After a hard-fought (and somewhat shaky) battle in the Meadowlands, the Eagles finally return home after a three-game road swing. With Holiday cheer in the air, the Oakland Raiders will come to town for Christmas day showdown. Hopefully St. Nick can deliver in primetime as the Eagles are looking to clinch the top seed in the NFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Here is the crew’s predictions for the game:
TYLER EDGERTON (12-2)
Even though the secondary struggled against a subpar wide receiving core last week, a big bounce-back game should be in store. Oakland certainly has an arsenal of offensive weapons at Derek Carr‘s disposal, but expect the defense to come out ready to make a statement this Monday night. Although the Giants defense is ranked in the bottom tiers of the league this year, the Eagles continued their red zone efficiency nicely without Carson Wentz. Expect Nick Foles and company to continue chewing up yards on the ground and scoring in the high 20s as the game plan did not change drastically.
Final Prediction: Eagles 29, Raiders 20
JOHN PURIFICATO (11-3)
The Eagles are coming off a game where they took the W, but it was a game that left you with more questions then answers, mostly about the defense. Last week there was barely any pressure on Eli because the Giants were running quick passes similar to what they did in week 3. The Eagles defense looked sloppy in coverage and tackling for a second straight game. Christmas night brings the Raiders to town, with an offense that can explode at anytime. Their run game has been inconsistent, but Beast Mode could go off with a snap of a finger. Their defense is similar to the Eagles where they depend on the pass rush to help shield a weaker secondary. However, I see the Eagles taking care of business at home, and look for Jay Ajayi to have his first real break out game as an Eagle.
Final Prediction: Eagles 31, Raiders 20
MATTHEW SCOTT (11-2)
The Eagles come into Monday Night football as the early favorites, and deservingly so. They’ve overcome massive injuries all year and have proved doubters wrong week after week. On a Christmas night nationally televised game, I have holiday memories that immediately come to mind of Thanksgiving day games. One was an incredible win in Dallas and the other, a massacre by an average Detroit Lions team led by Calvin Johnson. That being said the national spotlight does concern me this week. I think Eagles will start out fast but stall around the second quarter. Derek Carr and Nick Foles battle it out but ultimately Foles comes out on top in. Ajayi is the key factor this week. With an increase of touches, I can see him being very dangerous inside the 20. Derek Carr and Nick Foles battle it out but ultimately Foles comes out on top.
Final Prediction: Eagles 31, Raiders 27
TYLAR POMROY (11-3)
Saint Nick Foles and company head into this primetime matchup against the Raiders with mixed emotions. After a tough game against the Giants last week, there were several questions raised about the Eagles’ defense. While Carr and the Raiders have struggled this entire season to put wins together, their receiving core poses a serious threat to our secondary. This game comes down to the Oakland defense letting up the second-most-points-per-drive in the league…a stat that says enough in itself. It would be some Christmas miracle for the Raiders to come away with a win.
Final Prediction: Eagles 34, Raiders 20
BRETT SANTOS (9-6)
The fact that the defense played so poorly against one of the worst offenses in the league last week is so concerning that many have pretty much thrown the Eagles out of Super Bowl talks. While they aren’t extraordinary, the Raiders possess a better weaponry than the Giants and can hurt a defense in many ways. Although they may give up less big plays, I see the Eagles again struggling on defense. The positive that came from last week’s game was the performance of Nick Foles. Foles was much better than advertised and was the biggest reason the Eagles were able to win that game. I think Foles does well once again with another week of practice under his belt. I feel as though the game will follow a similar pattern to the Giants game, but Derek Carr will do a better job of taking care of the football.
Final Prediction: Eagles 26, Raiders 33
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