The Patriots played Sunday’s game without a number of starters on the offensive side of the ball, but as Bill Belichick’s teams so often do, they didn’t skip a beat.
The most notable injuries for the Patriots on offense were to starting center David Andrews and right tackle Marcus Cannon, and they were replaced nearly seamlessly by third-year veteran Ted Karras and backup tackle LaAdrian Waddle.
Karras played in all 60 snaps for the Patriots on offense and did not allow a pressure in pass protection on 41 passing plays.
As for Waddle, he rotated a bit with teammate Cameron Fleming at right tackle, but ultimately played the vast majority of the snaps, and allowed just two pressures despite going up against Raiders All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack for most of the game.
Also of note, fullback James Develin saw a diminished role on a day that featured the passing game, playing just 21 snaps after a season-high 45 a week ago in Denver.
And finally, in his second week with the Patriots, tight end Martellus Bennett saw an uptick in playing time, logging 17 snaps on offense after being on the field for just seven plays in Week 10.
On defense, the Patriots allowed fewer than 17 points for the sixth straight game as the unit continues to turn things around after a rocky start to the season.
Second-year cornerback Jonathan Jones deserves a game ball after this one. Jones played a career-high 70 snaps on defense and was a crucial part of Duron Harmon’s interception in the first quarter, and despite being targeted ten times allowed just 37 yards into his coverage.
Three other Patriots also saw the field at an unusually high rate: LB Marquis Flowers, LB Trevor Reilly, and DT Ricky Jean Francois.
Flowers played a season-high 32 snaps on defense and forced a crucial fumble in the red zone as the Raiders appeared to be driving to pull within one-score in the second quarter.
Reilly wasn't as busy as Flowers but still saw the field for 13 snaps on Sunday after combining for 11 plays in his first two games as a Patriot.
In his second game as a Patriot, Ricky Jean Francois played a season-high 25 snaps as the Patriots needed the 300-pound defensive tackle to help fill in for injured starter Malcom Brown. Francois delivered one of the highlights of the game with a viscous close-line tackle of Raiders running back Jalen Richard.
Lastly, after missing last weeks game due to a shoulder injury, linebacker Cassius Marsh played a season-low two snaps on Sunday. Marsh’s playing time may still be injury related but is worth noting given his up and down play this season.