By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 4:08 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Sent before 2-minute warning . . .
The futuristic offense of the Philadelphia Eagles conjured up disturbing images of the past for the Raiders Sunday at O.co Coliseum.
With second-year quarterback Nick Foles tying an NFL record with seven touchdown passes against a previously stout Oakland defense, the Eagles blew out the Raiders 49-20 to snap a two-game losing streak during which they had scored a combined 10 points.
Instead of arriving at the midway point of the season with a .500 record and a reason for optimism, the Raiders are instead in familiar territory at 3-5 _ the same place they were last season en route to a 4-12 record.
Foles, in his first game back after missing the previous with with a concussion, threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Brent Celek, 17, 63 and 5 yards to Riley Cooper, 15 yards to Zach Ertz, 25 yards to LeSean McCoy and 46 yards to DeSean Jackson in becoming the seventh player in NFL history to throw seven touchdown passes in a game.
A third-round draft pick out of Arizona, Foles was playing in part because starter Michael Vick is out with a hamstring strain. He completed 22 of 28 passes for 406 yards and wasn’t intercepted.
Oregon coach Chip Kelly inserted rookie Matt Barkley into the game with a 36-point lead rather than have Foles take a shot at a record eight touchdown passes.
Jackson caught five passes for 150 yards and the touchdown, with Cooper adding five catches for 139 yards.
Playing with a big deficit, the Raiders put up offensive numbers that didn’t reflect their level of execution other than the final point total. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor completed 22 of 41 passes for 282yards and was intercepted twice. He also rushed for 94 yards on 10 carries.
Pryor, who twisted awkwardly of his late scrambles, left with a knee injury with 7:56 to play and was being evaluated.
It won’t get any easier in the second half of the season, with the Raiders embarking on four long-distant road trips in the next five games, starting with the New York Giants next week in New Jersey.
The first order of business for coach Dennis Allen and Co. will be sorting out exactly how an Oakland defense that had been a feel-good story through seven games was flummoxed so thoroughly by the no-huddle offense imported by Kelly from the University of Oregon.
Philadelphia, which improved to 4-5, was coming off back-to-back losses to Dallas
The Raiders mixing of coverages and blitzes did little to effect Foles, who had rarely saw more than one rusher heading his way and managed to sidestep the ones he did see. Foles was 15 of 19 for 26 yards and four scores in the first half as the Eagles took a 28-13 lead.
Rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden was victimized twice for touchdowns by Cooper on plays of 17 and 63 yards and later was in coverage on a 59-yard pass play from Foles to Jackson in the third quarter.
The closest thing to a turning point in the avalanche of offense for the Eagles came in the second quarter when the Raiders had broken through on an 8-yard run by Jennings with 7:34 left in the half, closing to within 21-10.
On their next possession, the Eagles were faced with a third-and-16 from their own 14-yard line, with a defensive stop giving Oakland the chance to climb within 21-17.
Instead, Foles dropped back and threw a 17-yard strike to Jackson for the first down at the 31-yard line.
Five plays later, Foles found Ertz, the rookie from Stanford, for a touchown and a 28-10 lead.
Raiders running back Darren McFadden left the game in the second quarter with a hamstring strain and did not return.