Raiders Vs Patriots: 3 Matchup to Watch

The Patriots look for their 2nd straight win. (Photo By: Ezra Shaw)

The Patriots look for their 2nd straight win.
(Photo By: Ezra Shaw)

The Patriots take on the Oakland Raiders this Sunday for New England’s first home opener of the season. Both teams are looking for wins, New England their 2nd, and Oakland their first.

There are 3 important matchups in this game New England must win in order for the team to pull off their 2nd win of the season.

1. Patriots DL Vs Raiders RB: Big matchup here and the toughest back the Pats will face on the Raiders won’t be Maurice Jones-Drew but Darren McFadden. Jones-Drew had 9 carries against the Jets for 11 yards and didn’t play against the Texans. He just isn’t the same, but McFadden has done well in place of Drew with 16 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown. He’s a big and tough running back whose hard to bring down. He does have wheels on him too. We all know Oakland is bad, but if McFadden breaks out, the Raiders could make things interesting. If New England stops the run game, then they make Oakland pass which is bad for Oakland.

2. Patriots OL Vs Raiders DL: The Patriots have to protect Tom Brady. If they do that then Brady will score touchdowns and if Brady throws touchdowns the Pats will win. The Raiders aren’t exactly getting pressure on the QB, but with the likes of Lamar Woodley, Justin Tuck, and Antonio Smith, the Pats has to bring their A game, just in case.  Also, Khalil Mack, a talented rookie, who said he wants to sack Tom Brady, will be ready to bring his best game. The Patriots need to protect against the line and the blitzes.

3. Patriots WR Vs Raiders DB: Can anyone aside from Edelman get open? Can they get open fast enough? I mean Edelman has been going “ham” this season and when Gronk is not limited he will too, but can anyone else step up? Well, they should against this Oakland team, and if they don’t, oh boy. The Pats should be fine, but if there was ever a game to break out for Amendola or LaFell, this is that game.

 

 

Raiders Vs Patriots Thursday Injury Report

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-1)

OUT
No players listed

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
No players listed

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
DL Michael Buchanan – Ankle
LB Jamie Collins – Thigh
OL Dan Connolly – Knee
CB Alfonzo Dennard – Shoulder
WR Julian Edelman – Back
TE Rob Gronkowski – Knee
S Don Jones – Hamstring
DT Sealver Siliga – Hand
RB Shane Vereen – Shoulder
OL Ryan Wendell – Knee

FULL PARTICIPATION
No players listed

OAKLAND RAIDERS (0-2)

OUT
No players listed

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Sio Moore – Ankle
WR Rod Streater – Hip

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
CB Chimdi Chekwa – Knee
RB Maurice Jones-Drew – Hand
T Matt McCants – Knee
CB Carlos Rogers – Knee
LB Nick Roach – Concussion
DE Justin Tuck – Illness

FULL PARTICIPATION
No players listed

Patriots move into the top 5 of ESPN Power Rankings

Tom Brady and the Pats move to number 5 in the power rankings.  (Photo By: Cary Edmondson)

Tom Brady and the Pats move to number 5 in the power rankings.
(Photo By: Cary Edmondson)

ESPN power rankings were released for week 3 and the Patriots moved up 2 spots from 7 to 5.

Here is the full list of the new power rankings!

RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING COMMENTS
1

1
Last Week: 2

Thanks, Peyton! Julius Thomas is the first player in Broncos history with four receiving touchdowns in the first two games of the season.
2

1
Last Week: 1

The nine-point loss was Seattle’s largest margin of defeat since Week 9 of 2011. Russell Wilson is 16-1 at home, but fell to 9-8 on the road in his career.
3

2
Last Week: 5

No A.J. Green, no problem. Green left with a toe injury and didn’t make a catch for the first time when active in his career, but the Bengals handled Atlanta.
4
Eagles
2-0

Last Week: 4

Darren Sproles caught all seven targets for a career-high 152 yards Monday night, including a 17-yard catch to set up the game-winning field goal. Sproles is a big reason Philly is 2-0.
5

2
Last Week: 7

Tom Brady won his 149th career game Sunday, passing John Elway for third most among quarterbacks. A home opener against the Raiders next could be number 150.
6

