New England Patriots defeat Oakland Raiders, 49-26

OAKLAND, Calif. - It's debatable whether the team the Patriots played yesterday qualifies as an NFL-caliber opponent, but regardless of the sad and embarrassing state of the Oakland Raiders, a win over them counts the same as one against any other NFL team.

That's good for the Patriots, who routed the franchise formerly known as the Raiders, 49-26, yesterday at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

The victory allowed the Patriots to sweep their West Coast road trip a...

OAKLAND, Calif. - In a triumphant return to a place where he lived a two-year football nightmare, Randy Moss surely had plenty to say after scoring two touchdowns to help the Patriots pummel the Raiders yesterday. He shared none of it.

Instead, Moss decided to let his on-field touchdown celebrations serve as his only response.

After snaring scoring passes of 20 and 9 yards against his former team, Moss flipped the ball, turned his back to the crowd, and pointed with ...

OAKLAND, Calif. - LaMont Jordan's 49-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter might have seemed meaningless in the grand scheme of the Patriots' 49-26 win over the Oakland Raiders because it came when the game was in hand, but it was very meaningful to Jordan.

After watching former Raider Randy Moss score twice, Jordan acknowledged he wanted to get in the end zone against his old team, who gave away his job last season and then forced an acrimonious parting this summer,...

OAKLAND, Calif. - Matt Cassel is going to remember 2008.

It's the year he made his first start since high school. It's the year he took over for Tom Brady and kept the Patriots in the playoff race deep into December. It's the year he became only the fifth quarterback in history to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games. And it's the year in which his dad died while he was on the West Coast getting ready for a big game against the Raiders.

The Patriots won the "big...