut the Patriots lead in half before the half. Oakland was driving downfield and bleeding the block to ensure New England didn’t get the ball back. Then, everything unraveled.

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Seth Roberts was held up inside the five and then fumbled. The Patriots picked it up and did what they do best; score before halftime. The Patriots would get into position for Stephen Gostkowski and he came through. Gostkowski would nail a 62-yard field goal, the longest of his career and in Patriots history.

That gave the Patriots a 17-0 lead, putting the Raiders away even before they got to the locker room. New England would put the finishing touches on them right after halftime, going up 30-0 by the time the fourth quarter rolled around.

Once again Tom Brady was on point. The Raiders have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL and Brady made the most of the opportunity. Brady completed 30-of-37 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns. He absorbed only one sack and finished with a passer rating of 131.9.

Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola were his favorite targets, as both found plenty of space in the Raiders secondary. Cooks finished with six receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown while Amendola had eight receptions for 66 yards and one touchdown.

The Patriots defense, once again, played a strong game. The Raiders found no consistency offensively and credit needs to be given to the Patriots defense for their performance.


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The Patriots will return home for the first time in November, as they last played at Gillette Stadium on October 29th in Week 9. The Patriots will look to put even more distance between themselves and the AFC East as they will be hosting the Miami Dolphins.