Nick Foles Crumbles Under Big Game Pressure for Philadelphia Eagles
It was a game that could have set the stage for the Philadelphia Eagles for the remainder of the season. A win would have put them atop the NFC East and looking ahead to greener pastures. They could have taken advantage the opportunity they had to reestablish themselves as the class of the division. Instead, after two-straight wins, although over winless teams, they watched their chances float away along with the promise of quarterback Nick Foles.
Foles was given the reins of the offense once again with Michael Vick sidelined with a hamstring injury. The hype built as the week wore on, and after stellar performances against both the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccanners, both wins, Foles was expected to take center stage and lead the Eagles over the Dallas Cowboys to the promised land. The only problem was that same Foles never showed up.
Leading up to the divisional showdown with the Cowboys, in the past game and a half, Foles had completed 67 percent of his passes, totaling nearly 500 yards through the air and produced five passing touchdowns, while running for another of his own. He was running the Philadelphia offense like a well-oiled machine, getting all weapons involved and spraying the ball around to keep the defenses honest. Just when everything seemed to be taking form and Foles looked as though he may be ready for more, the wheels came off.
Real questions now loom after Foles’ poor showing against Dallas. His completion percentage fell a drastic 30 points from the previous two games, and the Eagles didn’t score a touchdown on the day. He seemed like a quarterback getting his feet wet for the first time, missing open receivers, holding the ball too long and really just looking uncomfortable, instead of one ready to take the starting position from Vick.
Confidence in Foles has now gone by the wayside, although he probably won’t even be available this weekend against New York due to his head injury in the third quarter. His hiccup leaves the Eagles again searching for answers about their future and the direction this franchise will go for the remainder of the season and into next year.