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Patriots Beat Raiders 49-26

(7:28pm) Game Over – Patriots 49 Raiders 26

The Pats came in and took care of business today. Matt Cassel was outstanding, especially given the circumstances, and was helped by a strong running game. The Pats are now 9-5 and you have to say even a 10-6 season would be incredible given the injury situation this season.

Verdict to come later…

(7:12pm) 4th Quarter – Patriots 49 Raiders 20

Just more than two minutes to go, Pats up 29 but Belichick still decides to challenge a ruling on the sideline. hahahah.

He’s a guy who you love him when he’s on your side but hate him when he’s not.

(7:00pm) 4th Quarter – Patriots 49 Raiders 20

Lamont Jordan gets revenge against his former team with a 49-yard touchdown run, his first TD run of the season. David Thomas had a great block on the play as the Pats continue to win the battle in the trenches.

(6:41pm) End of 3rd Quarter – Patriots 42 Raiders 20

The Pats defense holds the Raiders from making it a little interesting, forcing Russell into some hurried throws. Heck, even Sam Aiken is getting some touches.

It’s going to be a good win today but would have been so much sweeter if the Jets didn’t get extremely lucky against the Bills and the 49ers would’ve converted near the red zone at the end of the game.

Looking ahead it’s tough to see how the Pats are going to make the playoffs. Even if they win out, either the Jets or Dolphins are guaranteed one more win (as they play each other in week 17) so that means that team only needs to win next week to secure the division. The Jets travel to Seattle and the Dolphins head to KC; neither are gimmies but today looked like the day both could’ve gone down and give the Patriots some wiggle room.

(6:28pm) 3rd Quarter – Patriots 42 Raiders 20

The Raiders have answered with a touchdown of their own as Hobbs allows a 10-yard touchdown to Ronald Curry. The extra point in blocked so its still a three TD game.

Unnerving stat right before the TD, the Pats have now allowed an oppoent to score some kind of points in the red zone 40 consecutive times. Yikes.

(6:15pm) 3rd Quarter – Patriots 42 Raiders 14

Patriots defense again stops the Raiders offense with ease.

Amazing stat of futility – the Raiders have not converted a 3rd and 10 or longer since Week 3! 42 consecutive times the Raiders have failed to convert, THAT is a joke. Poor JaMarcus only has five completions on the day.

(6:06pm) 3rd Quarter – Patriots 42 Raiders 14

The Patriots take the ball in the second half and drive the length of the field as Randy Moss catches his second TD of the day, this one on third and goal. Cassel throws his fourth TD pass of the day and the Pats now lead 42-14 to put this one on ice.

The TD was set up by a 35 yard run by Sammy Morris – his longest run of the season.

(5:47pm) Halftime – Patriots 35 Raiders 14

The Pats come up empty in their last possession of the half as Cassel tries to run the ball instead of throwing it away and the resulting attempt at a spike leads to a penalty at the end of the half. That’s seemingly the only mistake for Cassel in the half as has put his personal adversity aside to throw for three first half touchdowns.

Now we will wait in see if A) the Pats keep up the intensity and close the door and B) if Cassel gets nearly as much publicity as Favre did when HIS father died and played very well.

(5:40pm) 2nd Quarter – Patriots 35 Raiders 14

Jonathan Wilhite picks off a HORRIBLE JaMarcus Russell pass and returns it to the NE 17. The ball was under thrown by at least five yards and Wilhite broke off the route nicely and made the interception.

First play of the drive Faulk takes it to the 40, great blocking by a Pats line without Matt Light (who has gone to the locker room). Two minute warning…

(5:33pm) 2nd Quarter – Patriots 35 Raiders 14

Just as he did two weeks ago, Ben Watson leads directly to an interception. The ball goes right through the tight end’s hands to is intercepted.

Absolutely pathetic by Watson. I’ll save you a hate filled rant on him because every Patriots fan knows what kind of a disappointment this guy is.

(5:30pm) 2nd Quarter – Patriots 35 Raiders 14

Patriots take back over and are rushing the ball well with all three running backs. Matt Light had to come out of the game which led CBS to show the injury list for the Pats: Tom Brady, Laurence Maroney, Rodney Harrison, Adalius Thomas, Tedy Bruschi all now done, and that doesn’t count someone like Ty Warren who has missed time and has been banged up all year.

Kevin Faulk a first down near the 50, looks like the offensive line is just out-muscling the Raiders, very good to see.

BTW, J.P. Losman is a horrible human being who should not be on an NFL roster

(5:23pm) 2nd Quarter – Patriots 35 Raiders 14

Alright so let’s take a look at the stats so far. Cassel is 10/14 with 134 yards a three TDs, the first of which was a 20 yarder to Randy Moss, then seven yards to Kevin Faulk and finally a 13-yard strike to Wes Welker. Sammy Morris also has got in the action with 66 yards on just six carries including a 29-yard touchdown run. Pats defense seems to be bringing a lot of pressure and the rain is affecting the Raider offense.

Lewis Sanders down on the field…call up John Lynch!

(5:17pm) 2nd Quarter – Patriots 35 Raiders 14

So….did I miss much? Matt Cassel with three touchdown passes, Sammy Morris with a long TD run and then Ellis Hobbs follows up an Oakland kick return for TD with a 95-yard TD return of his own. MADNESS! I should’ve taken the over…

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