On a day where Nick Foles had a historic outing another member of the Philadelphia Eagles had a monster game. Riley Cooper torched the Oakland Raiders‘ secondary to the tune of five catches for 139 yards and a career high three touchdown catches.
Cooper took advantage of his one-on-one match-up with Raiders rookie cornerback DJ Hayden. Frankly he abused the young corner all day long. Foles found him and DeSean Jackson repeatedly down field and totally exposed the Raiders’ back four.
Cooper only produces this way with Foles at the helm as it seems the two of them have a genuine rapport with one another. Cooper is at his best with the pocket quarterback Foles, who has superior anticipation and accuracy to Michael Vick. The big receiver benefits from that big time.
Many questioned why the Eagles should even keep Cooper around after all the controversy that surrounded him earlier this season, but we are starting to see why. He is a huge target that can use his size and strength in the red zone, and he also has enough speed to get on top of a defense and beat them deep.
With Jeremy Maclin sidelined for the season the Eagles have needed all of Cooper’s production. He is thriving in Chip Kelly‘s offensive scheme like he never has before which is a good sight to see.
The Eagles’ offense was questioned around the league and in the national media after two straight down performances. They made a statement on Sunday that as long as Kelly gets good quarterback play his offense can be a juggernaut.