Raiders vs. Eagles on Christmas night

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Fresh out of their warm houses from unwrapping their Christmas gifts, the Eagles fans who ascended to the Linc Monday night had a direct impact on the game. Teams have been successful doing it both ways.

Eagles fans were singing the praises of Nick Foles all week after he threw four touchdown passes in a 34-29 win over the New York Giants.

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

Having been shorn of Carson Wentz with a season-ending knee injury a couple of weeks ago, back-up quarterback Foles again led the team but after a four-touchdown show in the win over NY, the 28-year-old struggled on Christmas Day. A Packers win would give the Eagles the top seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs before they take the field against Oakland. The Raiders finished with 134 yards on the ground against the NFL's top-ranked run defense.

The Eagles are middle of the road as far as sacks allowed are concerned, so keep a close eye on Mack all evening to see if he can make life hard for Nick Foles.

Things started out great for the Eagles with Jay Ajayi taking a screen pass from Foles 17 yards into the end zone.

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Pagano's group will have its hands full Monday night though, as the Eagles offense is statistically one of the best in the game. They were two for 14 on third downs in the game. But holding the Raiders to 87 passing yards other than Mills' blunder is an improvement over recent weeks. The Eagles have been burnt five times this season for completions of 60 yards or more.

Foles admitted afterwards that he didn't play well enough, throwing for 163 yards, a solitary touchdown and an interception, and the Eagles will need him to improve as well as draw on areas of the team if they are to make a run through the post-season. Since the Packers failed to reward the Eagles with an early Christmas gift by defeating the Vikings, let's hope that it ends up not even mattering due to a win on Monday against the Raiders. The second interception led to Elliott's field goal.

The Eagles were also 13-2 in 2004 when they advanced to the Super Bowl. If the defense continues to give up big plays through the air, the Eagles will be one-and-done in January.

"You can count on Khalil", Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said.

The Raiders defense has been reborn under the guidance of Assistant Head Coach - Defense, and the results speak for themselves the past few weeks. Downing was promoted from quarterbacks coach after former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was sacked in January. That isn't winning football, so they know they will need to make improvements.

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