Uncomfortable win for Eagles over Raiders, 19-10

Uncomfortable win for Eagles over Raiders, 19-10

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Uncomfortable win for Eagles over Raiders, 19-10

If your Christmas wish was a definitive power statement by the Eagles offense, then you and I did not get our wish.

Inept and pathetic was more like it—in both coaching and player execution. Oakland’s defense seemed to know the play that was coming before we called it. That’s understandable for a preseason game—but not a Week 16 game with the #1 NFC seed on the line.

Fortunately for the Eagles their own defense created some opportunistic turnovers which stalled out some key drives for the Raiders. Also helping was Derek Carr (who does not look completely healthy re. his back injury) had a really bad game at QB—almost as bad a game as Nick Foles had.

I should not sneer in the face of a win. I was just lulled into numbness by our offensive effort. Maybe it was just the stereotypical “bad game” that all teams have from time to time on offense, as when the Patriots got pasted a few weeks ago by Miami. Or maybe it was a sign of more trouble to come.

Even the home crowd seemed lethargic and apathetic for the most part. Maybe it was the late evening start and too much eggnog, I don’t know, but what good is home team advantage when fans with tickets sit on their hands for most of the game? It came across as a wine and cheese crowd, and there was plenty of cheese left over for our cornerbacks to bite on again when Raider receivers turned slants into double-move sluggos.

In the end, Jake Elliott kicked a 48-yard field goal with 22 seconds left, and the Philadelphia Eagles (13-2) clinched the No. 1 seed for the NFC playoffs with a sloppy 19-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night.

Ronald Darby intercepted Derek Carr‘s pass and ran it back 52 yards with 54 seconds left, but was ruled down by contact at the spot of the pick. Nick Foles then completed four straight passes for 21 yards. After an incomplete pass, Elliott nailed his kick right down the middle. Derek Barnett returned a fumble for a touchdown after picking up a lateral on Oakland’s final play from scrimmage.

Oakland nearly spoiled Philadelphia’s Christmas. Carr threw a 63-yard TD pass to Amari Cooper to tie it at 7 early in the second quarter. Cooper was wide open after cornerback Jalen Mills tried to jump the route, on which Cooper hung a double-move on Mills.

Giorgio Tavecchio kicked a 25-yard field goal on the opening drive of the third quarter to give the Raiders a 10-7 lead.

The teams traded turnovers on three straight possessions, starting with Patrick Robinson intercepting Carr and returning it to Oakland’s 44.

Eagles left guard Chance Warmack then caused Jay Ajayi to fumble when he tried to push the pile and hit his teammate. The Raiders recovered at their 30, but gave it back on the next play when Marshawn Lynch fumbled at the same spot.

Philadelphia couldn’t do much with excellent field position and settled for Elliott’s tying 35-yard field goal.

After Tavecchio missed a 48-yard field goal with 7:58 remaining, Foles threw a pass that bounced off Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz‘s hands and was intercepted by Reggie Nelson at the Eagles 37.

But Philadelphia quickly got the ball back when Malcolm Jenkins stripped Jalen Richard and recovered it at the Eagles 16. The offense went three-and-out.

Oakland’s first drive ended with Carr throwing the ball away on fourth-and-2 from Philadelphia’s 42.

The Eagles scored on the ensuing possession when Foles tossed a 17-yard TD pass to Ajayi for a 7-0 lead. Corey Clement ran 2 yards on fourth-and-1 to extend the drive.

That was basically the last we saw of anything resembling a competent offense for the rest of the game.

MISSED CHANCES:

Raiders: Nelson dropped what should’ve been a pick-6 thrown right to him by Foles in the second quarter.

Eagles: Elliott was wide right on a 33-yard field goal at the end of the first half.

INJURIES:

Raiders: OT Vadal Alexander sustained a concussion.

Eagles: DE Brandon Graham left with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. I also saw Nick Foles limping a little after taking a hard fall on his right hip under pass rush pressure. That was late in the game. Hopefully he is okay—we’re running out of bullets at quarterback.

