There's no need to rehash the recent history of these two teams. We all know the story by now.
On Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders will face off at the O.co Coliseum. For the second week in a row, the hometown Raiders will be playing in front of a sellout crowd. This is the first time since 2008 that two games in a row have been sold out in Oakland.
Last week, the Raiders put on a show for their fans, defeating the New York Jets 34-24—a team that has made the AFC Championship game two years in a row. This week, a team with an even stronger pedigree for winning comes to town.
The Patriots are coming off a heartbreaking lost last week at Buffalo, a situation the Raiders were faced with two weeks ago. In the contest, despite a career day from Wes Welker and an impressive assault through the air from Tom Brady, the passing game had its hiccups. Brady was intercepted four times.
The Raiders won their game primarily through the ground, as Darren McFadden consistently moved the chains with his legs and Jason Campbell threw when he needed to. All of this came against a supposedly vaunted Jets defense.
Each team goes into this contest 2-1. The Patriots need this win in order to prevent a two-game losing streak, something they are not accustomed to. The Raiders need this win in order to gain respect and be considered a legitimate contender. Here, we'll take an in-depth look at how the two teams stack up. And, as always, I will give my prediction in the final slide.