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Raiders dominated stats, Eagles dominated game

By Steve Corkran
Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 12:18 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders rushed for 210 yards, passed for 375, controlled the clock for almost 38 minutes and ran 92 plays against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Yet, they weren’t even in the game they ultimately lost 49-20. That’s what happens when your defense allows touchdowns on four straight possesisons to start the game, seven passing touchdowns overall, 542 yards offense and poses almost no resistance on the Eagles 57 plays.
“There’s not a whole lot you can tell ‘em,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said soon after the dust settled. “I mean, at the end of the day, that was an old-fashioned butt-whoopin’. And we gotta move on from it, we gotta learn from it, and we’re gonna be better next week.”
They can’t be much worse, unless you place stock in a bunch of meaningless stats compiled long after the Eagles sealed the outcome.
The game hung in the balance midway through the second quarter, with the Eagles leading 21-10 and facing a third-and-16 from their 14-yard line.
As was the case most of the game, quarterback Nick Foles moved around in the pocket without worry of being touched, waited for an open receiver and delivered the ball on target for a first down. Five plays later, Foles recorded his fourth touchdown and the rout was on.
“I don’t Nick Foles ever seen anything on film that would give him any indication that he’d throw for seven touchdowns,” Raiders veteran safety Charles Woodson said. “In this league, it doesn’t matter who the quarterback is, if he’s able to sit back and make throws and we give them some throws downfield, then they’re going to make those plays. Nobody thought today that he’d come in and have this kind of day.”
And few expected the Raiders defense to get throttled the way it did, not on the heels of pretty solid play all season, especially in recent games.
Veteran cornerback Tracy Porter said the way the Eagles had their way with the Raiders defense was surprising, shocking and “flat-out embarrassing.”
“It was a wake-up call, basically,” Porter said. “They came out firing on all cylinders, and we couldn’t match their tempo. Usually, we’re the team setting the tempo, but they came out ready to play, they outexecuted us, point blank and simple. When a quarterback has seven touchdowns, we have to sit there and take that personal.”

– Quarterback Terrelle Pryor said he exited the game as a precautionary measure after experiencing discomfort in his right knee. Allen said the lopsided nature of the game at that time dictated that Matt McGloin replace Pryor when he did anyway.
“Good,” Pryor said, when asked after the game about his knee. “I have to look at it further tomorrow but it’s stable. I can walk. Nothing’s wobbly or anything like that. It’s just precaution.”
McGloin completed 7 of 9 passes for 87 yards in his regular-season debut after he replaced Pryor.

– Running back Darren McFadden also sounded upbeat about the prospect of returning soon from the hamstring injury he aggravated early in the game.
There might not be a rush, given how well Rashad Jennings fared in relief of McFadden. Jennings rushed for 102 yards on 15 carries and caught seven passes for 74 yards.
The Raiders now have three players with 100-yard rushing games this season — McFadden, Jennings and Pryor. That last happened in 2008, when Michael Bush, Justin Fargas and McFadden.

– Wide receiver Denarius Moore caught five passes for 82 yards against the Eagles. That gives him 513 yards through eight games and places him on pace to become the first Raiders receiver to reach 1,000 yards in a season since Randy Moss accomplished the feat in 2005.

– Defensive end Jack Crawford notched one of the Raiders two sacks of Foles on Sunday. That makes him the 15th Raiders player this season to record a sack.

– It doesn’t get much easier for the Raiders moving forward. Four of their next five games are on the road, where the Raiders are 0-3 this season.
The Giants won their past two games after an 0-6 start, they are at home, fresh from a bye week and blessd with the fortune of still being in the hunt for the NFC East title.
Beyond that game, the Raiders face almost must-win games against the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers, two teams standing between them and an AFC Playoffs wild-card berth. Then again, none of this matters if the Raiders play the way they did against the Eagles.

– Wide receiver Rod Streater (hip) and linebacker Kaluka Maiava (hip) are the only other players that suffered notable injuries against the Eagles. Their status for the Giants game will be update Monday.

– Recently acquired linebacker Martez Wilson played 15 snaps Sunday, all on special teams.

– Juron Criner played 63 snaps Sunday in his first game on the active roster. He caught three of the eight passes directed at him for 32 yards.
Perhaps most impressive, Criner delieverd a couple of key blocks on sizable gains, especically on a 66-yard catch-and-run play by receiver Rod Streater.
Criner also played more than fellow receivers Streater and Jacoby Ford. Moore played the most of all the receivers with 76 snaps.

– Sebastian Janikowski drilled both his field-goal attempts, including one from 53 yards. Suddenly, there isn’t as much talk about Janikowski and holder Marquette King being out of synch.

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  • Rico Stifler

    Actually, he had a perfect passer rating. It wasn’t near perfect, it was perfect….. 158.3..

  • Dakota

    Like I said last week, there is a chance we could lose 7 of our last 8 games…..we needed this win in a bad way. Now, unless something unexpected happens, we may be searching for a new coaching staff this offseason.

  • eseterik78

    Jordy Nelson?

  • Rico Stifler

    It seemed like we played zone a lot and got burned the most when we played zone.

  • marks hair

    you’re not allowed to throw it away until you leave the pocket

  • the animal dr robert

    And “richie” too. “Wealthy undercover”. He could have a field day with that.

  • BossKnows01

    Nnamdi is officially available, he can at least cover slow white wide receivers

  • Just Win Baby

    We have to play the same 8 teams either way. The Jets and Giants looked pretty winable a few weeks ago, now it’s a toss up. I bet we go 6 – 10 if we are lucky.

