The New England Patriots are down bad after Week 6 of the 2023 NFL season. The Las Vegas Raiders sent the Patriots to a 1-5 record this season and their third straight loss. Over the course of the first six games, the Patriots' offense has been about as bad as anyone could have anticipated, and probably worse than the most pessimistic predictions.
That continued on Sunday against the Raiders as the Patriots were only able to muster up 17 points and 259 total yards of offense. Not good, not good at all.
Which players stood out, for better or worse, in this matchup for the Patriots? Let's take a look at a handful of studs and duds as the Pats are looking like they might be a contender for a top-five pick in next year's NFL Draft.
Stud: Ezekiel Elliott, RB
I think the time has come for the New England Patriots to run their offense through Ezekiel Elliott a little bit more this season. The Patriots' lone win this season came a handful of weeks ago when they actually fed Elliott, giving him 16 carries for 80 yards. Zeke had just eight touches in this game against the Raiders, but averaged almost five yards per carry, had a 15-yard reception, and his first TD as a Patriot.
He's not looking like 2016 Ezekiel Elliott by any means, but the Patriots would be wise to start getting him the football more. They actually had a little something in this game vs. Las Vegas with Elliott and Rhamondre Stevenson averaging close to five yards per carry combined. Maybe Bill O'Brien should lean into that.