Fans are excited for the Eagles game at home at the Linc

26 December, 2017, 11:05 | Author: Cary Erickson
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Amari Cooper got cornerback Jalen Mills to bite on a double move that led to a humiliating 63-yard touchdown with 12:46 remaining in the second quarter.

The Philadelphia Eagles will just try to finish the season strong after locking up home field thanks to a 19-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders to close out week 16 on Monday Night Football, improving to 13-2 in the process.

Eagles fans were singing the praises of Nick Foles all week after he threw four touchdown passes in a 34-29 win over the New York Giants. Derek Barnett sealed it when he returned a fumble 23 yards for a touchdown after picking up a lateral on Oakland's final play from scrimmage.

It was one thing to lose Carson Wentz for the season with a torn ACL, but one of the main reasons why they Philadelphia was still considered a serious threat was due to other key weapons on offense along with a reliable defense.

We have an NFC East rivalry matchup to close out the regular season, as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles in week 17 National Football League action.

Not only do they average an impressive 246.4 yards through the air - good for eighth in the NFL - they also have an elite ground game, averaging 140.5 rushing yards per contest, which ranks second in the league. Foles floundered on Monday and the Eagles' offense was stagnant.

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By the time you're done unwrapping your shiny new Carson Wentz jersey, it'll nearly be time for Sixers-Knicks.

The Eagles went ahead 7-0 when Foles tossed a screen pass to running back Jay Ajayi and he proceeded to scamper 17 yards into the end zone with 2:51 remaining in the first quarter.

THIRD-DOWN WOES: The Eagles were 1 for 14 on third downs and somehow still won. The Raiders held Alshon Jeffery, who entered as the Eagles' leading receiver with 56 catches for 781 yards and nine touchdowns, was held without a catch on just two targets Monday. The Eagles have been burnt five times this season for completions of 60 yards or more. He got pressure in the face of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. The second interception led to Elliott's field goal. If the defense continues to give up big plays through the air, the Eagles will be one-and-done in January.

The Raiders defense has been reborn under the guidance of Assistant Head Coach - Defense, and the results speak for themselves the past few weeks.

Oakland have already fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton in November and replaced him with John Pagano, whose unit played well in Philadelphia. Downing was promoted from quarterbacks coach after former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was sacked in January.

The last was in 2004, when they were locked in by Christmas and knew they would be without injured wide receiver Terrell Owens until at least the Super Bowl.

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