Week 3 Game Recap: Oakland Raiders 20, Philadelphia Eagles 23
What you need to know
Kerry Collins continued his strong start, passing for 345 yards and two touchdowns. He also has yet to throw an interception this season. However, he could not hit the staple of the Oakland passing game – the deep ball – and as a result he was held to under 60% completions and the offense was held in check by the Eagles’ defense.
WR Randy Moss was supposed to steal the limelight in this contest, as he was faced off against WR Terrell Owens by the media. However, the Philadelphia secondary limited Moss to just seven targets. Moss still made the most of his opportunities, gaining 86 yards on 5 catches.
With all the attention on Moss, WR Jerry Porter was targeted most often in this game with 12 looks. However, Porter could do little with all the chances, as the defense covered him well and limited him to just five catches for 40 yards.
RB Lamont Jordan could not get the ground game going, as he only managed 19 yards on 16 carries. Jordan was able to contribute in the passing game, catching five passes for 53 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles did not start well out of the gate. It took three tries just to kick off, and by then they had a kicker with a bad hamstring. PK David Akers, ailing after injuring his right hamstring in Week 2 against San Francisco, aggravated his leg on the opening kickoff. Akers, a left-footed kicker, was able to return in the second half, but was unavailable for kickoffs or long field goals. While the Eagles had signed PK Todd France this week, he was not activated for the game. Akers first hurt his leg last week against the 49ers, and just as in that game, LB Mike Simoneau attempted an extra point. On this occasion, however, he was unsuccessful as the kick was low.
RB Brian Westbrook stole the show, taking away the spotlight from teammates WR Terrell Owens and QB Donovan McNabb. Westbrook touched the ball just 19 times, but he produced 208 yards, amounting to nearly 11 yards a play. Westbrook scored once by air and once by ground, helping to lead the Eagles to their second victory. The highlight of his production was his 62 yard run and catch in the third quarter which set up his second touchdown.
QB Donovan McNabb labored through his injuries, attempting 52 passes and rushing three times despite his obvious discomfort from both a groin and a sternum injury. In fact, at one point in the second quarter, backup QB Koy Detmer was warming up with the appearance of coming in on the next series. However, McNabb never missed a snap and finished the game with 365 yards and two touchdowns to his credit.
WR Terrell Owens was targeted often by McNabb, getting 15 targets, the most of any Eagle. Owens grabbed nine of those passes for 80 yards, and was one overthrow from McNabb away from recording another 100 yard game. Owens did get into the end zone once again, the 100th touchdown of his career.
What you ought to know
|QB Kerry Collins, Pass: 24 - 42 - 345 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0|
Collins continued his strong start to the season, passing for 345 yards and another two touchdowns without throwing an interception. Collins has yet to throw an interception this season. Collins started strong, completing his first four passes including a touchdown. After the quick start he went ice cold, missing on his next eight throws. Collins reset himself after that mini-slump and finished with three completions before halftime.
Collins continued his accuracy into the third quarter, completing five of six attempts for another 31 yards. At this point, he was 12-23-146-1-0, and Oakland trailed 20-10. The Raiders decided to play the final 15 minutes in the air, as 19 of the 22 plays were passes in the fourth quarter. Collins did not disappoint, as he went 12-19-199-1-0 in the fourth quarter alone.
|RB Lamont Jordan, Rush: 16 - 19 - 0, Rec: 5 - 53 - 1 (10 targets)|
Jordan was stuffed at the line (or worse, in the backfield) repeatedly by the Philadelphia defense. Jordan had 16 carries, 12 of which were for two yards or less. Five of his carries were for a loss. Jordan ran once for 14 yards in the first quarter and once more for nine yards in the final period. His other 14 carries were limited to a grand total of minus four yards. Jordan also lost two carries due to penalties, but neither was significant (one yard in the first quarter, a loss of one in the fourth).
Jordan contributed far more to the offense as a receiver, catching five balls for 53 total yards. Jordan was targeted 10 times, catching six of them. Jordan lost one of the catches, a 12 yarder near midfield in the fourth quarter due to a penalty. His first catch was an eight yard toss to the flat near the goal line that Jordan grabbed and ran into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game. He added another catch for a 12 yard gain and a first down in the second quarter, and three more receptions in the fourth quarter for gains of four, six, and 23 yards.
