Nick Foles Steals the Show in Rout for Philadelphia Eagles

By Bob Francis
Nick Foles
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The Philadelphia Eagles gained another win, against the Oakland Raiders, keeping them within striking distance in the NFC East and their season alive. Nick Foles was the story of the day though, throwing more touchdown passes than incompletions, picking apart the Oakland defense. Heading into the game, there were many questions surrounding Foles and his play after his less than adequate performance against the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago.

Foles did not disappoint, tying an NFL record with seven touchdown passes on the day, matching Peyton Manning’s output from Week 1. He looked sharp all day long, protecting the football, finding open receivers and really making the Eagles hard to defend by spreading the ball around. Philadelphia looked like the lethal offense that had been advertised entering the season, just with Foles behind center instead of Michael Vick.

The Philadelphia defense continued to produce, holding the Raiders to just 20 points to mark the fourth week in a row they’ve been able to keep the opposition at or below 20. Becoming more reliable, they are making it more likely that the Eagles could make some noise in the division before it’s all said and done. Although they have a tough matchup on the horizon with the Green Bay Packers, there is reason for hope.

It remains to be seen if the Eagles can translate their play onto home turf, but with another road game ahead before returning to the confines of Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles can continue to grow. They’ll need to perform at home before it’s over if they want any chance at a playoff spot, but the win in Oakland provides a great stepping stone for Foles and an offense that needed to find a way to get things going again.

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