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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Nick Foles didnt know he had etched his name in NFL history until after he came out of the game. That must have been because he was too busy shredding the Oakland Raiders defence to keep up with his impressive statistics. Foles tied an NFL mark with seven touchdown passes and threw for 406 yards to revitalize Philadelphias struggling offence in the Eagles 49-20 victory over the Raiders on Sunday. "A couple people came up to me and said that I tied the record with seven touchdowns," Foles said. "Its a great honour. Hats off to our guys for doing a great job." The backup quarterback connected three times with Riley Cooper to become the seventh passer in NFL history with seven TD tosses in a game. Peyton Manning did it for Denver on opening night this season against Baltimore. Foles also threw scoring passes to Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson as the Eagles (4-5) looked nothing like the offence that failed to score a touchdown in each of the past two weeks. "Every defence the past couple of weeks has been stopping us," McCoy said. "So today we were kind of feeling bottled up and we released everything. Its tough when youre not winning and youre not putting points up." The Raiders (3-5) had appeared much improved on defence in recent weeks but were completely flummoxed by coach Chip Kellys spread offence that stalled recently after a fast debut in the NFL. Foles completed 22 of 28 passes as he frequently exploited mismatches and blown coverages, starting with a 42-yard quick pass to Cooper on the opening drive when the Raiders had two defenders trying to match up with three receivers. McCoy took a short pass and ran 25 yards untouched for his score in the third quarter and Jackson raced past Mike Jenkins on his 46-yard touchdown later in the third. Foles then tied the record with a 5-yard pass to Cooper with 4:28 remaining in the third quarter, matching the mark also held by Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle and Joe Kapp. Burk did it for the Eagles in 1954 against Washington. With more than a quarter to go to break the record, Foles was unable to get the Eagles back into the end zone on the next two drives before being replaced by Matt Barkley. "I know what the record is," Kelly said. "But this isnt about records, its about going out and getting a win. If I put Nick out there to try to get a record and he gets hurt, thats being silly. Records are meant to broken when theyre supposed to be broken." That was about all Foles couldnt do in his first game since being held to 80 yards on 29 passes before leaving with a concussion two weeks ago against Dallas. Foles only got another shot this week because regular starter Michael Vick reinjured his hamstring in a loss to the New York Giants last week. But now, it will be tough to take out Foles, who has 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season. "Everybody started acting like his career was over after that Dallas game but they forgot that he had played some good football before that," centre Jason Kelce said. "A lot of that criticism will probably be halted for at least one week." So too will the critiques of how Kellys offence will translate to the NFL. Viewed as revolutionary when the Eagles gained 322 yards in the first half of the season opener against Washington, the offence had been held to 478 yards and one field goal the past two weeks before breaking through against the Raiders. Foles repeatedly targeted rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden as he led the Eagles to touchdowns on their first four drives for the first time in three years. Hayden was beaten on successive plays by Cooper for a 17-yard completion and 63-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. "When a quarterback has seven touchdowns, we have to sit there and take that personal," cornerback Tracy Porter said. "We cant give a guy seven touchdowns in a game, let alone put up 49 points on us. It was flat-out embarrassing that we allowed that to happen." The Raiders couldnt keep up with Philadelphias torrid scoring pace despite gaining 560 yards -- their third-most ever and most since 1968. They had one first-quarter drive stall in the red zone for a field goal and then couldnt play catch-up in the second half when the Eagles turned a 28-13 halftime lead into a blowout. Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor threw for 288 yards and ran for 94 more, but also had two interceptions and took two sacks in a shaky performance. He left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury that he does not believe is serious. "Its embarrassing," Pryor said. "I hate losing. Its not acceptable to me and I dont like it. All the guys in here agree with me. We have to do something about it instead of tanking it." NOTES: The 49 points for the Eagles were their most since beating Washington 59-28 in 2010. ... Oakland RB Darren McFadden left in the first half after re-aggravating a hamstring injury that kept him out of one game already this season. . According to Tony Barrett of The Times, the Liverpool captain is set to announce that he will leave the club at the end of the 2014-15 season. . Griffin scored 13 of his 31 points in the final 7:05 and Dudley got 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter, leading the defending Pacific Division champions to a 112-85 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. "Dud is a shooter. -- Pinch-runner Rajai Daviss decision to steal third base just as Oakland catcher Derek Norris was throwing the ball back to the pitcher caught most everyone by surprise -- including several of his Detroit teammates. . The Packers, Lions and Bears were a combined 35-15 and as long as Jay Cutler can say healthy, all three could make the playoffs in 2012. . -- Martin Kaymer never lost sight of opportunity even amid so much evidence of trouble in the closing stretch Sunday at The Players Championship.ALAMEDA, Calif. - Even as he tries to adjust to his role as the Oakland Raiders interim coach, Tony Sparano hasnt strayed far from his duties working with the teams offensive line.Its a good thing, too.With veteran lineman Khalif Barnes sitting out Sundays home game against San Diego with a quad strain, 2013 second-round pick Menelik Watson will make his fifth career start.Hes told us hes going to need us to step it up and be more responsible, Watson said Friday. With the vets we have, its not a problem. We do understand that he has a bigger role, but any chance we can get his views on how to things, its good. Were all excited about the new change and what hes doing and the direction hes taking us.Its not the ideal situation Sparano was hoping for with his team coming off the bye. Quarterback Derek Carr is nursing knee and foot injuries and will be facing a San Diego defence that is third overall and first in fewest points allowed.Because the Chargers occasionally use Dwight Freeney on the left side of the defence, its almost certain that Watson will face the seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker at some point.Theyre probably looking over preseason tapes and stuff like that, to get a feel for me, Watson said. Well, Im doing the same thing on him. Itll be exciting to get out there and compete against a guy like that.The 42nd overall pick in 2013, Watson made one nominal start as an extra offensive lineman earlier this season but has spent most of his time on special teams.The 6-foot-5-inch native of England, who played one year in junior college and another season at Florida State, was originally drafted to be thhe Raiders left tackle.dddddddddddd. He started three games as a rookie then was moved to the right side this past off-season.Watson held onto the starting job through nearly the entire preseason before rookie Gabe Jackson beat out Barnes for the left guard spot. Barnes was shifted back to right tackle, pushing Watson back down the depth chart.That meant Watson had to get his work on the scout team while going against Oakland defensive ends Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley, along with first-round pick linebacker Khalil Mack.In Freeney, Watson faces a player who was once among the top pass rushers in the NFL. The 34-year-old is coming off an injury-shortened 2013 season and is showing signs of his former self, although Freeney has been limited in practice this week with a sore knee.Even slowed, Freeney will provide a stern test for Watson.Obviously, this is an important step for Menelik right now, Sparano said. He played a lot of snaps last week and did some good things and some things that need to be corrected. But its out there, its on tape, our opponent sees it and he knows hes gotta fix it.Based on what happened last year, you really have to treat him like a rookie in your approach to things. Youre starting all over again with him and hes really done a good job that way and I think hes getting better and better each week. Hell have his hands full this week, its a big challenge.Notes: CB Keith McGill (groin) did not practice and is out. CB Tarrell Brown (thumb) is probable. LB Sio Moore (ankle), FB Marcel Reece (quad) and WR Vincent Brown (hamstring) were limited and are all questionable. ' ' '

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