After Nick Foles‘ incredible performance in yesterday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, I believe it’s safe to say that he is Philadelphia’s answer for a long-term quarterback. The second year quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles silenced critics by leading a winning offense, defeating the Raiders 49-20. With seven touchdown passes, Foles tied the record for passing touchdowns in a single game. Tied with only five other players in history, Foles landed himself in great company among quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Y.A. Tittle. That’s without even mentioning his 22 completions on 28 passes, not a single interception or turnover, and a perfect 158.3 rating. Foles is etching himself into NFL history and is demonstrating his leadership ability.
Those who were quick to discount Foles as a starting quarterback are quickly seeing his Pro Bowl qualities. One of his major criticisms since the start of the season was his inability to throw a deep ball. Foles discredited this by completing a 63-yard pass to Riley Cooper and a 59-yard toss to DeSean Jackson in yesterday’s game. His accuracy was on point, and he was smart with his decision-making allowing him to steer clear of interceptions and turnovers.
In addition, Foles has the talent for completing plays in the red zone, which was arguably one of Michael Vick‘s biggest weaknesses. Foles is much more successful within 20 yards of the goal line and is able to make quick plays and generate touchdowns.
The few chances Foles has had as the starting quarterback has proven that he is an incredible player. Especially after yesterday’s stellar performance, I don’t see how anyone can fail to see his potential as a long-term quarterback for the Eagles. Philadelphia is one game behind the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East, and with Foles as a team leader I have faith that they have a great shot of making playoffs.