Raiders Get Blown out by Patriots in Mexico City

The 2017 season has been a struggle for the Oakland Raiders. They have struggled to find the consistency that they enjoyed in 2016. The team has made mistakes at critical points in games that resulted in several heartbreaking losses. The 2017 season has been the exact opposite for the New England Patriots. Tom Brady has turned away Father Time to once again have another brilliant season in his Hall of Fame career. At the age of 40, Brady is having one of his most productive seasons ever. He continued his fantastic play in a 33-8 win against the Raiders in Mexico City.

Oakland was outclassed by New England in every facet of the game. The Raiders seemed like they were not prepared to play one of the best teams in the NFL. Many of the players on the Raiders were clearly affected by playing at the very high altitude of Mexico City. Brady passed for three touchdowns and 339 yards on 30 of 37 passing. The Patriot offense was in a good rhythm and always seemed to be one step ahead of the Oakland defense. The Patriots are now 8-2. They are now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the best record in the AFC. They are now three games ahead of the Buffalo Bills for the AFC East lead.

The Raiders are now 4-6. They are tied with the Los Angeles Chargers for second place in the AFC West. Both teams are two games behind the 6-4 Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders were given a very large gift because the Chiefs lost to the terrible New York Giants in overtime. Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio believes that his team still has a chance to make the playoffs. However, he admits that the margin of error keeps getting smaller with each loss. He said that he thought that his team was undisciplined and that is his fault. He took the blame for his team's poor play. Del Rio said that it is his coaching staff's job to get the team ready to play and they failed to do so in this case.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 237 yards on 28 for 49 passing. He threw one touchdown and one interception. His quarterback rating was only 40.7. Carr admitted that he played poorly. He just never felt comfortable. Carr said that he was surprised how much of an impact the high altitude had on him.


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