If you were starting to feel good about the play of the Eagles with their 3-1 record, we were brought back to reality real quick when the team traveled out to Oakland. Not including the two Dallas games at the end of the year, this had to be the most frustrating game to watch all season. The Raiders came in with a 1-3 record and everyone figured it would be an easy trip out to the west coast. Boy, were we wrong.
The first quarter seemed to drag on and it wasn’t until just over two minutes remained that someone finally got on the board. The Eagles took a 3-0 lead on a David Akers field goal, but that lead wouldn’t last long. Immediately on the Raiders next drive, JaMarcus Russell hit tight end Zach Miller on what seemed to be a simple pass. However, with some extra effort by Miller and A LOT of poor tackling, the play resulted in an 86 yard touchdown completion and the Raiders took a 7-3. Both teams tacked on field goals in the second quarter and the Raiders led 10-6 at halftime.
Although it was only halftime, this game was basically over. No one expected the first half performance that occurred, especially the Eagles. In quite possibly the most boring half in football, each team added a field goal to their score and the Raiders won the game 13-9.
The Eagles offense was able to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING against a terrible Raiders team. They failed to score a touchdown and ended up attempting five field goals. You can say that David Akers missed two field goals and if he made them the Eagles would have won but I don’t believe that’s an acceptable excuse. The Eagles went into that game playing a team with one win and couldn’t even score a touchdown. After blowing out a few other lowly teams, it was expected that the Eagles would do the same to the Raiders.
There were questions about this team before this game even started but after this performance, no one even knew what to think. It was like a whole different team was out there. Everyone was baffled but knew one thing; the Eagles couldn’t continue to play like that if they wanted to make the playoffs.