Here we go again. In his return from a concussion and a horrific performance against the Cowboys, quarterback Nick Foles has a historic performance against the Oakland Raiders.
The Eagles offense came out firing on all cylinders and it was too much for the Raiders defense to handle.
Foles had thrown for 7 touchdown passes with 4:28 to go in the third quarter. He threw touchdowns to five different receivers, three to Riley ‘Super’ Cooper and one to Jackson, McCoy, Celek, and Ertz. Foles completed 22-of-28 passes for 406 yards before being pulled in the fourth quarter with eight minutes and change left in the game. He also had a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3. We knew Foles wasn’t as bad as his last start had suggested and today he proved himself once again. People want to say that one bad start doesn’t make or break a quarterbacks career as all good and even great quarterbacks have bad games but for me it’s the consistency. With the best quarterbacks they have a bad game once in a while and then have a long stretch of good games. The key for Foles the rest of this season will be to prove some consistency. It is quite clear he has the ability to make spot starts and hopefully he is allowed to play out the rest of this season.
The three goals I pointed out in the preview of this game were 1) the bounce back of Foles, 2) offensive line creating holes for McCoy, and 3) containing Terrelle Pryor.
The offensive line did a great job in protecting Foles today but what concerns me is the run game. Sure McCoy could start running more north than east and west but for the most part the running lanes just aren’t there for him to run through. He finished with 44 yards on 12 attempts and a 25 yards receiving yards. Bryce Brown had a nice game getting 54 rushing yards on 7 carries to lead the Eagles.
Wide receiver Riley ‘Super’ Cooper put forth another good game and has silenced his critics as of now. Cooper and DeSean Jackson combined for 10 receptions, 289 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Tight ends Ertz and Celek combined for 8 catches, 69 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
Defensively the Eagles did what they needed to do to win. Yes, they did have a few breakdowns that allowed Pryor to run around a little but for the most part they were solid. They allowed a 66 yard pass on a slant to Rod Streater and a long rush of 26 yards to Jennings who got most of his yards in the fourth quarter with the Eagles back-ups in. Bradley Fletcher came up with an interception and so did Connor Barwin, the first of his career. The Eagles came up with three sacks today on Pryor, Kendricks, Cole, and Curry.
Th Raiders aren’t know for passing so containing that wasn’t a huge surprise but a good sign nevertheless for an improving Eagles defense. Safety Nate Allen continues to make strides to proving himself as a worthy 2nd round pick by Andy Reid and rookie Earl Wolff is too getting better with each passing week. It is clear that these coaches and players are starting to gel with each other and are getting used to the switch to the 3-4.