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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Nick Foles can help Philadelphia canter home

Raiders have had a disappointing season

Nick Foles threw four TD passes for the Eagles against the Giants
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Minnesota's victory in Green Bay on Saturday night means Philadelphia still have work to do to claim the NFC top seeding.

But victory over Oakland will be enough for them to clinch home advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Eagles came through their first game without quarterback Carson Wentz with no problems at all on offence as replacement Nick Foles threw four touchdown passes and no interceptions, weakening the case of those who had prematurely touted Wentz for the league’s MVP award.

Their defence let the side down against the Giants, however, and although they won 34-29, the Eagles have conceded 88 points in their last three games after giving up less than 18 per outing before.

The Raiders have gone 4-8 since winning their first two games and have been one of the bigger disappointments of the season. Their playoff hopes should be officially over after this game.

Recommendation
Philadelphia -9

1pt 10-11 general


The lowdown
Venue Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Surface Enhanced grass
Weather Cold but dry, 0C
Vegas handicap Oakland +9
Vegas points line 47

Team news
Oakland
Wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) is aiming to return. Linebacker Bruce Irvin (concussion) could also be back. Cornerback David Amerson (foot), and defensive tackle Treyvon Hester (ankle) are out but Rodney Hudson (kidney stone) is expected to play.

Philadelphia
Cornerback Jalen Mills (ankle), guard Stefen Wisniewski (ankle) and defensive end Derek Barnett (groin) all hope to play.

Key stat
Philadelphia average a league-leading 35 points per home game.


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