As if he needed motivation, Brian Dawkins could be really fired up when he returns to Lincoln Financial Field next week.
His struggling Denver Broncos are still in the AFC wild-card hunt, but they blew a golden opportunity yesterday by falling to the Oakland Raiders at home, 20-19.
The Broncos (8-6) are running out of season to lock up a playoff spot and will take on an Eagles team that's on a five-game winning streak next Sunday afternoon (4:15, Channel 3).
JaMarcus Russell threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chaz Schilens with 35 seconds left in the scrum-filled win over the Broncos.
Russell (5-for-11, 47 yards) was benched a month ago and passed by Charlie Frye on the depth chart this week. The former No. 1 overall draft pick entered when Frye was knocked out of the game early in the fourth quarter by a blow to the head from linebacker Andra Davis.
Denver left the door open for a Raiders upset by failing to get into the end zone after reaching the Oakland 2 late in the fourth.