Philly Sports Talk

Foles Doesn’t Fold


Guess who hasn’t thrown an interception in the past two weeks? Okay, okay the bye week was last week. I’ll give you that one. How about vs. the last 19 touchdowns? Here’s a hint: He’s one touchdown pass shy of tying Peyton Manning’s all-time record of 20 touchdowns and no interceptions. Here’s another one: He’s the Quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. Yes Eagles fans. He’s our Nick Foles. Today Foles passed for 3 more touchdowns to go along with 237 passing yards in the Eagles 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Foles has been all but perfect in his tenure as the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback so far this season.

Against the Arizona Cardinals and their 8th ranked overall defense, Foles went 21 for 34 and averaged 7 yards per completion. He got limited help from LeSean McCoy in spurts with the running game where he was held to just 79 yards rushing on 21 carries. The main help that allowed Foles to flourish in this game showed up in the form of two Tight Ends; Zach Ertz and Brent Celek.  Ertz caught 5 passes for 68 yards and 2 touchdowns and Celek registered 4 catches for 29 yards and a touchdown of his own. Although the numbers for either tight end wasn’t staggering, the 9 combined catches could not have come at better times in the game. They kept drives alive and put the game out of reach for most of the game until the second half when the entire offense appeared to stall, mainly in the 4th quarter.

Foles didn’t do anything to hurt his case of possibly being named the NFL player of the week yet again, but in the 4th quarter, he didn’t help it either. That help came in the form of the Arizona Cardinals defense. On a pass that was intercepted, a holding call reversed the call and negated the interception, giving Foles yet again another unblemished TD/INT ratio bringing that ratio to back to 19(TD) – 0 (INT).

Foles was sacked, hit, hurried, slammed, and thrown to the ground in this game and he continuously got up time after time and made play after play. He’s now shown us that he can beat a division opponent at home, he can help not only end a winless streak at home, but reverse it and now has the team on a 2 game home winning streak, as well as win games that are playoff caliber with playoff implications. These were all questions that were asked by fans, the media and many other skeptics around the league that has been watching his mastery at work. Today’s game was a test of his will and grit in getting the Eagles atop the division with the Cowboys in hopes to set up one final game for the Division and a playoff run. A test he seemed to study for vividly. He took it and passed, maybe not with an A, but he still passed with flying colors, or should we say a flying color. Midnight Green.