Check below for live updates, highlights, and instant analysis as the New England Patriots take on the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 3 of the 2020 season.
Live Updates: Patriots-Raiders
— Q4, 1:54: Garbage-time points for the Raiders. Derek Carr hits Hunter Renfrow for his second touchdown of the day and it’s now 36-20 Patriots. It would still require a monumental disaster for the Pats to blow this one.
— Q4, 5:09: The call on the field of a safety has been changed – to a touchdown. It’s ruled that Derek Carr lost the football before being down in the end zone, and Deatrich Wise was there to pick it up while over the plane. So it’s the Patriots’ second defensive touchdown in as many weeks, and it’s 36-13 Pats.
— Q4, 5:10: Shilique Calhoun and Deatrich Wise combine to sack Derek Carr in the end zone for a safety. 31-13 Patriots. But the play is under review and could result in a touchdown…
— Q4, 5:17: Patriots finish off a strong, clock-chewing drive with another touchdown. Rex Burkhead punches it in from the 2-yard line for his third score of the day. Nick Folk’s extra point attempt is no good. It’s 29-13 Patriots and you can effectively put this one on ice. The Patriots’ drives since Cam Newton’s interception have gone as follows: field goal, field goal, touchdown, touchdown, field goal, touchdown.
— Q4, 11:22: Raiders held to just three points after a fine red-zone series for the Patriots defense. Devin McCourty broke up a pass intended for Darren Waller in the end zone on second down. Derek Carr took a safe throw to Jalen Richard on third down, short of the sticks. Field goal is good, though, so it’s 23-13 Patriots.
— Q3, 1:28: Patriots extend their lead. Sony Michel powered this drive with a 48-yard run to flip the field on the Raiders. Cam Newton tried a QB keeper on third-and-11, but went down for a sack instead of putting the ball in the air to preserve Nick Folk’s field goal attempt. It’s 23-10 Patriots.
— Q3, 6:41: Second straight drive with a touchdown for the Patriots offense, and Rex Burkhead’s second TD of the day to put them up 20-10. The Patriots went 69 yards in seven plays without facing a third down. Justin Herron played left tackle on the drive, as starter Isaiah Wynn remained on the sidelines. Wynn was questionable with a calf injury entering the game.
— Q3, 10:43: The Patriots get a stop on third down and Daniel Carlson’s field goal attempt is no good, wide left. They nearly grabbed an interception on second down, as the pass attempt clanged off the hands of wideout Bryan Edwards, but Jason McCourty couldn’t quite make the diving play. Patriots will get the ball back with a chance to extend their lead.
— Halftime: Patriots 13, Raiders 10. An eventful end to the half, to say the least. The Patriots scored to go up 13-3 and Vegas only had 34 seconds to work with. But a deep pass interference call on Stephon Gilmore and a big catch by Hunter Renfrow at the goal line set up first-and-goal for the Raiders. They initially get a TD for Renfrow but the call was reversed. Derek Carr hit tight end Foster Moreau in the end zone to make it 13-10 Pats.
— Q2, 0:34: Patriots first to find the end zone. Patriots ran last five snaps of that drive with the same personnel (Burkhead, Izzo, Edelman, Harry, Byrd) and gained 30 yards with the TD. 13-3 Patriots with 34 seconds to go until halftime.
— Q2, 5:46: ThePatriots defense appears to be settling in. On their first possession after forcing and recovering a fumble, they have airtight coverage on third down as Derek Carr has nowhere to go with the football. Raiders punt.
— Q2, 7:56: Another promising Patriots drive stalls out in the red zone. This time, Cam Newton’s third-and-goal pass attempt is tipped. He nearly hit Ryan Izzo in the end zone on second-and-goal, but the pass was broken up.
— Q2, 12:02: Another turnover for the Patriots defense. Chase Winovich disrupts Derek Carr’s arm before it moves forward and the ball comes loose, and Lawrence Guy recovers the fumble. Pats get the ball back for their fifth drive of the first half off the second fumble lost by the Raiders.
— Q2, 12:32: Patriots come out of their first drive of the second quarter with points – but only three. Cam Newton’s pass attempt to N’Keal Harry on third down is off the mark, so they turn to Nick Folk, who drills it from extra-point distance, 33 yards. Rookie WR Isaiah Zuber got his first career touch on that drive, taking a jet sweep for 13 yards.
— Q1, 0:18: Raiders get on the board first. With a chance to find the end zone, Hunter Renfrow can’t make the catch as he’s covered tightly by J.C. Jackson on third down. But it’s 3-0 Raiders as Newton and the Patriots look to redeem themselves into the second quarter.
— Q1, 1:53: Raiders get the ball right back, off the arm of Cam Newton. After escaping the pocket to buy time to throw, Newton makes an ill-advised attempt into a tight window for Rex Burkhead. Raiders safety Johnathan Abram is right there and makes the pick. Vegas gets the ball back on the 14.
— Q1, 3:09: Just as the defense looks like it’s getting lit up for six, it makes a big play to get the ball back. Shilique Calhoun and Adrian Phillips ganged up on Josh Jacobs to rip the football loose, and J.C. Jackson came up with the fumble recovery. So the Patriots will get another chance on offense with still no score.
— Q1, 7:42: Patriots’ second drive is kept alive by a Raiders penalty on a punt, but they can’t convert their next third down anyway. Cam Newton takes a sack and the Pats have to punt.
— Q1, 11:56: Raiders can’t convert third-and-9 after a false start flag set their offense back. On third down, Patriots defensive back Joejuan Williams covered Raiders tight end Darren Waller with safety help over the top from Devin McCourty.
— Q1, 13:30: Patriots go three-and-out on their first possession. Julian Edelman dropped a pass attempt by Cam Newton on third down.
— Looks like Joe Thuney is moving to center to start today’s game. Here’s how they lined up in warmups: LT Isaiah Wynn, LG Mike Onwenu, C Joe Thuney, RG Shaq Mason, RT Jermaine Eluemunor. This appears to be Bill Belichick’s way of getting what he views as his five best offensive linemen on the field. Thuney should be able to handle Raiders DT Johnathan Hankins on the interior, even playing a new position.
— Cam Newton is paying tribute to late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman with his cleats today. Boseman died recently after a battle with colon cancer.
— Undrafted rookie wide receiver Isaiah Zuber was among those fielding kickoffs in warmups. He joined Kyle Dugger, Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel, and fellow undrafted rookie J.J. Taylor. Zuber wears No. 19 and is active for the first time in his NFL career.
— N’Keal Harry was late out to the field for warmups and worked to the side with wide receivers coach Mick Lombardi. Harry is questionable with an ankle injury. DT Adam Butler (questionable, shoulder) was not spotted during conditioning warmups. Rookie linebacker Cassh Maluia was spotted, an indication that he could play Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network gave an update on Cam Newton’s contract situation with the Patriots. The quarterback’s excellent start to the 2020 season has already sparked talks of a possible extension in New England.
— Julian Edelman took the field for his routine pre-pregame warmups.
— Kicker Nick Folk did a light walkthrough of his kicking motion on the field at Gillette Stdadium.
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