Raiders-Eagles: Philly Forgets Game Counts, Suffers Ugly Loss to Oakland

Jim McNultyCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 18:   Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles is sacked by Trevor Soctt #91 of the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 18, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Everyone thought this would be a cake walk.

The blogosphere. The newspapers.

And apparently the Philadelphia Eagles.

How else can you explain an embarrassing loss to the putrid Oakland Raiders?

McNabb dropped back 46 times and had zero touchdowns to show for it.

This loss was a complete team effort. Not one player looked like he was prepared to play an actual NFL game.  Even Andy Reid seemed to have taken his woeful opponent for granted.

Want an example?

With about six minutes left in the game, trailing 13-6, the Eagles got into Raiders territory on a nice vertical play to Brent Celek.

But on fourth down the Eagles settled for a David Akers field goal to cut the lead to 13-9.


I mean seriously, why?

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The Eagles still needed a touchdown to win the game, trailing now by four instead of seven. Going for the field goal didn't improve their chances of winning one bit.  Why not go for it on fourth down?  You're already in Raider territory. Try to extend the drive, and if you don't make it, you still are only one score down. 

But if you get it, you're tied now and if you get the ball back, you can kick a field goal later to win the game.

Either way, the defense couldn't even get the Raiders off the field at the two minute warning.

It's a Cardinal sin to take any NFL team for granted.  As bad as the Raiders had been playing, they're professional athletes with huge egos—egos that had taken a beating the week before at the hands of the NFC East rival New York Giants.

If you expected a cake walk, you haven't lived in Philadelphia long enough.

And if you are a member of the Eagles and you expected a cake walk?

Well, you should be ashamed of yourself.

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