Game Balls & Goats: Week 4 Raiders

Who did well and who didn't in New England's 31-19 rout of the Raiders? We hand out our patented Game Balls & Goats... the oldest running ups and downs segment on the web.

PATRIOTS

GAME BALLS:

Tom BradyYou can't let this game go without a shoutout to Brady who turned in a mistake-free 226-yard 2TD performance a week after giving the game away to Buffalo.   While Brady may not have had eye-popping stats, he led the team to scores on 5 of the team's first 6 possessions.

Wes WelkerThere is no one else on the roster who shows up week in and week out.  Welker is the model all teammates should follow.  He finished with nine catches for 158 yards and a TD. He entered the game with nearly double the yards of the next Pats WR 458 yards vs Rob Gronkowski's  281.

Special Teams – The Patriots may have had one gaffe early by kicking the ball out of bounds, but they kept the dangerous Raiders return game in check for most of the game.  8 of Oakland's 9 possessions started inside their own  20, with the last one beginning on the one from turnover on downs.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:


RB Steven Ridley --
  10 carries for 97 yards and a TD. Ridley outperformed heralded Raiders RB Darren McFadden's  14/75 performance.

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis – a 16-carry, 75-yard  TD performance equaled fantasy superstud Darren McFadden.
Vince Wilfork
another INT for the big guy in his 4th game, that's 0.5 per game… amazing for a DL.

GOATS:

Patriots secondary –
Embarrassing.  No other word for this subpar performance.  Raiders QB Jason Campbell completed 25 of 39 passes for 344 yards and a TD.  His last drive, a 99-yarder, came when the Pats defense was in prevent coverage.

 Raiders Jason Campbell – had the Patriots on the ropes in the first half, then threw the ball right to Patrick Chung to destroy any hope Oakland had of staying toe-to-toe with the Pats.  A washout in Washington, Campbell needs to step it up to avoid a similar fate in Oakland.

Raiders DL Richard Seymour – His two first quarter penalties enabled the Patriots to get rolling.  No-one wished for Seymour to prove his doubters wrong more than we did, but those penalties were atrocious.





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