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National Football League
Preview
Oakland at New England
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 21, 2014
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

The New England Patriots cruised to an easy win last week to avoid a 0-2 start but still don’t appear very happy about the offense. Tom Brady and company will try to find a better rhythm when they host the Oakland Raiders in their home opener on Sunday. The Raiders are still looking for their first win and were limited to 14 points in each of the first two games while breaking in rookie quarterback Derek Carr.

Oakland might not be the perfect matchup for the Patriots' passing game, as the Raiders rank second in the NFL with an average of 164 yards allowed through the air. Brady was an efficient 15-of-22 at Minnesota last week but was limited to 149 yards and struggled in the second half to move the ball for the second consecutive week. “I think offensively we could certainly stand to get a lot more balance into our attack overall, period,” New England coach Bill Belichick told reporters. “We didn’t have it in the run-pass ratio in (the opener at Miami) and we didn’t really have enough of it in the passing game last week.”

TV:
1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Patriots -14. O/U: 46.5

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (0-2): Oakland, which is 1-12 in its last 13 road games, already is making its second trip to the Eastern time zone after beginning the campaign with a 19-14 loss at the New York Jets. The Raiders are having some trouble running the ball and stopping their opponents from doing so, averaging just 63 yards on offense while surrendering 200 on defense. Carr leads the team with 57 rushing yards and threw for 263 against Houston last week but was intercepted twice in the 30-14 loss. “As long as we continue to work unselfishly, for each other, we’re going to start going down the right path,” Carr told reporters when summarizing his postgame comments to teammates. “You can watch me work; you can put it on my shoulders.”

ABOUT THE PATRIOTS (1-1): Even as New England was putting the finishing touches on a 30-7 win last week at the Vikings, Brady appeared unhappy. “I don’t think our passing game has been stellar to this point, so it’s hard to sustain much over the course of the game and get (everybody) the ball when we’re not doing as good a job as we’re capable of,” Brady told reporters. “…We’ve got a long way to go.” Where the Patriots did show big improvement in Week 2 was in pass defense, grabbing four interceptions as newcomer Darrelle Revis made his biggest impact thus far and safety Devin McCourty showed off his athleticism in the middle of the field.

EXTRA POINTS


1. Belichick (200) needs one win to move into fifth place on the all-time list.

2. Oakland RB Maurice Jones-Drew sat out last week with a right hand injury, but returned to practice on Thursday.

3. New England WR Julian Edelman needs 54 yards to reach 2,000 for his career.

PREDICTION: Patriots 35, Raiders 24
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Oakland 0-2 L2 14.0 24.5 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-2
New England 1-1 W1 25.0 20.0 0-0 1-1 0-1 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-1
Last Meeting
Oakland New England
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/2/11 NE 31 OAK 19 504 160 344 409 183 226
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Oakland J. Campbell 64.1 344 1 2
New England T. Brady 53.3 226 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Oakland D. McFadden 14 75 5.4 0
New England S. Ridley 10 97 9.7 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Oakland D. Heyward-Bey 4 115 28.8 0
New England W. Welker 9 158 17.6 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Oakland M. Bush 1
New England D. Branch 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Oakland D. Carr 63.5 414 3 2
New England T. Brady 55.8 398 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Oakland D. Carr 5 57 11.4 0
New England S. Ridley 33 122 3.7 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Oakland J. Jones 12 146 12.2 2
New England J. Edelman 12 176 14.7 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Oakland J. Jones 2
New England J. Edelman 1