Hours later, it is still hard to fathom that Nick Foles threw 7 TD passes in today’s game. That phrase seems like fan fiction, or Jimmy Bama writing one of his love letters to Nick Foles.
But it happened. It really happened.
Foles went out and put on a great show in Oakland. You can’t help but think back to Michael Vick’s phenomenal game against the Skins in 2010.
Vick … 20-28-333 … 4 TDs, no INTs … 8-80-2 as a runner … team scored 59 points
Foles … 22-28-406 … 7 TDs, no INTs … 3-14 as a runner … team scored 49 points
There is a big difference in the 2 games. Vick was “Starship 7” on that Monday night. He did magical things that had Jon Gruden ready to put him straight into the Hall of Fame.
Foles didn’t do anything today that he can’t replicate. There were no miracle passes or runs. Foles just went out and ran the offense. He made the right decisions. He made accurate throws. He moved around and used his mobility to help on those plays when he did get pressure or needed to be on the move.
No Eagles player did anything today that made your jaw hit the floor. There were no circus catches or highlight runs. Players got open. Foles got them the ball. Good things happened. This is important because it helps evaluate Foles performance.
If today’s game was all about great plays by the skill players or awful defense by the Raiders, that would make it more of a fluke. I don’t think today’s performance was a fluke.
That’s not to say Foles will have 7 TD passes in a game. I certainly agree that part of it is a fluke.
But Foles can replicate the performance in terms of making good decisions and accurate throws. The offense can move the ball and score points. Next time it will be 27 or 31 or 34. You can’t count on going 4 for 4 in the Red Zone and having no turnovers on a regular basis. When the offense executes well and you play a clean game, great things can happen.
One of the things I liked most about the game is that it was a team performance. You have to start with the OL. They controlled the line of scrimmage. They gave Foles good time on most of his passes.
The receivers ran good routes. They got open and caught the ball when it came their way. Riley’s first TD was a nice grab, but nothing spectacular. There were RAC yards from Cooper, Shady and Celek. Jeff Maehl had a big catch on 3rd/long. TEs combined for 8 catches and 2 TDs. DeSean delivered pass plays of 46 and 59 yards.
Foles had a career day not because any one player did anything special, him included, but because the offense was properly executed, which led to an efficient and explosive attack.
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One very frustrating aspect to this game is that Nick Foles could have put up big numbers and a win vs Dallas if he played half this well. The offense can work so well when the QB does his job. The plays are there to be had.
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What about the QB position moving forward? I think Foles has to be the starter this week. Chip Kelly will talk about waiting for medical reports, but I don’t see how you could bench a player after that game.
Big picture…we still need to see more of Foles. We know how good he can be. We know how bad he can be. We need an idea of what he can be on a more regular basis. Consistency is the key to being a good NFL QB.
I do think he threw the ball well today. Those passes were aggressive and confident.
Foles mobility was very impressive today. He was able to run the ball a couple of times, but more importantly…throw on the run. Kelly needs a QB with some good movement skills. He’d love someone who could flat out run, but as long as the player can do what Foles did today, that is enough to run the offense effectively.
I can’t wait for next week to hurry up and get here. I want to know which Nick Foles we’ll get to see.