By Peter Gleason

When the Eagles’ 2017 schedule came out last spring this Monday’s night match-up against the Oakland Raiders was circled by a lot of the Nation:

This would be Christmas night.

And the Raiders were coming off a 12-4 2016 with expectations of a Supe run this season.

Well, the happiness market has crashed in the East Bay.

They are 6-8 and in third place in the AFC West.

So, what happened?

The Raiders’ are No. 23 in the league in total defense, allowing 350.8 yards per game. That’s a little better than last year when Oakland was No. 26 in the NFL. Oakland is No. 25 in the NFL in passing defense.

Oakland’s struggles on defense are surprising, considering the Raiders have a star in defensive end Khalil Mack. Oakland even signed linebacker Navarro Bowman for help. The Cowboys were also interested in Bowman’s services.

The Raiders won’t be in Oakland for much longer. The NFL owners voted 31-1 to move the Raiders to Las Vegas. The Raiders will likely begin in Vegas in 2019 and already have plans for a $2 billion stadium. Here’s how the move could affect Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Marshawn Lynch (AKA: Beast Mode) decided to retire in February 2016 after a 10-year career with Buffalo and Seattle. After news of the Raiders’ impending move to Vegas broke, Lynch came out of retirement to join his hometown team before calling it quits for good. The 31-year-old Lynch leads the Raiders in rushing with 619 yards and seven touchdowns on 147 carries. Lynch has also been at the center of the NFL’s national anthem controversy for sitting during the Star Spangled Banner. Donald Trump even tweeted directly at Lynch, saying the NFL should suspend him.

Oakland has another excellent young signal-caller in Derek Carr (above). The 26-year-old threw for 3,937 yards, 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions last season. He turned that into a five-year, $125 million contract extension in the offseason which made him the NFL’s highest paid player.

But Carr has regressed this season. He’s thrown for 2,942 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was also dealing with a transverse process fracture in is back earlier this season.

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