When can you be happy about giving up 560 yards of offense to a rookie quarterback? When your guy has a highlight-reel start and covers for your mistakes it makes things much easier, and the Philadelphia Eagles‘ defense surely benefited from Nick Foles on Sunday. Billy Davis was able to generate pressure and force the Oakland Raiders‘ offense into mistakes. Even with this, there were still noticeable errors on the field that could have caused more damage without Foles on the other side.
There was more than one play where corners were out of position. On a crossing route in the first half, one that went for more than 60 yards, Brandon Boykin was nowhere near his receiver. Mychal Kendricks, tasked with spying Terrelle Pryor all game, allowed him to break contain more than once. If Pryor hadn’t been as indecisive on his scrambles he could have done much more damage. The missed tackles were numerous and the bad angles reappeared from Nate Allen and other players.
The defense is improving, you can’t deny that, but there is still a lack of talent. The group faces a harder challenge this week against the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers will exploit the match-ups that Pryor was unable to find. He will isolate weakness and make the defense answer for any mistakes they make.
Davis must tighten up things this week. He will not have room to let Rodgers get out of the pocket or Eddie Lacy get going on the ground. This will be a true test for the Eagles on both sides of the ball, and they will need a repeat performance from Foles and better play across the board from the defense if they want a second win on this road trip.