Randy Moss pointed to his name on the back of his jersey after each touchdown catch, as if he needed to introduce himself to the fans who rarely saw that kind of performance in his two seasons in Oakland.
Moss caught two of Matt Cassel's career-high four touchdown passes in his first game against the Raiders since his trade to New England last season, leading the visiting Patriots to a 49-26 victory yesterday.
"That's just Randy being Randy," said LaMont Jordan, who added a 49-yard touchdown run against his former team. "I was definitely happy for him, especially the way the Oakland media had no good things to say about him . . . We came here together to wear the Oakland uniform and to try to turn that program around. It didn't work out and we both left on bad terms."
While Moss and Jordan got a dose of revenge against their former team, this week was even more personal for Cassel, whose father, Greg, died Monday.
Cassel left the team briefly during the week to be with his family, but looked sharp by completing 18 of 30 passes for 218 yards. He received a warm hug from coach Bill Belichick after the game and cradled a ball as he walked to the locker room. Cassel thanked the team for the support he got but did not want to address anything else about his emotions.
Cassel's play helped keep New England (9-5) in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East with Miami and the Jets. The Patriots are also tied with Baltimore for the second wild-card spot as they try to make it back to the playoffs despite losing star quarterback Tom Brady to a season-ending injury in the opener.
"We're approaching it like we're in the playoffs already, and each game has a little more weight to it," said Sammy Morris, who ran for 117 yards and a score.
The Raiders (3-11) fell behind 35-14 less than 18 minutes into the game, allowing the most first-half points against them since the merger in 1970. They also became the first team ever to lose at least 11 games in six straight seasons, the latest low point in a long stretch of them.
In other games:
* COLTS 31, LIONS 21: At Indianapolis, Peyton Manning was 28-for-37 for 318 yards with one touchdown as the Colts (10-4) kept the Lions (0-14) on track for a winless season.
Indianapolis' Dallas Clark set a franchise record for tight ends by catching 12 passes for 142 yards and one TD.
Colts receiver Marvin Harrison had two receptions to move past Tim Brown for third on the NFL career list. Harrison has 1,095 catches and needs seven to pass Cris Carter.
* TEXANS 13, TITANS 12: At Houston, Andre Johnson atoned for one of the worst games of his career in the Texans' first meeting with Tennessee this season with a career-high 207 yards and a touchdown to lead Houston to its fourth straight win.
Johnson was down on himself for weeks after catching just two passes for 29 yards and dropping two would-be touchdown passes in a 19-point loss to the Titans in September.
Kris Brown kicked two field goals for Houston (7-7). The Titans, who have already clinched the AFC South and a first-round playoff bye fell to 12-2.
* DOLPHINS 14, 49ERS 9: At Miami, Chad Pennington threw two touchdown passes, including a 61-yard strike to David Martin as the surprising Dolphins (9-5) won for the seventh time in eight games. They can earn their first playoff berth since 2001 by sweeping their final two games, a remarkable achievement for a team that went 1-15 last year.
The 49ers (5-9), trying to play spoilers, fell short in their bid to beat an AFC East team for the third week in a row.
* JETS 31, BILLS 27: At East Rutherford, N.J., Abram Elam sacked J.P. Losman and Shaun Ellis picked up the fumble and rumbled 11 yards into the end zone with 1:54 left for the go-ahead score. The Jets (9-5) will win the AFC East with victories in their finals two games, against Seattle and Miami.
Buffalo (6-8) got the ball back twice after Ellis' TD, with both drives ending on interceptions.
* CHARGERS 22, CHIEFS 21: At Kansas City, Philip Rivers rallied San Diego (6-8) from a 21-3 third-quarter deficit, throwing two touchdown passes in the final 73 seconds.
The Chiefs (2-12), helped by a delay-of-game penalty against the Chargers, tried a 50-yard field goal on the final play, but Connor Barth's kick was wide left.
* JAGUARS 20, PACKERS 16: At Jacksonville, David Garrard threw two touchdowns passes, Maurice Jones-Drew scored twice and the Jaguars a snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Packers (5-9) entered the fourth quarter with a 13-7 lead, poised to snap a three-game slide, but Garrard directed two scoring drives that gave Jacksonville (5-9) its second win in eight games.
* SEAHAWKS 23, RAMS 20: At St. Louis, Olindo Mare's 27-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Seahawks, who broke a six-game slide. Seattle (3-11) tied the game on T.J. Duckett's 1-yard run with 2:47 to go. The Rams fell to 2-12.
* PANTHERS 30, BRONCOS 10: At Charlotte, N.C., four days after it was announced that Carolina owner Jerry Richardson needs a heart transplant, he checked out of the hospital and was in his familiar spot in his end zone suite, watching Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams power the Panthers (11-3).
In clinching at least a tie for the NFC South title and moving closer to their first playoff berth in 3 years, the Panthers improved to 8-0 at home and prevented the Broncos (8-6) from clinching the AFC West.
Taking advantage of a thin Denver secondary missing Champ Bailey (groin) and Marlon McCree (ankle), Smith caught nine passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. Williams added a 56-yard touchdown run.
* VIKINGS 35, CARDINALS 14: At Glendale, Ariz., Tarvaris Jackson, playing in place of injured Gus Frerotte, threw for four touchdowns and the Vikings (9-5) stayed alone atop the NFC North. Frerotte has a broken bone in his lower back.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 165 yards on 28 carries, his franchise record ninth 100-yard game of the season for the Vikings (9-5), who won their fourth in a row. They can clinch the division title with another victory or loss by Chicago.