The New England Patriots sank to 1-5 on the season on Sunday, as they fell to the Las Vegas Raiders by a 21-17 final at Allegiant Stadium. Mac Jones and the Patriots offense had a chance to drive down the field for a potential game-winning field goal in the final two minutes of regulation, but instead, Jones took a safety to seal the Patriots’ third straight loss.
This one looked bad for the Patriots from the jump. The Raiders scored three points on their opening drive while chewing more than eight minutes off the clock in the first quarter. New England was fortunate to keep them to three, because a leveraging penalty on defensive tackle Sam Roberts on a field goal try gave Vegas a first down, and earlier in the drive, a drop by DeAndre Carter in the open field stopped what would’ve been a first down and potentially a touchdown. But the Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead, nonetheless.
The Patriots offense, meanwhile, had -2 total yards in the first quarter. That is not a typo. Negative-2 yards. And to start the second quarter, the Raiders offense continued to move the ball. To cap an eight-play, 59-yard drive, Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hit former Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers for a 12-yard touchdown, making it 10-0.
That was when the Pats finally showed some signs of life, but it still wasn’t perfect. Jones hit Ezekiel Elliot for a short pass that the veteran running back almost turned into a 74-yard touchdown catch-and-run, but a holding penalty on tight end Hunter Henry nullified the score. The Patriots still got a first down out of it, and then a 36-yard catch-and-run by Kendrick Bourne got them in range.
The Raiders stopped them from there, but rookie kicker Chad Ryland was still able to make one from 43 yards to make it 10-3. It marked the first points scored for the Patriots since a Week 4 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys.