FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Raiders are no longer undefeated. Rex Burkhead led the way as the Patriots were able to go 2-1 this season by beating Las Vegas at Gillette Stadium, 36-20. It was a career day for the veteran who found the end zone three times in the winning effort, once in the air and twice on the ground. He also totaled 98 yards of scrimmage.Really, it was a good day of racing for the entire Patriots backfield. As Cam Newton went through a top-to-bottom afternoon from end to end, the racing game featuring Burkhead, Sony Michel and JJ Taylor took over. As a team, the Patriots were able to run 252 yards with 6.6 yards per carry. With talks about reducing his bubbling role, Michel did his best to silence his critics, rushing for 117 yards in just nine carries. This running game was especially important to the Patriots as the passing attack wasn’t as deadly as it seemed a week ago. Newton completed 17 of his 28 passes for 162 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
For the Raiders, it was a game full of missed opportunities. While the New England defense did a great job canceling Darren Waller’s presence outside of two late catches, Las Vegas was still able to capitalize by hitting the red zone. Jon Gruden’s club have only been able to score touchdowns on two of their five trips to the red zone. One of those successful records was in the trash. They also committed six penalties against two for New England.
Turnovers were an issue for both teams initially, but that only lasted throughout the game for the Raiders. The dagger came with Derek Carr being sacked in the end zone and picked up by Deatrich Wise to put New England by 23 with just under five minutes to go in the final victory for the Patriots.
From there, the Patriots will travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs, while the Raiders will return to Las Vegas and await the Buffalo Bills. To see how the game played out in real time, check out our live blog below.