Opportunity can present itself to players for many different reasons, but how they take advantage of it truly demonstrates their worth in the NFL. Philadelphia Eagles‘ quarterback, Nick Foles took full advantage of the chance he was given, starting in place of the injured Michael Vick. The Eagles needed a victory to keep pace in a weak NFC East division and they earned it against a still winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers team.
Foles didn’t waste any time getting to work, leading the Eagles down the field in their first possession. It was against the grain for him, but he scrambled in for a touchdown. His passes were crisp all day and his ability to navigate the offense showed. The Eagles played at a good pace for most of the day. Spreading the ball around and getting all the pieces involved on the offensive side of the ball, Foles looked like a veteran taking advantage of everything the defense gave him. He didn’t just find success against some bad team, though. Their record doesn’t show it, but the Tampa Bay defense is strong, led by the likes of Darrelle Revis.
Behind Foles, Philadelphia put up the most points Tampa Bay has surrendered all season. It was even more points surrendered than Drew Brees and the high-powered New Orleans Saints could get. Foles showed comfort, throwing for three touchdowns, two of which were to DeSean Jackson who stepped up to the challenge of Revis. Spreading the ball around to eight different receivers and using LeSean McCoy to set up the proper situations, Foles ran the offense like a well-oiled machine. The help he got from the stars on a day when the Eagles needed production definitely took the edge off, but his performances in the last two weeks force Philadelphia to ask some questions.
Foles did for Chip Kelly what any head coach would hope for from his backup quarterback. He took what he was given and led his team to victory, keeping the Eagles in first place and preparing them for an NFC East showdown with the Dallas Cowboys. Many think Kelly has a decision to make, but although Foles played well, the other dimension that Vick brings to a game is not replaceable. Vick should be back behind center as soon as the injury permits.