Well first off I would like to apologize for prematurely talking about playoffs in my last article when we did not even have a winning record. This video should be appropriate after a blowout like this. I got way ahead of myself, but let’s be honest here, if half the season was over and we were only one game out of a wild card spot, it deserves some thought. Anyways, say what you want about it, i’m still sticking by the notion that they sneak in to the playoffs. Back to the segment now.
This game was terrible, no doubt about it. I literally had to leave Buffalo Wild Wings after Matt McGloin’s first series because I couldn’t watch it anymore. Peyton Manning had to be dressed up as Nick Foles or something, because he was shredding our top 10 defense like it was Swiss cheese. It came to the point where you expected every drive would result in an Eagles’ touchdown, and that was basically how it was. In a game where the Raiders had the edge over the Eagles in total yards, time of possession, almost double the Eagles’ total amount of plays, rushing yards and first downs, the scoreboard just didn’t seem to match up. 49-20. Disgraceful really.
Here are my takeaways from the game:
DJ experiences more rookie struggles- First off, Raider Nation stop hating on DJ, he’s a rookie that missed almost all of OTAs and was out of football for a while before that. He is going to go through a rough rookie season. Yes he was drafted 12th overall, but he was drafted based on potential. Reggie knew that it would take some time after DJ almost dying for him to return to the form he previously was at. So please, I urge Raider Nation to leave your criticism of DJ until next season, when we really get a chance to evaluate him.
In this game, he was constantly a victim of Foles’ aerial assault and gave up a couple of easy touchdowns. Granted he did trip twice when giving up big plays, but it’s no excuse. At least he was close to making plays happen for the defense though, because some of the other secondary members just flat out gave up plays on a regular basis. After the game, DJ declined to talk to reporters, but Charles Woodson has some things to say about him.
“He had a tough day,but everybody’s gone through it. If you’ve played in the NFL, you’ve had a long day before. But if you want to play a long time, then you’ve got to get past it.”
Allen added that:
“D.J. 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.”
Continued growth in running the ball- The Raiders pounded the ball for 210 yards and Rashad Jennings averaged 6.5 yards per carry on 15 rushes as he filled in admirably for McFadden. Pryor also added 92 yards on ten attempts.
I’m starting to think that the Raiders should part ways with McFadden after this season ends. This is coming from the guy that drafted him in four fantasy teams and was a huge believer in his potential. At first I thought the blame could be placed on the offensive line, but after Jennings ran the way he did, that cannot be said anymore. Unload some salary cap for better players and give Jennings the lead back responsibilities; he did average 5.5 yards a carry back when he was given that responsibility a couple of years ago in Jacksonville.
The only question mark I had about the running game this game was why we kept running it when we were down so much. Does Greg Olson know that we needed all the time in the world to even have a chance to catch up to the Eagles.
Continued growth stopping the run- Going up against the NFL’s leading rusher is a daunting task. The Raiders did handle McCoy nicely though, limiting him 44 yards and 3.8 yards per carry. Granted they didn’t need to run the ball when our secondary was being shredding apart. I mean Nick Foles had more touchdown passes than incompletions. Let that sink in a bit…done? Good, let’s not dwell on it. So maybe “stopping” LeSean McCoy was more about the Eagles passing the ball more, but either way, he was limited to the least amount of yards he had in a game all season.
The secondary…disappeared?- The Raiders defense let Riley Cooper score on them three times. Should I even have to write more about the horrific play of the secondary?
Nick Foles threw seven touchdowns and had a perfect passer rating.
He threw more touchdowns than incompletions.
He completed 79% of his passes for 406 yards.
He averaged 14.5 yards per attempt.
Have I said enough? I’ll leave it at that because I don’t want to write more about the play of our secondary, it was evident if you watched the game; it literally hurt my eyes watching him tear the secondary apart.
Pryor took a step forward as a QB- In my opinion at least. He almost tripled his yards from the previous game against the Steelers with 288, but did throw two interceptions. Let me defend him for a second though, because this game would’ve have been a blowout had it not been for Pryor.
Of his two interceptions, one of them was the receivers fault as it bounced off the receivers hands. The other, well it was overthrown.
But really, who could blame Pryor for this loss, he constantly had the offensive line just flat out collapse in front of him and was forced to scramble for his life, throw the ball away or run it. Thankfully when he did run, he made good use of his legs as he totaled 94 yards on the ground. It amazes me that he was only sacked three times today, because on almost every passing down he was in the backfield running like a chicken with his head off trying to elude the grasps of the Eagles defenders.
In the midst of a huge hole in front of him, he became a leader for the offense to rally behind though. That is what the Raiders need, a leader. Someone to create that “spark”. Because what really matters is getting the players to play to their potential. How else could you explain an offense that had not scored a touchdown in two weeks, go up against a top 10 defense and score seven touchdowns on it. Pryor brings the ability to get his players pumped up and get the most out of them. Today, the Eagles just flat out outplayed them though.
“I was just saying, ‘Let’s go. Let’s go down and score.’ I had the guys fired up and they were ready. I had the offensive line going, they were fired up. The receivers were ready to go; that was the first time I really faced that type of score. That’s what happens in the NFL I guess. They were better than us… I just have to make plays and continue to help the team and help the offense. It’s a group effort. At the end of the day it’s a group effort. I think we made a lot of plays I just think we didn’t make enough.”