Wednesday, October 16, 2013
QB Watch: Philadelphia Eagles
By Phil Sheridan
A weekly analysis of the Eagles’ quarterback play.
Rewind: Setting aside the Nick Foles/Michael Vick comparisons for a second, let’s look at how Foles did against Tampa Bay’s defense compared to others who have faced it.
Foles: 22-for-31, 296 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, 31 points.
Drew Brees: 26-for-46, 322 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 16 points.
Tom Brady: 25-for-36, 225 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 23 points.
The point is not that Foles belongs in a conversation with those quarterbacks just yet -- merely that it’s worth holding either Eagles quarterback to the NFL standard for performance. Against the same defense, Foles was comparable or better than two of the best.
Fast-forward: The Dallas Cowboys have allowed more than 30 points and 400 passing yards to Eli Manning, Philip Rivers (OK, 394) and Peyton Manning. Clearly, their secondary is vulnerable to a smart, accurate quarterback. Foles has the added benefit of having faced a Tampa 2 defense. Monte Kiffin doesn’t run exactly the same style in Dallas, but he’s the trunk of that tree.
Uncertainty principle: For the second week in a row, there will be doubt and speculation about the status of Michael Vick’s hamstring and the identity of the Eagles’ starter. For the second week in a row, it appears likely that Foles will get the start as the Eagles and Vick avoid the risk of turning a two-week injury into a six-week injury.
Prediction: It is one thing to win a shootout against Mike Glennon in Tampa, quite another to win one against Tony Romo. Foles will be under more pressure to score points this week. It is also unlikely that he will continue to play mistake-free football. Still, expect Foles (or Vick, should he get the nod) to do enough to keep the Eagles in what figures to be another NFC East touchdown-fest.