Eagles bind tip seed, though Foles has tough time vs Raiders

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles has 3 weeks to get in sync with his receivers.

Making his second start given MVP claimant Carson Wentz tore his left ACL, Foles had a tough time in Philadelphia’s 19-10 feat over Oakland on Monday night. He was 19 of 38 for 163 yards with one touchdown and one interception, one week after he had 4 TD passes and no picks in a 34-29 win during a Giants.

The Eagles (13-2) clinched a NFC’s No. 1 seed with a feat over a Raiders (6-9), so Foles and many of a starters competence not play most or during all opposite Dallas in Week 17. Their subsequent suggestive diversion is Jan. 13 or 14 in a playoffs.

Considering a offense’s bad opening Christmas night, manager Doug Pederson competence wish to let them work on it opposite a Cowboys.

”It’ll substantially be Wednesday before we make a final preference on who plays,” Pederson said. ”Right now with usually dual (quarterbacks), we would assume (Foles) has to play some.”

The breeze played a cause in a flitting diversion for both teams. Oakland’s Derek Carr also struggled.

”It was blowing during times, done it a small some-more difficult,” Pederson said.

After Ronald Darby intercepted Carr’s pass with 54 seconds left, Foles came through. He finished 4 true passes for 21 yards. Following an deficient pass, Jake Elliott kicked a 48-yard margin idea with 22 seconds left. Derek Barnett hermetic it when he returned a fail 23 yards for a touchdown after picking adult a parallel on Oakland’s final play from scrimmage.

”I didn’t play good enough,” Foles said. ”I have to play cleaner, (need) pinpoint correctness and good decisions on third downs.”

Here’s some things we schooled from Philadelphia’s win over Oakland:

BIG-PLAY D: The Eagles forced 5 turnovers in a second half, creation one large play after another to bail out a offense. It was a thespian turnaround for a defense, that struggled opposite Eli Manning and a Giants final week. They hold a Raiders to 274 sum yards, 63 entrance on one play – Carr’s TD pass to Amari Cooper.

”Last week, a offense was carrying us and we were personification like rabble and this week a offense was creation small mistakes and we had to come out there and make some plays,” Darby said. ”That’s what football is all about, a group effort.”

THIRD-DOWN WOES: The Eagles were 1 for 14 on third downs and somehow still won. They were 2 for 2 on fourth down, including a acclimatisation on a TD expostulate in a initial quarter.

”We only didn’t get into a rhythm,” parsimonious finish Zach Ertz said. ”Our invulnerability bailed us out.”

MACK ATTACK: Raiders defensive finish Khalil Mack didn’t have any sacks for a initial time in 6 weeks, though he caused Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson to dedicate dual holding penalties and have a fake start penalty.

”You can count on Khalil,” Raiders manager Jack Del Rio said. ”You put it down and he’s going to play well. He’s a burning football actor and his opinion and bid each day is unbelievable. He’s really unchanging that way.”

BEAST MODE: Marshawn Lynch had 95 yards rushing on a season-high 25 carries. He roughly became a initial using behind to strech 100 yards opposite Philadelphia given Oct 2016. The Raiders finished with 134 yards on a belligerent opposite a NFL’s top-ranked run defense.

INVISIBLE MEN: Philadelphia’s Alshon Jeffery and Oakland’s Michael Crabtree had no catches. Jeffery was targeted twice and Crabtree 3 times.

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