Tom Brady didn't hide his respect or admiration for Wes Welker in his postgame press conference on Sunday, following a 31-19 win over the Raiders in which Welker caught nine passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. Welker, through four games, is on a record pace with 40 catches, five touchdown catches and 616 yards. 

Following the Patriots 31-19 win over the Raiders Sunday afternoon, New England coach Bill Belichick had no updates about the status of linebacker Jerod Mayo. The Patriots' captain went down in the second quarter with an injury to his left knee, and had to be helped off the field.

"We'll look at it tomorrow and see where he's at going into this week," Belichick said after the game.

Tom Brady completed 16-of-30 passes and fired two touchdown passes while Wes Welker went over 100 yards receiving for the third time in four games as the Patriots overcame injuries to Jerod Mayo, Dan Connolly and Kyle Love for a 31-19 road win over the Raiders. Welker finished with nine catches for 158 yards while rookie Stevan Ridley added 97 yards rushing on nine carries and his first career touchdown, including an electrifying 33-yard run in the third quarter. It was the 12th straight regular season game of over 30 points for the Patriots, extending their franchise record. 

An already depleted defensive line took another hit in the first half Sunday when Kyle Love was knocked out of the game with a right ankle injury. His return was termed questionable and he did return in the third quarter. 

The Patriots came into the game without defensive linemen Mike Wright (concussion) and Albert Haynesworth (back), neither of whom made the trip to Oakland. In addition, Shaun Ellis practiced this week but was questionable coming in with a knee issue. 

The Patriots announced Sunday afternoon that quarterback Ryan Mallett is the seventh player who will be inactive for this weekend's contest against the Raiders. New England revealed the six other inactives earlier in the weekend, with defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and cornerbacks Leigh Bodden and Ras-I Dowling all being downgraded on Saturday, and tight end Aaron Hernandez, tackle Sebastian Vollmer, and defensive lineman Mike Wright all being officially scratched on Friday before the team took off for the West Coast.

The Patriots announced Saturday night that defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth (back) and cornerbacks Leigh Bodden (groin) and Ras-I Dowling (hip) have officially been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Raiders. That trio joins tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back), and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion), who were officially scratched from the lineup before the team took off Friday afternoon for the West Coast. For more on the Patriots, check out

The Patriots announced Saturday that have signed offensive lineman Thomas Welch from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and released safety Ross Ventrone. Welch was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on September 12 prior to the season-opener at Miami and saw his first NFL action against the Dolphins. He was released from the 53-man roster on September 14 and signed to the practice squad on September 15. For more Patriots news, check out

Here are 10 matchups worth keeping an eye on in Sunday’s Patriots-Raiders game:

FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez (knee) and Sebastian Vollmer (back) were ruled out of Sunday's Patriots game after both missed practice on Friday, while defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (back) and cornerback Ras-I Dowling (hip) were listed as questionable. Both Dowling and Haynesworth did not participate in practice on Friday. The team released its practice report on Friday afternoon before leaving for Oakland in the afternoon for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Here’s the complete Friday injury report for the Patriots.

FOXBORO -- Patriots cornerback Ras-I Dowling was missing from the start of practice on Friday, joining Albert Haynesworth, Sebastian Vollmer, Mike Wright and Aaron Hernandez as players not on the field as the team prepares for the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday afternoon. 

Dowling was limited on Wednesday and Thursday with a hip injury before missing Friday while Haynesworth (back), Vollmer (back), Wright (concussion) and Hernandez (knee) have all been out of practice this week.