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PatriotsThe New England Patriots bounced back from a season-opening loss to Miami with a 30-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The patriots used a block field goal and four interceptions to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2001.

Brady and they usually proficient a traits passing game have been woefully inadequate over the first two games of the season.

“Our passing game hasn’t been stellar to this point. We have to keep going after it,” Brady said. “Guys will get opportunities to get more balls, and I need to do a better job of finding those guys when they’re open.”

Meanwhile in Oakland stopping the run has been problematic for the Raiders.

After giving up a league-high 400 yards on the ground. Houston ran for 188 in a 30-14 victory in Oakland last Sunday, and veteran safety Charles Woodson said he was “embarrassed” by his team’s showing.

“You can’t allow a team to just run the football down the field on you,” coach Dennis Allen said. “That has to change. Like I told the players, run defense is a mentality. Run defense is about lining up across from somebody, hitting them in the mouth, knocking them back, getting off a block, and making a play.”

Rumors continue to circulate about the potential replacement of Allen as a head coach.

Rookie quarterback Derek Carr passed for 263 yards last week against Houston but had his first two interceptions.

“He’s an athletic guy back there,” New England coach Bill Belichick said. “He can certainly get the ball down the field. We know he’s a smart kid.”

Carr is also Oakland’s leading rusher with 57 yards ahead of Darren McFadden (52) and Maurice Jones-Drew (11), who missed last week’s loss with a right hand injury. Jones-Drew’s status is unclear as the Raiders attempt to avoid their worst start since dropping their first five games in 2006.

Therein lies the problem, so we will take the Patriots big over the Raiders this week

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