The Eagles went into the game with Michael Vick inactive and Nick Foles starting, but ended with Matt Barkley on the field and Foles out with an injury sustained in the fourth quarter. While Foles refrained from turning the ball over when he was in the game, he threw for only 80 yards and had trouble all afternoon.
Numerous times throughout the game, Foles missed wide open receivers and routinely under-threw simple 10-yard patterns as well. The Eagles managed to score only three points all game, and that only happened because DeMeco Ryans intercepted a Tony Romo pass and returned it into field goal range.
Foles completed under 50 percent of his passes on Sunday, and even though Barkley threw three interceptions late, Foles still threw for less yards than the rookie despite having more passing attempts and more playing time. After Foles struggled so much today, I’m sure Chip Kelly is hoping Vick can play next week as the Eagles will have another important divisional matchup, this one against the New York Giants.
Vick is not only a better fit for Kelly’s system, but he has played more consistently than Foles this year, meaning he will likely be the team’s starting quarterback once he is healthy.
After Foles left the game with an apparent head injury and Barkley played like a rookie, the Eagles only have one option at quarterback going forward. Maybe Barkley will work out in the future, but after the team offered to trade Foles during the offseason, it is clear that even before today that the team didn’t see him as their future starter at the quarterback position, leaving the door open for Vick to lead this team as long as he is healthy.