New England Patriots Scoreboard: Running attack overpowers Raiders, 36-20

Live updates of Week 3 matchup between the New England Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders.

Led by Sony Michel and Rex Burkead, the New England Patriots beat the Las Vegas Raiders 36-20 Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

Cam Newton had just 162 yards passing, but the Patriots’ offense still bulldozed the Raiders on the ground.  Sony Michel rushed the ball for over 100 yards, the bulk of which coming on back-to-back long runs.  One for 38 yards and the other for 48 yards.

Michel seemed to be sparked by the play of both J.J. Taylor and Rex Burkhead.  Taylor got the ball rolling, but it was Burkhead who shined.  the versatile running back scored three touchdowns.

The defense also settled down in the second half.  After giving up a late touchdown right before the half, the Patriots held the Raiders in check, giving up just 10 points, including a touchdown late in the fourth when the game was already decided.

With the victory, the Patriots improve to 2-1 on the season and now prepare for a battle with the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4.

4th Qtr 4:13 PM Las Vegas Raiders 20, New England Patriots 36: The Raiders score a late touchdown on a pass from Derek Carr to Hunter Renfrow with under two minutes left in the game.  Renfrow was the Raiders leading receiver in the game.

4th Qtr 4:02 PM Las Vegas Raiders 13, New England Patriots 36: The defense points points on the board with a strip fumble of Derek Carr in the end zone.  The ball was recovered by Deatrich Wise who recorded his first career touchdown.

4th Qtr 3:51 PM Las Vegas Raiders 13, New England Patriots 29: Rex Burkhead scores his third touchdown of the game.  The drive was set up by a nice scramble by Cam Newton.  Nick Folk missed the extra point to keep it a two score game.  Burkhead has 6 rushes for 49 yards on the day.

4th Qtr 3:37 PM Las Vegas Raiders 13, New England Patriots 23: Vegas inches closer on Daniel Carlson’s second field goal of the day.

3rd Qtr 3:24 PM Las Vegas Raiders 10, New England Patriots 23: Nick Folk kicks his third field goal of the day to put the Patriots up 23-10.

It was all set up by this 48-yard run by Sony Michel, who has 112 yards rushing on just 7 carries.:

 

3rd Qtr 3:10 PM Las Vegas Raiders 10, New England Patriots 20: Rex Burkhead capped off a nice 69-yard drive by the Patriots with his second touchdown of the day.  This time a five-yard rushing touchdown.

It was all set up by this nice 38 yard run by Sony Michel:

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2nd Qtr 2:36 PM Las Vegas Raiders 10, New England Patriots 13: The Raiders go 75 yards in 28 seconds to cut the score to 13-10 going in to half time.  Scoring drive set up by a pass interference penalty on Stephon Gilmore followed by a nice deep pass from Derek Carr to Hunter Renfrow.

2nd Qtr 2:03 PM Las Vegas Raiders 3, New England Patriots 13:  Patriots take a 13-3 lead on an 11-yard TD pass from Cam Newton to Rex Burkhead who shook defenders to drive into the end zone.

The score capped off an 87-yard drive by the New England Patriots.

Check out this nice run by Rex Burkhead:

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2nd Qtr 2:03 PM Las Vegas Raiders 3, New England Patriots 6: Nick Folk puts the Patriots ahead 6-3 following a forced fumble by Chase Winovich.  The Patriots got in scoring position off some power running by back J.J. Taylor and Rex Burkhead.

2nd Qtr 1:49 PM Las Vegas Raiders 3, New England Patriots 3: New England Patriots kicker Nick Folk ties the game at 3-3 after a nice drive led by the running of undrafted rookie J.J. Taylor.  Undrafted rookie wide receiver Isaiah Zuber also made his first career catch on the drive.

1st Qtr 1:39 PM Las Vegas Raiders 3, New England Patriots 0 : Following an exchange of turnovers, the Las Vegas Raiders go ahead 3-0 on a field goal by Daniel Carlson.  The scoring drive was set up by an interception thrown by Cam Newton to Jonathan Abram.

11:30 AM: One New England Patriots player predicted to have a good game against the Las Vegas Raiders will not see the field on Sunday.  Rookie linebacker Anfernee Jennings is amongst the inactives for the game.

Another notable inactive is tight end Dalton Keene who came off the injury list this week.

Patriots fans will have to wait another week to see Keene.

The New England Patriots look to get back in the win column when they face off against the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

Coming in as six-point favorites against the 2-0 Raiders, the Patriots are looking for build off a near comeback loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night.  Behind Cam Newton’s arm, the team did show they can pass the ball a bit.

Can that continue against the Raiders?

Furthermore, will the Raiders be able to stop Cam Newton and the Patriots running attack?

In facing a banged-up Las Vegas team, all emphasis will be put on the defense in stopping outstanding tight end Darren Waller and limiting talented running back Josh Jacobs.  The Raiders will be without first-round pick Henry Ruggs, but Derek Carr still has some other via weapons like Hunter Renfrow and Zay Jones to get the ball to.

While all eyes will be on Cam Newton and the offense, the key to this Week 3 matchup will be how the New England Patriots defense perform against Jon Gruden’s West Coast offense.

How to watch New England Patriots vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Location:  Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts

When: Sunday, September 27, 2020

Kickoff Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS (Check local listings)

Radio: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub

Streaming:  fuboTV

New England Patriots vs Las Vegas Raiders key matchup

The key matchup in this game will be Darren Waller vs the New England Patriots secondary.

Coming off a big game against the New Orleans Saints, Waller is a little banged up, but will still provide a viable threat on offense.  He plays the tight end position, but he is really a big wide receiver.

In taking away the Raiders best offensive option, Bill Belichick may put Stephon Gilmore on him as he has in the past when going up against tight ends like Zach Ertz.

That would be the easy way out for Belichick.  He could also go with second-year cornerback JoeJuan Williams who has the size to be physical with Darren Waller or he could go with a player from the safety position like Terrence Brooks, Adrian Phillips or Kyle Dugger.

Bill Belichick does have options and expect him to make adjustments as the game goes on, especially if they don’t have much luck stopping Waller.

New England Patriots biggest storyline of Week 3

Can Cam Newton continue to earn the respect he is searching for?

Following nearly 400 yards passing against the Seattle Seahawks, Newton will look to lead the New England Patriots to their second win of the season.

How will the Las Vegas Raiders defense him?

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Well, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden made an interesting comparison of Newton in praising the Patriots quarterback.

“I haven’t seen many guys walk through my doors that look like Cam.  I call him Slam, Slam Newton,” Gruden said, via the Boston Herald.  “that was the nickname I gave him.  He’s a power forward playing quarterback.  He’s oversized for the position.  He’s gifted so much athletically, it’s incredible what he’s accomplished and how his durability’s been.”

“Slam” Newton has a pretty good ring to it doesn’t it?

As Newton did it with his feet on Week 1 and more with his arm in Week 2, will Week 3 be a nice balance of each?

New England Patriots vs Las Vegas Raiders prediction

The New England Patriots win this game 31-17 as Cam Newton will have another strong game.

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Bill Belichick will also see production out of his younger players as N’Keal Harry and the rookie tight ends will make plays in the passing game.

Watch players like JoeJuan Williams, Anfernee Jennings and Kyle Dugger to make plays on the defensive side of the ball as the Patriots get a nice win on a Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.