The Eagles seem to be back at square one when it comes to their QB issues as Vick was pulled from last weekend’s game in the first quarter with a hip injury… or it could have been the first play of the game interception followed by three monster sacks for a loss of 12 yards each. Nick Foles will start in this game as he passed all his concussion tests. The Raiders are coming off a Sunday night win over the Steelers and seem to have found their way with young QB Terrelle Pryor at the helm. I think that this matchup will be very interesting from a passing game stand point; both of these QB are pass first oriented.
Starts: 11/03/2013 4:05PM
Philadelphia knows that it has to get more of the offense involved in their series then they have been to move the ball, running the ball out to the corners will help open some room, although the Raiders have the 6 th best rushing defense in the NFL. The Eagles will open up with some fast passes to build confidence but I don’t see Foles holding on to the ball for long so expect some shovel passing as well as screen play handoffs.
Oakland´s defense has now become a force to be recognized as they have held opponents to under 90 rushing yards a game, their passing defense has lacked the red zone play but they will change in time. Offensively they rank 5 th overall in rushing yards with just under 140 yards a game and I expect them to really turn to that in this game. Philly is notoriously bad when it comes to stopping the run.
What to expect:
This is the first time in 5 seasons that the Raiders are favored in a game against the Eagles; at -1, they will look to win the rushing game in this one. The team that stops the run will win it as neither team ranks high on the passing offense. I like the Raiders in my heart but I have to admit with the amount of weapons that the Eagles have it´s just too good to get plus money on them, even if they are on the road. Take the Philadelphia Eagles in this one, they will surprise you.