The New England Patriots haven't been the same since they lost to the Dallas Cowboys 38-3 in Week 4. They were blown out by the New Orleans Saints at home in Week 5 and lost again in Week 6, falling to 1-5 on the season.
The Patriots couldn't catch a break against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, suffering from several questionable calls by the officiating crew. One of those calls robbed former Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott of a monster play.
The play in question happened early in the second quarter with the Patriots already trailing the Raiders 10-0. With 11 minutes left in the half, New England offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien dialed up a short pass play to Zeke on third and short. Elliott caught the ball and took off down the right sideline, turning back the clock and racing 74 yards for an epic touchdown.
Unfortunately for Elliott and the Patriots, the TD was called back due to a holding call on tight end Hunter Henry, taking the points off the board and erasing what would've been the biggest yardage play of Elliott's career since his 2016 rookie season with the Cowboys.
Not to be deterred, Elliott still found the end zone later in the game. With about nine minutes remaining in the third quarter, Elliott took a direct snap in the wildcat formation and plunged into the end zone, cutting the deficit to 13-10. Not only was it Elliott's first touchdown with New England (and 69th of his career), but it also ended the Patriots' horrific streak of 12 straight quarters and 39 consecutive drives without a touchdown.
New England still lost, of course, but it wasn't Elliott's fault. He finished the game with 34 rushing yards and a TD on 7 carries, plus 1 catch for 15 yards. That receiving number would have been much higher, of course, were it not for Henry's hold.
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