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WEEK 6
~ 2009 ~
Season Ticket
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DAL
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MIA
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Prediction: PHI 27, OAK 6

If you thought the Philly versus Tampa Bay game was a mismatch, this is merely round two of the same fight. The Eagles have scored at least 33 points in their three wins while the defense has held the loser to 14 points or less. It has been three weeks since the Raiders scored more than seven points in a game. Be a cool trap game in a different universe where the Raiders cared about the outcome.

Philadelphia Eagles (3-1))
Homefield: Lincoln Financial Field
Turf
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @CAR 38-10 -2.5 43.5
2 NO 22-48 -3 46.5
3 KC 34-14 -9.5 42.5
4 BYE -    
5 TB 33-14 -16 42
6 @OAK - -14

40.5

7 @WAS - - -
8 NYG - - -
9 DAL - - -
10 @SD - - -
11 @CHI - - -
12 WAS - - -
13 @ATL - - -
14 @NYG - - -
15 SF - - -
16 DEN - - -
17 @DAL - - -
PHI at OAK Rush Catch Pass
QB Donovan McNabb 30,1   240,1
RB Brian Westbrook 60,1 10  
RB LeSean McCoy 50 30  
TE Brent Celek   50  
WR DeSean Jackson   50,1  
WR Jason Avant   30  
WR Jeremy Maclin   40  
PK David Akers 2 FG 3 XP  
Pregame Notes: The Eagles are just biding their time until week eight when they host the Giants and then the Cowboys. This week is the first road game since the season opener but the Raiders seem to be imploding a little more each week. The advantage of the Eagles is that they have not played down to the level of their opponent and can be relied on for scores and production each week.

Quarterback: Fantasy owners finally got a full dose of Donovan McNabb when he lit up the Buccaneers for 264 yards and three touchdowns. McNabb wore a flak jacket to protect his ribs on Sunday but played without any limitation and was even sacked three times with no effect. It was the first full game that McNabb played this year.

The Raiders have a good secondary and have given up only one passing score in each game besides in New York last week when Manning threw for two scores. The yardage allowed typically is only average and teams end up running much more against the Raiders. This is a road game as well so look for McNabb to have a solid game but less of a chance for any big stats.

Running Backs: Brian Westbrook returned from his knee and ankle injuries and played well enough against the Buccaneers with six rushes for 18 yards and one touchdown and he added two catches for 17 yards. LeSean McCoy added 14 yards on six runs but that mostly reflects the Buccaneers being stiff against the run and weak against the pass. It is more of an opposite situation this week.

The Raiders have already allowed six rushing and three receiving scores to running backs this season and the defense has been getting worse as the season progresses and the Raiders headquarters and locker room just gets nuttier. Consider that the Broncos were the last visitors and gained over 200 rushing yards in Oakland. Look for a split between McCoy and Westbrook and one rushing touchdown for Westbrook. He's not his old self by any means but should be a good fantasy start on Sunday.

Wide Receivers: It was disappointing to see McNabb back and yet DeSean Jackson only had one catch for one yard last week. HC Andy Reid said it was the product of double coverage but he's had as much in most every game anyway. The Eagles also won easily so the game is no key to how McNabb will pass this week. Jeremy Maclin was a bit of a surprise when he went from only six catches for 45 yards on the season to having six receptions for 142 yards and two scores on the Buccaneers. Basically what Jackson had done for the two previous weeks.

Kevin Curtis is now out of the picture and on the trading block if another team wants someone with a bad knee. The performance by Maclin was enough to bump Curtis from the picture and now Maclin and Jason Avant join Jackson as the starters.

No receiver has gained more than 70 yards on the Raiders though five have scored a touchdown. Chances are good that CB Nnamdi Asomugha gets assigned to Jackson but after Maclin's big game he may stay in place anyway and take the rookie. Both wideouts are only marginal plays this week against a good Oakland secondary playing at home. It's really the only part of the Raiders team that still works.

Tight Ends: Brent Celek had a healthy 58 yards on four catches and remains an integral part of the passing game. The Raiders have been tough against tight ends this year and none have scored or had more than 48 yards other than Antonio Gates. Look for a mediocre game from Celek who only had 37 yards in his only other road game this year.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 1 19 5 4 5 2
Preventing Fantasy Points    OAK 17 30 20 7 32 29


Oakland Raiders (1-4)
Homefield: McAfee Coliseum
Grass
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 SD 20-24 +9.5 43
2 @KC 13-10 +4 41
3 DEN 3-23 +1.5 35.5
4 @HOU 6-29 +9.5 41
5 @NYG 7-44 +16.5 40.5
6 PHI - +14

40.5

7 NYJ - - -
8 @SD - - -
9 BYE - - -
10 KC - - -
11 CIN - - -
12 @DAL - - -
13 @PIT - - -
14 WAS - - -
15 @DEN - - -
16 @CLE - - -
17 BAL - - -
OAK vs PHI Rush Catch Pass
QB JaMarcus Russell     80
RB Michael Bush 30 10  
RB Justin Fargas 15 10  
TE Zach Miller   40  
WR Louis Murphy   20  
WR Johnnie Lee Higgins   3  
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey   -6  
PK S. Janikowski 2 FG    

Pregame Notes: The Raider Nation is one sad place this year. There have been bad teams in the past but this one may be the worst of all - they have only scored two touchdowns in the last four games. They are averaging about five points per game in the last three weeks. And now their schedule gets worse with PHI and NYJ next. The Raiders offense has gained under 200 yards for four continuous weeks now. The expectation is that HC Tom Cable gets fired during the week 9 bye if he is not in jail for assaulting his assistance coach back in May. The fans of the other 31 NFL teams think the Raiders are putting the "fun" back in dysfunctional.

What would happen if the Raiders were shut out at home? Probably nothing.

Quarterback: No need to spend time here. JaMarcus Russell is redefining horrible because the Raiders are not replacing a quarterback who has one passing score on the year against eight turnovers and 15 sacks. Russell has not produced more than 128 yards in the last four games.

He is horrible. If you have him on your roster you need to drop him immediately before he talks to the other quarterbacks and then no one can remember how to pass anymore. It's kind of sad really. He is making millions but he is also standing in front of millions of viewers each week and making a joke of himself, the offense and the Raiders.

Running Backs: With Darren McFadden out of the picture, Michael Bush had 37 yards on 12 carries and scored once against the Giants proving that even they could not take the Raiders that serious. Justin Fargas had 11 runs and piled up 18 yards for his effort.

The Eagles have a solid rush defense and all you could hope for is another freak short score by Bush. No need to count on that happening.

Wide Receivers: Where? What? Where?

The best that any Raider wideout had in the last four games was 28 yards. Seriously. And that was on one catch. Stay very far away from this group. Unless another quarterback is acquired and replaces Russell, there is no sense on holding any of those wideouts. Maybe not even then.

Tight Ends: Zach Miller is sort of the franchise now because he has 92 yards over the last two games. That was astronomic in this offense even if they never score.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points OAK 32 29 32 28 27 23
Preventing Fantasy Points    PHI 14 17 11 19 4 20

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