Las Vegas Raiders vs New England Patriots Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Las Vegas Raiders pulled off a Week 2 upset by beating the Saints at home
- It’s obvious that the New England Patriots have found their franchise QB in Cam Newton
- These teams haven’t played each other since 2017 when the Pats beat Oakland, 33-8
Raiders vs Patriots Odds
|Las Vegas Raiders||+5.5|
|New England Patriots||-5.5|
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Raiders vs Patriots Predictions and Picks
Sure, the Raiders looked great against the Saints, but it’s an entirely different situation facing Cam Newton in Foxborough, even without a crowd, and until Derek Carr proves himself to be a consistent winner, your money is better spent on the Pats in Week 3.
Patriots -5.5 -118
How to Watch Raiders vs Patriots
|Raiders vs Patriots Information|
|What||Las Vegas Raiders vs New England Patriots|
|Where||Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA|
|When||Sunday, September 27, 2020; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
It was like watching an entirely different Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night in Week 2, Jon Gruden’s normally shaky team excelling on both offense and defense plus special team on their way to upsetting the New Orleans Saints by ten points.
The 1-1 Patriots are not in charge of the AFC East right now, but they have found their franchise QB in Cam Newton and he and HC Bill Belichick seem to have a good idea of how to work together to take advantage of the playmakers they do have on in New England this season.
These two AFC teams have met each other 35 times over the years (including 3 postseason games), with the New England Patriots winning 19 of those matchups and the Las Vegas (and previously Oakland) Raiders winning 15 of the games, with one tie between them.
Can the Raiders Repeat Their Week 2 Dominance or Was it a Fluke?
Anyone who enjoys the Raiders watched them on Monday Night Football in Week 2 with a huge smile on their face because QB Derek Carr and his talented young squad finally looked like the legitimate NFL threat in the AFC that they should be.
They were not only effective on offense, scoring four touchdowns with three of those through the air, but also tough on D, keeping pressure on Brees in the backfield, covering his receivers in the secondary, and even picking off the highly accurate Saints QB once and sacking him.
That will be the recipe for defeating the Patriots but stopping the mobile and giant Cam Newton is a whole other physical proposition.
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Can the Patriots Stop the Raiders Star TE Darren Waller?
Raiders tight end Darren Waller looked absolutely unstoppable in his Week 2 game on Monday night and is a player that opponents will have to game plan around, including throwing constant double teams his way.
Waller had 90 catches last season for 1145 yards and 3 touchdowns, but that is just a drop in the bucket compared to what they have planned for him this season.
Between Pats CBs Jason and Devin McCourty and Stephon Gilmore, one of them will have to figure out in Week 3 how to cover the beast that Waller has become.
Raiders Key Player: (TE) Darren Waller
The Las Vegas Raiders have found themselves a superstar in the making in tight end Darren Waller, the young fifth-year player who has battled off the field struggles in order to be on the field in 2020.
And it was worth it – in Week 2, Waller caught 12 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown to help his Raiders upset the normally dominant New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.
What it came down to was Waller. At 6’ 6” and 255 pounds is tough if not impossible to cover, especially when you add in his breakneck speed and ability to elude and abuse tacklers after the catch.
Patriots Key Player: (RB) James White
Patriots star running back James White did not play in Week 2 due to a family tragedy, and it has not been determined whether he will suit up for this Week 3 matchup, though it would seem highly unlikely that he would.
White is an effective runner and pass-catcher out of the backfield, rushing five times in Week 1 for 22 yards and catching 3 passes for 30 more yards, numbers that typically include a touchdown total since he loves finding the endzone.
Nobody expects White to show up in Week 3, but his absence in the backfield was absolutely noticed against the Seahawks when the team’s best rusher was Cam Newton with 47 yards on the ground and Sony Michel with just 19 yards himself.
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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager.