Quick Take: Pats win, stay in playoff picture

It was over when ...
Matt Cassel capped New England's opening drive of the second half by hooking up with Randy Moss for a 9-yard touchdown. The score was the second of the day for the former Raiders wide receiver and gave the Patriots a 42-14 lead early in the third quarter.

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Less than a week after the death of his father, Cassel recorded a career-high four touchdowns, finishing 18-of-30 for 218 yards.

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The Patriots recorded 21 first downs in the opening half, scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions, while the Raiders totaled just five first downs in that stretch.

The win kept New England in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East with the Dolphins and Jets, both winners earlier in the day. ... Oakland's Justin Miller and New England's Ellis Hobbs recorded back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns in the second quarter. ... Patriots rookie CB Jonathan Wilhite recorded his first career interception. ... Moss and LaMont Jordan had big days against their former team. Moss finished with five catches and 67 yards to go with his two touchdowns, while Jordan rushed for 97 yards and a score on 12 carries. ... Raiders WR Ronald Curry caught his first touchdown since Week 1. ... Patriots OT Matt Light left the game midway through the second quarter with an apparent shoulder injury. He did not return.

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