dangolka (CBS) — The Patriots welcome the Las Vegas Raiders to Gillette Stadium as they give the impression of being to bounce again from their hard-fought loss in Seattle final weekend. The Raiders are available in at 2-Zero on the season with a potent offense averaging 34 factors over their first two video games.
However their protection is weak, particularly by the air, permitting 285 passing yards and 406 complete yards per sport over the primary two weeks — each of which rank close to the underside of the NFL. They offer up factors, which is sweet information for a Patriots offense that’s scoring factors in many alternative methods.
After the WBZ-TV/CBS dangolka sports activities group unanimously picked towards the Patriots final weekend (minus somebody who tried to alter their thoughts on the final minute), they’re singing a unique tune in Week 3. Right here’s how the sports activities group sees Sunday’s Patriots-Raiders conflict at Gillette Stadium enjoying out:
Steve Burton, WBZ-TV Sports activities
The Patriots ought to hand the Raiders their first lack of the season. Las Vegas is sweet, however not that good. And so they’re coming off a fair shorter week of preparation. Not solely did they play on Monday evening, however they needed to trek throughout nation to Foxboro.
Anticipate the Pats protection to play a lot better than they did in Seattle. The Patriots offense will even open up their playbook extra as Cam Newton turns into increasingly comfy.
Patriots 32, Raiders 21
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV Sports activities
I modified my thoughts final week. After initially taking the Seahawks I went with the Pats, believing that they had been written off unfairly on this one. Got here up a yard brief.
On this battle with Jon Gruden’s Raiders, I feel Las Vegas (2-0) will come to New England chock stuffed with confidence and with Derek Carr enjoying at a excessive degree. Nevertheless, I feel the Pats secondary will likely be prepared for Carr. If they’ll cease the operating sport it needs to be a superb day. Cam Newton and the offense seems to be higher than anybody may have imagined.
Patriots 27, Raiders 17
Levan Reid, WBZ-TV Sports activities
This can be a fairly necessary sport early within the season for New England. They should maintain that constructive momentum they received from a loss in Seattle and switch that right into a victory towards the Raiders.
The Pats should stifle the Las Vegas operating sport with Josh Jacobs on the rock and decelerate a stable tight finish in Darren Waller.
This can be a robust process however the Pats match up effectively towards the Raiders. Anticipate the Patriots protection to show Las Vegas right into a one dimensional offensive group and the Pats offense will hold transferring ahead.
Unusual sufficient, I feel one of many tight ends could have a superb sport.
Patriots 31, Raiders 20
Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
Isn’t it bizarre how the Patriots misplaced, however all of New England (myself included) mainly handled it as a quasi-win? Instances positive have modified in Foxboro.
In any occasion, I do assume the Patriots have been in a position to progress fairly a bit final week, and if it weren’t for some MVP-type of efficiency by Russell Wilson, they might have had the win. This time round, Derek Carr is actually no Russell Wilson. And the Raiders’ protection uncovered some holes on Monday evening.
Must be a enjoyable sport however I feel the Patriots will emerge with a 2-1 report and a complete lot of confidence.
Patriots 34, Raiders 27
Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka
The Patriots didn’t beat the Seahawks final weekend, however their efficiency has actually eased any worries concerning the new offense. Cam Newton proved that he can nonetheless throw the ball fairly effectively, with every of his high three receivers placing up stable numbers. Now the Pats will face off towards a Raiders group that appears vulnerable on protection.
Newton ought to as soon as once more run wild towards the Las Vegas protection, although it will be good to see Sony Michel get going. The Raiders can nonetheless put up factors, and they’re going to if the Patriots secondary has one other off day. However David Carr is just not Russell Wilson, so don’t count on Stephon Gilmore and firm to get burned for one more five-touchdown sport.
Patriots 31, Raiders 21
WBZ-TV is the place to be for Sunday’s Patriots-Raiders showdown at Gillette Stadium. Pregame protection begins at 11:30 a.m. with Patriots GameDay, the sport kicks off at 1 p.m., and when the sport is over stick round for Patriots fifth Quarter!