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Raiders defense torched in 49-20 loss, Eagles' Nick Foles ties record

  • Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles drops back for a pass against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Foles threw for 7 touchdowns as the Eagles defeated the Raiders 49-20.

    (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Usually, we're the team setting the tempo, but they came out ready to play. They out-executed us, point blank and simple. When a quarterback has seven touchdowns, we have to sit there and take that personal."

Foles came into Sunday's game with 12 passing touchdowns in eight NFL starts over a season and a half. He was at the helm only because starter Michael Vick is recuperating from a hamstring injury. In his previous start, against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 20, Foles completed 11 of 29 passes for 80 yards — and zero touchdowns.

It took him less than a quarter to crack the end zone against the Raiders, on a 2-yard pass to tight end Brent Celek, and he soon began chucking up touchdowns at a shocking pace.

By the time he was finished, Foles had tossed seven, including three to wide receiver Riley Cooper.

"At the end of the day, that was an old-fashioned butt-whuppin'," Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said.

Only six other NFL quarterbacks had recorded seven passing touchdowns in a game: the Bears' Sid Luckman in 1943, Philadelphia's Adrian Burk in 1954, the Oilers' George Blanda in 1961, the Giants' Y.A. Tittle in 1962, Minnesota's Joe Kapp in 1969 and Denver's Peyton Manning in the opening game of this season.

Foles joins them at the top the heap, and he threw just one pass after the third quarter, eventually giving way to backup Matt Barkley.

"There's a sign in our office. I walk by it all the time," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "Adrian Burk did it in Griffith Stadium (in Washington). I know what the record is. But this isn't about records, it's about going out and getting a win. If I put Nick out there to try to get a record and he gets hurt, that's being silly."

Anyway, Philadelphia was up 49-13 after three quarters. Why risk another injury when the opponent is already hunched over and gasping?

There was little to forewarn Raiders fans this was coming. Their defense had yielded 276 yards in a 21-18 victory over the Steelers a week earlier, and just 216 in a loss at Kansas City the week before that. Only once this season had a team scored more than 24 points on the Raiders. And of course, Foles' performance was a little surprising.


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