Published: Tue, December 26, 2017
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Jay Ajayi celebrated a TD by pretending to be Santa

Jay Ajayi celebrated a TD by pretending to be Santa

Nick Foles has three weeks to get in sync with his receivers.

Whatever combination Del Rio throws out onto the field against Philadelphia Monday, the unit will have to ball out like they have not all season long to give Carr & Co. a chance against this stout Philly defense. Nick Foles then completed four straight passes for 21 yards.

The Eagles (13-2) clinched the NFC's No. 1 seed with the victory over the Raiders (6-9), so Foles and most of the starters may not play much or at all against Dallas in Week 17.

Highly touted for their third down offense, the Eagles were 1-14 in the game and the offense salvaged just 216 total yards from scrimmage. And if they want to ensure a win, here are six statistical boxes they'll want to check.

"It'll probably be Wednesday before I make a final decision on who plays", Pederson said. The Birds quarterback said they need to make some serious improvements in order to make the offense more productive.

Ronald Darby's interception - the fifth takeaway by the Eagles in the second half - set up the Eagles with possession at their own 47 and 54 seconds left.

The Eagles took over at the Raiders' 30-yard-line, but two incompletions sandwiched around a short Zach Ertz gain meant the Eagles settled for a 35-yard Jake Elliott field goal that tied the game.

Derek Barnett scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery as time expired for a late score.

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While Foles does not need to play at an MVP level, he must get the ball to Philadelphia's playmakers. If the defense continues to give up big plays through the air, the Eagles will be one-and-done in January. It was a dramatic turnaround for the defense, which struggled against Eli Manning and the Giants last week.

"Last week, our offense was carrying us and we were playing like trash and this week our offense was making little mistakes and we had to come out there and make some plays", Darby said.

I don't see how anyone can be confident about this team getting the job done in the playoffs after such a lackluster effort against the Raiders.

Oakland's first drive ended with Carr throwing the ball away on fourth-and-2 from Philadelphia's 42. "Our defense bailed us out". But holding the Raiders to 87 passing yards other than Mills' blunder is an improvement over recent weeks.

There are rumours that Raiders coach Jack Del Rio is on the hot seat and if he is fired, there will obviously be an entirely new coaching staff in Oakland.

BEAST MODE: Marshawn Lynch had 95 yards rushing on a season-high 25 carries.

Foles missed open receivers and was off all night as the Raiders defense used a variety of blitzes to pressure Foles, who finished 19 of 38 for 163 with a touchdown and interception.

INVISIBLE MEN: Philadelphia's Alshon Jeffery and Oakland's Michael Crabtree had no catches.

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