The Raiders lost today, but the tale of the tape is telling.
These were two evenly matched teams. The results were very similar except in a few areas... Turnovers, Penalties and Red Zone Efficiency.
Raiders - 2
Patriots - 0
Raiders: 9 - 85
Patriots: 5 - 45
Red Zone Efficiency:
Raiders: 2/5 - 40%
Patriots: 3/4 - 75%
I don't mean to sound like a broken record, but the penalties are killing us. Seven penalties for 70 yards in the first half. Two of those were personal fouls by Seymour which contributed specifically to keeping drives alive for the Patriots. I know it's emotional Richard, but I'm sure in hindsight you'd wish for more control.
Campbell was jinxed. CBS, FOX, ESPN and NFL Network all commented on his lack of mistakes thus far. He answers today by throwing two picks. Both of which I bet he will dream about tonight.
And it's hard not to wonder what the final score would be if we were more efficient with the opportunities afforded to us.
It was a tough game vs a tough opponent. The Patriots were the better disciplined team today.