4:05 PM ET, November 3, 2013
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
The Oakland Raiders are hoping to make a push toward the playoffs, though it won't come easy if their offense continues to vanish after halftime.
Thanks in part to their instability at quarterback, the Philadelphia Eagles are having trouble producing any offense at all after a hot start.
Now the Eagles will turn back to Nick Foles, who will try to make the most of another chance Sunday against a Raiders team seeking its third straight win at the Coliseum.
Although the Raiders held on for a 21-18 victory over Pittsburgh last Sunday, they continued their recent trend of starting strong before having to rely on their improving defense in the second half.
"We got to find a way to keep on punching, keeping drives alive in the second half," said Pryor, the only quarterback leading his team in both passing and rushing yards.
Oakland has outscored opponents 59-20 while averaging 196.3 yards over the first 30 minutes in its last four games, but has been crushed by a 63-10 margin and generated just 91.3 yards in the second half of those contests.
On the season, the Raiders rank 12th with 185.9 yards per game and four turnovers in the first half but sit last in the NFL with 129.0 yards along with eight giveaways in the second.
"We've got to execute better," said coach Dennis Allen, whose team seeks its third win in four games. "We've got some opportunities to make some plays and we don't make the plays that are available to us."
Allen will give Pryor another chance to turn things around after he went 10 of 19 for a career-low 88 yards with two interceptions against Pittsburgh. He's connected on 52.8 percent of his passes for 304 yards with one score and five picks in his last two contests, though his 162 rushing yards have somewhat made up for it.
Now Pryor will try to help Oakland put together a complete offensive effort as it looks to reach the postseason for the first time since 2002.
"We've got an opportunity with Philadelphia coming in here, if we can play well, get our record back to .500 and maybe we can create a little bit of momentum," Allen said.
Though they're only one game behind Dallas in the NFC East despite two straight losses, the Eagles appear to be heading in the other direction after Sunday's 15-7 defeat against the Giants.
With Michael Vick out for the second time because of a hamstring injury, Foles makes his third start just two weeks after suffering a concussion against the Cowboys.
Foles has appeared in five games, two as a starter, and has completed 52 of 90 passes for 622 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. He shined against Tampa Bay on Oct. 13, going 22 of 31 for 296 yards with three touchdowns, but completed only 11 of 29 attempts for 80 yards before getting knocked out against Dallas a week later.
"I feel very confident," Foles said. "Same confidence I had after the Tampa Bay game. You feel emotions, you are human. You play bad, you let everyone down."
Foles will try to jump-start an offense that has totaled three points in its last two losses after averaging 27.7 during a 3-3 start.
"I have confidence in the group," coach Chip Kelly said. "It's the same group for six games we were on track to set records. We're not going to do something new. We have to settle down and our playmakers have to make plays."
That could be a difficult task against Oakland, which ranks 10th in total defense (330.9 ypg) and has forced eight turnovers in its last three games after having three takeaways in its first four.
While the teams haven't played since 2009, the Raiders have won three of the last four meetings.
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Team Averages & NFL Ranks
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Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
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|Oct 18, 2009||PHI 9, @OAK 13|
|Sep 25, 2005||PHI 23, OAK 20|
|Oct 28, 2001||PHI 10, OAK 20|
The Eagles are the 1st team to have 3 different QB post a Total QBR of at least 99.0 in a single game (min. 20 action plays) since we started tracking Total QBR in 2006. The 49ers also have 3 such games -- 2 from Colin Kaepernick and 1 from Alex Smith. Overall, Foles posted the 18th game (by 13 different QBs) with a Total QBR of 99.0 or better (min. 20 action plays) since 2006.[+]
Most Games by QB of 99+ Total QBR - Since Start of 2006 Season
Brent Celek's Rec TD in the 1st quarter was the 1st offensive TD by the Eagles since Desean Jackson's 36-yd Rec TD in the 4th quarter on Oct. 13 at Bucs (Week 6).
- Foles is the third quarterback in NFL history to throw seven passing touchdowns without an interception. Foles joins Peyton Manning from Week 1 of this season and Y.A. Tittle in 1962 as the only players to accomplish the feat. - Nick Foles threw seven touchdown passes on Sunday against the Raiders, one more than his number of incomplete passes (six). Foles threw as many touchdowns in one game as Eagles quarterbacks had thrown in their previous six games combined and as many as the Eagles' offense had generated in their previous four games combined. - Foles completed 8-of-10 throws at least 15 yards downfield for 256 yards and four touchdowns on deep throws. The Raiders entered Sunday having only allowed one touchdown pass on throws at least 15 yards downfield in seven games this season. - Foles' seven touchdown passes in Sunday's game were as many or more than three NFL teams all season. Foles equaled or surpassed the passing touchdown total through Week 9 of the Jaguars (four), Vikings (six) and Raiders (seven)- and did it all in the first 40:26 of the game. - It didn't matter how Oakland tried to pressure Foles on Sunday. Foles completed 17-of-22 passes for 357 yards against standard pressure, throwing as many touchdowns (four) as he had off-target passes. As for the blitz, Foles finished 5-of-6 for 49 yards and three touchdowns, with his only incompletion coming on a Jason Avant drop. - Foles is the third quarterback in NFL history to throw seven passing touchdowns in a road game, joining Eagles quarterback Adrian Burk in 1954 and Bears quarterback Sid Luckman in 1943. - Five different Eagles receivers caught touchdown passes, only the third team since the start of 2001 with five different receivers catching touchdowns. Foles' average throw distance on his seven touchdowns was 17.3 yards downfield, with an average of 7.4 yards gained after the catch on those throws.
Nick Foles tied an NFL record with 7 touchdown passes against the Raiders. He had a 99.1 Total QBR, the highest Total QBR by an Eagles quarterback since Michael Vick's performance on Monday Night Football against the Redskins in 2010 (99.8 Total QBR).[+]
From Elias: Nick Foles is the first player in NFL history with 7 Pass TD before the beginning of the 4th quarter.
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