Allen: 'I've still got a lot of confidence in this defense; we had a bad day'
Nick Foles completed 22 of 28 passes for 406 yards and an NFL-record-tying seven touchdowns against the Raiders on Sunday. (USATSI)
OAKLAND – Without ever using the word “playoffs,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said his team “had to make some sort of move” to stay in the hunt.
On Sunday afternoon, Allen’s Raiders went backwards. They got embarrassed during an 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and looked nothing like a team that deserves playoff consideration.
The Raiders added injury to insult, with quarterback Terrelle Pryor being taken into the locker room with a knee injury in the fourth quarter. The extent of the injury or the exact diagnosis was not immediately known. Matt McGloin stepped in for Pryor and orchestrated a late touchdown drive.
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Running back Darren McFadden was also hurt. He suffered a hamstring injury in the first half and did not return. The game was over by that point. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles set this result in motion with an outstanding day where he completed 22-of-28 passes for 406 yards and seven touchdowns, which tied an NFL-record for passing TDs in a single game.
The Raiders, now 3-5, squandered a golden opportunity to make up ground in the hunt for the only competitive wild card spot. San Diego, which entered the week in line for the No. 6 seed, lost to Washington.
This disaster precedes a stretch of four road games in five weeks. The team hasn’t had a quality road win since 2011 and has struggled against teams on the east coast.
The Raiders couldn’t make up ground in the standings and could do nothing to stop the Eagles’ up-tempo offense. That was surprising considering the Eagles did score a touchdown in two previous games.
The Raiders gave up yards in big chunks, a fact uncharacteristic of a defense that entered Sunday’s action ranked No. 10 in total defense. That unit played horribly throughout, giving up big plays and several third-and-long conversions.
The Raiders’ first touchdown came on an 8-yard run from Rashad Jennings to make it 21-10. The Raiders got within two scores with a second-quarter field goal, but they were never competitive due a defense that couldn’t stop the Eagles.
Foles passing record: Foles dominated the Raiders defense from the outset, and tied an NFL record for passing touchdowns in a single game.
Folesbecame the seventh quarterback to reach that total. Peyton Manning did so earlier this season. Foles has 13 touchdowns this season without throwing an interception.
It set a new mark for touchdown passes allowed by a Raiders defense.
All told, Foles was 22-for-28 passing for 406 yards.
McFadden hurt (again): Raiders running back Darren McFadden strained a hamstring in the first half of Sunday’s loss and did not return.
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He had 12 yards on five carries before pulling up lame. McFadden injured his hamstring on Sept. 29 against Washington and missed the next game against San Diego. McFadden has missed all or most of three games in the season’s first half.
Rashad Jennings had xx carries for xx yards and x touchdown(s) in McFadden’s stead.
Hayden’s no-good, very-bad day: Rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden had his worst performance as a pro, quite possibly of his football-playing life against the Eagles.
Whilefull stats allowed won’t be clear until Monday, Hayden was routinely picked on by the Eagles and gave up a series of big plays. The No. 12 overall pick stopped working on a 17-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper, and then got burned for a 66-yard touchdown on Philadelphia’s next play.
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He was taken deep by receiver DeSean Jackson in a third-quarter on a 59-yard pass.
Hayden has had an uneven rookie year and has made mistakes, but never had he looked so overmatched.
Watson’s debut: Rookie offensive tackle Menelik Watson made his NFL debut against the Eagles and played significant snaps after starting right tackle Matt McCants went down with a foot injury.
The second-round pick held his own despite limited experience. Watson has missed most every practice with a series of injuries.
Sitting it out: Receiver Juron Criner made his season debut after being inactive the first seven games. He played due to Andre Holmes’ hamstring injury and Brice Butler’s recent ineffectiveness. Both players were rendered inactive.
Righttackle Tony Pashos, guard/center Andrew Gurode, defensive lineman Brian Sanford, safety Tyvon Branch and defensive end Ryan Robinson were also inactive.
What's next: The Raiders begin a brutal stretch of road games in far off distances. They play four of the next five games on the road, starting with Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. They started slow, but have won two straight and will face the Raiders coming off a bye week.
That gives them lot of time to scheme against Pryor, who looks more human each week. His decision making seems slow and often faulty, leaving an already struggling offense at greater disadvantage.