Eagles vs. Raiders NFL Week 9: TV Schedule, Betting Lines, Prediction
TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 3, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: O.Co Coliseum
Weather: High 66, Low 48
Line: Oakland (-1)
The Philadelphia Eagles are under a new direction this season after firing head coach Andy Reid as Chip Kelly left the college ranks to coach the team. Firing on all cylinders, this offense can be the best in the league, but it has been mediocre at best in the past couple of weeks. While the Eagles are just 3-5, they are just one game out of first place in the NFC East. It looks like Michael Vick might be out for a few weeks with his hamstring issue while Nick Foles has returned to practice after suffering a concussion a week ago. This team is hoping for a healthy, productive Vick when he comes back. He has 1,215 yards and five passing touchdowns to go along with 308 yards and two scores on the ground this season. DeSean Jackson has been the favorite target of both quarterbacks as he has caught 45 passes for 673 yards and five touchdowns. LeSean McCoy is one of the top rushers in the league, accounting for 733 yards and three scores through eight weeks.
As one of the worst teams heading into the 2013 season, the Oakland Raiders look to be one of the biggest surprises in the league this year, posting a 3-4 record through eight weeks. Terrelle Pryor has exceeded everyone’s expectations at quarterback, passing for 1,149 yards and five touchdowns while running for another 391 yards and a touchdown including the longest rush by a quarterback in NFL history a week ago — 93 yards. Denarius Moore is the team’s leading receiver with 27 catches for 431 yards and four touchdowns, taking pressure off the young quarterback with his solid play. While Pryor leads the team in rushing, Darren McFadden is having a solid season of his own, adding 340 yards and four scores on the ground for the fifth-best rushing offense in the league.
Defensively, the Eagles have struggled mightily this season. Ranking 24th in points allowed per game, the Eagles also give up the second-most total yards per game as well as the second-most passing yards per game. The Raiders rank 12th in points allowed per game and 10th in yards allowed per game. They seem to be a top-tier defense and it will be interesting to see if the sixth-best run-stopping defense can slow down McCoy.
PREDICTION: Eagles 21, Raiders 23
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