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WEEK 9 CIN at MIA (THU) KC at BUF PIT at NE CHI at GB (MON)
ATL at CAR MIN at DAL SD at WAS On Bye:
BAL at CLE NO at NYJ TB at SEA ARI, DEN, DET
*UPDATED IND at HOU PHI at OAK TEN at STL JAC, NYG, SF

Prediction: PHI 17, OAK 20 (Line: PHI by 2.5)

Players of Interest: Nick Foles

The Eagles are 3-5 but are on a two game losing streak. Their only wins have been on the road against either the winless Bucs, the then winless Giants or the season opener when they popped a new offense on the Redskins who were led by a still gimpy quarterback. The Raiders are only 3-4 but are 2-1 at home and beat the Steelers there just last week.

1 @WAS 33-27 10 @GB -
2 SD 30-33 11 WAS -
3 KC 16-26 12 BYE WEEK
4 @DEN 20-52 13 ARI -
5 @NYG 36-21 14 DET -
6 @TB 31-20 15 @MIN -
7 DAL 3-17 16 CHI -
8 NYG 7-15 17 @DAL -
9 @OAK - ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
PHI @ OAK Rush Catch Pass
QB Nick Foles 260,1
RB LeSean McCoy 70,1 6-40
RB Darren Sproles 10 4-40
WR Riley Cooper 3-40
TE Brent Celek 2-20
TE Zach Ertz 3-20

Pregame Notes: The quarterback problems persist for the Eagles but at least it looks like Nick Foles will return from his concussion. Losing to the Giants last week was especially tough since the hometown fans have no idea what a win looks like. And it was against an NFC East foe who are about all the Eagles can beat anyway. The Redskins show up in week 11 and the Eagles have a shot there. The NFC East is so bad that the Eagles are still in contention but the next two games are on the road and sure to be tough. The schedule clears up some after the bye when the Eagles could actually end the year on a high note.

QUARTERBACKS: Nick Foles will be back from his concussion just in time since Michael Vick again injured his hamstring without being touched. Vick is already ruled out for this week. The only important thing here is to never get down to only Matt Barkley because the game is over pretty quickly once he is under center. Foles played well against the winless Bucs and Giants but was struggling against the Cowboys before leaving the game. He needs to get back on track because Vick is apparently going to struggle with his health all season.

RUNNING BACKS: LeSean McCoy hasn't scored since week five but he is still the central focus of the offense and gets handled better by defenses when the Eagles have to turn to Barkley. He's still a top fantasy back but mostly thanks to the red hot start to the season. Consistency on the offense will help and Foley should help this week. He like the rest of the team just goes into the tank whenever he is at home for various reasons. He's been great in every road game so far.

WIDE RECEIVERS: DeSean Jackson is all that matters here and he was able to end with eight receptions for 63 yards against the Giants since Barkley started peppering him with short passes. Jackson has been equally successful with either Vick or Foles and currently has five touchdowns on the season and three efforts over 100 yards. Jason Avant and Riley Cooper score on a rare occasion but never offer the consistency for a fantasy start.

TIGHT ENDS: There is very little consistency here no matter who the quarterback is each week. Both Zach Ertz and Brent Celek have never caught more than three passes each in any game or totaled any real yardage. No fantasy value so far and none on the horizon.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Raiders at home have only allowed five passing touchdowns over four games and only Philip Rivers managed to throw for two. The yardage has all been very solid though with most around 250 yards. No running back gained more than 78 rush yards on them and that was Jamaal Charles in Kansas City. But they are susceptible to pass catching backs and LeSean McCoy should offer very nice total yardage this week with a good shot at a score as well. Foley is a sketchy start but okay if you have bye week problems. Both Jackson and McCoy are the only must starts on this team and Jackson has a very good shot at a big game this week

WHAT TO WATCH: Foles has played enough recently that there is film on the new offense and him running it. Foley was struggling in Dallas the last time he played. This week he needs to show that was just a one game problem and that he's back to form.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 5 16 14 21 16 23
Preventing Fantasy Points OAK 16 15 22 7 5 25

 

1 @IND 17-21 10 @NYG -
2 JAC 19-9 11 @HOU -
3 @DEN 21-37 12 TEN -
4 WAS 14-24 13 @DAL -
5 SD 27-17 14 @NYJ -
6 @KC 7-24 15 KC -
7 BYE WEEK 16 @SD -
8 PIT 21-18 17 DEN -
9 PHI - ----- ----- -----
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vs Rush Catch Pass
RB Darren McFadden 70 2-10
WR Vincent Brown 4-40
WR Denarius Moore 6-90,2
WR Kenbrell Thompkins 3-20
TE Mychal Rivera 1-20
PK Sebastian Janikowski 2 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: The Raiders come off a big win over the Steelers - big in the sense it was any win - and get to enjoy a lighter schedule for the next few weeks. The Raiders will have to hit the road after this week and play in away venues for four of the next five. In fact, after this week, the only remaining home games are against the Titans, Chiefs and Broncos. This week could be their best remaining shot at just winning a game.

QUARTERBACKS: Terrelle Pryor showed how to beat the #1 defense against the pass - just don't pass. He only threw for 88 yards but ran in an NFL record 93-yard touchdown to open the Steelers game. He totaled 106 yards on the game and that makes four straight with at least one score for Pryor. He still is well below average and hasn't thrown for more than 225 yards more than once. But at home he plays better and is still learning the ropes.

RUNNING BACKS: Darren McFadden comes off his best game of the year. He only ran for 73 yards on 24 carries but rushed in two touchdowns and still had two catches for five yards. Oddly the only games where he scored a touchdown were against the very best of opposing defenses - at the Colts, at the Broncos and then home versus the Steelers. He still has minimal work as a receiver but when the Raiders had the luxury, he was used on 24 rushes.

WIDE RECEIVERS: None of these really matter besides Denarius Moore who was held to only 32 yards by the Steelers but was on a four game streak with scores or at least good yardage. Rod Streater offers a few possession catches each week but Moore has four of the five touchdowns by a wideout and the all three of the 80+ yard games by any Raider receiver.

TIGHT ENDS: Since Mychal Rivera scored in week four, he's totaled only three catches for 15 yards over the last three weeks. No fantasy value.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Eagles have allowed at least two passing touchdowns to each road opponent and never fewer than 273 passing yards. Expect a better showing by Pryor but not a huge passing game. The Eagles are about average versus the run but are on the road. They have allowed five rushing scores so far but no one has topped 100 yards on them yet. This week consider both Darren McFadden and Denarius Moore as good starts and Pryor could be okay replacing a bye week quarterback though he runs the risk of doing little even in a win. The freakish part about the Eagles secondary is that they allowed six different wideouts to score and five of them scored twice.

WHAT TO WATCH: Like to see McFadden get in gear early and often here and prevent the need for Pryor to get into any shootout.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points OAK 19 14 28 31 31 21
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 24 13 32 13 27 24

WEEK 9 CIN at MIA (THU) KC at BUF PIT at NE CHI at GB (MON)
ATL at CAR MIN at DAL SD at WAS On Bye:
BAL at CLE NO at NYJ TB at SEA ARI, DEN, DET
*UPDATED IND at HOU PHI at OAK TEN at STL JAC, NYG, SF


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