Raiders lose first game of the season to New England, 36-20

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) gets a poke in the eye as he closes in to sack New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

By Shawn McCullough

The Raiders simply couldn’t overcome mistakes as they fell to the New England Patriots, 36-20, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

The Raiders fumbled the ball away three times and couldn’t convert multiple times in the redzone.

“There are some issues that add up to a loss,” said head coach Jon Gruden.  “I am proud of our team for fighting and I like the effort.”

Las Vegas kept the game close in the first half, trailing just 13-10 at halftime, but the Patriots rolled off 23 points in the second half.

“We came in at halftime and we felt good, but coming out, obviously it got away from us,” said quarterback Derek Carr.

Carr threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns, one each to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow and tight end Foster Moreau.

“I like our team,” said Gruden.  “We are a young team, but we do not lack confidence.”

“We are always confident,” said Carr.  “We didn’t play our best game, but we made it a game.”

Josh Jacobs led the Raiders on the ground, rushing 16 times for 71 yards.

“We had a couple of drives where we moved the ball very well,” said Jacobs.  “We have to just work on redzone execution and try not to beat ourselves in certain situations.”

With the loss, the Raiders fell to 2-1 on the season and will next return home to face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders were outgained in total yards, 406-375.
  • Tight end Darren Waller was held to just two catches for nine yards.
  • Nine different Raiders players caught at least one ball from QB Derek Carr.

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