Patriots-Raiders highlights: Burkhead, N.E. pull away for 36-20 rout originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The Raiders' home city might have changed from Oakland to Las Vegas, but the results remain the same against the Patriots.
New England won its sixth consecutive game against the Raiders dating back to 2002, as the Pats rushed for 250 yards in a 36-20 win at Gillette Stadium. It's the second time in three games that New England totaled over 200 yards on the ground.
Sony Michel led the rushing attack with 117 yards on just nine carries -- his first 100-yard game since his rookie season of 2018 -- including runs of 38 and 48 yards. But while Michel racked up the most yardage, Rex Burkhead was busy racking up the touchdowns. Burkhead scored all three of the Pats' offensive touchdowns -- two rushing, one receiving -- while amassing 98 yards (49 rushing and 49 receiving).
While the Patriots defense failed to keep Las Vegas off the scoreboard at the end of the first half, allowing a quick touchdown drive, New England clamped down in the second half, only allowing one field goal and a touchdown after the game got out of hand. The defense even added a touchdown thanks to a Deatrich Wise fumble recovery in the end zone after he and Shilique Calhoun sacked Derek Carr.
FINAL SCORE: Patriots 36, Raiders 20
Patriots Record: 2-1
Four plays after the Patriots recover a Las Vegas fumble, Cam Newton would like this throw back
Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) September 27, 2020
After a battle of field goals, Rex Burkhead uses a great Shaq Mason block to find the end zone to make it 13-3
Las Vegas marches 75 yards in four plays in 28 seconds, with a Foster Moreau 1-yard TD catch cutting the halftime deficit to 13-10
After a slow start, Sony Michel scampers for a 38-yard run, the longest of his regular-season career
Burkhead plunges in from 5 yards out for his second touchdown of the day
Forget about a 38-yarder... Michel sets a new career-high with a 48-yard run on the Pats' next drive
On the next drive, Burkhead plows in from 2 yards out for his first career three-touchdown game
On the next play from scrimmage, the Patriots score their second TD in 7 seconds thanks to this Deatrich Wise fumble recovery
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