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Eagles vs. Raiders: Philly Needs Nick Foles To Bounce Back Against Oakland

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Nick Foles had a miserable performance a few weeks ago in a Philadelphia Eagles loss to put it mildly. Before he was forced to leave the game with a concussion he had thrown for a measly 80 yards on 29 passing attempts in what was the most inaccurate performance of his career.

It didn’t even look like Foles out there. After the game he just said the throws got away from him and he would bounce back. Well, he better. The Eagles’ season is slowly but surely slipping away from them. Astonishingly, despite their struggles they are still only a game back of first place in large part due to the pathetic division the play in, aptly nicknamed the “NFC Least”.

With a chance to salvage their season and make a mid-season playoff push Foles needs to get back to being at his best. For two straight weeks he legitimately looked like the Eagles’ answer at quarterback. He was hitting all his throws, showing poise in the pocket, and leading the offense to points on the scoreboard.

This is the Foles that has to come out for the Eagles to have a chance. Foles has had a  few weeks to clear  his head and improve his mechanics to fix whatever ailed him a few weeks ago.

He won’t have it easy as the Oakland Raiders are an improved defensive unit. Their secondary and defensive line are playing at a high level, and despite their reputation the past few seasons the Raiders won’t just be a team the Eagles will have a cakewalk with.

This may be Foles’ last chance Sunday. The general sentiment among fans after his clunker of  a game with first place on the line at home is that he is not the Eagles’ quarterback of the future. Perhaps he can prove us all wrong starting Sunday afternoon.