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After setback, Raiders seek to rebound against Giants

  • Oakland Raiders defensive end Jack Crawford (91) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

ALAMEDA — The only move the Oakland Raiders made was back to their old ways.

Two days after coach Dennis Allen said the time had come for Oakland to make a move during a soft stretch of their schedule, the Raiders responded with their most lopsided loss of the season.

The defense was completely overmatched by Philadelphia's spread offense, allowing Nick Foles to tie an NFL record with seven TD passes on the Eagles' first nine drives.

The Raiders' offense moved the ball effectively but struggled to score. Terrelle Pryor threw two more interceptions, giving him seven since his last touchdown pass. Now the Raiders (3-5) need to get things back on track as they prepare for two straight road games starting Sunday at the New York Giants.

"There's no question there's a bad taste in our mouth right now," Allen said Monday. "But that one's over with. That one's done with."

The biggest problems came on defense where the Raiders too often seemed to be out of a position or a step late trying to match up with Philadelphia's fast-paced attack.

After going two straight games without an offensive touchdown, the Eagles had no problem scoring against the Raiders with Foles delivering one of the best performances in NFL history.

He threw for 406 yards and one more touchdown pass than incompletions (six) as he became the seventh player ever to throw seven TD passes in one game.

That came after a stretch of strong defense by Oakland, leading to praise for what had been a much-improved unit despite bringing in 10 new starters this season.

"I don't know if we were reading our press clippings or what, but the NFL is all about what have you done for me lately and what do you do out there on Sunday," Allen said.


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