Philadelphia Eagles second-year quarterback Nick Foles has essentially made it impossible for Chip Kelly to go back to Michael Vick, even with Vick expected to return to the Eagles in a couple of weeks. Foles has just been that amazing through the past two weeks, as he tied the NFL record with seven touchdowns last week against the Oakland Raiders and also tossed three TDs with no picks today in a win over the Green Bay Packers. While Foles faced some awful play from the opposition’s pass defense in both games, you don’t put up a perfect QB Rating and a 149.3 QB Rating in back-to-back weeks due to luck.
Foles needed only 18 attempts to generate 228 passing yards, as Foles took advantage of the Packers coverage breakdowns and worked the deep ball. Vick has an excellent deep ball, but Foles’s deep passes have been beyond excellent. He has among the strongest arms in the NFL, and you can tell that he’s making better decisions and becoming more accurate with every game. He averaged 12.7 yards per attempt this afternoon in the 27-13 win, and I don’t think his fumble is a blemish on his record at all; it was a very close play and the result of good defense.
His first touchdown pass of the game was a 55-yarder to DeSean Jackson (he lucked out on that one for sure), and his second TD throw, and his final touchdown pass was a 32-yard TD to a completely wide open Riley Cooper. Foles’s stat sheet is a bit inflated due to the play of the Packers defense, but it would be crazy to say that Foles didn’t play well today. He wasn’t near-flawless like the stats indicate, but he continues to put up big numbers and deserves to hold onto the starting gig.