28 degrees / gusty winds
Key Decision #1: (PHI ball 0-0 / 4th & 1 OAK 19/ 4:41 Q1)
- For most of the season, Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson has taken an aggressive approach on 4th downs, and on this play, he stayed the course and went for it. He got it, and that ultimately led to an Eagles TD and a 7-0 lead.
Key Decision #2: (Oak trails 7-0 / 1st & 10 OAK 37 / 12:46 Q2)
- The Eagles don’t have to blitz a lot because of their deep front four, but they chose to on this play, and Raiders QB Derek Carr burned them for a 63-yard TD pass to WR Amari Cooper. This was a good play call by Raiders OC Todd Downing, and it tied the game at 7-7.
- We liked the Raiders’ offensive game plan. Oakland chose to use multiple TE sets for much of the game, and they stayed committed to running the ball. This plan helped them shorten the game, as we feel they were the team with lesser quality personnel coming into this game. The running game proved effective, but the Raiders could have been more creative off play action. With the amount of success they had running the ball, they should have been able to throw it more successfully.
- Defensively, we like the progress the Raiders are making with DC John Pagano. They’re more sound and sensitive to the game situation. LB Navorro Bowman appears to be settling in and getting more comfortable with the scheme. Oakland played very well tonight on defense.
- It’s obvious that Eagles backup QB Nick Foles doesn’t have the physical capabilities of QB Carson Wentz; however, Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson seems to be sticking with the same type of offense – lots of RPO looks, and plays designed around the QB’s mobility. This isn’t Foles’ game. We know it was windy tonight, but Foles simply isn’t as accurate on the move. It’ll be interesting to watch if Philadelphia continues to persist running the same style of offense for Foles as it had with Wentz.
- Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio is saddled with this loss, but one play showed how coaches often can put players in good position to do well, but if the players don’t execute, the coaches end up looking like failures. The game was tied at 10, when the Raiders had just intercepted Foles and had a 1st & 10 on the Philadelphia 37 with 7:52 left in the game. After a nice 13-yard gain on a screen pass, the Raiders had 1st & 10 on the Philadelphia 24, when RB Jalen Richard made a nice 10-yard run, only to fumble at the end of the run. The Eagles recovered, and the Raiders would not move deep into Eagles territory again.