What we learned as Raiders take first loss of season in Foxboro originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Three takeaways from the Raiders’ 36-20 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday in Foxboro, Mass.
1. Defense just not good enough
The Raiders papered over their defensive shortcomings the first two weeks with an offense that scored 34 points in each game. And the Raiders made enough key plays defensively to provide some hope that they could turn a corner on that side of the ball.
But the Patriots, especially in the second half, exposed the Raiders’ defensive liabilities.
New England ran the ball straight at the Raiders and dared them to stop it. The Raiders were unable to, giving up 250 yards on the ground. Sony Michel gained 117 yards.
Because of the production on the ground, Patriots quarterback Cam Newton had a relatively pedestrian performance, completing 17 of 28 passes for 162 yards.