Sunday, November 17, 2013
No TD throws, but Foles plays well again
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles didn't throw seven touchdown passes against the Washington Redskins Sunday. He didn't throw any touchdown passes.
Foles played a different kind of good game to lead the Eagles to a 24-16 victory over Washington. He completed 17 of 26 passes for 298 yards. His passer rating was 104.3, very good but not in the 150 range as it was the previous two weeks. Foles ran the ball nine times for 47 yards and a touchdown, which includes a 1-yard loss on the final kneel-down.
"I think the big thing this offseason that I really wanted to work on was decision making and being smart with the football," Foles said. "You watch a lot of the guys who are the top guys in the league -- Peyton (Manning), Drew (Brees), Aaron (Rodgers), Tom (Brady) -- that are really good at decision-making."
Foles still hasn't thrown an interception in 162 attempts. He distributed the ball to seven different receivers Sunday. Although he didn't complete any deep passes, Foles got the ball to LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek so they could pile up yards after the catch.
"They played us off a little bit," coach Chip Kelly said. "They were letting us throw the ball underneath. If they're going to do that, we need to convert in those situations. I thought that was a big part of what we were doing in the first half."
Foles was the one making those correct reads and throws. Truth be told, he probably should have two or three touchdown passes. His pass to McCoy went for 49 yards before safety Brandon Meriweather ran McCoy down at the Washington 4. Foles ran it in from there.
In the second quarter, Celek took a screen 41 yards. The officials ruled it a touchdown, but replay review showed Celek's knee was down at the 1-yard line. McCoy ran it in on the next play.
McCoy's second 1-yard touchdown run, in the third quarter, also came after a Foles near-touchdown pass. Foles threw to Riley Cooper at the goal line. He might even have been in the end zone, but the on-field officials ruled him down at the 1. Kelly didn't challenge, opting instead to run a quick play before the Washington defense could adjust personnel.
In the second quarter, Foles took a hit and got up slowly. For the rest of the quarter, he was shrugging his right shoulder and shaking his arm out.
"I just got it banged up," Foles said. "I was trying to keep it warm because I really didn't know what was going on. I had a shoulder injury in high school and I knew the key when you get it banged up is to keep it warm. It feels great."
However they scored, the Eagles won their third consecutive game with Foles at quarterback. They are in first place in the NFC East.
"Nick is doing a great job," Jackson said. "He's come a long way. He is hot right now. We're on a roll and we just have to keep it going and finish the season strong."