Raiders Defeat Eagles with Dominating Defense


The Oakland Raiders needed only 13 points to defeat a Philadelphia Eagles team that swooped into the Black Hole averaging 32 points per game. Thanks to an inspired effort on all fronts, the Silver and Black went home as 13-9 winners over the guys in green.

Andy Reid spent the week getting his offense prepared to go head-to-head with a Raider unit that had conceded 96 points in their last three games. John Marshall put together a game plan filled with exotic blitzes (not a misprint), line stunts and even mixed some zone into the traditionally man-to-man heavy secondary. When the Eagles weren’t being fooled by disguised blitzes, they were being blown off the line by a physical and athletic front four.

With the Eagles expecting a fastball across the heart of the plate, Marshall threw a knuckleball covered in Vaseline.

It was a defensive effort that would have made the late, great Jim Johnson smile were it not levied against his former team.

The pressure was relentless, sacking Donovan McNabb six times. The coverage was brilliant despite the Raiders playing the bulk of the game without the services of All-Galaxy cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Stanford Routt played his best game as a Raider. Were it not for a pass interference penalty, Routt would have sealed the victory in the second quarter when his pick-six was called back. The controversial call yielded something truly unusual as Tom Cable was flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty for his protest. One can only assume that Cable must have flexed his Crash Davis vocabulary on the official.

Brian Westbrook netted his customary 141 yards of total offense but was never much of a factor. The Eagles abandoned the run early, playing right into the trap set by Marshall.

On the other side of the ball, the Raiders did just enough to win.

JaMarcus Russell was greeted with boos but walked off to cheers. His 86-yard connection with Zack Miller would be the only TD of the contest. Russell eluded the Eagles’ pass rush to hit Miller in the open field. Zack turned a couple defenders into Keystone Cops before getting a one-man entourage via Louis Murphy to escort him to the end zone.

Russell and his offense both needed a confidence booster. There still is very little chemistry between JaMarcus and his young receivers. Murphy remains wildly inconsistent. His lack of concentration – combined with some hands of stone – cost the offense a turnover while Darrius Heyward-Bey was once again kept off the stat sheet.

While the wide receivers are a wild card, newly re-signed Gary Russell was a sure bet. The Russell-to-Russell connection worked like a charm including converting a crucial 3rd and 10 to seal the victory. Starting at fullback just days after being signed, Gary Russell was second on the team in receiving on the afternoon.

Thanks to David Akers booting a couple kicks wide of their mark and Justin Fargas chewing up clock with 87-yards on the ground, the rest was academic.

Tom Cable now has one-third of his faith restored. This was an effort to be proud of. Not always pretty and at times frustrating. None the less, this team needed a pick-me-up in the worst way. The highlights might not appear on NFL films greatest moments but the result is forever in the books.

Not only was the home crowd fully behind their team, even a pigeon came to the aide of the much malinged Raiders’ special teams. The moment was fitting as prior to today the John Fassel led unit’s performance had been down right fowl (apologies for the pun).

If Al Davis is reading this: please continue to allow Marshall to do what he does. This might not be the classic Al Defense but it sure is a classic Al outcome.

Just win baby.

 

 

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Tags: Andy Reid Brian Westbrook Darrius Heyward-Bey David Akers Donovan McNabb Gary Russell JaMarcus Russell Jim Johnson John Fassel John Marshall Justin Fargas Louis Murphy Nnamdi Asomugha Stanford Routt Zack Miller

  • Raider41510

    still finds away to blame or point fingers at Al davis even when the team wins, when the team on the field loses it al fault when the team wins it has nothing to do with Al, fuckin someone is smokin Al’s pole so much it knocked the shit out of his head, these are the guys bloggin for the RAIDERS and there fans, its like having bronco or charger fans blogging for us, crazy!!

  • http://yomama JSpicoli

    I agree Raider41510,

    These guys have been brain washed by the media onslaught of neg surrounding the Raiders. The same thing happened when we won 1998-2002. We sucked before that because of Davis, then it was Gruden “overcoming” Davis.

