Nick Foles made an emphatic statement late Sunday afternoon. His seven touchdown passes tied an NFL record, and after being questioned about his ability for two weeks due to a clunker of a performance he silenced his critics in a historic day for the second-year quarterback.
He is in elite company now as only a handful of quarterbacks have thrown for seven touchdown passes in a game including Peyton Manning earlier this year. Foles simply shredded the Oakland Raiders‘ defense. His favorite targets were Riley Cooper and DeSean Jackson who he found repeatedly down the field for long touchdown passes.
I have to admit I didn’t believe Foles was the future quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, but all of those questions have to go out the window after this performance. Foles looked steady and in command of the offense as he did whatever he wanted and was in complete control from the opening drive.
Keep in mind this offense had scored zero touchdowns in its last eight quarters. Foles accounted for all seven touchdowns in today’s blowout including almost 500 yards of total offense. What a bounce-back performance from the youngster.
Foles has forced his way into the starting quarterback slot, and there is no possible way that coach Chip Kelly can go back to Michael Vick after a performance like this. Foles is simply the more decisive and better quarterback for this offense.
The real question is is this just a fluke or is it a legitimate performance from an ascending young signal caller? I am guessing the latter. His performance a few weeks ago was an outlier, and Foles is now back in his groove.
Even the best quarterbacks have off games. For now this was a day to enjoy for Eagles fans, and it gave us a glimpse into the future that looks bright. Foles has taken hold of the quarterback position for the Eagles now and into the future.