The Raiders come into Foxboro at 0-2. Derek Carr comes into this game having completed 63.5% of his passes 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions and a 1.4 TID. Denarius Moore has 5 receptions but has caught a miserable 38.5% of his targets. Moore has to step his game up to take pressure of James Jones and Rod Streater who have caught 70.6 and 60 percent of their targets respectively. The truth is even if Moore picks up his game, the Raiders just don’t have a shot. Their pass defense is terrible they have allowed 77.1% completion percentage to opposing quartebacks. Their defense has managed a meager 2 sacks and 2 turnovers. Their running game has been less than effective gaining all of 126 yards meanwhile their run defense has allowed 400 yards, that is an average of 200 yards a game. This is a team that is going to be badly outplayed in Foxboro.
The New England Patriots enter this game at 1-1. Tom Brady has looked rather pedestrian, he has only completed 55.8% of his passes well below his career average in completion percentage, for 398 yards. Julian Edelman has an 80% reception ratio, Rob Gronkowski has a disappointing 47.1% reception ratio. Gronkowski and Edelman should be able to take advantage of a weak Raiders secondary and put up big numbers on them. Also expect running back Stevan Ridley to have a big game on the ground against a weak front seven.
The key to this game is going to be the Patriots front seven against the Raiders offensive line. Bill Belichick is too savvy a coach not to take advantage of Derek Carr’s inexperience. Belichick has bested Peyton Manning ten times, there is no way he doesn’t best Carr in his third career start.
Final Score: New England Patriots 35 Oakland Raiders 7