From Weeks 4-8, Oakland's run defense has allowed just 76.0 yards per game, good for second in the league over that time. So it could be tough sledding again for the shifty McCoy.
For how poorly Philly has played recently, the team is just a game behind Dallas for first place in the NFC East. But the Giants and Washington Redskins are right behind.
As for the Raiders, they're coming off a big win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and have won two straight and three of four games in Oakland this season. Emerging Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a 93-yard touchdown run and finished with 106 yards on nine scrambles. The former Ohio State star threw for just 88 yards and was picked off twice in the 21-18 decision.
"We had a phenomenal first half," Pryor said of the Raiders offense, "and the defense had a phenomenal second half."
Pryor broke Bo Jackson's team-record 92-yard run against Cincinnati on Nov. 5, 1992, as the Raiders outrushed the Steelers by a 197-35 margin. Raiders running back Darren McFadden had 73 yards and a pair of TD runs on 24 touches for Oakland, which is fifth in rushing (138.9), but last in passing (176.0). The Raiders lead the AFC in rushing thanks to Pryor and McFadden.
The Raiders will try to keep that going against a porous Eagles defense, which is 23rd in points allowed (26.4) and 31st in both pass defense (302.2) and total yards allowed (401.8). The Eagles, though, are tough against the run, sitting ninth in the league in rushing yards allowed (99.5).
Oakland's defense is in the middle of the pack and is led by Lamarr Houston's four sacks and Nick Roach's 51 tackles. The Raiders sacked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times, while linebacker Sio Moore had two.
Head coach Dennis Allen has been pleased with the stop unit.
"I've been pleased with what I've seen (on defense) and I knew coming into this season that this football team had the right mindset," Allen said. "I knew we had pros that wanted to come to work everyday, that were going to be unselfish, that were going to put the team first. They've done a great job for us so far. We're almost halfway through the season, so we have a long way to go, but I'm hopeful that they'll continue to improve."
Allen's squad is aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since last Oct. 21-18. The Raiders lead the series with the Eagles by a 6-5 count, including a Super Bowl win, and took the last meeting between the teams, a 13-9 victory out west. Oakland has won three of the previous four matchups with the Eagles, who are 1-4 as the visitor.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
The Eagles' defense has played well the last few weeks and has been even better against the run. They'll see a lot of Pryor and McFadden on Sunday.
"I'm very proud of the offense, the offensive line, Darren (McFadden), Marcel (Reece), the outside guys blocking. We had the run game going very good," Pryor said after beating the Steelers.
Philadelphia hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher this season and has held five of eight teams under 100 total yards rushing, including the last four contests. The Eagles are one of just 11 teams in the NFL to hold their opponent without a 100-yard rusher this season. They are holding teams to just 18.3 points and 356.8 yards per game the past four contests, compared to 27.5 points and 446.8 yards through the first four games.
McFadden has rushed for 100 yards just once and Pryor has 391 rushing yards - the most by a QB this season. The Eagles limited New York to just 88 yards rushing last week.