This was Nick Foles‘ chance to shine and his chance to show that he was a capable starter for the Philadelphia Eagles both now and for the future. He failed miserably. Foles failed to get anything going offensively against the 30th ranked Dallas Cowboys defense as the Eagles fell 17-3 in a chance to gain first place in the division.
Foles simply didn’t show any of the signs he showed the last two weeks. He was late with his throws, he missed open targets, and he took sacks unnecessarily by holding the ball too long. It was an ugly outing for Foles, and his nightmare of a night continued when he left the game in the late 3rd quarter with an apparent head injury that looked like a concussion.
Matt Barkley came on in spot duty and didn’t fare much better as he threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter alone in what was an ugly all around day for the offense. It really is a shame. On a day when the Eagles’ defense actually showed up and balled out, containing Tony Romo and the Cowboys’ offense for most of the night, the offense was completely invisible.
DeSean Jackson was completely blanketed by corners Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, and LeSean “Shady” McCoy was held in check on the afternoon. The general sentiment going into today was that this would be an offensive shootout, but it turned into a defensive struggle where neither offense generated much in terms of points.
The Cowboys got the last laugh with two crucial scores and are now in fist place. Foles showed that he is not the current or future answer at quarterback that many fans believed he was, and the Eagles will now go back to Michael Vick when he is healthy. It has become apparent the Eagles are still searching for their future signal caller. That was made glaringly obvious after a bitter loss and a horrible offensive performance blowing a chance to take control of the division.