On Sunday, a defensive play in the last minute was what the Patriots had to do to leave what was a pretty lethargic offense, and many football betting fans were very relieved when they ultimately beat the Raiders 16-9.
A TD pass was thrown by Tom Brady, 3 field goals were thrown by Stephen Gostkowski, and Vince Wilfork was able to intercept a pass that was close his goal line, putting an end to the Raiders’ last opportunity to turn things around in their favor.
That was what gave the ball to New England with 51 seconds remaining after Logan Ryan shook it loose from Denarius Moore, who was supposed to receive it. On the play before that, a 6-yard run into the end zone by Darren McFadden that could have tied the game ended up being cancelled by a holding penalty made against Gabe Jackson. The ball was put at the 16 after that play.
On the play that took place before the run by McFadden, Ryan saved himself on what was a penalty for a pass interference.
New England were able to win their 12th opener at home in 13 seasons, while Oakland, who are now 0-3, suffered their 15th loss in a row in a game played in the East coast. Sebastian Janikowski held the team to three field goals.
Brady turned into the third QB who was able to win 150 times in a regular season, right behind Brett Favre, with 186, and Peyton Manning, who now has 169. In Brady’s last 62 games played at home – and these include the playoffs – he is 57-5.
New England was able to score 10 points in the second quarter’s last 4:14 to take a lead of 10-3. Brady covered a 15-play, 84-yard drive that went along with a 6-yard pass for a TD to Rob Gronkowski, who got LB Kaluka Maiava out of the way, catching the ball while going right over the middle area.
With 8 remaining seconds in the half, the Patriots, who are now 2-1, had the opportunity of scoring another TD when they made it to the 2-yard line. However, the snap by Dan Connolly was a low one, and it was picked up by Brady who ended up throwing an incompletion and stopping time with 3 remaining seconds. A field goal of 21-yards was then kicked by Gostkowski.
For the Raiders, 21 out of 34 passes for 174 yards were completed by Derek Carr. But as RB Maurice Jones-Drew was on the sidelines for the second week in a row due to an injury to his right hand, he continues to be a pro rookie without a single win. Perhead.eu fans saw that McFadden was the one who started instead of Jones-Drew, rushing on 18 carries for 59 yards.
Oakland were planning to leave after the game taking place in London next Sunday, where they take on the Miami Dolphins.