The scorching of the Oakland Raiders defense started on the Eagles’ very first possession, and it just never stopped.
Nick Foles led the Philadelphia offense on drive after drive on his way to a record-tying 7 TD passes against a Raiders defense that had only allowed 10 through the air in the 7 games prior. Even the Raiders’ much-improved run defense was exploited, allowing Eagles backup RB Bryce Brown to pick up over 7 yards per carry on the ground, including a 32-yarder that was the first run of 20+ yards Oakland has surrendered on the year.
So what happened?
Raiders FS Charles Woodson:
Well I think you can read your press clippings and those can factor into it. The last couple of weeks there’s been a lot of great things said about us – not just the defense, but the team overall.
The Raiders are, for the most part, a young and inexperienced unit– and sometimes they are going to have to learn some of these lessons the hard way.
This week they learned that you can’t look ahead to a stretch of so-called winnable games, because every single opponent deserves your respect. Just because a team hasn’t scored a touchdown in two weeks doesn’t mean they won’t put up historical amounts of them on you if you don’t prepare.
Just because an NFL player is known more for dropping racial slurs at nightclubs than his on-field performance, doesn’t mean he is not an NFL-caliber wide receiver who can burn you to a crisp if you let him.
And you’re going to get flat-out embarrassed.
The good news?
Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen:
We had a bad day. That happens; it happens to everybody. You go out and have a bad day, you don’t do what you’re capable of doing and that’s what happens. This defense is a bunch of men in that locker room and they’ll come back, they’ll respond and they’ll be better next week.
No matter how disheartening, one loss is one loss.
We can honestly diagnose that the Raiders defense didn’t take the Philadelphia Eagles seriously, and they are going to pay the price for that, over and over, all week long. The encouraging press clippings will, for now, be a thing of the past.
And they are going to do everything within their power, as men, to make sure that they never feel this way again.
Consider it a lesson learned.