The Oakland Raiders‘ defense is a highly improved unit under new defensive coordinator Jason Tarver. Tarver has the secondary flying to the ball and the defensive line getting after it.
The Raiders made some major additions to the secondary in the offseason including free agents Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins, first round draft selection DJ Hayden, and still productive veteran Charles Woodson making his return to Oakland.
The Raiders have become much tighter in the secondary and a more ball hawking back four with the additions of these veterans and young players. Ever dangerous in the front four is defensive end Lamarr Houston, who already has four sacks on the season and a ton of pressures. He is a beast of a man at 6-foot-3 and every bit of 300 pounds.
This is the challenge the Philadelphia Eagles are in for on Sunday. They go back to Nick Foles and he has a chance to right his wrongs after an abysmal Game 2 weeks ago. The Raiders are no push over any more; it is safe to say they are a pretty good team. Aside from their defense, they have an ascending quarterback in Terrelle Pryor. He is as physically gifted as they come at signal caller. An athletic freak with a cannon of an arm and speed to burn the Eagles’ defense will also be in for a major chore Sunday.
His favorite target, Denarius Moore, is also a speedster the Eagles will have to account for. No doubt about it the Eagles are going to need to score points Sunday. The slop we have seen the last few weeks on offense won’t cut it.
Going into Oakland is no cake walk anymore. The Eagles will have to be at their best if they want any hope of salvaging this season.