Raiders fall to Patriots 36-20; now 2-1 on season

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New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead celebrates his touchdown catch from quarterback Cam Newton in the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rex Burkhead scored three touchdowns and Bill Belichick became the third coach in NFL history to reach 275 regular-season victories in the New England Patriots’ 36-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.

Sony Michel finished with nine carries for 117 yards. Burkhead had two rushing scores and an 11-yard TD reception.

Cam Newton was 17 of 28 passing for 162 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Shilique Calhoun had two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a score.

The Patriots have won the last six meetings with the Raiders and improved to 47-9 in regular-season games following a loss. Raiders coach Jon Gruden dropped to 0-3 against Belichick.

Derek Carr finished 24 of 32 for 261 yards and a two TDs for Las Vegas. But he had two fumbles which led to a New England field goal and a late touchdown when he lost the ball in the end zone and it was recovered by Calhoun. Josh Jacobs also had a fumble.

Las Vegas opened the season by scoring at least 34 points in its first two games with six red zone touchdowns. The Raiders were also second in the NFL, converting on 57 percent of third downs.

They went just 2 for 5 in the red zone and 3 of 9 on third down Sunday.

The offenses were stagnant early as both teams struggled to get into a groove because of turnovers and poor performance on third down.

Things changed for the Patriots on their first drive of the third quarter when Michel, who struggled in the first two games, broke free for a 38-yard run.

A 15-yard pass from Newton to Burkhead got the Patriots into the red zone. Three plays later Burkhead capped the drive with a spinning 5-yard TD run to stretch New England’s lead to 20-10.

After both teams traded field goals, the Patriots took over with 11:22 remaining and ate up more than five minutes of clock with a 10-play, 86-yard drive that was capped with a 5-yard TD plunge by Burkhead.

FAST AND FURIOUS

It took until the final minute of the first half for both teams to reach the end zone.

Leading 6-3, Newton found Burkhead over the middle for a short pass, which he carried the rest of the way for a leaping 11-yard touchdown with 34 seconds left.

Following the kickoff, the Raiders got help from a pass interference call on Stephon Gilmore to get into Patriots territory. Two plays later Carr hooked up with Hunter Renfrow for a 26-yard completion to get to the 1. He then found tight end Foster Moreau for a 1-yard TD to trim New England’s lead to 13-10.

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MOVING PIECES

Both teams were missing key starters.

The Raiders played without speedy rookie receiver Henry Ruggs III because of injuries to his knee and hamstring. Also sidelined were starting right tackle Trent Brown (calf) and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral muscle). Left guard Richie Incognito (Achilles tendon) went on injured reserve Wednesday. Agholor started at receiver, rookie John Simpson at left guard and Denzelle Good at right tackle.

The Patriots were down center David Andrews and rookie linebacker Josh Uche after both were placed on IR Saturday. Running back James White was also out for the second straight game following the passing of his father. Joe Thuney shifted over to center, and rookie Michael Onwenu started at left guard.

INJURIES

Raiders: Cornerback Damon Arnette left with a thumb injury.

UP NEXT

Raiders: Host Buffalo next Sunday.

Patriots: Visit defending champion Kansas City next Sunday.

GAME RUNDOWN

KICKOFF: Raiders win the toss and defer to 2nd half.

FIRST QUARTER: A lot of defense in the first quarter. Jonathan Abram interception leads to first score of the game. Raiders Daniel Carlson with a 29 yard field goal. RAIDERS 3, PATRIOTS 0 after 1 quarter.

SECOND QUARTER: Patriots Nick Folk with a 33 yard field goal to tie the game at 3 with 12:32 left in the quarter. RAIDERS 3, PATRIOTS 3.

Nick Folk with a 23 yard field goal following a Derek Carr fumble. PATRIOTS 6, RAIDERS 3 with 8 mins left in quarter.

Raiders DB Damon Arnette leaves to locker room with an injured right wrist. 2:00 left in first half.

Patriots with an 86 yard drive near the end of the first half. Cam Newton with an 11 yard TD pass to Rex Burkhead. PATRIOTS 13, RAIDERS 3. :35 seconds left in first half.

Raiders drive downfield in closing seconds of first half. Derek Carr 1 yard TD pass to Nic Morrow. PATRIOTS 13, RAIDERS 10, HALFTIME.

Damon Arnette returns to the field. Raiders receive 2nd half kickoff.

THIRD QUARTER: Raiders Daniel Carlson misses 42 yard FG attempt early in quarter.

Patriots score midway through quarter. Rex Burkhead with his second TD run of the game. PATRIOTS 20, RAIDERS 10 with 6:41 left in quarter.

Patriots take commanding lead in period. Nick Folk 32 yard field goal. PATRIOTS 23, RAIDERS 10 with 2 mins left in period,

PATRIOTS 23, RAIDERS 10 after 3 quarters.

FOURTH QUARTER: Daniel Carlson with a 25 yard field goal. PATRIOTS 23, RAIDERS 13, 11 mins left in regulation.

Patriots respond with another Rex Burkhead TD, his 3rd of game. PATRIOTS 29, RAIDERS 13, PAT missed.

Raiders Derek Carr fumbles in the end zone. Patriots recover for a TD, PATRIOTS 36, RAIDERS 13. 5 mins left in 4th.

Raiders Hunter Renfrow with a TD reception from Derek Carr. PATRIOTS 36, RAIDERS 20.

FINAL: PATRIOTS 36, RAIDERS 20

Raiders now 2-1 on season. Next: Undefeated Buffalo Bills at Allegiant Stadium

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Raiders will make the trip across the country in Week 3 to face the New England Patriots this coming Sunday, Sept. 27 at 10:00 a.m. PT. The matchup mark’s the first contest between the two clubs since they squared off in Mexico City, in 2017. The Patriots hold a 17-14-1 advantage in the all-time regular season series entering this Sunday, while also clinging to a five-game winning streak over the Raiders. The AFC battle commences on CBS with the broadcast carried by Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson.

The Silver and Black closed out the NFL’s Week 2 slate with the first-ever victory in Allegiant Stadium, beating the New Orleans Saints by a score of 34-24 to improve to 2-0 on the 2020
campaign. QB Derek Carr and TE Darren Waller stole the show, as they connected 12 times for 103 yards and one touchdown. Carr finished completing 28-of-38 pass attempts (73.7 percent) for
282 yards, three touchdowns to no interceptions, earning a passer rating of 120.7. It marked Carr’s 19th career three-touchdown performance through the air, tied for second-most in Raiders history with Daryle Lamonica. Waller’s 12 receptions marked a single-game high by all receivers in Week 2, as Carr also completed passes to 10 other receivers in the contest. Through Week 2, Carr is the only quarterback in the league to complete passes to at least 11 different players in a single game. Other highlighted performances include touchdown receptions by FB Alec Ingold and WR Zay Jones, with RB Jalen Richard chipping in with one of his own scores on the ground.

On defense, LB Nicholas Morrow posted the Raiders’ first interception of the season, picking off QB Drew Brees and setting up the Raiders’ final points of the first half and helping tie the game at 17 apiece before intermission.

Kicker Daniel Carlson was perfect on the field again, making both field goal attempts and all four PATs on the evening, including a 54-yard boot that sealed a Raiders victory with 1:05 remaining in the final frame.

The Patriots, now 1-1, welcome the Silver and Black to Foxborough following a 30-35 loss against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. Following Week 3’s matchup, the Raiders will return to Las Vegas to host the Buffalo Bills for their second consecutive contest against the AFC East, while the Patriots will hit the road to take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

See full Week 3 news release here

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