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Patriots vs. Raiders: Pats Take 17-10 Halftime Lead

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New England Patriots (2-1) at Oakland Raiders (2-1)

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 | 4:15 PM ET

Raiders Coverage: Silver and Black Pride

Halftime notes:

  • The defense was up and down throughout the first half.  The defensive line couldn't produce much (or any) pass rush, giving Jason Campbell all day to throw.  However, the Patriots switched between a hybrid 4-3/3-4 at times, and were generally solid against the run.  The Patriots only allowed Darren McFadden to have one long run.  At the end of the half, with the Raiders in the red zone, Pat Chung came up with a big red zone interception to help the Patriots preserve their lead.
  • The Patriots got a good balance going on the offensive side of the ball.  The team's run/pass ratio was essentially even.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Stevan Ridley did a nice job rotating at running back.  The Patriots passing attack was a bit up and down, with Brady going just 8/17.  The Patriots struggled to get the ball down the field, with Wes Welker being the real standout at receiver (although Chad Ochocinco did have two grabs on the Patriots' field goal drive to close out the half).
  • The big news of the first half was the apparent knee injury to linebacker Jerod Mayo.  Mayo is the heart and soul of the Patriots defense, and if he's out for an extended period of time, it could be really detrimental to the team.  Lets just hope the injury isn't as serious as it looks.