Final:

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 0 7 3 0 10
PHI 7 0 3 9 19
Matchup
1st Downs 13 12
Passing 1st downs 4 7
Rushing 1st downs 6 3
1st downs from penalties 3 2
3rd down efficiency 3-13 1-14
4th down efficiency 0-2 2-2
Total Plays 63 61
Total Yards 274 216
Total Drives 15 14
Yards per Play 4.3 3.5
Passing 137 138
Comp-Att 15-29 19-38
Yards per pass 4.6 3.5
Interceptions thrown 2 1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-3 2-25
Rushing 137 78
Rushing Attempts 33 21
Yards per rush 4.2 3.7
Red Zone (Made-Att) 0-1 1-3
Penalties 7-50 8-60
Turnovers 5 2
Fumbles lost 3 1
Interceptions thrown 2 1
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 1
Possession 34:21 25:39
Philadelphia Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS QBR RTG
Nick Foles 19/38 163 4.3 1 1 2-25 23.7 59.4
TEAM 19/38 138 4.3 1 1 2-25 59.4
Oakland Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS QBR RTG
Derek Carr 15/29 140 4.8 1 2 1-3 2.1 48.1
TEAM 15/29 137 4.8 1 2 1-3 48.0
Philadelphia Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LONG
Jay Ajayi 14 52 3.7 0 14
Corey Clement 2 14 7.0 0 12
LeGarrette Blount 5 12 2.4 0 6
TEAM 21 78 3.7 0 14
Oakland Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LONG
Marshawn Lynch 25 95 3.8 0 16
Jalen Richard 4 42 10.5 0 34
Derek Carr 3 3 1.0 0 3
DeAndre Washington 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3
TEAM 33 137 4.2 0 34
Philadelphia Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LONG TGTS
Zach Ertz 9 81 9.0 0 25 14
Nelson Agholor 4 35 8.8 0 12 7
Jay Ajayi 2 21 10.5 1 17 3
Brent Celek 1 12 12.0 0 12 2
Corey Clement 1 6 6.0 0 6 2
Torrey Smith 1 5 5.0 0 5 5
LeGarrette Blount 1 3 3.0 0 3 1
Alshon Jeffery 0 0 0.0 0 0 2
TEAM 19 163 8.6 1 25 36
Philadelphia Fumbles
FUM LOST REC
Jay Ajayi 1 1 0
Nick Foles 1 0 1
Kenjon Barner 1 0 1
TEAM 3 1 5
Oakland Fumbles
FUM LOST REC
TJ Carrie 0 0 1
Jalen Richard 2 2 0
Marshawn Lynch 1 1 0
Derek Carr 1 0 0
DeAndre Washington 0 0 1
TEAM 4 3 2
Philadelphia Punting
NO YDS AVG TB IN 20 LONG
Donnie Jones 8 334 41.8 0 1 51
TEAM 8 334 41.8 0 1 51
Philadelphia Defense
TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
Nigel Bradham 8 6 0 0 0 0 0
Malcolm Jenkins 7 6 0 1 0 0 0
Rodney McLeod 7 4 0 0 0 0 0
Ronald Darby 6 3 0 0 1 0 0
Brandon Graham 4 3 0 1 0 0 0
Vinny Curry 4 3 0 1 1 1 0
Dannell Ellerbe 4 2 0 1 0 0 0
Chris Long 3 2 1 0 0 4 0
Patrick Robinson 3 2 0 0 2 0 0
Fletcher Cox 3 2 0 0 0 1 0
Mychal Kendricks 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
Jalen Mills 2 2 0 0 2 0 0
Tim Jernigan 2 1 0 1 0 1 0
Beau Allen 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Zach Ertz 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Trey Burton 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Rick Lovato 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jay Ajayi 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kamu Grugier-Hill 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Derek Barnett 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Rasul Douglas 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 65 46 1 5 6 7 1
Philadelphia Interceptions
INT YDS TD
Patrick Robinson 1 19 0
Ronald Darby 1 0 0
TEAM 2 19 0

Two stats that kinda tell the whole story for me about our offense last night—Donnie Jones had to punt 8 times, and Alshon Jeffery had 0 catches on 2 targets. If that particular stat combo ever comes up again the rest of the way in the 2017 playoffs, we are finished.

 

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