Sunday, November 3, 2013
Raiders defense exposed by Eagles
By Paul Gutierrez
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.”