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NFL: New England Patriots at Oakland Raiders
Defense celebrates a 4th-down stop
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports



  • Jeff Howe recaps the Patriots 'thin-air fiesta' with Tom Brady executing another clinic and the defense holding the Raiders scoreless until the 4th quarter.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Pats Posits: Pats make it look easy in Mexico.
  • Ron Borges describes how Tom Brady buried the Raiders yesterday after killing them with his deadly accuracy. "The Raiders were the team that was supposed to be rushing Brady, but instead he was rushing them..." /Good read.
  • Doug Kyed's Patriots-Raiders takeaways: Defense still thriving without flash plays.
  • Ryan Hannble gives us 10 quick observations from the Pats' big win in Mexico City: Third down was a huge part of their success.
  • Phil Perry rattles off five quick Pats-Raiders thoughts: 1. The Raiders defense came as advertised: They were putrid.
  • Ryan Hannable emphasizes how what Tom Brady is doing is truly unbelievable.
  • Karen Guregian thinks it’s time the doubters start trusting the Patriots defense.
  • Zack Cox argues that it's time to start respecting the Patriots defense.
  • Mike Giardi notes that after struggling early, the Patriots defense has flexed their muscle recently, forcing 'critical swings' with turnovers.
  • Kevin Duffy talks about how the Patriots defense has rapidly ascended 'from the bottom of the barrel' to one of the better units in the NFL.
  • Phil Perry gives Stephen Gostkowski some props for his record-setting kick and a stellar game
  • Tom E. Curran says it's hard to find a Patriots equal in the soft AFC.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Stephen Gostkowski drills 62-yard field goal.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Ted Karras embodies ‘next man up’ in first start at center.
  • Zack Cox picks Jonathan Jones as the X-Factor in the blowout win over the Raiders.
  • The Herald Staff takes a look at Tom Brady's record when Jack Del Rio is on the opposing sideline.
  • Mike Reiss reports Bill Belichick was presented with a game ball by Robert Kraft, as the coach moved into third place on the NFL's all-time wins list.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) How does Bill Belichick keep doing this?
  • Karen Guregian picks her Best and Worst from Sunday's win.
  • Matthew Geagan picks his Ups and Downs from Sunday's win.
  • Mike Reiss mentions how the Patriots' week at the Air Force Academy pays off with a lopsided win.
  • Mike Reiss explains why Mike Gillislee was a healthy scratch for the second week in a row: Not a special teams player.


  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots vs. Raiders. Recap, stats, highlights.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Patriots blow out Raiders 33-8.
  • Martin Rogers (USA Today) Tom Brady has no trouble handling Raiders in Patriots' Mexico City rout.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady has 82nd regular-season game with 300 yards.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) AFC playoff picture: Steelers, Patriots atop the conference.
  • Don Banks ( Week 11 Snap Judgments: With six weeks still remaining, the reality is it’s down to just a one-game regular season for the Patriots.
  • Peter King (SI) Monday Morning QB: Bolt of reality hits AFC West, while NFC East race all but over; Brady still king of the world.
  • Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report) Monday Morning Digest: The Browns may go 0-16. Is that a good thing?
  • Ron Clements (Sporting News) NFL Week 11 Blitz Read: Competitive games at a premium with multiple blowouts.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Sunday Freakout: Drew Brees is still Drew Brees, Vikings have the Rams’ kryptonite, Panic in Kansas City, Another Buffalo meltdown.
  • Lindsay H. Jones (USA Today) 40 things we learned in Week 11: 39. Despite giving up the most yards in the league, the Patriots held the Raiders to just eight points Sunday — and haven’t allowed more than 17 during a six-game win streak.
  • Around the NFL ( NFL Week 11: Thirty-six takeaways from Sunday.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Sorting the Sunday Pile Week 11: Saints sure look like NFL's most complete team.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL Winners and Losers. Winner: Bill Belichick.
  • Matt Miller and Adam Lefkoe (Bleacher Report) Winners and Losers of NFL Week 11. (2.55 min. video) Winner: Tom Brady.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers of NFL Week 11. Winner: Stephen Gostkowski.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 11 Grades: Patriots: A, Raiders: F.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Grading the quarterback play for all 32 NFL teams. Patriots: A.
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) NFL Playoff Picture: How Week 11 changed the bracket.
  • Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) NFL reaches agreement to play regular-season games in Mexico through 2021.
  • David Fleming (ESPN) Long live the Butt Fumble: On its fifth anniversary, we proudly present the definitive oral history of the best worst play in football.


  • Michael Gehlken (Las Vegas Review-Journal) Raiders hit rock bottom in 33-8 loss to Patriots in Mexico City.
  • Jerry McDonald (East Bay Times) Analysis: How Tom Brady administered a harsh ‘playoff team’ lesson to Raiders. "Raiders were facing their ultimate measuring stick and wound up getting beat over the head with it."
  • Matt Schneidman (East Bay Times) Derek Carr turns in another dud before padding his stats in garbage time.
  • Paul Gutierrez (ESPN) Raiders embarrassed by Patriots, Tom Brady in Mexico City.
  • Matt Schneidman (East Bay Times) Patriots 33, Raiders 8: Oakland shows just how far away it truly is from contending.
  • Scott Bair (NBCSports/BayArea) Three things you need to know after the Raiders’ 33-8 loss to the Patriots.
  • Matt Kawahara (SFGate) Raiders no match for Tom Brady, Patriots in loss in Mexico City.
  • Gilbert Manzano (Las Vegas Review-Journal) Raiders’ secondary ‘Cooks’ under pressure from Patriots’ QB Brady.
  • Ed Graney (Las Vegas Review-Journal) Raiders pass defense proves easy pickings for Tom Brady.
  • Scott Bair (NBCSports/BayArea) Instant Analysis: Ugly loss to Pats in Mexico City sums up Raiders' season.
  • Dieter Kurtenbach (East Bay Times) The Raiders problems start with Jack Del Rio, and the loss to New England proves it. "Brady made such easy work of the Raiders’ defense that frankly, he looked bored by all the success he was having."
  • Scott Bair (NBCSports/BayArea) Del Rio calls out NFL for Raiders losing home games to go abroad.


  • Shalise Manza Young (Yahoo! Sports) Patriots' Jonathan Kraft: Jerry Jones told us 'take your medicine' during deflate-gate.