The Philadelphia Eagles ran and threw circles around the Oakland Raiders’ defense in Sunday afternoon’s game highlighted by the historical performance of the Eagles’ starting quarterback, Nick Foles. What Foles’ NFL-record-tying seven touchdown performance lacks in order to be truly impressive is a formidable opponent.
Not having been present for the defensive strategy meetings in the week leading up to Sunday’s game, I can only speculate what the Raiders’ defensive coordinator, Jason Tarver, could have said to his players. I imagine it went something like this, “Run around like chickens with your heads cut off.”
Meanwhile, Chip Kelly likely had his offensive players in meetings flashing through brilliant play after brilliant play that all basically sum up to, “Riley Cooper and DeSean Jackson, you guys go deep and Nick, you throw the ball real far. Understand?”
The Raiders’ defensive game plan was either nonexistent or so embarrassingly subpar compared to Kelly’s offensive strategy that Tarver needs to be worried about his job security if he cannot get his crew to shape up quickly. Sunday’s 49-20 trouncing was a shameful display of football, but I suppose it would be too much to say that it was surprising.
Aside from their wins against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers, two of the NFL’s worst teams, the Raiders have not impressed on the defensive end in 2013. In the other five games this season, Oakland has given up an average of 24.6 points per game and that does not even include the 49 points to the Eagles. Despite an impressive showing against Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers in Week 5, the Raiders have been underwhelming on the defensive end of the ball.
Unfortunately for Nick Foles, his seven touchdowns will go down in the record books, but Oakland’s pitiful performance will cast a partial shadow on his spotlight.