Sunday, November 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Philadelphia Eagles
By Phil Sheridan
OAKLAND -- A few thoughts on the Philadelphia Eagles’ 49-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
What it means: Nick Foles just might be the Eagles’ quarterback of the present and future, after all. In his ninth league start, Foles tied the NFL single-game record with seven touchdown passes. Foles connected with wide receiver Riley Cooper for three scores, and once apiece with tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and running back LeSean McCoy. After two games in a row without an offensive touchdown, Foles threw scoring passes on the team’s first four possessions. He finished with 406 yards on 22-of-28 passing, with a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Foles has not thrown an interception this season.
Stock watch: Foles' stock is sky-high. His record day makes his last performance, that dud against Dallas, even more puzzling. A week before that, Foles was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his 296-yard, three-touchdown outing in Tampa. After that, coach Chip Kelly left the door open for Foles to remain the starter after Michael Vick returned from his hamstring injury. Foles was knocked out of the Dallas game with a concussion, but had completed only 11 of 29 passes for 80 yards through three quarters. Sunday, Foles kicked the door open again. It’s hard to imagine Kelly going back to Vick after this.
Running it up: Kelly must have felt like he was coaching Oregon in a Pac-12 game. After his offense failed to score a touchdown for two weeks in a row, Kelly was asked a lot of questions about whether opposing defensive coaches had figured out his offense. So it’s probably not surprising that Kelly had Foles throwing deep with a 42-13 lead late in the third quarter. The BCS is watching, after all.
What’s next: The Eagles (4-5) are going to need this kind of effort from Foles and the offense next Sunday in Green Bay. Their defense has been very good of late, holding four straight opponents to 21 points or fewer, but that streak will likely be in jeopardy against the Packers in Lambeau Field.