Eagles vs. Raiders: Who has the edge at each position?

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The Eagles (2-4) and Raiders (4-2) are set for an intriguing Sunday afternoon matchup in Las Vegas that could springboard both teams towards playoff contention.

In assessing both rosters, there are matchups to be had on both sides of the ball, with Philadelphia having the edge in the trenches, while Las Vegas seems to have the more advanced skill position group on offense.

Here’s a position by position breakdown of Sunday’s matchup.

QB -- Raiders

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Carr is the more established veteran and heading towards a 5,000+ yard passing season. This is more about the experience factor, as Jalen Hurts will be making his 11th career start for Philadelphia.

RB -- Raiders

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Josh Jacobs and Miles Sanders entered the NFL in the same draft class (2019) and their stats are comparable.

Jacobs has amassed 569 carries for 2,390 yards, with a 4.2 average. Jacobs has logged 23 touchdowns along with 64 catches for 475 yards as well.

Through the same time period, Sanders has logged 400 carries for 1,955 rushing yards, with a 4.9 yards per carry average. As a pass-catcher Sanders has 86 receptions for 827 yards.

Add in the lack of touches for Sanders over the past year and a half, and this should be an equal split.

Kenyan Drake puts the Raiders over the top as an established veteran who has been a 1,000 yard rusher.

WR -- Push

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The passing game for both teams is dominated by a mixture of tight end reliance and running back features.

Bryan Edwards (20.0 ave) and Henry Ruggs III (22.3) provide the deep passing threat for Las Vegas, while Hunter Renfro can be dynamic as well.

For Philadelphia, DeVonta Smith is the unquestioned No. 1. wide receiver, while Quez Watkins has ascended past Jalen Reagor for the No. 2 position.

TE -- Raiders

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It’s another position where the established veteran has more experience and more stats to show in this matchup. Darren Waller is questionable for Sunday, but he leads Las Vegas with 33 catches for 378 yards. For Philadelphia, Zach Ertz just took his 18 catches to Arizona, while Dallas Goedert has 15 catches for 216 yards and returns after missing the loss to the Bucs while on the COVID-19 list.

OL -- Eagles

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The Eagles have the more dominant group and that’s without two regular full-time starters.

Jordan Mailata will move back to his natural left tackle position, while Lane Johnson is back at right tackle for Philadelphia. In Las Vegas, Kolton Miller has been solid at left tackle, while Alex Leatherwood has struggled and is set to play a more natural position.

DL -- Eagles

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For Philadelphia, Javon Hargrave has a 90.2 PFF pass-rush grade and 19 pressures, 7 tackles for loss, and 9 quarterback hits on the season, while Fletcher Cox and Josh Sweat have 1 sack apiece and over 5 quarterback hits.

Maxx Crosby leads the Raiders with 5 sacks, while Yannick Ngakoue has started to pick up his pace as well.

LB -- Push

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Alex Singleton leads the Eagles with 67 tackles, while Denzel Perryman leads the Raiders with 73 tackles on the season and could be forced to spy on Jalen Hurts. Cory Littleon is solid for Las Vegas, while Eric Wilson has seen his playing time decrease as Davion Taylor’s has increased.

DB -- Push

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Raiders:

S
Johnathan Abram
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Trevon Moehrig
CB
Brandon Facyson
CB
Casey Hayward

There’s star power on the field for both teams, as Casey Hayward and Darius Slay are elite cornerbacks for the Raiders and Eagles. Trevon Moehrig is quickly becoming a top-flight safety, along with the hard-hitting Johnathan Abrams.

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