Eagles bring Raiders defense back to earth

Allen: 'I've still got a lot of confidence in this defense; we had a bad day'

Eagles bring Raiders defense back to earth
November 3, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Nick Foles and the Eagles burned the Raiders for 542 total yards and seven touchdowns on Sunday in Oakland. (AP)

OAKLAND -- The Raiders defense came into Sunday's game riding high, maybe too high for its own good. Complimentary things were written and said about this top-10 unit on a local and national level. Future portrayals won’t be so flattering.

The Philadelphia Eagles offense deflated any ego prematurely formed in a 49-20 drubbing at Oakland Coliseum.

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The Raiders were blasted in every sense by an up-tempo offense and a backup quarterback in Nick Foles who tied an NFL record with seven passing touchdowns in a single game.

The Eagles took their foot off the gas late and declined to run up the score or it could've been even worse. Even so, the Eagles had 542 total yards. That’s the fourth highest sum in franchise history.

The defense looked nothing like the unit that beat Pittsburgh and received praise for consistently solid play.

“I think you can read your press clippings, and that can factor into it,” Raiders free safety Charles Woodson said. “There have been a lot of great things said about us as a defense and as a team over the last couple weeks. What we did today was open ourselves up for those attacks. We’re going to have to hear about this all week. We’re going to take a beating. We have to stand up to the criticism and accept it. We have to get it together and try to bounce back.”

The Raiders wasn't surprised by anything the Eagles did. They weren't troubled by an up-tempo offense that plays faster than any other.

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No excuses fit here. The only rationale is a simple one. The Raiders were simply beat by a faster, more athletic team.

“They came out and executed their game plan from the word ‘Go,’” Woodson said. “They drove the ball right at us and put up points the whole game. We never had an answer for them.”

Raiders coach Dennis Allen doesn’t believe this ugly showing could be a sign of bad things to come. He believes this defense has quality and is far better than it showed on Sunday.

“I still have a lot of confidence in this defense,” he said. “We had a bad day. That happens. It happens to everybody. This defense is a bunch of men in that locker room, and they’ll come back. They’ll respond and be better next week.”