"Those are plays he's going to have to make going forward. I know he'll replay those plays in his mind every second of the day going forward, and he'll figure out what he needs to do to make those plays."


It was a more auspicious day for another Raiders rookie. Menelik Watson, a second-round pick from Florida State, finally made his NFL debut, subbing for the injured Matt McCants (foot) at right tackle late in the second quarter.

"It feels good," Watson said in his thick British accent; he's from Manchester, England. "Right now I can't be happy about what happened out there. I mean, that was very frustrating. But I'm happy to be back out on the field. It was good to get out there, get your hands on somebody, move some people around."

Watson is an intriguing prospect, a guy who played just two years of college football, and just one at a four-year university. He earned the starting left tackle position in training camp, but has been nursing a calf injury ever since.

The big Brit — he's 6-foot-5, 315 pounds — said he didn't have any butterflies on Sunday, even though he hadn't gotten any reps on the right side during the week.

"I'm never nervous," Watson said. "They're men out there, you know what I mean? It's not machines or aliens we're playing against. It's just men."


Trying to keep pace with a Philadelphia Eagles offense that was firing on all cylinders would have been hard under any circumstances. But when the Raiders lost halfback Darren McFadden to a hamstring injury, the odds got even longer.

"Obviously, you want to be able to have your best guys out there and have your best guys healthy," Oakland head coach Dennis Allen said.

Rashad Jennings was highly effective in McFadden's absence, rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown (his first as a Raider) on 15 carries, and catching seven passes for 74 yards. He was the first 100-yard rusher against the Eagles this season. But Jennings doesn't command the same level of attention from a defense.

Of course, McFadden's physical ailments have become a regular occurrence. Perhaps more troubling for the Raiders was quarterback Terrelle Pryor's knee injury Sunday. Allen said afterward he had no indication of the severity. Pryor, who passed for a career-best 288 yards, was walking reasonably well after the game, and said the knee was stable.

"The first thing they asked was, is it wobbly?" Pryor said. "Not at all. I could bend it, turn sideways. I'm good. Just a little sore. They took me upstairs to get some ice and a shower."

Rookie backup Matt McGloin saw his first NFL action in place of Pryor and completed 7 of 15 passes for 87 yards. He led the Raiders to a late touchdown.


The Raiders amassed 560 yards of offense against Philadelphia, third most in franchise history and the most since 1968.

Foles' top TD count as an NFL quarterback had been three, against Tampa Bay on October 13. His college best at Arizona was five, against Northern Arizona in 2011.

The Raiders had outscored opponents 49-0 in the first quarter of their first four home games this season, but trailed the Eagles 7-3 after the first quarter on Sunday.