5
Last Week: 11

Carolina scored 18 unanswered points after Detroit took a 7-6 lead. Not a bad debut for Cam Newton (22-of-34 for 281 yards and a touchdown), who gets Pittsburgh next.
7
49ers
1-1

4
Last Week: 3

Not a good way to open the building. San Francisco had won 37 straight games when leading by at least 13 points after three quarters. They head to Arizona next.
8

Last Week: 8

Jordy Nelson finished with nine catches for a career-high 209 yards and a touchdown. Don Beebe in 1996 is the only Packer with more receiving yards (220) in a game.
9

5
Last Week: 14

Brace yourself: Drew Stanton has won his past three starts dating to 2010 with Detroit. He passed for nine first downs, as many as Tom Brady and Russell Wilson.
10

6
Last Week: 16

Antonio Gates posted his first three-touchdown game since Week 8 of 2005. More importantly, the Chargers had no turnovers, snapping an 11-game streak (including playoffs) for the Seahawks’ defense.
11
Bears
1-1

7
Last Week: 18

Great win for Chicago. Sunday was the Bears’ first victory in a game in which they trailed by at least 17 points since 2006. (“They are who we thought they were!”)
12
Bills
2-0

11
Last Week: 23

Buffalo ranks sixth in both rushing yards and rushing yards allowed per game. The Bills are 2-0 for the first time since 2011 but host the Chargers next.
13
Ravens
1-1

7
Last Week: 20

Joe Flacco was excellent against the Steelers’ blitz. Flacco was 11-of-13 for 114 yards and two touchdowns when Pittsburgh committed extra pass-rushers. This week’s game at Cleveland could be tricky, though.
14
Texans
2-0

8
Last Week: 22

Add red zone threat to J.J. Watt’s ever-growing resume. His first career catch was a touchdown Sunday against the Raiders. Now get back to defense (zero tackles).
15
Colts
0-2

5
Last Week: 10

A tough opening stretch has Indy 0-2, but getting back to .500 shouldn’t be too tough. The Colts head to Jacksonville and host the Titans in the next two weeks.
16
Saints
0-2

10
Last Week: 6

Why are the Saints losing? The defense and special teams have combined for a minus-34 point efficiency, worst in the first two weeks since the 2012 Chiefs (finished 2-14).
17

8
Last Week: 9

Atlanta yielded at least 450 yards in back-to-back games for the first time since Weeks 6 and 7 of 2010. That must improve for a meaningful run at the NFC South crown.
18
Lions
1-1

5
Last Week: 13

After the duo was deadly in Week 1, Matthew Stafford was 1-of-7 for 25 yards and an interception targeting Calvin Johnson deeper than 10 yards downfield.
19

7
Last Week: 12

Antonio Brown extended his streak of at least five receptions and 50 receiving yards to 18 straight games Thursday night, the longest such streak since 2002-03 (Laveranues Coles, 19 games).
20

5
Last Week: 15

Still waiting on Ryan Tannehill’s breakout game. His QBR hasn’t reached 35.0 in a game yet, but he has a pair of 0-2 defenses next (Chiefs and Raiders).
21
Jets
1-1

Last Week: 21

Some combination of Sheldon Richardson and Marty Mornhinweg called a timeout that shouldn’t have been allowed and nullified a game-tying touchdown. Just another day at the office for the Jets.
22

5
Last Week: 27

Sunday was just the eighth time in Jason Garrett’s head-coaching career (58 games) that Dallas has run more than passed. The Cowboys are 7-1 in those games.
23
Browns
1-1

6
Last Week: 29

Terrence West had 90 yards from scrimmage Sunday, the first rookie running back with at least 90 yards from scrimmage in Weeks 1 and 2 since 2008 (Chris Johnson and Matt Forte).
24
Titans
1-1

5
Last Week: 19

Delanie Walker was the first Titan with 10 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown since Drew Bennett in 2004. Other than that, not a pretty Week 2 for Tennessee.
25

3
Last Week: 28

All is not lost. Kirk Cousins passed for 250 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions Sunday. Robert Griffin III had accomplished those numbers only twice in his career.
26

