The Patriots suffered another defeat, dropping their record to 1-5. However, there were some positive developments in the game. After a drought of 12 quarters without scoring an offensive touchdown, the Patriots finally found the end zone. Ezekiel Elliott scored a 2-yard touchdown run on a direct snap, bringing the Patriots within one score. Despite their efforts, the Patriots were unable to complete a comeback and lost to the Raiders 21-17.
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The game started with the Raiders driving down the field for a field goal in the first quarter. The Patriots defense held up in the red zone, limiting the Raiders to just three points. In the second quarter, former Patriot Jakobi Meyers caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo, giving the Raiders a 10-0 lead. The Patriots responded with a field goal, but the Raiders added another field goal before halftime, making it 13-3.
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Disaster struck for the Patriots in the fourth quarter. Down 21-17, their last chance to score was snuffed out when Mac Jones was sacked in the end zone by Maxx Crosby. The Patriots had a chance to take the lead earlier in the quarter, but a dropped pass and a delay-of-game penalty turned the tide in favor of the Raiders, leading to the safety.
However, there’s still hope for a comeback. The Raiders struggled to burn clock on their last drive, giving the Patriots the ball with a chance to win from their own 9-yard line. A field goal would be enough to secure the victory. Let’s see what happens next!
The Patriots found the end zone again in the fourth quarter, narrowing the gap to 19-17. Rhamondre Stevenson scored a 1-yard touchdown after a long Patriots drive. The Patriots faced some setbacks during the possession, including a false start and an illegal shift penalty. However, they were able to capitalize on a roughing the passer penalty against the Raiders and put themselves in a position to score.
Rhamondre Stevenson, who initially suffered an injury scare, is back on the field for the Patriots. He had his right ankle taped but seems ready to contribute.
The Raiders extended their lead with another field goal in the fourth quarter, making it 19-10. The Patriots defense struggled between the 20-yard lines but stepped up in the red zone, forcing the Raiders to settle for field goals multiple times. The Patriots offense will need to make a comeback if they want a chance to win.
As the third quarter came to a close, the Patriots found themselves trailing 16-10. They scored their first offensive touchdown since Week 3 on a 10-play, 75-yard drive. The drive featured simple offensive calls, including inside draws and runs to Ezekiel Elliott. The touchdown came on a direct snap to Elliott, reminiscent of plays from the Charlie Weis/Kevin Faulk playbook.
The Patriots are back to their old habits, going three-and-out on their latest drive. They were unable to gain any significant yardage and failed to convert on third down. It’s been a struggle for the Patriots offense throughout the game.
The Raiders extended their lead with another field goal in the third quarter. Brian Hoyer, who replaced the injured Jimmy Garoppolo, connected with Tre Tucker for a 48-yard gain, setting up the field goal. The Patriots defense held firm in the red zone, forcing the Raiders to settle for three points once again.
Injury updates: Jimmy Garoppolo has been ruled out for the rest of the game due to a back injury. Brian Hoyer will take over as the Raiders’ quarterback. Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson is still being evaluated for ankle and head injuries and is listed as questionable to return.
The Patriots finally found the end zone in the third quarter, ending their touchdown drought of 12 quarters. Ezekiel Elliott scored a 2-yard touchdown run on a direct snap. The Patriots put together their best drive in weeks, relying on simple offensive calls and utilizing Elliott’s running ability. The touchdown came after a false start penalty and an illegal shift penalty set the Patriots back, but a roughing the passer penalty against the Raiders gave them another chance.
Former Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers has been making an impact for the Raiders, catching five passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. In comparison, JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was signed by the Patriots to replace Meyers, has struggled this season with only 14 catches for 86 yards and no touchdowns.
Patriots defensive end Keion White will miss the remainder of the game due to a head injury.
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