NFL Nation: 2013 Week 9 PHI at OAK Rapid Reaction
November, 3, 2013
By Paul Gutierrez | ESPN.com
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.
November, 3, 2013
By Phil Sheridan | ESPN.com
OAKLAND -- A few thoughts on the Philadelphia Eagles’ 49-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
What it means: Nick Foles just might be the Eagles’ quarterback of the present and future, after all. In his ninth league start, Foles tied the NFL single-game record with seven touchdown passes. Foles connected with wide receiver Riley Cooper for three scores, and once apiece with tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and running back LeSean McCoy. After two games in a row without an offensive touchdown, Foles threw scoring passes on the team’s first four possessions. He finished with 406 yards on 22-of-28 passing, with a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Foles has not thrown an interception this season.
Stock watch: Foles' stock is sky-high. His record day makes his last performance, that dud against Dallas, even more puzzling. A week before that, Foles was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his 296-yard, three-touchdown outing in Tampa. After that, coach Chip Kelly left the door open for Foles to remain the starter after Michael Vick returned from his hamstring injury. Foles was knocked out of the Dallas game with a concussion, but had completed only 11 of 29 passes for 80 yards through three quarters. Sunday, Foles kicked the door open again. It’s hard to imagine Kelly going back to Vick after this.
Running it up: Kelly must have felt like he was coaching Oregon in a Pac-12 game. After his offense failed to score a touchdown for two weeks in a row, Kelly was asked a lot of questions about whether opposing defensive coaches had figured out his offense. So it’s probably not surprising that Kelly had Foles throwing deep with a 42-13 lead late in the third quarter. The BCS is watching, after all.
What’s next: The Eagles (4-5) are going to need this kind of effort from Foles and the offense next Sunday in Green Bay. Their defense has been very good of late, holding four straight opponents to 21 points or fewer, but that streak will likely be in jeopardy against the Packers in Lambeau Field.