The explanation, if you could call it that, was less than satisfactory for fans of the Philadelphia Eagles.
When newly-minted NFC Player of the Week Nick Foles got up in front of the assembled media upon his return to Philadelphia off a record-setting seven-touchdown game, the first question asked him what was the difference between his Hall of Fame start against the Oakland Raiders and his Hall of Shame performance against the Dallas Cowboys two weeks earlier.
“I just had a bad day,” Foles said. “I’m sure every one of you (reporters) in here have had a bad day. I had one, too.”
That was not exactly the explanation that Eagles’ fans were hoping for, and it might cause some anxiety going forward. There was some hope that Foles would get up there and say he was dinged up early in the game and the concussion he was diagnosed with wasn’t found out until he was pulled in the third quarter.
Maybe Foles wasn’t in the mood to make excuses, but playing the entire game with a concussion might have been a better way of making sense out of these stats against the Cowboys: 11-of-29 for 80 yards and no touchdowns. He had to be pulled at the end of the third quarter because of a concussion suffered in that game. Contrast that to what he did against the Raiders going 22-of-28 for 406 yards and seven touchdowns.
Foles was of sound mind and sound body against the Raiders. Against the Cowboys, we’re not so sure because Foles showed no signs of having those kind of wild swings in his prior year-plus experience with the Eagles.
For now, we’ll blame it on a game-long concussion and let Foles chalk it up to a bad day. We’ll re-evaluate if he goes 11-for-29 against the Green Bay Packers in the next game.
Mike Gibson, an Associated Press Sports Editors’ Association and Keystone Press Association award-winner for Best Sports Story and Best Sports Feature, is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @papreps , “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.