I always thought Watson was an immense talent. He jumped into Round 1 in 2004 because he put up some great Combine numbers, but didn't play like that on the field. It looks like that he's starting to perform up to that talent now.
But was I the only one that thought the Raiders were foolish to play zone against the Patriots? The Patriots have an abundance of speed and quickness and could tear apart the Raiders zone D because of that. The Raiders don't have a very fast defense, I realize, so zone may be in one light a better option than man coverage, but I think your defense needs to be faster if you're going to use a lot of zone, since they have to cover more ground quicker than in man coverage, when they are at least usually a few steps behind or beside the guy.
The Patriots looked a bit sloppy tonight. I suspect they'll pick up as the season wears on as they always do, but they looked very beatable tonight.
Brady was just picking apart every Raider defender and I always love watching him play. The Pats defense didn't look like it was any different even without all the players they lost. But I think they got tired at the end and the game was pretty sloppy in the second half.