Cam Newton, Rex Burkhead, Patriots Cruise Past Derek Carr, Raiders for Win | Bleacher Report

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates his touchdown pass to running back Rex Burkhead (34) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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The New England Patriots relied on rushing and defense to earn a 36-20 Week 3 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.  

Cam Newton earned his second win in three starts for the Patriots, but he had only one touchdown in an otherwise quiet game. Instead it was Rex Burkhead who scored three times as part of a rushing attack that totaled 250 yards on the day to hand Las Vegas its first loss of the season.

The Raiders were coming off a surprising upset victory over the New Orleans Saints last week, but they couldn’t keep it going even without fans at Gillette Stadium. The franchise hasn’t had a victory in Foxborough since 1994.

Derek Carr had a 119.4 quarterback rating, but it didn’t tell the story, as the Patriots defense was dominant in a bounce-back showing after getting torched by Russell Wilson in Week 2.

      

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Nostalgic Gruden, Raiders visit Patriots

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Jon Gruden still thinks it was a fumble.

It’s been nearly two decades since the Raiders’ coach walked out of a snow-covered Foxboro Stadium on the wrong end of a 16-13 overtime loss to New England during the 2001 playoffs.

The game turned late in the fourth quarter when Tom Brady was hit from behind and lost the ball. Initially ruled a fumble, it was reversed upon review and determined to be an incomplete pass under the obscure “tuck rule.”

The Patriots tied the game, won it on an Adam Vinatieri field goal and rode the momentum to the franchise’s first Super Bowl win.

“Yeah, thanks for bringing that up,” Gruden said this week. “He did fumble that damn ball.”

Now back with the Raiders after stints in Tampa Bay and as a broadcaster, Gruden returns to New England on Sunday in search of his first coaching win

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Nostalgia on display as Jon Gruden, Raiders visit Patriots

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File-New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) loses the ball after being brought down by Oakland Raiders’ Charles Woodson, right, while Greg Biekert (54) moves to recover the ball in the fourth quarter of their AFC Division Playoff game in Foxboro, Mass. Saturday night, Jan. 19, 2002. The play was appealed, and the Patriots retained possession. Raiders coach Jon Gruden says opening this season at Carolina and then playing New Orleans on made him feel like he was in a time warp. His nostalgia is even more amplified this week against New England. It’s been nearly two decades since he walked out of a snow-covered Foxboro Stadium on the wrong end of a 16-13 overtime loss to the Patriots in the infamous “tuck rule” game during the 2001 playoffs.

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Jon Gruden still thinks it was a fumble.

It’s been nearly two decades since the Raiders

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