Las Vegas Raiders vs Philadelphia Eagles: 3 things we learned in Week 7
The Raiders defense is legit
We all knew after what we saw last season the defense really couldn’t get any worse, but I don’t think this is what we envisioned the Gus Bradley defense would be. Almost every Raiders fan would scream this offseason that as long as the Raiders had a middle-of-the-road defense that would be enough for Derek Carr to start winning some games.
Well, Las Vegas has a better than a middle-of-the-road defense, and now, the Raiders head into their bye week not only atop the AFC West but tied for the top record in the entire AFC with a few other teams. The defense did let the Eagles March down and score on their opening possession, then shut them out until the fourth quarter, just like last week against the Broncos.
Miles Sanders ended up leaving in the first quarter due to an ankle injury and no other runner other than Jalen Hurts passed him in yardage. The defensive line made life difficult for Hurts throughout the game, and was able to get him down for two sacks and should’ve had more if not for Hurts’s niftiness.
The play of the game no doubt goes to Maxx Crosby, who keeps making his case for DPOY every single week with a tackle of Jalen Hurts on the goal line literally just jumping over the entire offensive line to make it. If the Raiders defense can keep up this type of performance throughout the season the Raiders will finally be a true contender in a tough AFC.