OAKLAND — One week you're the toast of the NFL. The next week, you're toast.
The Raiders' defense, widely praised as one of the league's most improved units, was humbled and humiliated at O.co Coliseum in a 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, torched for an NFL-record-tying seven touchdown passes by a substitute quarterback named Nick Foles.
“Excuse my French,” said Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter after uttering a word that was decidedly Anglo-Saxon. “Man, we just got ... It was a wake-up call, basically. They came out firing on all cylinders, and we couldn't match their tempo.
Usually, we're the team setting the tempo, but they came out ready to play. They out-executed us, point blank and simple. When a quarterback has seven touchdowns, we have to sit there and take that personal.”
Foles came into Sunday's game with 12 passing touchdowns in eight NFL starts over a season and a half. He was at the helm only because starter Michael Vick is recuperating from a hamstring injury. In his previous start, against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 20, Foles completed 11 of 29 passes for 80 yards — and zero touchdowns.
It took him less than a quarter to crack the end zone against the Raiders, on a 2-yard pass to tight end Brent Celek, and he soon began chucking up touchdowns at a shocking pace.
By the time he was finished, Foles had tossed seven, including three to wide receiver Riley Cooper.
“At the end of the day, that was an old-fashioned butt-whuppin',” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said.
Only six other NFL quarterbacks had recorded seven passing touchdowns in a game: the Bears' Sid Luckman in 1943, Philadelphia's Adrian Burk in 1954, the Oilers' George Blanda in 1961, the Giants' Y.A. Tittle in 1962, Minnesota's Joe Kapp in 1969 and Denver's Peyton Manning in the opening game of this season.