Tom Brady and the Patriots were surgical at the Azteca today in a thorough beat down of the Oakland Raiders. A two game west coast road trip with two straight Brian Hoyer sightings to kneel out the game is a beautiful thing.
The Patriots 33-8 vicotry marks the 13th straight on the road, which is a new franchise record. The NFL record is 18 in a row by the 49ers in the late 80s. We needed the win to keep pace with the Steelers. Both teams now sit at 8-2. With the Chiefs suffering a humiliating loss to the Giants today, the Pats have a little bit more breathing room in the conference standings.
Tom Brady was simply dominant. He hit on his first 12 passes (tying his best mark in a regular season game) and he finished 30-37 for 339 yards and 3 tuddies. He spread the ball all over the field, but his favorite target in Mexico City was the Chef, Bradin Cooks. DinDin had 6 catches for 149 yards and a 64 yard tuddy. He also had 52 yard catch earlier in the game, so his speed was a big factor as the Raiders let him get loose a few times.
The Raiders didn't help themselves out much during the day. They had multiple drops and a very costly fumble near the Patriots goal line at the end of the half. Deep in our own territory with only 33 seconds left, Tom was still able to turn the fumble into points. He drove the team down the field and let Stevie G attempt at 62 yard field goal. In the high elevation the kick looked like it would have been good from 70+. The kick was 2 yards shy of an NFL record and gave us a 17-0 lead at the break. Stevie was 4 for 4 on the day, and looked impressive doing it.
The Patriots looked like the better conditioned team, utilizing hurry up offense to keep the Raiders defense tired. And our defense stayed in fine form, holding an opponent under 17 points for the sixth straight game.