After much fuss about his offensive schemes, coach Chip Kelly has seen his team struggle to put points on the board. Part of the inconsistency can be attributed to the team's injuries at quarterback. Nick Foles (concussion) has been cleared to play and will likely start against the Raiders after teammate Michael Vick (hamstring) reaggravated his injury in the team's loss to the New York Giants last week. The Eagles scored just seven points in Week 8 and found out that third-stringer Matt Berkley needs to get a lot better to warrant any significant playing time in the near future. That knowledge leaves Foles to start under center going forward.
As always, the engine of the Eagles offense will be running back LeSean McCoy. Shady has been held to less than 50 yards rushing in two of his last four games including just 48 yards against the Giants last week. He will need to be in top form in support of Foles and the struggling Eagles passing game. The Raiders run defense only ranks in the middle of the pack in terms of giving up fantasy points to running backs this season:
Fantasy owners are buzzing over quarterback Terrelle Pryor's 93-yard touchdown run against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. Pryor's ability to lead the Raiders to a win will no doubt be watched closely as a solid performance could not only help fantasy owners to victory, but also keep the Raiders in the loop as a late season dark horse for a playoff spot.
Luckily for Pryor, he won't have to do all the rushing on his own, with running back Darren McFadden looking good last week against the Steelers. McFadden ran for 73 yards and managed a total of 29 touches in the game. Two of his carries went for touchdowns. The effort marked the fifth multi-touchdown game of McFadden's career. Fantasy owners should note that the Eagles do rank eighth in the league in rushing yards allowed per game: