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Sunday, October 18, 2009
Halftime notes from Oakland

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

OAKLAND – You’d think the Eagles were the Raiders.

Philadelphia is playing horribly. They are playing as sloppy as team I’ve seen in a long time. They are fortunate to be down 10-6 at the half.

JaMarcus Russell looks somewhat improved. Again, the Raiders are being cautious with him. But he is moving the ball fairly well.

The key for Russell is to connect with tight end Zach Miller. The two have a nice chemistry. The Raiders are winning because of an 86-yard touchdown pass from Russell to Miller. Miller and receiver Louis Murphy made the play work beautifully. Murphy registered two big blocks on the play.

Oakland top pick Darrius Heyward-Bey dropped yet another easy pass. He's not improving.

Russell showed some nice leadership skills when he came over to Murphy on the field and patted him on the helmet after Philadelphia intercepted a ball that went through Murphy’s hands. Russell has been critical of his receivers’ hands and he has been accused of being a poor leader. So, this was a nice sign.

Eagles left tackle Jason Peters is out with a knee injury and the Raiders are taking advantage of it. The Raiders are blitzing and really beating up the Eagles’ offensive line.

Richard Seymour is having his best game since Week 1. He has two sacks so far.