Oakland eats up clock, holds Eagles to 11 first downs


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders shut down Donovan McNabb
and the rest of the Philadelphia Eagles.

How dominating was Oakland's defense? Philadelphia didn't
convert on third down until the last five minutes and totaled 195
yards. McNabb's touchdown-tossing streak ended at nine games.

Oakland held the Eagles to only 11 first downs, and Charlie
Garner ran for 77 yards and one touchdown en route to a 20-10
victory Sunday.

The Raiders (5-1) gained 354 yards and held the ball for an
amazing 40:09.

For the second straight week, the Eagles couldn't generate any
offense. Unlike in a one-point victory over the Giants last Monday,
though, McNabb couldn't pull this one out with a late comeback.

"We played team defense. You can't say you are going to keep
Donovan McNabb from doing anything," Raiders coach Jon Gruden
said. "They have a diverse offense. We wanted to be disciplined in
our rush angles and limit his big plays."

Are the Raiders the best team in the NFL right now?
I think so. The Raiders are certainly the most physical team in the league. The Raiders outhit the Eagles and beat the Eagles at their own game.

Oakland dominated from start to finish, gaining 348 total yards to Philly's 176. The Eagles were just 1-of-11 on third down conversions. The Raiders are the best team by far right now, because they're so physical.

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The Eagles (3-3) had just 215 total yards and 13 first downs
against New York, but drove 40 yards for the game-winning score in
the final minutes.

Oakland's defense was even more impressive, holding Philadelphia
to 0-for-10 on third downs. The Eagles didn't convert until there
was 4:46 left in the game.

McNabb was just 12-of-27 for 133 yards, ran for 30 yards and was
sacked four times. Oakland's Rich Gannon was 17-of-26 for 158
yards, and was sacked just once.

"He's Houdini," Raiders defensive tackle Darrell Russell said
of McNabb. "He slipped in and out of us all game. He did
everything he can, but we contained him. One thing we learned
watching the Monday night game is no matter what, they won't quit
until the game is over. Watching that game, it looked like the
Giants had it won and then they come back and score at the end."

Garner, who played for Philadelphia for four seasons, gave the
Raiders a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds left
in the first quarter. The run capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive that
took 7:33.

Sebastian Janikowski's 44-yard field goal with 1:14 left in the
first half made it 10-0.

But the Eagles finally moved the ball on the ensuing drive,
getting consecutive first downs before McNabb overthrew Duce Staley
on third-and-1. David Akers kicked a 34-yard field goal to make it

Philadelphia then tried a no-huddle offense on its first
possession of the third quarter, but still couldn't get a first
down. Todd Pinkston dropped a pass on third-and-6 that would have
been enough for a first down.

Oakland took complete control when Zack Crockett ran in from the
1 to make it 17-3 midway through the third quarter. The Raiders
drove 63 yards on six plays, getting 54 yards on two big ones -- a
32-yard catch by Jerry Rice and a 22-yard run by Garner.

The Eagles stopped Oakland on third down at the 2, but a holding
call on cornerback Troy Vincent gave the Raiders a first down.
Crockett scored on the next play.

A 32-yard field goal by Janikowski made it 20-3 early in the
fourth quarter.

"They are a very good team," Gannon said. "We caught these
guys coming off a big, tough win at New York, in a short week and
we were fresh off a bye."

Philadelphia finally scored on a 2-yard touchdown run by Staley
with 2:28 left.

"We played non-emotional football and that's something we have
to learn from," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "It's important to
be emotionally ready for every game.

"We need to play smarter football, starting on the sideline
with me. We had too many dropped passes. There were just too many

Game notes
Gruden was the Eagles' offensive coordinator from 1995-97.
... The Raiders have won 10 straight against the NFC. ... Gannon
has been sacked just nine times. ... Rice has caught a pass in 231
straight games. ... Tim Brown has caught at least two passes in 130
straight games.


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