Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia, though, is not concerned about his team lacking focus going into this Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Allegiant Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. PDT.
“Emotions are a part of all of us,” Bisaccia said this week. “Emotions are part of the game; emotions are part of our practice and emotions are a humanistic quality. So, am I concerned? No. I think we all have to decide how are we going to respond to everything that happens in our lives, whether it’s something that happened before, something that’s going to happen later or something that’s getting ready to happen right now.
“How we respond to everything really is just how we kind of forge our identity.”
The Raiders need to avoid delivering a clunker like they did against the Chicago Bears two weeks ago. The Raiders fell behind early and lost 20-9.
Las Vegas bounced back and showed what it is capable of when it went into Denver and took it to the Broncos early and often. The defense made it miserable for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who was sacked five times.
If the Raiders continue to play the way they did against the Broncos, then everything should be OK against the Eagles.
The same formula needs to be used against the Eagles by pressuring Jalen Hurts.
Maxx Crosby led the way last week when he finished with three sacks.
The Raiders’ offense clicked, too. Derek Carr passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns., and Kenyan Drake finished with one receiving and one rushing touchdown.
The Eagles are coming off a 28-22 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home. Philadelphia’s two road wins came against the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, who are a combined 5-8. The load road loss came to the 5-1 Dallas Cowboys.
The matchup and the pick
Kickoff: 1:05 p.m. PDT at Allegiant Stadium
Fresno TV/radio: No TV/KFIG (AM 1430)
Records: Raiders 4-2; Eagles 2-4
Line: Raiders favored by 2.5
Anthony Galaviz’s prediction: Raiders 27, Eagles 24
Analysis: We mentioned this earlier, but the Raiders need to avoid the letdown before heading into their bye week. The Raiders need a win to continue to feel good about themselves. … We underestimated the Raiders last week in that big win over the Broncos; under Bisaccia, it seemed they had a whole new look to them. Can that continue? It needs to, if the Raiders want to be taken seriously by the rest of the division and the AFC moving forward. … The Raiders are capable of building on their momentum, led by strong play from a large cast of players. We feel the Raiders owe Raider Nation one at home after that debacle of a loss to the Bears — albeit a close one this week that just beats the spread,