The Morning After: Eagles-Raiders


What we are talking about in the aftermath of the Eagles' loss to Oakland:

1. The sacks. Yes, left tackle Jason Peters went down early with a knee injury and Andy Reid had to put green second-year man King Dunlap in front of All-Pro Richard Seymour. Still, giving up six sacks to a team that had a total of nine in the first five games is inexcusable.

2. Trotter’s problems. Middle linebacker’s lack of speed hurt the Eagles badly. The Raiders threw at him when he was on the field and he got beat by tight end Zach Miller on his 86-yard touchdown catch-and-run. The Eagles seldom used him after that until late in the game when Omar Gaither got hurt. And he got beat then on a back-breaking pass to running back Gary Russell.

3. Celek’s tough day.
Tight end Brent Celek had four catches for 75 yards, but the normally sure-handed receiver also had a pair of costly drops and got beat for a sack.

4. Where was Vick? On a day when nothing else was really working, Andy Reid was didn’t bother to go Vick or the Wildcat much. Vick was on the field for just two plays. Lost four yards on an end-around.

5. The run-pass issue. Again. Despite the fact that this never was more than a seven-point game, the Eagles ran the ball just 14 times and threw it 46 times. Running backs Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy had just 11 combined rushing attempts.


1. With Sunday’s loss to the Raiders, Andy Reid’s road record against AFC teams slipped to 10-10-1. He is now 6-3 against the AFC West.

2. For the third time in 5 games, the Eagles failed to score on their first possession.

3. The 6 sacks the Eagles gave up matched the number they had allowed in their previous 4 games.

4. The Eagles have converted just 6 of 26 third-down opportunities in the last two games.

5. The Eagles have held 4 of their first 5 opponents to 14 points or less


Well, there is plenty of teeth-gnashing going on in Washington, following a loss to the winless Chiefs and the announcement that head coach Jim Zorn has given up the play-calling duties. Of course, Zorn might be lucky that he still has a job given the nature of owner Daniel Snyder.It is expected that Sherman Lewis, the former Packers offensive coordinator who was brought in as an offensive consultant recently will call the plays. The other question facing the Redskins is who will play quarterback. Jason Campbell was pulled at halftime and replaced by Todd Collins.