AFC West: 2013 Week 9 PHI at OAK

OAKLAND -- Take a look at the Oakland Raiders' final offensive numbers and then try to explain how they were blown out by the Philadelphia Eagles, 49-20.

Consider: Oakland racked up 560 yards of total offense, the third-most in franchise history, and the most since 1968.

The Raiders also won the time of possession: 37:54 -- 22:06.

Terrelle Pryor passed for a career-high 288 yards and rushed for 94 yards.

Rashad Jennings rushed for 102 yards, his third career 100-yard rushing game, the first since 2010.

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AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezTerrelle Pryor accounted for 382 yards from scrimmage in Oakland's loss against Philadelphia.
Rod Streater had 98 yards receiving on five catches, and went over 1,000 yards for his career.

Three Raiders made their season debuts on offense in receiver Juron Criner, who caught three passes for 32 yards, rookie tackle Menelik Watson, who was the Raiders’ second-round draft pick, and quarterback Matt McGloin, who led a scoring drive, completing seven of 15 passes for 87 yards. In fact, they were the NFL debuts for Watson, who played right tackle, and McGloin.

Oh, and the Raiders ran 92 plays.

And yet ...

"We made a lot of plays,” Pryor said. “We just didn’t make enough.”

Well, yeah, kinda.

Was it simply piling up in garbage time? The Raiders did have 277 yards of offense at halftime, but trailed 28-13. And after the third quarter, when the Eagles led 49-13, the Raiders had 384 yards.

So there’s that.

Then there’s this -- running back Darren McFadden was injured again, straining his right hamstring in the second quarter, and his day was done after 12 yards on five carries.

“Losing Darren, that sucks,” said Pryor, who also suffered an injury to his right knee midway through the fourth quarter.

“I’m just confused. I have to watch the film. Can’t put my finger on it.”

Pryor said he was still trying to keep the offense involved, despite being down big.

“I was just saying, ‘Let’s go. Let’s go down and score,’” Pryor said. “I had the guys fired up and they were ready. I had the offensive line going, they were fired up. The receivers were ready to go. That was the first time I really faced that type of score.

“That’s what happens in the NFL, I guess. They were better than us.”

Hence the ability for many to call it garbage time, even if plays still had to be made.

And the reason Allen had a hard time taking any solace in the numbers his offense put up ... at the end of the day.

“I think when you look at this game and the manner in which it was played,” Allen surmised, “it’s hard for me to say that there was a lot of positives in any regard.”

Raiders defense exposed by Eagles

November, 3, 2013
OAKLAND -- Charles Woodson had just been informed that, despite the Oakland Raidres' 49-20 demolition at the hands of Philadelphia, Eagles receiver Riley Cooper had actually praised the Raiders’ defense.

“Praised us for what,” an incredulous Woodson asked in response, “letting them go off?”

Indeed, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles equaled the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a game with seven, joining Peyton Manning, Joe Kapp, Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda and Y.A. Tittle in the process.

Then was there anything Woodson saw this week on film to suggest Foles would throw seven touchdowns?

“I don’t think Nick Foles ever seen anything on film that would give him any indication that he’d throw seven touchdowns,” Woodson said.

Foles also had a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3 in throwing for 406 yards on 22 of 28 passing -- meaning, he had more touchdown passes than incompletions. Per ESPN Stats & Info, he was 8-for-10 on passes of at least 15 yards for 256 yards and four touchdowns and the Raiders entered the day having allowed just one touchdown pass on a throw of at least 15 yards downfield.

He also became the third quarterback in league history to throw seven touchdowns without an interception, joining Tittle from 1962 and Manning from this season’s opener.

Plus, Foles was 17 of 22 for 357 yards against standard pressure and 5 of 6 for 49 yards and three touchdowns against a blitz.

Oh, and Foles in one game equaled the Raiders’ number of touchdown passes on the season.

“Hats off to Foles,” Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor said. “Seven touchdown passes? That’s phenomenal.”

The Raiders’ defense allowed Cooper to catch five passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns and DeSean Jackson had 150 receiving yards on five receptions with a score.

“It was a wake-up call, basically,” Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter said. “They came out firing on all cylinders. We couldn’t match their tempo. Usually we’re the team setting the tempo but they came out ready to play.

“They out-executed us, point blank.”

The 49 points allowed were the second-most second-year Raiders coach Dennis Allen’s teams have given up, behind the 55 points surrendered last season at Baltimore.

That loss to the Ravens came in the midst of a six-game losing streak that began with a loss as the Raiders looked to improve to 4-4. Sound familiar?

Not to Allen, not even if the 542 yards the Raiders allowed were the fourth-most in franchise history.

“None, totally different football team,” Allen said. “We’re going to take this loss. We got knocked down. We’re going to get back up and we’re going back to work. And we’re going to keep competing because that’s what the men in that locker room are here to do and that’s what they’ve done all year long.”

Rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden, though, declined to speak to reporters after being targeted by the Eagles and giving up at least 139 yards on three catches to Cooper and Jackson. Entering the day, Hayden had given up 20 receptions on 34 targets for 247 yards and a score.

Still, there were at least two other plays that came on busted coverages, where the Eagles had wide-open looks to the end zone.

And it all happened to a Raiders defense that had become a strength and was ranked No. 10 overall entering this week.

Might the Raiders have gotten a little too comfortable for their own good?

“Well, I think you can read your press clippings, and that can factor into it,” Woodson said. “The last couple of weeks there have been a lot of great things said about us, and not just the defense but overall. What we did today was open ourselves up for those attacks going forward. We’ll have to hear about it all week long.

“They’ll keep replaying this game all week long, so we’re going to take a beating, and we’ve got to stand up to it and accept it for what it is.”

Rapid Reaction: Oakland Raiders

November, 3, 2013

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.