Sunday, November 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Oakland Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
OAKLAND -- A few thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles:
What it means: What was it that Raiders coach Dennis Allen said on Friday? "It’s time for us. If we’re going to do something, we need to start making some sort of move." Pretty sure he did not mean a move backward. That’s exactly what happened, though, as the Raiders were embarrassed in every facet of the game, but especially on defense as they gave up an NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes to Nick Foles. A year after winning just four games total, the Raiders were trying to make that next step by improving to 4-4 at the season’s halfway point. Not quite. It was reminiscent of last season, when a 3-4 Raiders team was beaten up by Tampa Bay to start a six-game losing streak.
Stock watch: Falling -- Defense. Remember how high everyone was on the Raiders’ D coming into this week? Yeah, well, everyone except for the Eagles’ offensive-minded head coach, Chip Kelly. Oakland’s defense was torched by the Eagles for 529 yards and Foles’ seven touchdown passes through three quarters. Foles equaled Peyton Manning, Joe Kapp, Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda and Y.A. Tittle. Defensive coordinator Jason "The Mad Scientist" Tarver, co-DC at Stanford who faced Kelly when Kelly was at Oregon, had no answers this time.
Hayden torched: Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden endured another baptism by fire, giving up long receptions to Riley Cooper and DeSean Jackson, as well as a couple of touchdowns. The Eagles picked on Hayden early and often.
Injuries ... again: Running back Darren McFadden was lost again with a right hamstring strain in the first half, while right tackle Matt McCants went out with a foot injury in the third quarter, paving the way for rookie Menelik Watson’s debut. Left guard Lucas Nix left in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. Is it time for the Raiders to move on from McFadden? Rashad Jennings rushed for a game-high 102 yards, on 15 carries.
What's next: The Raiders (3-5) make the first of two trips to New Jersey in a month, this time to face the New York Giants (2-6), who have won two straight and will be coming off their bye week. Oakland has lost its past 11 games in the Eastern time zone, dating to Dec. 6, 2009, getting outscored by a combined 353-178. The Raiders are 5-28 in games played three time zones away since Dec. 15, 2002.