    Listen, everyone who ever coached for the guy compliments him, and he put all the pieces there, win or lose. So you can’t have it both ways.

    The “Fans” that tried to stir up a boycott should turn in their Silver and Black badges.

    I’m done, glad to know there are some real fans out there.

    Aloha

  • http://justblogbaby.com/ Chris Shellcroft

    Spicoli and 41510,

    I’m not “bashing” Al Davis. I’m just telling it like it is. We all know that AD runs the “D” his way and what Marshall did on Sunday was not an Al Davis scheme.

    Don’t take my word for it though. I’m just some blogger pretending to be a Raider fan. Right?

    How about this quote from Nnamdi Asomugha. Not sure who he is, somebody told me he might actually play for the Raiders. I wouldn’t know cause all I do is read whatever the media says and just go with it. Anyway, when Nnamdi was asked about Marshall’s scheme, Aso said: “He said he might get yelled at for it, but he’ll keep it going.”

    “He” is John Marshall and the guy who would be yelling at him is Al Davis. But don’t take Nnamdi’s word for it either since this was a quote in Paul Guiterrez’s piece. Yes, he is a member of the media so I’m sure he backed Aso into a corner and left him no choice but to say that.

    Oh well…I guess I’ll just go back to inventing more story lines to write about since all this is just a figment of my imagination…

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  • Slam

    I think it’s interesting that John Marshall suddenly deviated from the generic (ineffective) 4-3 Raiders defensive scheme. It caught the Eagles completely unprepared. I wonder if the players went to Cable, or if an Al Davis confidante ( John Madden ? who has been sniffing around a lot lately … )told Al to wake up and smell the zone blitz. Or Cable went to his boss and suggested a new defense.

    What’s not interesting is Raider41510 insisting being critical of Al Davis means you are not a true Raiders fan. I disagree.

  • PantyRaider

    I’m going to take my stance with the first two post here…Posts #’s 1-n-2 brought up the fact that Al Davis is taking the blame for everything but getting the credit for noting which is absolutely correct in this “IAAF”er society that now exist…(It’s All Al’s Fault)…Fans on a personal “HateTrip”…

    #1…Namndi was here for his entire time under “SOB” as “DC” who was for what ever reason afraid to blitz….For the record just look at him now in the “Dawg-Pound” and see more of the same…So Namdi saying he’ll believe it when he sees it is totally understandable…He’s NOT speaking that way now about “DC” Marshal is he….

    #2…As an OldTimer I can remember an era of Blitz-Happy Al Davis….Or I should say his “DC”…So to say Al never allows the blitzes is speaking completely without knowledge of the Raiders “D”….Blitz stats were not kept but if you look at “Sacks” it’s pretty easy to see the cause…The “85″ Raiders had more sacks from NON-Front-Line Personnel than the “85″ Bears who were known as the most Blitz happy team of that era…The same goes for the “84″ Raiders…And for the record the Raider were a 3-4 “D” scheme from around “75″ when Madden became “HC” until “Shell I” took us back to the 4-3 around “89″…14 seasons If I remember correctly….

    #3…If you look at the Raiders “D” it has 2 basic philosophies under Al’s ownership…

    1st…Man-to-Man coverage and this is predominately the mainstay of the team however we have at times swayed slightly from this central theme…

    2nd…”The “QB” must go down and he must go down hard”…Now that is in any form possible and it’s up to the current “DC” and players to get that job done…

    #4…Al Davis is NOT calling the “D” plays so get the hell off that stupidity…Do you see him sending down singles with his OverHead Projector…Or maybe he has a PS3 on his lap and he’s sending in formation to the “DC”…Now how freakin ridiculous is that…And sense you quote Namdi he also said Al is hardly ever seen so just how the hell do you suppose he is running that “D”…Not to mention he has to wear all these hats at such an advanced age so he must be “SuperMan”….

    I left the last site I had posted on for the past 4 seasons because of this same “Crap” so if it predominate here also I will Check-Out early…

    PantyRaider…Long Live da GodFather!!!!/_