Originally published on Silver & Black Report on Nov. 1, 2013
Following their first post-bye week win in a decade, the Raiders look to build a winning streak (3-4) as they host the Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) at O.Co Coliseum on Sunday.
The matchup marks the first meeting between the two squads since 10/18/2009, when the Raiders were victorious 13-9 on their own turf.
Former Raiders running back Justin Fargas eludes Eagles defenders
Though Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor struggled throwing the ball last week finishing 10/19 for just 88 yards and two interceptions, his athleticism electrified the raucous Raider Nation in attendance as he scampered into the record books with his 93-yard touchdown run on the first play from the line of scrimmage. Pryor led the game with 106 rushing yards, accounting for 194 of the Raiders 279 total yards.
Pryor and the Raiders rushing attack face a tough battle this week the Eagles are ranked ninth in the NFL in defending the rush, allowing just 99.5 yards per game.
The good news for Pryor lies in the face that the Eagles allow a whopping 302.3 yards per game through the air en route to being second to last in the league. In fact, Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly's defense is giving up a total of 401.8 yards per game, the second most in the NFL.
Pryor and his receivers hope to be able to get the passing game back on track as they are averaging just 176.0 yards per game, the worst in the NFL. Denarius Moore and his fellow receivers will need to find ways to separate from the Eagles corners Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher to allow Pryor a chance to find them.
On defense, the Raiders have to prepare for a Kelly's high-powered offense that he brought over from the University of Oregon upon hiring during last offseason. Kelly has built an offense that is ranking fifth in the NFL with 397.1 yards per game, while finding success in the running game and averaging over 150 rushing yards a game.
The Eagles rushing attack is led by fifth-year running back LeSean McCoy, who currently leads the NFL with 733 rushing yards on the year.
The Raiders currently possess the sixth-best rush defense in the league, allowing just 89.9 yards per game, and the team will have to do everything they can to keep those kind of numbers intact. Nick Roach and the Raiders defense will need to make sure they maintain their gap discipline in order to contain the shifty back. Defensive backs will also have to be quick to come up and help bounce runs outside and limit the amount of yardage to McCoy.
In the passing game, Raiders corner Mike Jenkins and the secondary will need to keep an eye on the speedy Cal alum DeSean Jackson and not let him break free for a big play. Though he has been limited this week with a "tweaked" ankle, Jackson is more than capable of exploding for a big play. The speedster has 45 receptions for 673 yards and five touchdowns this season. Jackson's 673 receiving yards on the year is sixth most in the NFL.
The Raiders defense will look to apply pressure on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who appears to be replacing Mike Vick as the starting quarterback after Vick suffered a hamstring injury last week. The Raiders have found an ability to rush the passer and has tallied eight sacks over the last two weeks, including four against the Steelers last week.
Sunday's matchup marks the 11th time the two squads have met during the regular season, with the series tied at 5-5.
Milestones to watch for:
WR Jacoby Ford
• Needs 20 kickoff return yards to pass George Atkinson for seventh place on the Raiders’ all-time KOR yards list.
DE Lamarr Houston
• Needs four sacks to enter the top 20 in Raiders team history.
K Sebastian Janikowski
• Has now converted on 140-consecutive PAT attempts. • Needs just 75 points to reach 1,500 for his career.
RB Darren McFadden
• Needs eight rushing yards to move into seventh place on the Raiders’ all-time rush- ing list.
• Needs 470 receiving yards to eclipse 1,500 yards for his career.
• Needs one rushing TD to move into sole posession of ninth place on the franchise’s career list, and two to tie No. 8 Charlie Smith (24, 1968-74). McFadden enters the game with 22.
WR Denarius Moore
• Needs 210 receiving yards to reach 2,000 for his career.
QB Terrelle Pryor
• Is currently first amongst all quarterbacks with 391 rushing yards. Pryor could eclipse the Raiders’ single-season mark of rushing yards by a quarterback with just 139 more yards. Rich Gannon set the mark in 2000 with 529.
WR Rod Streater
• Needs 97 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for his career.
S Charles Woodson
• Needs five interceptions to tie Ed Reed for first on the interceptions list among all active players with 61.
• Needs one INT-TD to pass Rod Woodson for first on the all-time list with 12.
• Needs one defensive touchdown to pass Rod Woodson and Darren Sharper for the most defensive touchdowns in NFL history with 13.
Questionable: WR Andre Holmes (hamstring), OT Menelik Watson (calf)
Out: OL Andre Gurode (quad), S Tyvon Branch (ankle), OT Tony Pashos (hip)
Probable: RB Chris Polk (shoulder), WR DeSean Jackson (ankle), P Donnie Jones (left foot), OT Jason Peters (shoulder/finger), DE Cedric Thornton (knee), LS Jon Dorenbos (groin), QB Nick Foles (concussion), LB Connor Barwin (back)
Questionable: WR Damaris Johnson (ankle), LB Casey Matthews (hip), S Patrick Chung (shoulder)
Doubtful: LB Jake Knott (hamstring)
Out: QB Michael Vick (hamstring)