By Michael Grimm
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is the first QB in franchise history with a pair of rushing touchdowns in back-to-back games.
And he’s what FOX’s Howie Long thinks:
“For Philadelphia, it’s the Jalen Hurts offense. In over 70 percent of their snaps, he’s either throwing the ball or running it. He’s accounted for five red-zone TDs,” Long said.
“I think he’s an issue in the red zone. I think that’s something they need to be specifically aware of. … So, I look for Philadelphia, if they want this offense to really reach its full potential with him at quarterback, I think they need to expand it to throwing the ball more to I think his dynamic players and let them make plays.”
EAGLES @ LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (4:05 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX)
Point spread: Raiders -3
Moneyline: Raiders -161 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $16.21 total); Eagles +135 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $23.50 total)
Total scoring over/under: 48.5 points scored by both teams combined
Rich Bisaccia, the Raiders assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, was named interim head coach after Jon Gruden resigned last week in a controversy over emails he wrote.
The Raiders won Bisaccia’s debut, beating Denver 34-24.
This will be the first game between the teams since 2017 when the Eagles won 19-10 on Christmas Day.
Las Vegas likes to throw deep as the Raiders have two of the top three players in the league in average yards per reception, Henry Ruggs III (22.3 yards per reception, first in NFL) and Bryan Edwards (20.2, third).
“I think really the big difference to me in recent weeks has been Ruggs taking the top off the defense,” FOX Sports’ Howie Long said. “I think since 2020, he’s tied with Davante Adams for the most receptions of over 40 yards, that’s saying something. What that does is it opens things up for (Darren) Waller, for (Hunter) Renfrow, for (Josh) Jacobs, and (Kenyan) Drake in the run game.”