  • Just Win Baby

    McGloin didn’t have any problem dumping it off to the RB when he was in trouble. Pryor holds the ball too long.

  • Dakota

    new post

  • Just Win Baby

    because Pryor refuses to dump the ball off to the rb when he’s in trouble.

  • Just Win Baby

    Not really. I already have no hope for this season. The coaches might remain optomistic until they are mathematically eliminated. Go educ8 someone else.

  • Just Win Baby

    spoken like an ignorant racist punk-azz bicth.

  • Rico Stifler

    That was an idiotic comment…. The thing about Pryor is that he is not a REAL QB. He’s a sandlot, running athlete who can make the occasional pass. We need a QB who has good mechanics, pocket awareness and football IQ; Pryor lacks all three. Next season, the OL should be healthy again and we could even sign/draft to help bolster the guards.

    You don’t need to have stud WRs if you have a good QB cuz a good QB will make your WRs look good. Who did Brady have at WR early on in his career? Deion Branch and Troy Brown if memory serves me. Neither were stud WRs but yet Brady made them look good.

  • Rico Stifler

    It seems like he skips balls a few times every game.

  • Rico Stifler

    So Pryor needs a SB caliber team to be a good QB? Then let’s get right on that!

  • Rico Stifler

    A few weeks ago, i got pissed as hell cuz he short-hopped a pass to a wide open Reece that would have been a first down…

  • BossKnows01

    thats funny, your sensitivity is ignorant

  • nolarick

    He was out of the pocket on just about every one of those scrambles. I get it. The kid is tough as nails, and I like that he has his eyes downfield and that he is trying to gold plate that turd, but taking sacks 15 yards back on the sideline is inexcusable.

  • krawf

    They were designed screen passes and it was garbage time

  • kuhlest

    when is he going to learn/be taught to step up in the pocket instead of always drifting further away from the LOS…he doesn’t manipulate the pocket very well for a “mobile” QB….watch tape of Rodgers, S. Young, Elway..that is how you move in the pocket

  • krawf

    when are the coaches going to run at least 1 screen play with pryor,theres no imagination with our playcalling @ all

  • kuhlest

    we won’t be a .500 team, we were not expected to be…he will be given at least 1 more year and prolly 2 to give the new QB continuity…

  • kuhlest

    how does a 6’6″ Qb get his ball batted down by a 6’0″ DB while trying to dump off???? SMH

  • R8erEduc8er

    Not not really. U contradicted yourself.

  • 2romes

    Yes, 3rd And 16 Raiders play soft again recipe for disaster. The. Raiders did not learn anything from last week.

  • kuhlest

    I like Pryor, I hope he makes huge strides that leave us with no questions on whom is the RAIDERS QB going forward…BUT time for that is quickly running out….he has been in the league longer than Nick Foles and has more starts, but is no where in Foles’ league in passing…I too am frustrated with the fact that we still need a QB ….#ready to compete now!

  • kuhlest

    I wouldn’t mind either way, <<<>>new coach and QB combo is all that KC needed to become competitive

    >>>>>would be ok keeping this staff around for another year too….we could use some continuity.

  • kuhlest

    noooo, leave the kid be, he is a good cover CB he is always in position he just needs to learn ball skills….BUT would mind moving ASO to FS ala Woodson and let him learn the rest of this season behind C-Wood and that way we can have him there next year…

  • kuhlest

    “NOT A BAD IDEA” ?????
    listen, we HAVE to get one of the following QB’s; Mariotta, Hundley, Manziel, Boyd, Bridgewater, Morris, McCarron, and there is 1-2 others I can’t remember their names….

    this class is too deep, and when you are in our position at the QB spot we can not afford to sit on sidelines in this draft

  • Phil Underhile

    Like last year I was duped into thinking the Raiders might be turning the corner. They have not. Couple of observations:

    1. Pryor is not ready to be a starting NFL QB. 1-TD and 7 picks in the last 3 games is terrible. Hopefully he survives the season to learn how to be one.
    2. the OC play calling was awful. 9 guys in the box and behind by 3-4 Touchdowns and no play calls to take advantage of a stacked D.
    3. Same for the DC. 3rd and 16 and we rush 3 giving a hot QB all day to pick up a first down. Seriously?
    4. Darrin McFadden is not an asset.
    5. Hopefully Reggie will make a good pick in next years draft, because we will be picking in the top 5, looks like to me.
    6. I’ll take it all back if we string together some wins, seems unlikely.

  • krawf

    they were solid veterans who sat behind and learned from other veterans

  • Chuck

    The oc has no imagination,Ford,Reece and Dmac all thrived under Hue because he knew how to play to players strength instead of throwing them out there.

  • DanfromVegas

    I’m going to have to agree with you. I flew out to Oakland to watch a competitive game between two relatively talented teams. What I saw disgusted me and brought me back to reality. The fact is, this a a rebuilding season, and we may look good a few games, but we’re not a strong or solid team until we can string some wins together. Win or lose, Raiders for life, but yesterday’s performance was unacceptable.

  • DanfromVegas

    I don’t know what the heck was wrong with Hayden yesterday. He looked bad. So much talent, but no mental aspect to his game. Rookie needs to step it up.

  • Rico Stifler

    Are you talking about Branch and Brown?

  • Rico Stifler

    We play too much zone, imo.

  • Zymurge

    Apparently you’ve never heard of an audible. It’s OK though, because neither has Pryor.

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