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Five Bold Predictions For The Intriguing Eagles Versus Raiders Matchup


Monday’s Intriguing Eagles Versus Raiders Matchup Will Have Surprises

The Philadelphia Eagles still have something to fight for on Monday night. After clinching a first-round bye last Sunday, the Eagles can finish the regular season on a high note with a victory against the Oakland Raiders.

With a win against the Raiders, Philadelphia can clinch home-field advantage, and that can be extremely helpful for the Eagles and their recently appointed starting quarterback Nick Foles. Here are five bold predictions for Monday’s intriguing Eagles versus Raiders matchup and Eagles fans might not like some of them.

The Eagles Pass Defense Will Struggle For The Fourth Game In A Row

The New York Giants badly exposed the Eagles pass defense last week. Wide receiver Amari Cooper will be making his return for the Raiders against the Eagles. Philadelphia has been struggling with pass coverage for some games now, and the trend will continue against the Raiders. The Raiders also have Marshawn Lynch in their backfield so expect the black and silver to pound the ball. Both Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper will get on the board, but the pass defense won’t be as dreadful as the Giants game.

Nick Foles Will Throw For Three Touchdowns Against Oakland

Every Eagles fan remembers the seven touchdowns that Foles threw against the Raiders at Oakland back in 2013. I remember thinking that Foles was going to be our franchise quarterback. I also remember thinking it was only a matter of time before Philly got their first Lombardi trophy. Fast forward to 2017 and Foles is the starting quarterback for the Eagles, once again. It won’t be seven touchdowns, but Foles will have a good game throwing the ball against an Oakland’s passing defense that ranks 23rd in the league.

It Will Be A Close Game At The Linc

The Raiders might be 6-8, but they’ve caught some bad breaks this season. It was just last year that the Oakland faithful was thinking Super Bowl with Derek Carr at the helm. Carr got injured just like Carson Wentz did this season and everything went down the drain after that. Raiders will make it exciting and put some points on the board. The Eagles will be forced to create turnovers on defense and take touchdowns over field goals. It’s not that Philadelphia has an inconsistent team, it’s just Oakland has nothing to lose and all they want to do is “just win.”

We Will Continue To See A Mix Of Blount, Ajayi, and Clement

It’s no secret that Jay Ajayi is the best running back on the team. LeGarrette Blount is excellent at breaking tackles and punishing defenders when the team needs to get that extra yard. Corey Clement is great when the team needs a screen pass to work to perfection or when a back is needed to run through the holes with speed. Expect Doug Pederson to continue this trend of mixing it up with his running backs to try figure out who he can or can’t trust come playoff time.

Philadelphia Will Win The Ballgame

This intriguing Eagles versus Raiders matchup will be tight. But expect the Eagles to come out on top at home to clinch home-field advantage and rest a majority of their starters next week. Philadelphia knows how important this game is and they will treat it like a playoff game. It might be ugly but being at home helps a lot. The Eagles are undefeated at home this season and have blown away most of their opponents at the Linc. Things won’t change when the Raiders come to town, and the Eagles can’t afford to lose momentum. Eagles win 30-20.



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