Raiders vs. Eagles on Christmas night

26 December, 2017, 11:04 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Philadelphia Eagles tight end Trey Burton far right celebrates with quarterback Nick Foles after they connected for a touchdown pass against the New York Giants during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 17 2017 in East Rutherford N.J

The wind was swirling at Lincoln Financial Field as the Eagles and Raiders took the field for the final Monday Night Football game of the 2017 season.

Did you know the last time Nick Foles played against the Raiders he threw seven touchdown passes?!?! Injured Eagles QB Carson Wentz joined the team on crutches at midfield for the pre-game coin toss. Things did not go as well against the Raiders.

Unlike Oakland, Philadelphia has a playoff spot sewn up and would clinch the top seed in the NFC with a win Monday. Philadelphia have their first 13-win season since 2003 and can get the franchise's first-ever 14-win season by beating the Cowboys (8-7) next week.

"I didn't play good enough", Foles said.

Earlier in the season, despite the offense's potent scoring punch, the Eagles seemed to be consistently hitting the under thanks to the defense's ability to keep opponents out of the end zone.

By the time you're done unwrapping your shiny new Carson Wentz jersey, it'll nearly be time for Sixers-Knicks.

Not only do they average an impressive 246.4 yards through the air - good for eighth in the NFL - they also have an elite ground game, averaging 140.5 rushing yards per contest, which ranks second in the league. A Philly fourth down conversion on the ensuing drive helped Foles dump the ball off to Jay Ajay - who dove into the end zone after a 17-yard screen pass.

But Philadelphia could not muster much after that, going one of 14 on third downs as Foles either held onto the ball too long or was off-target to his receivers. But holding the Raiders to 87 passing yards other than Mills' blunder is an improvement over recent weeks.

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One Eagles fan in Delware County, Pennsylvania made a decision to take his hatred for the Cowboys and incorporate it with the Christmas holiday. On the score, Ajayi passed 1,000 yards from scrimmage on the season.

Obviously, the outcome of this game most likely would have been much different with Aaron Rodgers in the game after the Packers chose to rest their beloved quarterback since they have already been eliminated from the postseason, and now the pressure is on the Eagles to come through against the Raiders in front of a national audience.

Eagles: Elliott was wide right on a 33-yard field goal at the end of the first half.

The Eagles were also 13-2 in 2004 when they advanced to the Super Bowl.

Another thing the Eagles defense has made a bad habit of recently is allowing big plays by opposing offenses, even when the opponents don't have the kind of players you'd expect to make such plays.

There are rumours that Raiders coach Jack Del Rio is on the hot seat and if he is fired, there will obviously be an entirely new coaching staff in Oakland.

The Raiders defense has been reborn under the guidance of Assistant Head Coach - Defense, and the results speak for themselves the past few weeks.

As of now, the weather in Philadelphia on Christmas night calls for a high of 38 degrees with a low of 26, without any rain or snow on the horizon for the time being. On the offense's first play, however, Ajayi fumbled the ball and it was recovered by the Raiders. Many are calling for Downing to be fired, and it is a move Del Rio is expected to make. That isn't winning football, so they know they will need to make improvements.



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