Third quarter: Patriots 24, Raiders 13

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Third quarter: Patriots 24, Raiders 13

If the game looks a little familiar, well it is.

Except this time, Tom Brady isn't throwing any interceptions.

The Patriots are, for the second straight week, in an offensive shootout. But they've made no turnovers so far, and thus are taking a 24-13 lead into the fourth quarter against the Raiders.

The Pats went into the second half with a 17-10 lead, and immediately increased it to 24-10 with a 7-play, 81-yard drive that was capped by an electrifying 33-yard run from Stevan Ridley. The Raiders answered with a 26-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski after a drive that started on their own 18 stalled at the 8 . . . thanks in large part to a pass-interference penalty that the referees first called, then overturned. The call would have given Oakland a first-and-goal at the 2.

The subsequent stop wasn't the first big play made by the Pats on Sunday.

Patrick Chung game up with an end-zone interception on a second-and-goal play from the 6, halting an Oakland drive that could have given the Raiders the lead in the second quarter. Instead, the Pats got the ball on their own 20 and Tom Brady engineered a two-minute drive that ended with a 44-yard field goal by Stephan Gostkowski in the final 10 seconds, giving the Pats a seven-point lead.

Prior to that, however, Oakland had marched 88 yards in only six plays in moving ahead, 10-7, on a one-yard run by Michael Bush in the second quarter.

The Pats answered that TD with a score of their own, a one-yard run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis that capped a six-play, 64-yard drive jumpstarted by a personal-foul penalty against the Raiders, one of seven penalties (for 70 yards) called against Oakland in the first half. The big plays: Brady-to-Wes Welker completions of 24 and 21 yards, the last of which moved the ball to the 1 and set up Green-Ellis' touchdown.

Then came Chung's interception and the Gostkowski field goal.

Richard Seymour entered Sunday's game against the Patriots fueled by two-plus years of resentment for his trade from New England to Oakland . . . and his failure to control his emotions cost his team dearly in the first quarter.

Seymour was nailed for two penalties -- including an inexcusable roughing-the-passer penalty for hurling Brady to the ground on a third-and-nine after play had been stopped for a delay-of-game call against the Pats -- that accounted for 25 of the 80 yards New England covered in a touchdown drive that gave the Patriots a 7-3 lead after one quarter.

Seymour also committed a face-mask penalty on a two-yard run by Green-Ellis, which moved the ball from the Oakland 45 to the Oakland 42. It took Tom Brady just three plays -- runs of 15 yards by Ridley and 2 yards by Green-Ellis, and a 15-yard pass to Welker set up by a beautiful pick from Chad Ochocinco -- to get the Pats in from there, giving them a 7-3 lead.

The Raiders, given a short field when the opening kickoff by Gostkowski went out of bounds, had taken a 3-0 lead on a chip-shot, 28-yard field goal by Janikowski.

Arizona Cardinals place franchise tag on Chandler Jones

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Arizona Cardinals place franchise tag on Chandler Jones

PHOENIX - The Arizona Cardinals, in an anticipated move, have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on outside linebacker Chandler Jones after failing to reach a long-term deal with the player.

The non-exclusive tag allows the Cardinals to continue negotiating with Jones through July 15. If another team makes him an offer, Arizona can either match it or receive two first-round draft picks.

It's unlikely that any team would express interest in Jones, however, given what it would cost.

Under the franchise tag, Jones would receive about $15 million for the coming season.

Acquired in a trade with New England a year ago, Jones had 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 15 tackles for loss last season

Jones has 25 1-2 sacks over the past two seasons, third-most in the NFL over that span.

The Cardinals' move came two days before the NFL deadline for making franchise designations.

It also came on Jones' 27th birthday, prompting teammate David Johnson to tweet "Happy BDay to `The Man,' `Mr. Franchise' himself.....The one and only."

The franchise tag move came as no surprise.

Club President Michael Bidwill has stated all along that Jones would not be going anywhere, that the team didn't make the trade - sending guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick to New England - to keep him just for one season.

"We're not going to mess around with that," Bidwill said in a recent interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "He's a great pass rusher, but if we can't agree to terms that work for us, we're just going to franchise him, and his people know that."

Jones immediately upgraded what had been an average Cardinals pass rush at best. His fellow outside linebacker Markus Golden had 12 1-2 sacks and seven tackles for loss. Together they form one of the better outside pass rush combinations in the NFL.

By all accounts, the contract talks with Jones have been cordial and Jones has said he wants to stay in Arizona.

"I love it here," he said near the end of last season. "I love the vibe that the people give off and I can see myself being here for a long time."

Chandler heads a long list of free agents that the Cardinals must either re-sign or let go. That group includes starters defensive tackle Calais Campbell, safety Tony Jefferson and inside linebacker Kevin Minter.

Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' to land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' to land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock quarterbacked a marathon conference call with reporters from around the country on Monday in order to shed some light on the prospects who will compete at the combine later this week. One thing that stood out? He's not ready to crown anyone in this year's crop of draftable signal-callers.

As a result of the dearth of pro-ready talent at quarterback, Mayock recognized Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo as perhaps the top target for any quarterback-needy team. Garoppolo might interest the Cleveland Browns in particular, Mayock noted, because of the number of picks they have near the top of the draft.

"In my opinion," Mayock said, "if I'm the Cleveland Browns and I've got No. 1 and No. 12, if I came away with either [defensive end Myles] Garrett or [defensive tackle] Jonathan Allen at No. 1, and gave up the 12th pick in the draft to get Garoppolo? I would be stoked.

"I would feel like I had a difference-maker on defense and we had a quarterback on offense. Now let's get to work. We got five in the first 65 picks. Let's get to work. From my perspective, especially looking at the quarterbacks this year, if they gave up No. 12 and could get Garoppolo, I'd be all over that."