After their victory in Denver, the Patriots stayed in the high altitude of the Rockies to prepare for their game against the Raiders in Mexico City, Mexico.
The preparation helped, as the high-octane Patriots offense scored on 7 of their 9 offensive possessions, scoring 30 straight points before Oakland managed to figure out an answer. New England came out fast, running their no-huddle offense that focused on short completions to keep the chains moving while tiring the Raiders defense. Brady and the offense marched 87 yards on 15 plays on their opening drive, culminating in a 15 yard TD pass to the human video game Dion Lewis.
Unlike the Raiders defense, the Patriots played well for the second time in as many weeks. Human Victory Cigar Duron Harmon put a damper on Derek Carr’s afternoon by grabbing an interception on the following drive, preventing any sort of answer from the Oakland offense. The defensive unit would add a red zone fumble recovery and a 4th down stop to their stat sheet before the day was done, stifling the Raiders potentially potent offense.
In tandem with tiring out the Raiders defense, the Patriots used their high altitude environment to benefit their long game. Once the Raiders adjusted to the short passing game, Brady opened things up to Brandon Cooks, hitting him for 52 yards and again for a 64 yard TD. Between the bombs, Gostkowski managed to use the altitude to his advantage as well, kicking a career-long 62 yard FG to end the half.