9
Last Week: 17

Why were fans calling for Teddy Bridgewater? Matt Cassel is the first quarterback since 2006 to start Weeks 1 and 2 without completing multiple attempts deeper than 10 yards downfield.
27
Chiefs
0-2

2
Last Week: 25

Three touches for Jamaal Charles before an ankle injury sidelined him. Knile Davis does have four rush touchdowns in the past three games, and the Chiefs may need even more.
28
Rams
1-1

4
Last Week: 32

Elias tells us the Rams snapped a 12-game losing streak in road openers, the longest in NFL history. Can anyone stop Austin Davis and Greg Zuerlein (four field goals)?
29

5
Last Week: 24

Josh McCown had two rushing touchdowns Sunday. Since the start of 2013, McCown has as many games with multiple rushing touchdowns as Alfred Morris, Eddie Lacy and DeMarco Murray.
30
Giants
0-2

4
Last Week: 26

Sunday was the Giants’ fifth straight game dating to last season with at least four turnovers, the longest active streak.
31

1
Last Week: 30

Since a 17-0 halftime lead in Week 1 against the Eagles, Jacksonville has been outscored 75-10. Hosting the Colts won’t make it easier on the Jaguars.
32

1
Last Week: 31

Typical rookie quarterback so far. Derek Carr’s QBR against four or fewer rushers is strong (78.9, 11th in NFL). Carr’s 4.2 QBR against the blitz ranks 34th of 35.

Raiders Vs Patriots: 3 Players to Watch

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The Patriots will host the Oakland Raiders this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for the Pats first home game of the 2014 season.

The Pats are coming off a big win against the Minnesota Vikings while the Raiders are coming off a loss to the Texans.

The Raiders are looking for their first win and will bring their very best this weekend, but the Pats are looking to keep rolling, so who will be a big reason why the Pats win? Well, here are 3 players to watch.

1. Vince Wilfork: The line played much better against the run last week, but Adrian Peterson did not play, still they did great. This week they will face Maruice Jones Drew and Darren McFadden, both capable runners. The entire line will need to play like last Sunday in order to stop the run against the Raiders, if they do that then Oakland is in big trouble. It always starts and ends with Vince Wilfork, and Chris Jones to stop the run.

2. Dont’a Hightower: The Patriots have been using Hightower’s strength, which is pass rushing. He had 2 sacks against Cassel last week and was disrupting plays like crazy. He’s a great Blitzer and this Sunday he should have great success against the rookie QB Derek Carr. Pressure could lead to turnovers.

3. Julian Edelman: Easy and obvious choice. Can the Raiders stop him? The Vikings sure couldn’t and we know the ball will be thrown his way. If Gronk is still limited and Edelman is covered, then the Pats offense will be in trouble. Edelman and Gronk are their entire offense with a little bit of running game.

 

Chandler Jones, defensive player of the week

Chandler Jones was in the backfield all day against the Vikings. (Photo By:AP Ann Heisenfelt)

Chandler Jones was in the backfield all day against the Vikings.
(Photo By:AP Ann Heisenfelt)

Chandler Jones had a big day last Sunday against the Vikings with a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown and 2 sacks.

So, he was an easy choice to be the AFC defensive player of the week!

He helped guide New England to a 30-7 win over Minnesota.

Congrats Jones!

Raiders Vs Patriots Capsule

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OAKLAND (0-2) at NEW ENGLAND (1-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE — Patriots by 14

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Oakland 1-1, New England 1-1

SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 17-15-1

LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Raiders 31-19, Oct. 2, 2011

LAST WEEK — Raiders lost to Texans 30-14; Patriots beat Vikings 30-7

AP PRO32 RANKING — Raiders No. 32, Patriots No. 7

RAIDERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (31), PASS (23).

RAIDERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (32), PASS (2T).

PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (27), RUSH (16T), PASS (27).

PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (21T), PASS (4).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — New England QB Tom Brady and Oakland safety Charles Woodson, teammates at Michigan, first met as pros in “tuck rule” playoff game Jan. 19, 2002, won by Patriots 16-13 in OT. Woodson forced Brady’s apparent fumble with under two minutes left, but call was overturned on replay and New England kicked tying field goal. … Patriots won past three matchups with Raiders with previous loss Nov. 17, 2002. … Raiders look to snap 14-game losing streak in Eastern time zone. … Rookie Derek Carr’s 41-yard run against Texans is longest by NFL QB this season. He completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 263 yards and TD last Sunday. … WR James Jones has one TD catch in each of two games this season and total of 12 receptions. … Woodson needs one INT to tie Emmitt Thomas for 11th all-time with 58. … Raiders hope to avoid being dominated for second straight game after trailing Texans 27-0 and committing four turnovers. Patriots had four INTs against Vikings. … Patriots 11-1 in past 12 home openers with loss coming in 2012 against Arizona, 20-18. … Brady goes for 150th regular-season win. Only QBs with more are Brett Favre (186) and Peyton Manning (169). Brady needs 453 yards passing to become sixth QB with 50,000. … RB Stevan Ridley rushed for 101 yards against Vikings, sixth time he had more than 100 since being drafted in 2011. … DE Chandler Jones blocked FG attempt and returned it for TD against Vikings. He and LB Dont’a Hightower each had 2 sacks. … Julian Edelman has caught 12 of 15 passes thrown his way. Patriots other WRs have nine receptions on 24 passes to them.

Patriots a 2 touchdown favorite

The Patriots defeated the Raiders in a snow filled playoff game in 2001.

The Patriots defeated the Raiders in a snow filled playoff game in 2001.

The Patriots will host their opening home game this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders and will be the favorites.

The Patriots are 1-1 while the Raiders are 0-2.

Here is the full list of odds for week 3.

Date & Time Favorite Spread Underdog Total Money Odds
9/18 8:25 ET At Atlanta    -6.5 Tampa Bay 47 -$295 +$245
9/21 1:00 ET At Buffalo    -2.5 San Diego 45.5 -$140 +$120
9/21 1:00 ET Dallas    -1 At St. Louis 44.5 -$120 +$100
9/21 1:00 ET At Philadelphia    -6.5 Washington 50.5 -$280 +$240
9/21 1:00 ET Houston    -2 At NY Giants 41.5 -$135 +$115
9/21 1:00 ET At New Orleans    -10 Minnesota 49.5 -$650 +$475
9/21 1:00 ET At Cincinnati    -7 Tennessee 43 -$310 +$260
9/21 1:00 ET Baltimore    -1.5 At Cleveland 41.5 -$125 +$105
9/21 1:00 ET At Detroit    -2.5 Green Bay 53 -$140 +$120
9/21 1:00 ET Indianapolis    -7 At Jacksonville 45.5 -$300 +$250
9/21 1:00 ET At New England    -14 Oakland 46.5 -$1475 +$850
9/21 4:05 ET San Francisco    -3 At Arizona 42 -$150 +$130
9/21 4:25 ET At Seattle    -5 Denver 48.5 -$240 +$200
9/21 4:25 ET At Miami    -4 Kansas City 42 -$210 +$180
9/21 8:30 ET At Carolina    -3.5 Pittsburgh 41.5 -$175 +$155
                                               Monday Night Football Odds
9/22 8:35 ET At NY Jets    -3 Chicago 45.5 -$145 +$125

Julian Edelman reads his harsh 2009 draft report

Julian Edelman wearing a Coach Up t-shirt. (Photo From Julian Edelman's Instagram)

Julian Edelman wearing a Coach Up t-shirt.
(Photo From Julian Edelman’s Instagram)

Julian Edelman stars in a “Coach Up” video about working hard and proving people wrong.

In the video, it shows Edelman working out in many different ways while he reads his 2009 draft report, that was very harsh on the wide receiver.

Edelman caught 105 passes last year for 1,056 yards and 6 touchdowns. In the playoffs, he caught 16 passes in two games for 173 yards and a touchdown.

He was rewarded with a new contract in the off-season and through 2 games this season, he has caught 12 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown.

He has established himself as the number one receiver in the Brady-led offense.

You can watch the video below and trust me, you want to!