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Week 16 Game Recap: Oakland Raiders 10, Philadelphia Eagles 19

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Oakland Raiders

The Raiders imploded late, with 5 turnovers in the final 20 minutes of the game. In cold and windy weather, Derek Carr really struggled. He threw a pair of costly interceptions. Aside from an early 63-yard touchdown catch from Amari Cooper, there were no highlights in the passing game. Marshawn Lynch ran hard and again had 25+ touches but he was guilty of one of the late turnovers, with his first fumble of the season.

Philadelphia Eagles

The wind in this game played a significant factor as Nick Foles and the passing offense struggled in this game and relied on having to settle for check down routes as what little offense there was ran through Zach Ertz. The running game also had a tough time as with no deep passing game the Raiders lined up near the line of scrimmage for most of the game. Jay Ajayi continues to own the backfield in Philadelphia as LeGarrette Blount was used sparingly in this game while Ajayi led the running backs in snaps, carries, yards, receptions, and targets.

Oakland Raiders

QB Derek Carr, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 29 - 140 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 3 - 3 - 0
Carr had a miserable game that will only add fuel to the criticism that he struggles playing in cold weather. He hit a wide-open Amari Cooper for a 63-yard touchdown early, but that was about it in terms fo highlights. Cooper didn’t have a man within 10 yards of him after torching the corner on a double move. The first awful play of the came for Carr came on the opening drive, when he threw the ball away on a 4th-and-2 play at midfield. There was little downside to throwing it up for grabs in that situation. Carr had two interceptions and could have had more. He hit an Eagles cornerback in the chest when he badly under threw Michael Crabtree on a go-route and was lucky it was dropped, though it is worth noting that the pass was into a vicious headwind. His first interception was easily undercut over the middle. The most costly interception came with less than a minute left and the game tied. He tried to force it into Amari Cooper and threw it to Ronald Darby instead.

RB Marshawn Lynch, 44 offensive snaps, Rush: 25 - 95 - 0, Rec: 2 - -3 - 0 (3 targets)
Lynch ran hard and again shouldered a huge workload. He was able to pound away for tough yardage up the middle, gaining positive yardage with consistency. He only broke one relatively long run, however, with a 16-yard gain up the middle on the first play of the second half. Lynch had his first fumble of the season late in the third quarter. Lynch had some impressive runs late, including a vintage “beast mode” run of 11 yards through multiple tackle attempts that was called back due to holding.

RB Jalen Richard, 9 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 42 - 0, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (2 targets)
Richard made multiple impact plays despite few touches. He burst off of left tackle for a 30-yard gain. Late in the fourth-quarter, he took a screen for 22 yards. He had another gain of 9 yards on the next play but had the ball ripped loose before he went to the ground. Richard has had issues holding onto the ball all season and it is a problem that could keep him from gaining more playing time if he can’t get it fixed.

WR Amari Cooper, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 66 - 1 (4 targets)
Amari Cooper embarrassed an Eagles cornerback on a slant-and-go move against single coverage. He came wide open and was able to jog it in on a 63-yard touchdown reception. Cooper had a 50-yard reception called back due to holding.

WR Michael Crabtree, 31 offensive snaps (3 targets)
Crabtree played just 45% of the snaps, with the Raiders often running heavy sets with multiple tight ends. Crabtree looked to be the target on an early 4th-and-2 attempt but was double-covered, forcing Carr to throw it away. He was targeted in the front corner of the end zone from eight yards out but couldn’t hold on through contact. He also was targeted on a deep ball that came up short due to the wind.

TE Jared Cook, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 15 - 0 (2 targets)
Cook had a quiet game despite playing 75% of the snaps. The run-heavy approach led to few downfield attempts by Carr.

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Nick Foles, 68 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 38 - 163 - 1 TD / 1 INT
Foles struggled in this game after having a tremendous first game as the starter. Foles just did not look comfortable from the start as he was erratic completing just 50% of his passes. Foles seemed to really be impacted by the wind in this game as it was a blustery game Monday night in Philadelphia. The issue for Foles is that he does not have the gunslinger mentality of Carson Wentz who would keep the defense honest by throwing deep balls to Nelson Agholor or Torrey Smith or utilize Alshon Jeffery's size and throw the ball up to him even when he was covered.

RB Jay Ajayi, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 52 - 0, Rec: 2 - 21 - 1 (3 targets)
Jay Ajayi once again carried the load for the Eagles but failed to get anything going in this game on the ground outside of a 15-yard carry in which Ajayi was fighting for extra yards but fumbled as he was going to the ground as his own teammate Chance Warmack hit him while trying to block an opponent. Ajayi was utilized in the passing game as Nick Foles connected on a check down where Ajayi released as a blocker and was able to find open space and hit the corner for a 17-yard touchdown.

WR Nelson Agholor, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 35 - 0 (7 targets)
Agholor's role in this game was primarily underneath routes in which the Raiders did a very good job of containing the speedy receiver in this game. This is the second week in a row in which Agholor primarily stayed on underneath routes and was used in the short to intermediate passes on slants and crossing routes. Agholor was on the field for 95% of the team's snaps which was the highest percentage of the season for the former first-round pick.

WR Torrey Smith, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (5 targets)
Torrey Smith was seemingly the only receiver who was running deep routes in this game, and while Foles took a few deep shots to Smith, he was mostly unable to connect with his receiver. While Smith did not make a big impact statistically he did keep the defense honest as he was on the field for 90% of the plays and the defense had to keep honest with Smith's speed.

WR Alshon Jeffery, 63 offensive snaps (2 targets)
Alshon Jeffery was held without a catch in this game and was largely not a factor as he was only targeted once which was a dropped pass. Jeffery was visibly frustrated on the sidelines which is not something that you want to see as the Eagles get ready for the playoffs.

TE Zach Ertz, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 81 - 0 (14 targets)
Nick Foles relied heavily on Ertz in this game as he was often the primary receiver as Foles often went conservative in this game. This was evident on a 4th and 3 in which Foles checked it down immediately to Ertz on a flat route to pick up the first down. Ertz was used in a variety of routes mostly underneath but his highlight catch was on a crossing route in which the throw was only five yards downfield, but Ertz was able to use his speed to turn up the field for his gain of 25 yards. Ertz led the team with 14 targets as no other receiver had more than 7.