Upon Further Review: Eagles Week 11

November, 18, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- Taking a look at four storylines from the Philadelphia Eagles' 24-16 victory against the Washington Redskins.

Nick Foles has gotten in touch with his inner Randall Cunningham: Foles outrushed Washington’s Robert Griffin III, 47 yards to 44. Foles averaged 5.2 yards per carry, Griffin just 4.2.

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AP Photo/Matt RourkeQB Nick Foles is taking advantage of his chances to scramble.
“It was a byproduct of what they were giving me,” Foles said. “I was just trying to get as much as I could and get down. You know, running -- trying to get first downs and stuff -- it’s something that I am continuing to get used to. I’ve never really been a running quarterback, so it’s fun going out there and running and getting the feel for it.”

Foles made a second effort to score on a 4-yard touchdown run. He also took a couple of hits he probably should have avoided.

“I was a basketball player,” Foles said, “and you don’t slide on the basketball court. But it’s something I’m going to work on for sure, because I think it is smart that I learn how to slide.”

LeSean McCoy was more excited about passing Duce Staley than 1,000 yards: The NFL’s leading rusher went over 1,000 yards in the third quarter. He didn’t notice.

“I did not know,” McCoy said. “I did know this. I had 10 yards to pass Duce, so I knew that was going to happen.”

Staley, now the Eagles’ running backs coach, is now the fifth leading career rusher in franchise history. McCoy moved ahead of him in the first half and now has 4,875 career rushing yards. McCoy is only 25.

As for the 1,000-yard mark, McCoy shrugged at that one.

“It just means a lot more yards to get,” he said. “I think the whole offense, the whole offensive line this year is playing excellent. They are giving me lanes. They are rolling, and I am just running behind them.”

The bye week is a welcome development: After playing 11 games, the Eagles finally get a week of rest. Coach Chip Kelly plans to have the team work out Monday and Tuesday, then give the players off until next Wednesday.

“It’s an interesting time to get a bye,” Kelly said. “Eleven weeks in. I think they need to kind of get themselves recharged, rejuvenated, then come back here.”

Linebacker Connor Barwin agreed the timing was right. The Eagles' defense has played more downs than any defense in the NFL and was missing three starters because of injury Sunday. He was asked the key to staying fresh with such a heavy workload.

“We have a sports science director,” Barwin said. “He keeps us in shape, obviously. We have a great offense. We have sports science behind us.”

Brandon Boykin is pretty good: The Eagles’ nickel cornerback made a great play on Washington’s final drive, and it wasn’t on the pass he intercepted to end it. Earlier, Griffin threw an out pattern to Santana Moss on the right sideline. Boykin broke on the ball and knocked it away.

“That was clutch,” Boykin said. “We were in a zone situation, so he saw me playing off. I knew he had to try to get out of bounds, so as soon as he broke his route off, I knew he was going out. If I was a step quicker, I could have ended the game a little earlier.”

Boykin played more in the second half because Washington needed to throw to catch up, and lined up with three wideouts more often. That is the downside of having a playmaker like Boykin as the nickel cornerback. The upside is the play on the throw to Moss and the game-clinching interception.

“He’s doing a really good job,” Kelly said. “When you have someone in there that is really a starter for you, is as talented as Brandon, I think it’s a big plus. It’s probably an underappreciated position, being a slot corner.”

Phil Sheridan

ESPN Philadelphia Eagles reporter

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