There's really no way around how badly the Raiders lost to the Eagles Sunday. The numbers are shocking. The Eagles were ahead by a score of 49-13 with more than four minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Raiders were routinely gouged for big yards and scores by the Eagles while the Raiders offense could do very little.
Nick Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes. That also broke a record of touchdown passes allowed by the Raiders previously held by Dan Fouts who threw for six TD passes against the Raiders that has stood for 33 years. He also threw zero interceptions. Dennis Allen put the game in perspective.
"At the end of the day, that was an old fashioned butt whoopin'," said Allen."Very disappointed in the way that we played. I've got to do a better job of making sure our team is emotionally, physically, mentally prepared and ready to go. Obviously we didn't hold up our end of the bargain. We also realize we're a better football team than we displayed out there today and we've gotta do better than that."
"Defensively, way, way, way too many explosive plays down the field. To beat a team like this, and that's something we talked about all week, is being able to win the explosive plays battle. They won it and we didn't. We just gotta be better."
The way the Raiders lost was all the more shocking considering the way they won last week - defense. The team leaned on them in the win over the Steelers last week. This didn't look like the same defense. Maybe they got overconfident after their performance last week. In that regard, this has to be a learning experience.
"Every day's a new day," said Allen. "You can't sit back and think about what's happened in the past, you've gotta move forward and go to the next one. So, just like some of the good games that we've played defensively, you gotta put those things behind you and move on. Same thing here. We had a bad game defensively, we gotta put it behind us, we gotta move on, we gotta learn from it, we gotta be better, and we will."