Tom Brady – You 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 Welker – There 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.
RB Steven Ridley -- 10 carries for 97 yards and a
TD. Ridley outperformed heralded Raiders RB Darren McFadden's
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis – a 16-carry,
75-yard TD performance equaled fantasy superstud Darren
Vince Wilfork – another INT for the big guy in his 4th game,
that's 0.5 per game… amazing for a DL.
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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