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Rapid Reaction: Raiders 13, Eagles 9

10/18/2009

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

OAKLAND -- The Raiders will take it, but they were just handed their second win of the season.

Philadelphia was absolutely horrible Sunday. The Raiders played decently, but the Eagles made countless mistakes.

The Eagles were incapable of beating anyone, and the Raiders were the happy recipients of Philadelphia’s bumbling ways.

Will this spark a resurgence for the Raiders? Probably not, but victories are rare in Raider Nation. So, the Raiders aren’t worried about anything but Sunday’s win.

The Raiders did play strong on defense. If the defensive effort continues, Oakland will be competitive the rest of the way.

It was a much better effort than what we have been seeing from the Raiders, who were outscored 96-16 in their last three games. Oakland blitzed often and made life miserable for Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Considering the Raiders were playing without star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (he has an eye injury) for most of the game, it was an excellent effort.

Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell wasn’t terrific, but he wasn’t horrific, either. That’s all Russell has to be -- just average. This was a good afternoon to be a Raider, even though much of the victory was sponsored by Philadelphia’s porous play. But Oakland isn’t going to apologize for the win. Nor should it.