This performance made me sick. The Eagles played absolutely terrible football and deserved to lose this game. They came out flat and did not look like the team we expected to see. There weren’t a whole lot of positives in this game, but we’ll take a look at some of the positives and negatives from the game with the Raiders.
- Brian Westbrook. He had nine catches for 91 yards and six rushes for 50 yards. That’s 15 touches for a total of 141 yards. He looked much better than earlier this season and made plays when he got the ball in his hands. The Eagles finally got the screen game going a bit and he typically thrives on these plays.
- DeSean Jackson. After a quiet week last week, he came back and had six receptions for 94 yards including a beautiful 51 yard grab. You know he wasn’t going to stay quiet for long and it was nice to see him bounce back and make some plays.
- Brent Celek. He continues to contribute to the offense and be a solid tight end. On the day, he hauled in four catches for 75 yards. He’s a hell of a player and I love the way he plays.
- First half defense. I think the defense played pretty well in the first half. They were getting a lot of pressure on the quarterback and making him force balls.
- Donovan McNabb. He had such an impressive performance last week but came out against Oakland and looked horrid. It seemed like he wasn’t prepared and made a lot of mistakes that a player of his status shouldn’t make. When he called for that timeout when the Eagles didn’t have any I was absolutely stunned. His head didn’t seem like it was in the game and he can’t play like this again if the team is going to have a chance to make a run.
- Tight end coverage. I feel like I have to talk about this every week. The Eagles got lit up by a tight end yet again this week. Zach Miller had six catches for 139 yards including an 89 yard touchdown reception. I don’t know what the Eagles have to do to get better at this, but something has to be done.
- Jeremiah Trotter. I love the guy, but I still don’t agree with this signing. He has yet to do anything for this team but weigh them down. At the end of the game when the Eagles needed a stop on a third and 10, they hit a running back on a short pass and Trotter showed us all that he can’t run. The Raiders picked up the first down and sealed the deal. He simply isn’t making plays.
- The run game. Westbrook and LeSean McCoy combined for 11 total rushes. The Eagles ran the ball a total of 14 times, but McNabb was asked to throw the ball 46 times. I just don’t get why the Eagles refuse to run the ball. The running backs had 63 yards on those 11 rushes so it wasn’t like they weren’t getting yards; however, the play calling still is heavily loaded with passing plays.
- Offensive line. They looked terrible. McNabb wasn’t getting a whole lot of time to throw the ball and it seemed like they were on their heals all game. King Dunlap was getting worked after he was asked to fill in and the Raiders took advantage. McNabb got sacked six times and this isn’t something you want when your quarterback is still dealing with ribs that aren’t healthy.
- David Akers. He missed two field goals today and if you add those six points on to the scoreboard, the Eagles win. I think he’s past his prime, but I still thought he was a solid kicker. He can’t afford to miss field goals like he did today.
- Third down conversions. The Eagles were only 2-16 on third down conversions. That’s an absolutely terrible ratio. When you can’t convert on third downs and move the ball down the field, you’re not going to win. I think part of this has to do with the lack of the run game. If you can effectively run the ball, you have shorter third downs and can pick up those short third downs by running the ball.
- Wide receiver production. If you take away DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin was the only other wide receiver to have a reception, and he only had one. The Eagles do well when they are able to spread the ball out and get a lot of people the ball. This didn’t happen on Sunday.
- Losing to the Raiders. This is just downright embarrassing. The Eagles are the laughing stock of the NFL in my opinion right now. We all saw what the Giants did to the Raiders and then we can’t even score a touchdown against them? The Giants got lit up by the Saints today and the Eagles had a golden opportunity to make up some ground but simply failed to do so.