New England's time as an underdog was short, though.
The Patriots are favored by nearly a touchdown in the opening spread for Sunday afternoon's matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders at Gillette Stadium.
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Las Vegas' offense isn't as talented as Seattle's, but there are plenty of talented players for New England's defense to game plan for.
One of them is Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, who has tallied 182 yards and three touchdowns in two games. Another tough matchup for the Patriots will be Raiders tight end Darren Waller. He's tallied 18 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown so far. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr also is off to a strong start, completing 73.5 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The Raiders are 2-0 against-the-spread (ATS) this season and 4-1 ATS in their last five games. However, Las Vegas is just 1-4 ATS in its last five meetings with the Patriots. The Raiders also have lost five straight games to the Patriots, with their last win coming in 2002.
Here are the opening betting lines for Patriots vs. Raiders.
Spread: Patriots -6 (-110)
Moneyline: Patriots -285, Raiders +225
Total: Over 48 points (-110), Under 48 points (-110)
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