Weekly Wrap - Week 7
The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Las Vegas Raiders 33-22. Once again, the scoreboard does not tell the full story in this one. The Eagles continue an unsettling trend of making games appear much closer than they are in reality.
The Eagles got off to the hot start that I was looking for. Running the ball effectively and scoring a touchdown on their opening drive. Avonte Maddox also came up with an interception on the Raiders first try at a score. Things were looking up, but from that point on, it was all down hill.
The Raiders would quickly recover with a TD of their own, and much more - scoring 30 unanswered points between the second and third quarters.
Field position was troubling in this one. A fumble by Kenneth Gainwell at the end of the first half and a surprise onside kick to start the second half, put the Raiders in Eagles territory to start those drives. Even when field position favored Philly, it did not matter.
The Philadelphia defense simply could not stop the Las Vegas offense. Except for the early interception, the Raiders were seemingly scoring at will.
With the exception of Sam Darnold who was benched this weekend, the Eagles defense has not forced any quarterback to throw more than 8 incompletions. This weekend, the number was 3 for Derek Carr who’s completion percentage was 91.2%, the second highest for any QB with at least 30 passes in a game in NFL history.
One of the most notable moments of the entire game was Jason Kelce’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. For a veteran leader like Kelce who is often very poised to display so much frustration really embodies how the city of Philadelphia is feeling about their football team right now.
The Eagles will have a chance to get back on track this week against the winless Lions.