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Carr was incredibly efficient on Sunday, completing an extraordinary 91.2% of his passes (31-of-34) for 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. However, Carr kept things close to the line of scrimmage, posting just a 5.5 average depth of target and a 73.5% short of sticks percentage. He did have one big-time throw, but only 23.5% of his pass attempts went past the first down marker.
Derek Carr vs the Eagles:
☠️ 323 yards
☠️ 2 TDs
☠️ 113.6 passer rating
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Josh Jacobs left the contest early with a chest injury, but not before he made his impact on the scoreboard, barreling in a touchdown late in the second quarter.
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Twenty-one of Jacobs’ 29 rushing yards came after contact (72.4%). Kenyan Drake took over the workhorse role when Jacobs left, totaling 14 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, forcing three missed tackles and gaining 42 yards after contact in the process. Jalen Richard played a small role as well, seeing 15 total snaps, including nine in the passing game.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Darren Waller missed this game, but the Las Vegas tight end room didn’t miss a beat. Foster Moreau hauled in six receptions on six targets for 60 yards and a touchdown. While his average depth of target was just 6.2 yards, he registered two explosive plays in the passing game.
Hunter Renfrow led the Raiders in targets and receptions with seven and was second in yards with 58. The slot machine continued to work inside, running a team-high 48.1% of snaps from the slot. Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs III both saw over 30 receiving snaps, but neither could do much with the opportunities. Edwards did find the end zone but tallied just 43 yards. The typically speedy field-stretcher Ruggs was anything but, as he did not see a deep target and averaged just 0.80 yards per route run.
Oakland had a great day in pass protection. Carr was barely breathed on, as the Raiders allowed just five pressures and zero QB hits on 35 pass-blocking snaps. Tackle Kolton Miller shone the brightest under the Las Vegas lights, not allowing a single pressure on 35 pass-blocking snaps. He was beaten by his defender just once and was also solid in run blocking, posting six positively graded plays in the run game.
Edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue did what he does best: get after the quarterback. The former Raven and Jaguar got home on Hurts twice and registered six hurries and eight total pressures on his way to a 75.1 pass-rushing grade and a 31.0% win percentage. Ngakoue struggled in run defense, though, as he graded negatively on 20% of his 25 run-defense snaps and added just one tackle. Overall, the Vegas defensive line notched 24 pressures on the afternoon and boasted a 59.7 collective pass-rush grade.
Denzel Perryman co-led the team in tackles with Johnathan Abram, each tallying seven total tackles. However, that’s where Perryman’s pros end: The veteran linebacker finished with a 38.9 defensive grade. He was especially weak in pass coverage, allowing six receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown. Cory Littleton didn’t fare much better, as he graded negatively on 16% of his 25 run defense snaps on his way to a 42.6 overall grade.
Abram might have co-led the team in tackles, but he also did not have much success in other areas of the field. He gave up 48 yards and a touchdown in coverage en route to a mediocre 67.0 coverage grade. Raiders shutdown corner Casey Hayward Jr. was shut down by Philly, seeing just one target thrown his way the entire game. Cornerback Brandon Facyson was the primary target eight times but allowed just five receptions for 49 yards and had three forced incompletions
Hurts had an average day through the air, completing 52.9% of his passes for 234 and two touchdowns — 126 of those yards and a touchdown came with the game out of reach in the fourth, but there is more than meets the eye with his box score. Hurts suffered three dropped passes, bringing his adjusted completion percentage to 75%. He hit two big-time throws, and 67.8% of his passing yards came through the air while just 32.2% came after the catch.
Of course, Hurts’ legs stole the show. The second-year QB led the Eagles in carries (13, four scrambles) and yards (61).
Miles Sanders was carted off the field with an injury in the first half and did not return, but he still led the running backs with 30 yards rushing. Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell picked up the production in his absence, but they struggled to do much with the opportunities. The two backs combined for just 26 yards after contact and two missed tackles forced. Gainwell fumbled, but he did see six targets in the passing game, hauling in three catches and a touchdown.
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Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Dallas Goedert led Philly with just 70 yards receiving. He saw only three targets in the first game without Zach Ertz, hauling them all in for three explosive plays and a 20.0 average depth of target. Devonta Smith led the team in targets with seven, but he also registered just three catches on six catchable passes. Smith had some trouble getting open, as 28.6% of his targets were contested. He also added a drop to the box score.
The Philadelphia offensive line didn’t allow a sack Sunday and allowed 10 pressures on 30 pass-blocking snaps. Guard Jack Driscoll led the way with an 87.8 pass-blocking grade, not allowing a single pressure on 31 snaps. However, he was less stellar in run-blocking, finishing with a 52.4 run-blocking grade. Driscoll posted four negatively graded plays compared to two positive ones on 28 run-blocking snaps.
The Eagles didn’t register a sack and had just six total pressures on Carr all afternoon. Fletcher Cox led the defensive line in snaps with 31, but he only tallied one pressure en route to a 6.5% win rate and a 59.6 pass-rush grade. Believe it or not, Philly was even worse in run defense. It posted a 50.4 run-defense grade and had just one tackle for loss or no gain on 28 run-defense snaps.
Alex Singleton led the defense in total tackles with 10, but he also had three missed tackles and finished with a 68.0 defensive grade and a 72.4 coverage grade, allowing six receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown on 25 coverage snaps. Meanwhile, Davion Taylor had an afternoon to forget: He posted a defense-worst 26.1 defensive grade after allowing 74 yards in coverage and grading negatively on 28.6% of his 21 run-defense snaps.
Despite the overall struggles for the secondary, a few players stood out for Philly. Darius “Big Play” Slay lived up to his name in Vegas, allowing just five receptions for 30 yards on 35 coverage snaps on his way to a 72.0 coverage grade. He was second to only Avonte Maddox in grade on the back end: Maddox grabbed an interception and allowed just 20 yards on four catches in his 30 coverage snaps.