FSM Essential Recap: Week 7 – Raiders vs Eagles

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Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) | Philadelphia Eagles (2-5)


The Raiders grounded the Eagles offense in a 33-22 win Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.


Raiders vs Eagles
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The Raiders returned home to Las Vegas and welcomed the Philadelphia Eagles to Allegiant Stadium. The Silver and Black were looking to defend their home field and make it two wins in a row following their victory in Denver last Sunday.

Would the Raiders be able to bring the same energy and focus they showed on the road the week before? Could they overlook a team whose record isn’t impressive? Could they get the same level of play from both the offense and defense?

These questions were lingering heading into their matchup with the Eagles. However, the Raiders would not only answer them with a 33-22 victory but do it impressively from both sides of the ball as both the offense and defense had moments of brilliance.


Despite a slow start, the Raiders ran away with a victory over the Eagles to improve their record to 5-2.


Raiders vs Eagles
Photo Credit: Rick Scuteri/AP

The Raiders got off to a slow start and didn’t score in the first quarter. Thankfully for Raider Nation, their defense only allowed one touchdown, so it wasn’t a massive hill for the team to climb. However, the Raiders would quickly score in the second quarter via a Derek Carr pass to tight end Foster Moreau who got the start as star tight end Darren Waller was out for this game due to an ankle injury.

From there, the Raiders would continue to roll on offense. Running back Josh Jacobs found the end zone for the next Las Vegas score, giving the Raiders the lead, and they never looked back. A Daniel Carlson field goal would give the Raiders a 17-7 lead heading into halftime.

In their first series to start the second half, the Raiders would find the end zone again, this time with backup running back Kenyan Drake. The team’s next possession saw them return to the air as Carr found wide receiver Bryan Edwards for the score making it 30-7 Raiders.


The Raiders defense had their best showing of the season which led the way to the team’s victory.


Raiders vs Eagles
Photo Credit: Rick Scuteri/AP

While the Raiders offense was hitting on all cylinders, the defense was making its presence felt. They consistently made a home in the backfield, disrupting quarterback Jalen Hurts. Never truly allowing Hurts to get comfortable in the pocket forced the young quarterback to make throws off their mark and scramble to avoid sacks. But he wasn’t able to keep defensive end Yannick Ngakoue from registering two sacks on the day. The Raiders would’ve actually had more sacks throughout the game, but credit to Hurts’ scrambling ability which allowed him to escape several near sacks.

The team’s secondary had another good showing as they didn’t allow any of the Eagles’ receivers to make big plays down the field. Sticking to their man most of the game and contesting passes, the cornerbacks and safeties had an overall solid game, as they had seven deflected passes, with at least two almost turning into interceptions.

Although the score was 32-22, the game wasn’t that close as the Eagles scored a couple of late touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Raiders took their foot off the pedal and played the game safe with such a big lead. Continuing his hot start, Carr finished the game with a career-best 91.2 completion percentage as he again went over 300 passing yards in a game for the fifth time this season.

This game was another great showing from the Silver and Black, who are now 2-0 under new interim head coach Rich Bisaccia. Again, not a big enough sample size, but in those two wins, the Raiders look more focused, balanced, aggressive, and their playmakers are making plays more often. In addition, the offense is starting to establish the run game now that Josh Jacobs is back healthy.

The defense continues to make strides, and the defensive line consistently shows they can generate a pass rush against any offensive line in the league. With improvements like this as the year goes on, the Raiders will only benefit and look to make that long-awaited playoff push. It’s still October, but the Raiders have big goals and are executing at a high level to accomplish those goals at the end of the season.


The Raiders will now go into their bye week.


Entering their bye week on a two-game winning streak is always a good feeling. Now the team has some extra time to heel up, iron out some details, and keep making strides on an impressive start to the season. This team hasn’t seen much success in recent years, so it’ll be vital that the veterans help the young players keep things in perspective since there is still a long season ahead.


Next week the Raiders will be on a bye. They will travel to New York to take on the Giants on November 7th. It is a 10am kickoff and can be seen on Fox.

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-Kalani Lua – Franchise Sports Media

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