Oakland, CA – Michael Vick who? After setting a career-high with seven touchdowns, Nick Foles powered the Philadelphia Eagles past the Oakland Raiders for what looked like an easy 49-20 win. In the first half Foles was 14-for-16 for 256 yards that included two touchdowns to Riley Cooper who caught a 63-yard pass on one play for the touchdown.
“A couple of people came up to me and said that I tied the record with seven touchdowns,” Nick said. “It’s a great honor. Hats off to our guys for doing a great job.”
The Raiders were hoping to take advantage of Vick-less team but to their surprise the Eagles were even better without him. Backup quarterback Foles completed four touchdown passes in the first half giving Philly a 28-13 lead. Terrelle Pryor struggled moving the offense and Oakland’s defense looked completely lost for the first time in weeks.
“I really don’t know what to say. Just, really, hats off to them. They came out and they executed their game plan from the word ‘go’,” said Charles Woodson. “They drove the ball right down on us on our defense, continued to put up points throughout the whole game, and we didn’t have an answer for them.”
Nick went deep down field countless times connecting with receivers while the Raiders defense displayed a poor performance throughout the game. Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in one game. No other quarterback in the NFL has thrown seven touchdowns in one game since Peyton Manning did it opening night on September 5, 2013.
Oakland dug themselves in whole and could not climb out of it. They had one first-quarter drive stall in the red zone and had to settle for a field goal after Pryor found Rod Streater for a 63-yard pass that opened up the offense. Terrelle threw for 288 yards and ran for 94 but again recorded two interceptions and was sacked twice.
“It’s an embarrassing team loss,” Pryor said. “We just have to get better and we have to be better all-around offensively. I think the Eagles made some plays on offense and made some plays on defense a little bit but I think we pretty much stopped ourselves on offense. It was just on of those games.”
Unfortunately, the loss comes at a crucial time in the season when the Raiders still need to face division rivals, the Denver Broncos and the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. This was a must win game against a team who also has struggled recently. Darren McFadden who has harbored injuries every year left the game with a hamstring injury and Terrelle also left with a knee injury.
“I’m doing alright, just kind of down about the game,” said McFadden. “I tweaked my hamstring a little bit at the end so I’m just trying to ride it right now, come in tomorrow and see what the trainers say.”
Head coach Dennis Allen said McFadden’s injury is “obviously” a major concern.
“You want your best guys out there and have your best guys healthy. I thought Rashad Jennings did a great job filling in when he went down,” he added.
Rookie D. J. Hayden was torched by Cooper on two plays early in the second quarter. Foles found Riley for a 17-yard completion and a 63-yard touchdown. But it wasn’t just Hayden who failed to force stops or turnovers. Oakland’s defense failed as a unit in shutting down Philly’s offense until the fourth quarter when they did not score at all. The Raiders scored their first touchdown late in the fourth when Jeremy Stewart rushed in the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown.
“They’re defense is definitely strong, especially #24 back there,” said Riley. “It was a good test for us and a good test for Nick, we came ready to play.”