The Philadelphia Eagles were the NFL’s media darling for the first few weeks of the season. All eyes were on new head coach Chip Kelly, with people curious how his fast-paced spread offense would work at the pro level with quarterback Michael Vick. As the Eagles travel to O.Co Coliseum today to take on the Oakland Raiders, all eyes are still on the Eagles, but that “darling” label has fallen off a cliff. Meanwhile, things seem to be trending up with the Raiders, making today’s game on FOX an intriguing one to see. You can also watch Eagles vs Raiders online free live stream using the links below, if you can’t catch it on TV.
The 3-5 Eagles aren’t turning heads for the right reasons, and not just because of their losing record. The Eagles came out of the gates strong, seemingly showing that Chip Kelly’s college-friendly offense would have an impact in the NFL as well. Then they stumbled, quickly, and have since been labeled “the most disappointing team in the NFL.” Michael Vick has been hampered by injuries, yet he ended up rushing back to his starting QB position after his substitute, Nick Foles, went down with a concussion. Somehow the Eagles still have the league’s fifth-ranked offense, but it’s the second-ranked rushing game that’s carrying them, certainly not their 15th-ranked passing game.
Meanwhile, the 3-4 Raiders are picking things up, with Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor looking like a young (and non-injured) Michael Vick. Pryor has emerged as the most important player on the Raiders’ roster, and although his passing game still needs work, he’s a dual-threat QB with a wily approach that gives defenses headaches. Because of that, he should have a heyday today at home against the Philadelphia Eagles, who have the NFL’s 31st-rated defense through eight games.
The quarterback carousel will likely continue for Philadelphia today, as Matt Barkley will likely get the nod to start. Barkley entered last Sunday’s game against the New York Giants late in the second quarter after Vick aggravated his hamstring injury (the consequence of coming back too soon). Vick never returned in the Eagles’ eventual 15-7 loss, so if you watch Eagles vs Raiders online free live stream using the link above or below, you may end up seeing a mish-mash of quarterbacks running Chip Kelly’s offense today.
It’s really a shame, too. After becoming the fourth team in NFL history with five consecutive games of more than 430 yards, the Eagles have been held to just 10 total points during the past two weeks. Reason: Nick Foles and Matt Barkley have taken the majority of the snaps. If ever there were a case for a one-time contender to start tanking for a good quarterback in next year’s draft, the Eagles front office may be making it already.
About the only good thing in the Eagles’ favor today is that all of their victories this season have come on the road. And today’s kickoff, scheduled for 4:05 EST / 1:05 PST, is taking place in Oakland. Yes, that’s grasping at straws, but that may be all the Eagles have at this point. You can watch Eagles vs Raiders online free live stream on DirecTV’s website if you have the NFL Sunday Ticket Package. Although the package itself requires a subscription, anyone can watch the live streaming version free if they have it.