On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) will head west to face the Oakland Raiders (3-4). Kickoff is scheduled for 3:05 pm and the game will be televised on FOX.
The Eagles will be facing a mirror image of what they see day in and day out on the practice field. DeMeco Ryans and the Eagles’ defense chase Michael Vick around the football field numerous times throughout the year in practice.
This Sunday, the Eagles are going to be doing more of the same against former Ohio State quarterback Terrell Pryor, who set an NFL record for longest touchdown run by a quarterback. Pryor went 93 yards untouched and displayed his speed, vision, and athleticism which had NFL scouts drooling over the notion of his departure from college.
However, while Pryor’s run may have gotten the publicity, their offense is not too much to worry about from the Eagles’ perspective. Pryor would go on to have a suspect game, completing 10 of 19 passes for 87 yards and two interceptions. Although he may have scored two touchdowns last Sunday, Darren McFadden’s numbers have screwed over fantasy football owners across the nation, mainly due to an offensive line that lacks depth.
Although Terrell Pryor’s numbers are not that of your typical starting quarterback, he has won the job regardless of some of his inconsistent performances and is going to be taking the snaps on Sunday. Pryor is Coach Dennis Allen’s starting quarterback. Chip Kelly cannot say the same about his quarterback.
The quarterback situation for the Eagles is in shambles.
Nick Foles has been named the starter against the Raiders as Michael Vick’s hamstring continues to keep him sidelined and Matt Barkley has been nothing but a rookie.
Regardless of who is at quarterback, Chip Kelly’s offensive play calling has been questionable over the Eagles’ last two games. Look for the Eagles to get back to what they do best: running the ball. A heavy dose of Shady McCoy, along with a fast-paced offense is what had the Eagles sitting atop the NFC East earlier in the season.
The questions surrounding the Eagles’ quarterback situation make it difficult to game plan for their opponents. Therefore, the Eagles defense that has been steadily improving is going to have to continue their streak of dominance.
The Eagles have allowed less than 19 points over their last four games and held the Giants without a touchdown last week. A secondary that has been pinpointed as a weakness early on in the season has progressively gotten better, allowing for a more aggressive defensive playbook to be implemented. However, while defense wins you championships, a third string quarterback is not going to get you to one.
With an Eagles team that has become more of a defensive juggernaut, and an Oakland Raiders team that is looking more in sync as each week passes, we are in for a classic east coast versus west coast battle.
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