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FSM Essential Recap – Raiders vs Patriots – NFL Week 6 – 2023

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The Raiders’ offense did just enough, and they got a huge play from their defense to secure a 21-17 win over the Patriots.

The Raiders took on the Patriots on Sunday!

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Sunday afternoon, the Raiders hosted the New England Patriots at Allegiant Stadium.

As Raider Nation knows, there is a lot of history. When these two teams play, most of the time, the Raiders are on the short end of the stick. But they looked to turn the page on Sunday and start a new chapter in the book of Las Vegas vs New England.

There were also a lot of familiar faces in the building. Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler, head coach Josh McDaniels, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, receiver Jakobi Myers, quarterback Branden Hoyer, as well as defensive tackle Adam Butler and running back Brandon Bolden, all played or worked for the Patriots.

But this wasn’t going to be a feel-good story or a happy reunion. Instead, the Raiders were looking to win their second straight game and improve their record to 3–3 on the season. After Monday night’s win against the Green Bay Packers, the Raiders were riding high and full of optimism when they squared off against New England.

Would this be another game where arguably the greatest coach in NFL history, Bill Belichick, defeats one of his pupils? Or would this be where Josh McDaniels shows his predecessor that he’s learned a trick or two on his own in his second goal as a head coach? 

The Raiders vs New England Patriots was a Week 6 NFL matchup. 

The Raiders defense stepped up and helped secure the win against the Patriots.

The Raiders vs New England Patriots was a tough, defensive battle.

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On Sunday, the Las Vegas Raiders won a hard-fought game over the New England Patriots by a final score of 21-17. This win leveled the Raiders‘ season record at 3-3, while the Patriots, in contrast, fell to a disappointing 1-5. It was also the third time Josh McDaniels faced his mentor, Bill Belichick. McDaniels extended his unbeaten streak against Belichick, now boasting a perfect 3-0 record in their matchups.

Three former Patriots who are now Raiders played pivotal roles in the Silver and Black victory.

Garoppolo, who was traded from the Patriots to the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, had a productive outing. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 162 yards, throwing for a touchdown but also being intercepted. The Raiders held a 13-3 lead at halftime before Garoppolo was forced to exit the game due to a back injury, requiring transportation to the hospital.

 

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Brian Hoyer stepped in for Garoppolo in the second half, contributing six completions on ten attempts for 102 yards. Additionally, Daniel Carlson’s successful field goals from 30 and 24 yards helped the Raiders keep the lead. The Raiders‘ defensive effort sealed the win. They got a critical sack from Maxx Crosby and Bilal Nichols on Mac Jones in the end zone, resulting in a safety with just 1:47 left in the game, effectively sealing the Raiders‘ victory.

Former Patriot Jakobi Meyers also played a significant role in the Raiders‘ offensive gameplan on Sunday, scoring the team’s sole touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Garoppolo. Despite outgaining the Patriots by a large margin, 348 total yards to 259, the Raiders struggled in the red zone, converting only 1 of 6 opportunities, which helped keep the game close.

The Patriots showed a more promising offensive performance than in their previous two games, during which they were outscored 73-3. Ezekiel Elliott’s rushing touchdown, his first since joining the Patriots, ended a frustrating streak of 39 consecutive drives without a touchdown for New England. The drought had lasted 15 drives longer than any previous under Belichick’s leadership. In the first half, Elliott had a seemingly long touchdown run called back due to a holding penalty on tight end Hunter Henry.

With just 3:33 remaining in the game, former Centennial High School star Rhamondre Stevenson, a Las Vegas native, scored on a crucial 1-yard touchdown run for the Patriots, giving them hope of a comeback.

Mac Jones, the Patriots quarterback, went 24-for-33, accumulating 200 passing yards but also being intercepted.

The final score was 21-17, the Raiders over the Patriots.

The Raiders will now travel to Chicago on Sunday to take on the Bears at Solider Field. The kickoff is scheduled for 10:00, and the game can be seen on Fox.

 

– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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