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.