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Raiders and Josh McDaniels defeat familiar foe Patriots in Las Vegas

Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels will forever be known as a Bill Belichick protege. He’s so much of a Patriot that a great deal of the Raiders roster consists of former Patriot players. This is a game that McDaniels always looks to get a win from and today was no different with the Raiders winning 21-17. Making McDaniels 3-0 against his former employer. A major storyline for the Raiders was the injury of quarterback Jimmy Garrapolo; he was injured before halftime with a back injury, and he never returned. Early reports were that an ambulance took him to a nearby hospital. As for the game Raiders rookie tight end Michael Mayer is starting to stamp himself into the offense as he had his best game as a pro with 5 catches for 75 yards. The Raiders only touchdown came from former Patriots wide receiver Jacoby Meyers. Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby who is coming off an AFC defensive player of the week from his work on Monday Night Football made the game winning sack for a safety to give the Raiders two straight wins. As for New England, Bill Belichick is off to his worst start 1-5 and his Patriots really just have looked flat all year. Rumors before the game stated that Mac Jones would have a rather short leash if he had a bad game. Jones wasn’t benched but he did throw a costly interception. The story really was the Patriots being hampered by porous O-line play and costly penalties. Also a key drop by wide receiver Davante Parker that would have put the Patriots in field goal range also played a decent role in this. All is bad in Patriot land. Raiders may need a quarterback Brian Hoyer came in and led the Raiders and made some big throws but there's also a reason he has been a career backup. The question is can he play at a high level game in and game out if needed? He may get the opportunity to start next week in Chicago vs a 1-4 Bears team whose quarterback Justin Fields also got hurt today. As for New England they will play division rival Buffalo in New England.

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