(CBS dangolka) — The New England Patriots left Seattle final Sunday night time with a loss to the Seahawks. However they must be happy with how the 2020 model of the workforce is shaking out. The Las Vegas Raiders can say the identical after profitable their first two video games. The Raiders used an environment friendly night time from Derek Carr and the offense to neutralized the New Orleans Saints of their first house sport in Vegas. The Patriots and Raiders will sq. off in Week 3.
The result of the Patriots-Seahawks got here right down to a matter of inches and a matter of seconds. Down 35-30, Cam Newton began the Pats’ final drive inside their very own 20-yard line, with beneath two minutes left. After 80 yards, Newton and firm discovered themselves on the Seahawks one-yard line with simply three seconds left. They couldn’t put it throughout the aim line. On the sport’s final play, Newton was upended within the backfield, and the sport ended.
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The Patriots are getting what they hoped for from their new beginning quarterback within the post-Tom Brady period. Newton went 30-44 for 397 yards and a landing. He carried the ball 11 occasions for 47 yards and two extra touchdowns. Julian Edelman caught eight of his 11 targets for a career-high 179 yards. Except for Newton, the dashing video games was principally nonexistent, with Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead totaling 21 yards. (James White missed the sport because of the loss of life of his father.)
The Patriots protection is one other story. Except for Devin McCourty’s interception return for a landing early, the Seahawks did principally no matter they wished. Russell Wilson went 21-28 for 288 yards and 5 touchdowns, every to a special receiver. DK Metcalf caught 4 of these for 92 yards. The Seattle operating sport averaged 5.1 yards per carry, piling up 154 yards.
The Pats protection should work out the best way to cease a Raiders offense that equally leveraged its consistency to regulate the ball and maintain Drew Brees and firm off the sphere. A sluggish begin put them down 10 factors by the tip of the primary quarter. However then Carr discovered his rhythm, with quick passes and a gentle dose of Josh Jacobs retaining the chains shifting. The Raiders moved methodically down the sphere on 4 straight scoring drives to take a 24-17 lead by the tip of the third quarter.
Carr outclassed Brees, who appeared a bit out of types with out high receiver Michael Thomas. The Raiders’ sign caller completed the night time 28-38 passing, with 282 yards and three touchdowns. Tight finish Darren Waller was unstoppable, hauling in 12 of his 16 targets for 101 yards and a TD. However 10 different Raiders additionally caught passes. Jacobs’ 27 carries yielded solely 88 yards, however balanced out an offense that the saved Saints protection on their backfoot for a lot of the sport.
The questionable Raiders protection was in a position to include Brees for the center portion of the sport. He nonetheless put up 312 yards on 26-38 passing, however wasn’t in a position to sustain on the scoreboard. The absence of Thomas, who was out with a excessive ankle sprain, actually factored in. The Raiders struggled to sluggish the Saints’ Alvin Kamara, who led in each the dashing and passing video games, with a mixed 174 yards. Most essential to the Raiders’ defensive effort was a Raiders offense that managed the time of possession, limiting Brees’s alternatives.
The Patriots, unsurprisingly, have tailored their offense to Newton’s skillset at quarterback. And it’s already paying dividends. The Raiders might want to generate some kind of go rush in the event that they hope to sluggish them down, or at the very least restrict their choices. Extra ball management from Carr will assist. However the Raiders should extra closely contain different go catchers beside Waller, who has 18 catches in his first two video games. (Their second-leading receiver is Jacobs with seven.) The Patriots appear more likely to blanket him with cornerback Stephon Gilmore, final season’s Defensive Participant of the Yr.
The Patriots play the Raiders Sunday, September 27 @ 1:00 pm ET on CBS.