First off. The Pats will be pumped. This is a must win game if the Patriots want to make the playoffs. Also the team want to win this one for Matt. Matt is getting a game ball from this game. He could have the worse game in the history of NEP QBs he is still being voted to get the game ball. That is just part of the brotherhood. Everyone on the team want to win this one for Matt. The Raiders are out of the playoff hunt. Let remember back to the 2003 Packers - Raiders game. I don't root for the Packers, I don't particularly like Favre. I was rooting for Favre that night as was everyone else in the country including some Raiders fans. At that point in the season the Raiders were out of the playoff hunt. In that game Brett threw a lot of passes that should have been picked off. (okay he does that most game, that is just his style) But they weren't. There were completed passes. And some folks want to credit his receivers for that. And no doubt they had a lot to do with it. But I think the Raiders defense had a quite a bit to do with it. Put yourself in the shoes of a Raiders defense players. Your season is over. You win and you improve your record to 5-10 instead of dropping to 4-11 with a loss. Do you really want to put a bone crushing sack on Brett Favre the day after his father died? Do you really look forward to bragging in the post game interview about picking off an int and ruining Farve's offense? Probably not. I don't think the Raiders threw the game in 2003, and I don't think they will purposely lose this week. But I really doubt the Oakland pass rushers will be playing with the level of intensity and desire to sack Matt as say the Steelers pass rushers had. Same deal with the corners and safeties, I don't think they are going to be willing to put in the extra effort to get an interception.