Another day, another good game by Foles, the Eagles leave Lambeau Field with a win and improve their record to 5-5 on the season.
Most Eagles fans expected a win as soon as they heard that Aaron Rodgers wasn’t going to be playing. Well, they were right. The Eagles defense did what they had to do and that was stop the Packers run game and force them to pass.
The Packers started Seneca Wallace but he got injured on the teams first series and so Scott Tolzien replaced him. Prior to this game, Tolzien had never recorded an NFL statistic. In effect this probably made the game even easier for the Eagles defense as they didn’t have to worry about Tolzien scrambling. Tolzien actually played fairly well for having no playing time before.
The Eagles lost the time of possession battle but it didn’t matter because they had big play touchdowns, forced two turnovers, and had a final drive that lasted 9:32. The drive totaled 16 plays a 70 yards to end the game. 12 of those 16 plays were run plays, which is a very good sign.
DeSean Jackson started the scoring on the day when he caught a 55 yard pass from Nick Foles. Both teams exchanged field goals which made the score 10-3 at the half. Riley Cooper continued his hot streak when he scored on 45 and 32 yard passes from Foles. Henery connected on his second field goal of the game and finished 2-for-3 on the day. Scoring the Packers only touchdown was Brandon Bostick. At the end of 3 it was 27-10 Eagles and sealed from there but Green Bay did add a field goal early in the fourth.
Foles completed 12-of-18 passes for 228 yards and 3 touchdowns. McCoy finally ran for over 100 yards in since about a month ago when he finished with 155 yards on 25 carries. I didn’t think the Eagles would have a good day running the ball considering the Packers had big bodies up front but give the line credit, they stepped up big today. The fast paced offense tired out the Packers by the fourth and that’s when we had our 16 play 70 yard dive to end the game.
People are often quick to criticize DeSean Jackson saying he’s a one trick pony. This year he has been nothing short of great especial with the absence of Maclin opposite of him. Jackson is running the deep routs, intermediate, and short ones to help himself lead the league in receiving yards. Also, Riley Cooper has been HUGE in stepping up for this team this year. He is making the blow of Maclin being out for the year a little softer with his production. Cooper has picked it up in his last 5 games after a small start to the season. He has 462 yards in his last five games to go along with 6 touchdowns during this stretch.
Eddie Lacy only managed 73 yards on 24 carries as our Eagles defense shut him down. Brandon Boykin showed us his continued growth when he came up with a clutch interception when the Packers were on the Eagles doorstep getting ready to score. Another interception by the Eagles was made by DeMeco Ryans. Ryans made a diving catch off a deflected pass by Carey Williams. This defense has held opponents to 21 or fewer points for 6 straight weeks and are showing us improvement each game which no one would have thought of heading into the season.
Getting back to Foles, hopefully we get to see him start the rest of the season. I’m not sold on him being the quarterback of the future and I don’t think he is but I am hoping he is able to prove many of us wrong and make the leap to becoming a very good quarterback. For me he needs to play better than average in 5 of the Eagles next 6 games to finish the season to want to bring him back. If he doesn’t then we can always keep him as a backup or as a hold-over for the next quarterback or trade him in the offseason.
Next week the Eagles will host the Washington Redskins. This is another big game for them because it gives them a chance to separate themselves in the division from the Skins and Giants and to stay along side or even pass the Cowboys.