Jordan had four balls thrown towards him that fell incomplete, one in each quarter. Only two were possible receptions. The first was a toss to the flat that was thrown way too hard by QB Kerry Collins with LB Jeremiah Trotter drawing a bead on Jordan, and the ball glanced off of his hands. Even if he had pulled it in, Jordan would have gained no ground. The second target was an end zone rainbow that fell amongst Jordan and two Eagles defenders.
Crockett ran the ball three times in the first half for just nine yards in all. He was brought in as a change of pace back to compliment Jordan, but he also could not get the running game going against the tough Eagles' run defense.
Fargas saw limited action against the Eagles, gaining two yards on one carry in the fourth quarter. He also was targeted on a deep ball in the second quarter, but was drilled by DB Sheldon Brown as the ball arrived.
|WR Jerry Porter, Rush: 1 - -8 - 0, Rec: 5 - 40 - 0 (12 targets)|
Porter was the most targeted Raiders' receiver, due in part to the coverage schemes of Philadelphia to limit WR Randy Moss. Porter was targeted 12 times, but only made five catches. Porter was kept in check by the Eagle defense, as only one of his catches was for over ten yards.
Porter had balls thrown in his direction before halftime, but the first was uncatchable and the next two were defensed by the Eagles' coverage. It took until the second quarter for Porter to get on the board with his first catch, a 15 yard gainer which would be his longest of the day. Porter actually caught the next pass, a gain of just one yard, but that was taken away due to a penalty.
In the second half, Porter was far more productive. Porter caught four passes, but for just a total of 25 yards. The next ball was knocked away by CB Lito Sheppard, and his final target was well overthrown.
The Eagles secondary made it a priority to take away Oakland’s feature WR, and as a result Moss was only targeted seven times. Despite the limited chances, Moss caught five passes for 86 yards. He caught his first look and gained 22 yards and a first down on Oakland’s second possession of the first quarter. His next two targets were both deep passes that were broken up by the Eagles’ defensive backs. Moss caught one more pass for four yards before halftime.
Moss was conspicuous by his absence in the offense in the third quarter, but he returned with a vengeance in the final period. Moss added three catches for 17, 12, and 31 yards in the final quarter, all for first downs.
Moss also helped out his team by covering up a fumble in the first quarter. QB Kerry Collins was sacked and lost the ball, but Moss was in the right place at the right time.
Gabriel was targeted three times, all in the second half. He caught an eight yard pass in the third quarter, and then was overthrown by QB Collins as he was scrambling, with the ball nearly being intercepted. His final catch was the most important, as Gabriel hauled in a 27 yard touchdown in stride that tied the game with just 2:17 to play.
Whitted caught both passes that came his way. The first ball was an 18 yard catch in the second quarter that went for a first down, and the second was a 13 yarder in the final quarter that was also good for a first down.
Anderson had his first 100 yard game of his young career, gaining exactly 100 yards on five catches. Anderson caught a 36 yard pass in the first quarter, and then increased his production after halftime. He added two short catches in the third for nine and five yards, respectively. Anderson fumbled after the five yard reception, but he was fortunate that the ball went out of bounds. Anderson added to his totals in the fourth quarter by catching two passes for 17 and 32 yards.
Janikowski had a poor performance, missing two of four field goal opportunities. He had plenty of distance on a 49 yard attempt in the first quarter, but it hit the left upright and kicked away to the right. Janikowski made his next two short field goals, a 29 yard kick in the second quarter and a 26 yarder in the fourth. His last attempt hurt his team the most, as he missed a 37 yard field goal with 5:30 left to play, pushing the ball wide left.
The Raiders kept the Eagles to 83 yards on 18 carries, holding RB Brian Westbrook to just one rush for over ten yards. However, the Eagles and Westbrook were so successful passing the ball that the average performance of the run game was not much of a detriment.
Oakland permitted QB Donovan McNabb to throw 52 times for 365 yards with little pressure. McNabb was sacked just once and intercepted once on a tipped ball. The only reason that McNabb did not get over 400 yards was McNabb, not the defense. Had McNabb been more accurate, the contest would likely have been more one-sided.
|QB Donovan McNabb, Pass: 30 - 52 - 365 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 8 - 0|
McNabb looked uncomfortable for most of the first half, apparently feeling the effects of his recent injuries (groin, sternum). Reports also have indicated that McNabb could also have a sports hernia. His throws lacked the accuracy and finesse that is usually part of McNabb’s repertoire. He missed many open targets and failed to put the ball in the optimal position for his receivers for much of the afternoon. McNabb finished the first half completing less than half of his passes, going 11-24-99-0-1.
