An instant review of Week 7’s game
Let’s take a quick look at the game:
Records: The Raiders are 5-2. The Eagles are 2-5
What it means:
The Raiders are in first place in the AFC West. Yes, the Raiders are in first place and are tied with the best record in the AFC. They lead the Los Angeles Chargers, who are 4-2 and had their bye week in Week 7, the 3-4 Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. Las Vegas are now 2-0 under interim head coach Rich Bisaccia in the wake of Jon Gruden’s departure.
The Raiders scored 17 points in the second quarter to take a 17-7 lead at halftime. The Raiders started slow again, but came back and took control of the game with a huge second quarter, including a late field goal after a fumble recovery deep in Eagles’ territory. The Eagles began the second half with an onside kick attempt that Raiders’ special teams captain Alex Ingold alertly sniffed out and recovered, it setup another Las Vegas touchdown drive. That was pretty much the clincher for another impressive Raiders’ victory.
Guard John Simpson left the game temporarily in the second quarter after getting banged up, but he returned and then went down with a knee injury in the fourth quarter. Running back Josh Jacobs (after a nice start to the game) left late in the second quarter with a chest injury. He did not return and it is not known if this will be a long-term issue for Jacobs. Las Vegas wide receiver Bryan Edwards got checked out after getting hit on a third-quarter touchdown catch.
The Raiders rest during their bye in Week 8. They will play the awful New York Giants on the road in Week 9 at 10 a.m. PT on Nov. 7.