ALAMEDA — The Philadelphia Eagles haven't exactly revolutionized offensive football, but Raiders coach Dennis Allen believes there is still plenty to worry about.
The Raiders took the practice field Thursday with Tyvon Branch (ankle) the lone missing defensive starter as Oakland prepares for coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense imported from the University of Oregon.
The Eagles (3-5) have scored just 10 points in the past two weeks combined, losing 17-3 to Dallas and 15-7 to the New York Giants.
“I look at the whole body of work, not just the last couple of weeks,” Allen said. “This is an explosive offense that can put a lot of points on the board. We have to understand who we're dealing with.”
With quarterback Michael Vick dealing with a hamstring strain and Nick Foles a concussion, Philadelphia was down to rookie fourth-round pick Matt Barkley. Foles has been cleared to play and is expected to start Sunday against the Raiders at O.co Coliseum.
The Eagles generated a league-wide buzz after running an incredible 53 plays and scoring 26 points in the first half of a 33-27 win against the Washington Redskins. ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski proclaimed the Eagles had “changed the landscape of the NFL from a philosophical and schematic approach to how the game is played.”
Vick told reporters “when the first quarter was over I thought we were going into halftime . . . the only thing I could tell myself is it's going to be a long season.''
Eight weeks later, the Eagles have put some impressive yardage totals, but are 19th in scoring at 22 points per game.
The no-huddle offense is generating 67.8 plays per game, only slightly above the NFL average of 65.3.