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Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell looks to throw against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The Raiders showed off some big play potential by going to their old stand-by in the first quarter. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell hit tight end Zach Miller on a routine pass play, yet Miller made several defenders miss and got some helpful blocking from rookie receiver Louis Murphy on a stellar run after the catch for an 86-yard touchdown.
Oakland's defensive line pulled out all the stops. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was sacked six times in the game, four coming in the first two quarters, twice by Richard Seymour and twice by Trevor Scott in plays that stalled several drives. While Oakland got a 29-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski in the second quarter and one from 46 in the fourth to go with the Miller touchdown, the Eagles could only manage two first half David Akers field goals (45, 43) and one in the fourth quarter from 45 yards.
Named Philadelphia’s backup quarterback for the first time this season, Michael Vick was a complete non-factor. Vick had one rush for -4 yards on a trick play snuffed out by the Raiders in the first half. Meanwhile, a gathering of animal rights advocates protested Vick's apperance at the Coliseum.
Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha suffered a right eye injury in the first half and was limited in action, watching most of the game from the sidelines. The Eagles were hit by several injuries during the game including losing left tackle Jason Peters in the first half.
Next Sunday, Oakland hosts the Jets at the Coliseum in their second game in three weeks versus New York teams.