Ballers and fallers from Eagles disjointed Christmas Day win over Raiders


The Eagles were sloppy from the moment the flag dropped on Monday night. A 19-10 win over Oakland doesn’t mask the deficiencies shown throughout the game, but were there any signs of promise? Here’s a look at the ballers and fallers from the MNF contest.



Jay Ajayi:
It wasn’t his most prolific game, but Ajayi ended the day leading the team in rushing with 52-yards along with a 17-yard touchdown reception. The longer Ajayi spends in this offense, the more dangerous and versatile he becomes. Last night marked the third consecutive game that the former Phins back totaled more than 14 carries and it’s a trend likely set to continue. The growth of Ajayi on a weekly basis is certainly a promising aspect of this team to watch, although his ball security could still use some work…


Chris Long:
Sure, Chris Long may have ran way from a live ball (which he fantastically apologized for on Twitter after the game), but I can’t think of a defensive end who played harder last night. Long was all over the field. 4 quarterback hits, 1.5 tackles for a loss and 3 total tackles cap off a night where Long dominated from start to finish. The Motor never showed any sign of slowing and that was huge for this Eagles defense.


Vinny Curry:
Curry was excellent when it came to defending the run on Monday night. Add in 4 tackles and an explosive TFL in the second half and it sums up what we have seen from the PA native all year long. Curry played a key role in keeping the Raiders rushing attack downhill, marginalizing the attack and forcing Derek Carr to get the ball out quick when asked to pass. He may not show on the stat sheet often, but Curry had another big night.


Ronald Darby:
Redemption. Ronald Darby bounced back from a wobbly outing against the Giants by picking off a key pass late in the game and sending the Eagles deep into enemy territory for a clutch Jake Elliott field goal. There were ups and downs, including another ‘illegal contact’ flag against another tight end, but Darby made up for his struggles one week ago by showing up when it counts.


Jake Elliott:
Rapidly becoming a cultural icon, rookie kicker Jake Elliott saved the day again with a field goal inside the final moments of the fourth quarter to seal a win for the Eagles. He missed a 34-yard attempt earlier in the game, but the Memphis product has been money when it’s all on the line…and that’s all any team could ever ask of their kicker.



Nick Foles:
Nick Foles hardly had the best game of his career last night. In fact, it was probably one of his worst. Overthrows, underthrows and an eventual pick that took three quarters longer than it should have, Foles was dreadful. Miscomunications with Kelce sat at the root of the problems, but they manifested into a game where Alshon Jeffery was without a single reception. The team’s leading wideout, without a single catch.

The Eagles will need to see a lot more from Foles in the playoffs if this team has any hope of making it to the Super Bowl.


Jalen Mills:
Biting on double-moves has been a real problem in the last two weeks and it was once again on Monday night. Mills gave up his second touchdown in as many games and struggled throughout before picking up an injury late on. It wasn’t the finest showing from Jalen Mills and that has to be slightly concerning considering how many teams will be watching these trends. As the Raiders followed in the path of the Giants, other teams will only tweak and improve.


Donnie Jones:
This is a more below-the-radar note, but Donnie Jones has not looked at his best over the last few games. Just one of his eight punts landed inside the 20 and while there were gusts throughout the night, it’s difficult to tell whether Jones is struggling or if it’s simply adverse weather.


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