ALAMEDA — With the Raiders needing to go on a roll to make the playoffs, who better to face next than arguably the greatest quarterback of all time.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be waiting in Mexico City when the Raiders travel across the border for a Sunday afternoon kickoff. The numbers indicate it will be a bloodbath for Oakland’s defense.
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New England (7-2) owns the best offense in the NFL with over 409 yards per game and Brady leads the league with 2,807 passing yards. Oakland (4-5), on the other hand, has been far below average defending the pass. In their last game, the Raiders allowed 311 passing yards and three touchdowns to the quarterback of the league’s worst offense.
Despite all signs pointing to a shootout on Sunday, Oakland’s beleaguered defensive backs want to write their own narrative.
“I just think that we all put on our shoes the same way,” Raiders’ cornerback TJ Carrie said. “If you put somebody on a bigger pedestal than what it may seem, then you’re already losing that battle…of course we respect the Patriots, but at the same time they suit up just like we suit up.”
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Starting cornerback David Amerson is working his way back from a foot injury that sidelined him for the Raiders’ game in Miami. His return would benefit a secondary now without rookie cornerback Gareon Conley for the rest of the season after he was placed on injured reserve Monday because of a lingering shin injury.
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