This is the article I never thought I would write… (previous Foles Files click here)
(Yes I came up with the Jeff Hostetler comparison before it went viral!)
After the most improbable run in NFL history ended with Nick Foles hoisting the Lombardi trophy high over his head, and then watching his performance in weeks one and two of this season, I thought I had written the last edition of the Foles Files.
But, here we are.
Back by popular demand, The Foles Files have made their return, and debut for Branded Sports.
Stats: 24/31, 270 yards, 1 INT, 89.4 QB rating.
Slow starts have plagued the Eagles all season long. They had only scored 28 first quarter points entering this game, but after the defense forced a Rams three and out, Foles helped the Eagles add to that total by leading a solid opening drive.
They had to settle for a Jake Elliott 51 yard field goal, but this was only the fourth time all season that Eagles scored in the first quarter.
Rapport with Alshon
He connected with Alshon on all 8 targets for 160 yards.
Foles was putting Alshon Jeffery in a position to make plays, and he was delivering.
It’s clear that these two have quite a rapport…
Getting everyone involved
Foles was handing out targets like an Oprah holiday giveaway special..
Alshon Jeffery: 8 targets, 8 catches, 160 yards
Zach Ertz: 7 targets, 3 catches, 22 yards
Golden Tate: 5 targets, 5 catches, 43 yards
Darren Sproles: 5 targets, 3 catches, 16 yards
Dallas Goedert: 2 targets, 2 catches, 12 yards
Wendell Smallwood: 2 targets, 2 catches, 9 yards
Nelson Agholor: 2 targets, 1 catch, 8 yards
Some big throws / TD drive # 1
After a Greg Zuerlein 41 yard field goal, the Eagles got the ball back with 4:38 left in the half.
Foles then went to work.
He went 3/4 for 55 huge yards on the drive, making some big throws along the way.
On a 3rd and 2 he hooked up with Dallas Goedert for 2 yards and just enough for a first down.
After two Josh Adams runs, the Eagles were faced with a 3rd and 5. Foles then threw his best ball of the night, a 35 yard hookup with Alshon Jeffery…
Two plays later he connected with Jeffery again for 18 more yards, and then Josh Adams took it into the end zone for a 6 yard TD.
This was one hell of a drive.
Getting rid of the ball….quickly
The offensive line played a hell of a game, but Foles was doing his part as well. He was getting the ball out very quick and making life easier on his lineman and receivers.
Aaron Donald (16.5 sacks) and co. were held without a sack for only the second time this season.
As I highlighted earlier, Foles was not afraid take shots down the field. He was also not afraid to take shots to his body.
He took some big hits from some of the biggest and baddest players in the league..
Watch as he gets crushed by Ndamukung Suh at the end of this play..
Far from perfect
This was far from a perfect QB performance.
There were some overthrows, and one really big mistake.
They also struggled again to extend drives.
Foles was 7/8 for 73 yards on third down, but they only converted on three of those completed passes. As a team they were just 4-13 on third down.
Ok, I’m done nitpicking.
Big Dick Nick
For the love of god, he did it again!
This guy, with his huge dick, went into LA vs the 11-2 Rams as a 13.5 point UNDERDOG and came out with a WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How in the HELL?!?!?!?!?!
Let the hot takes begin. I don’t even care anymore.. have at it!
Last season I compared Foles to Jeff Hostetler, but this year the only person I can compare Nick Foles to is….. Nick Foles.
His first start in 2017 also came in week in week 15.
Week 15 2017- @ Giants: Eagles 34, Giants 29
24/38, 237 yards, 4 TDs, 115.8 QB rating
Week 15 2018- @ Rams: Eagles 30, Rams 23
Stats: 24/31, 270 yards, 1 INT, 89.4 QB rating
Wow. That was just a lot of fun.
I know the conversation will be centered around Wentz/Foles.
Here’s my stance….
I believe Carson Wentz is a future elite QB in the NFL. I believe he is the future of this franchise. I believe that he will lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl. I could go on, and on, and on about why I like Carson Wentz.
But right now, this isn’t about Carson Wentz. This is about Nick Foles and his ability to shine when the lights are brightest.
There’s just something about Foles in a big game. I can’t explain it, so I won’t try to.
What I do know is the Eagles have a pulse, and that’s something I didn’t think they would have entering week 16. If they win out and the Panthers and Vikings lose one of their next two games, they are back in the playoffs.
Can Foles lead the Eagles to the playoffs?
If you would have asked me last week, I would have said “absolutely not.”
But who the hell am I to tell YOU not to believe in Nick Foles?!?!
So…. can Nick Foles lead the Eagles to the playoffs?
Sure, why not.. let’s do it!
FOLES to the BOWL!!!