McNabb seemed to settle in more after halftime, but he still missed Owens on a wide open crossing route that would have gone for over 20 yards. McNabb still completed 19 passes on 28 attempts in the second half for 266 yards and two touchdowns, but his performance was still not sharp.
McNabb added three rushes in the game for eight yards.
Westbrook was the key factor for the Eagles, as he provided over 200 yards for the Eagles on just 19 touches. He had just 6 carries for 41 yards in the first half, but one of those was an 18 yard scoring run. He also added just one catch for six yards in the first half.
Westbrook increased his production in the second half, adding seven carries for 27 yards and another five catches for 134 yards. Highlights of the outburst included a 62 yard catch and run in the third quarter, followed by 13, 17, and 37 yard catches in the final period.
|RB Lamar Gordon, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0, Rec: 3 - 19 - 0 (3 targets)|
Gordon came in to give Westbrook a rest and was productive when his number was called. He caught all three balls that came his way, gaining 19 yards on short throws in each of the last three quarters. Gordon also added one carry for a one yard loss in the second quarter.
Parry was targeted once on a pass out of the backfield, but the ball was thrown low and he could not make the catch.
Owens was the most targeted receiver for the Eagles. Owens caught just two of six passes in the first half for 16 total yards, but he also gained another 10 on a pass interference call in the second quarter. Owens started to connect with QB McNabb more often after halftime, catching seven of the nine passes that came his way for 74 yards and a touchdown. Owens would have had another 100 yard game if McNabb had not overthrown him while he was wide open across the middle in the third quarter. Owens would have been 20 yards from the line of scrimmage after the catch with ample room to run. Owens’ touchdown, a four yard catch in the third quarter, was his 100th touchdown of his career.
|WR Greg Lewis, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0, Rec: 6 - 70 - 0 (10 targets)|
Lewis was very active in the game, getting two targets or more in every quarter. He started slow, with his first target nearly being intercepted and his second batted away. After that, Lewis caught three balls for 39 yards in the first half and added another three catches for 31 more in the second half. Lewis’ last target was an end zone look that went off of his hands. Lewis also added an eight yard rush on an end around in the first quarter.
Rookie WR Reggie Brown was targeted five times, but only grabbed one ball in the second quarter for a six yard gain.
Smith caught five passes for a total of 50 yards, ranging between five and 17 yards on each reception. One of his targets was tipped and intercepted, while another was a drop in the fourth quarter that would have been good for a first down. On the third, Smith was wide open. QB McNabb overthrew Smith in the second quarter on a play where he would have gained 20 yards or more. Smith was also responsible for fumbling away a scoring opportunity. After he caught a pass inside the Oakland ten, he fumbled at the five yard line and lost the possession to the defense.
Every so often, a kicker is considered to be the hero for winning the game with a kick in the final seconds. That happened to be the case in this game, with Akers hitting from 23 yards with one second left in the game to seal the victory for the Eagles, but that was not the whole story. Akers battled from the opening kickoff to stay in the game despite an aggravated injury to his right hamstring. Akers, a left-footed kicker, could not plant and kickoff without experiencing pain in his leg. He was forced out of the game for the first half and relegated to kicking short extra points and possible field goals in the second half. Akers grimaced and limped through two extra point attempts in the third quarter, making them both. After the game was tied and with the Eagles deep in Oakland territory, Akers gave it one more try and kicked the game winning field goal.
The Eagles stuffed the line repeatedly, keeping RB Lamont Jordan from getting any sort of running game going. Jordan was stopped for negative yardage five times, and for zero yards on three more carries. Jordan had two runs over three yards, a 14 yard run in the first quarter and a nine yard gain in the third quarter. Despite those gains, Jordan gained just 19 yards on 16 carries. Jordan was the leading rushing for Oakland, as the Raiders gained just 21 yards on 22 carries.
Philadelphia allowed Kerry Collins to methodically march the Raiders up and down the field, but that was part of their plan. The secondary was intent on taking away the deep pass and the quick strikes to WR Randy Moss. As a result, the Raiders did manage 365 yards passing and two touchdowns, but Oakland did not complete any passes for greater than 36 yards. Moss was held to just five catches and under 100 yards.