Clearly we've been spoiled when Tom Brady passes for 226 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT and it's a ho-hummer. Brady (16-of-30) didn't have his best accuracy -- thanks largely to the Raiders' pass rush -- but he found Welker nine times for 158 yards. The big concern: Chad Ochocinco is second on the team with two receptions.
The Patriots' goal was to be balanced and their ground attack (183 yards on 30 carries) stole the show. Rookie Stevan Ridley rushed for 97 yards on 10 carries, including a 33-yard TD on the first series of the second half. BenJarvus Green-Ellis added 75 yards on 16 trots. Only downer: The inability to punch in a fourth-quarter score with four tries inside Oakland's 3.
The bad: Jason Campbell completed 25-of-39 passes for 344 yards and wasn't sacked. The good: The Pats generated decent pressure (better than in Buffalo, at least), while Patrick Chung and Vince Wilfork came up with timely interceptions. The only big play was a 58-yard pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Yes, the Raiders had 160 yards on 27 carries, but take away a 41-yard scamper by Darren McFadden (14 carries, 75 yards) and a 30-yard jaunt by Jacoby Ford, and the numbers fall to 89 yards on 25 carries (3.56 yards per trot). Going up against the ultra-physical Raiders with a dinged-up defensive line, New England rose to the challenge.
Stephen Gostkowski booted a 44-yard field goal before intermission, which was key in pulling away, but otherwise there's little to note, which isn't necessarily a bad thing when it comes to special teams. The Patriots covered well on returns, but are still waiting for Julian Edelman to break a big one.
With mounting injuries presenting a challenge, the Pats find a way. The game plan produces balance on offense, while the defense takes away the opponent's strength. The Patriots also kept their cool better than Oakland, committing just five penalties for 45 yards, compared to the Raiders' nine penalties for 85 yards.