October 03, 2011
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Tom Brady, Deion Branch and the Patriots left Oakland with a 31-19 win against the Raiders.
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Wes Welker had another standout performance with nine catches for 158 yards and a touchdown.
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Raiders fans in the infamous Black Hole jeered the Patriots in the teams' first meeting since 2008.
Vince Wilfork intercepted a Jason Campbell pass in the second half to thwart a promising Raiders drive.
It was Wilfork's second interception in three weeks. The Pro Bowler did not have any in his first seven seasons.
Deion Branch, held without a catch last week, had just one reception this week. But it was a 4-yard touchdown.
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Rookie tailback Stevan Ridley also scored on a 33-yard run in the third quarter. He finished with a game-high 97 rushing yards.
Brandon Spikes, left, and the Patriots defense surrendered 504 yards of total offense, but came up with key stops to help power the win.
Coach Bill Belichick watched as Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo left the game with a knee injury. Mayo could miss several weeks.
Raiders fans joined in the NFL's campaign to promote breast cancer awareness during October with pink apparel.
But Raiders fans left disappointed as their team fell to 2-2.
The Patriots improved to 3-1 and moved into a tie for the best record in the AFC East.