Eagles-Raiders: What we learned

Eric Gilmore, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Quarterback Nick Foles threw an NFL-record-tying seven touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles rolled to a 49-20 victory Sunday over the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum.
Foles became the seventh quarterback in NFL history to throw seven touchdown passes in a game, joining Sid Luckman, George Blanda, Joe Kapp, Y.A. Tittle, Adrian Burk and Peyton Manning, who tied the record earlier this season against the Baltimore Ravens.
Foles completed 22 of 28 passes for a career-high 406 yards with no interceptions and posted a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Wide receiver Riley Cooper caught five passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns, burning Raiders rookie cornerback DJ Hayden on all three scores. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson caught five passes for 150 yards and one score.
In order, Foles threw touchdown passes to tight end Brent Celek (2 yards), Cooper (17), Cooper (63), tight end Zack Ertz (15), running back LeSean McCoy (25), Jackson (46) and Cooper (5).
Foles tied the NFL mark with 4:28 left in the third quarter when he hit a wide-open Cooper with a 5-yard dart in the end zone.
Foles' seven TD passes are the most the Raiders have allowed in franchise history. He broke former Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts' mark of six set on Nov. 22, 1981, at Oakland.
Any thoughts of Foles throwing eight TD passes ended with 9:23 left to play when Matt Barkley replaced him.
Foles made his ninth career start and third start of the season, filling in again for Michael Vick, who aggravated a hamstring injury last week in a 15-7 loss to the New York Giants.
Foles had never thrown more than three touchdowns in an NFL game before Sunday.
The Eagles' offense had gone back-to-back games without a touchdown before facing Oakland. But with Foles picking apart the Raiders' secondary, Eagles coach Chip Kelly's offense got back up to warp speed. Three of the Eagles' TD drives took less than a minute and another took just 1:18. Their longest scoring drive lasted 3:58.
The Eagles (4-5) rolled up 542 total yards of offense against the Raiders (3-5), who were coming off a 21-18 victory over Pittsburgh but failed miserably in their attempt to reach .500 at their season's midpoint.
The Raiders offense netted 560 yards -- the third most in team history -- but reached the end zone only twice, on Rashad Jennings' 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Jeremy Stewart's 2-yard run late in the fourth.
Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor completed 22 of 41 passes for 288 yards with two interceptions before leaving the game with a knee injury midway through the fourth quarter. Backup Matt McGloin took over with 7:56 remaining. Jennings carried 15 times for 102 yards, carrying most of the load after Darren McFadden aggravated a hamstring injury in the first half, forcing him to miss the second half.

What the Raiders said
"I don't think Nick Foles (had) ever seen anything on film that would give him any indication that he'd throw for seven touchdowns. 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 he'd come in today and have this kind of day." -- FS Charles Woodson.

What the Eagles said
"He always has poise and he always has confidence and that's what you need from your quarterback. He handled it great. He's a winner at heart." -- WR Riley Cooper, on QB Nick Foles.

What we learned about the Raiders
1. One week after holding Pittsburgh to 18 points, the Raiders defense crash landed Sunday, giving up 49 points and 542 net yards to Philadelphia. The Eagles offense exposed Oakland's vulnerability to fast-tempo teams that spread them out and create man-to-man mismatches, especially against rookie nickel back DJ Hayden, the Raiders' first-round pick. "Yeah, he had a tough day. He had a tough day," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Hayden. "And DJ wasn't the only one that had a tough day. Obviously, when you play out there on the island and you have a tough day, those things stand out a little bit more. But he's a young player. He's going to continue to work, he's going to continue to get better, and we still got confidence that he can go out and do the job."
2. The Raiders offense made some strides that were overshadowed by their defense's meltdown Sunday against Philadelphia. The Raiders rolled up 560 net yards, the third-highest total in team history. They passed for 350 and ran for 210. If they can figure out how to get into the end zone more often, the Raiders should have a chance to get back on track this week on the road against the New York Giants. "I hate losing," quarterback Terrelle Pryor said. "It's not acceptable to me and I don't like it. All the guys in here agree with me. We have to do something about it instead of tanking it. I think we're a good football team."

What we learned about the Eagles
1. Quarterback Nick Foles deserves to remain the starter, whether or not Michael Vick's injured hamstring recovers. Foles threw for an NFL record-tying seven touchdowns and a career-high 406 yards Sunday against the Raiders. How can Eagles coach Chip Kelly send him back to the bench after a performance like that? For the season, he's thrown 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions. Kelly, though, said his starting quarterback next week at Green Bay will be determined by Vick's health. "Mike's a little bit better," Kelly said. "I don't know where he'll be this week. We knew he'd be down today. He says he feels a little bit better. He's been aggressive with his rehab. He couldn't have gone today. It's something we'll keep monitoring."
2. Those who thought Chip Kelly's hyper-speed offense wouldn't work in the NFL might have to think again. The Eagles offense didn't produce a touchdown in back-to-back losses to the Cowboys and Giants, but it rolled up 49 points and 542 yards on Sunday against Oakland. Three of Philadelphia's seven touchdown drives took under a minute. None of the seven took longer than 3:58. "That's a tool in our toolbox," Kelly said of going up-tempo. "We don't play fast all the time but there are opportune times and our guys are getting a better feel for it. It's obviously something that helped us today."

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