Third quarter: Patriots 24, Raiders 13


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.

Patriots bolster receiver depth by adding Brown to practice squad


Patriots bolster receiver depth by adding Brown to practice squad

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have added some receiver depth to their locker room by signing Da'Ron Brown to their practice squad. 

Brown, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs in 2015 and spent his rookie season on the Kansas City practice squad. At Northern Illinois, the 6-foot, 199-pounder caught 155 passes in four years, accumulating 2,295 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores in his career. As a senior in 2014, he caught 68 passes for 1,065 yards. 

With the signing, the Patriots have filled out their practice squad. The team has had an opening on its 10-man unit since the Colts signed away receiver Devin Street for their 53-man roster.

With just four receivers on the Patriots roster, not including special teams ace Matthew Slater, they've loaded up on receiver depth through their practice squad with Brown, Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White.

Brissett, Garoppolo both practicing for Patriots on Tuesday


Brissett, Garoppolo both practicing for Patriots on Tuesday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had both of their qurterbacks on the field and suited up for Tuesday's shells-and-sweats practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. 

Both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are dealing with injuries, but both were present for the session, as were the rest of their teammates on the 53-man roster. 

Brissett was spotted in the Patriots locker room before practice with no brace or wrap of any kind on his thumb, but he did have his right thumb taped when out on the field. 

Patriots tight end AJ Derby was the lone player in a black practice jersey, indicating that he has been named practice player of the week. Running low on quarterbacks, Derby may have served as the scout-team quarterback as the Patriots defense prepared for the Texans. He played the position at Iowa and Arkansas before changing positions.

The Patriots have four practices scheduled this week, and the team will release injury reports, as usual, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.