Philadelphia Eagles' Embarrassing Loss Cannot Be Pinned On Nick Foles

By Ryan Wenzell
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The shellacking that the Philadelphia Eagles took at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings and backup quarterback Matt Cassell of all people was certainly not the fault of quarterback Nick Foles.

Foles had another monster outing, finishing with over 400 yards passing and three touchdowns. His favorite target on the day was DeSean Jackson, and he found him repeatedly to the tune of almost 200 yards. Foles did all he could in this one, but the defense got absolutely torched.

This was certainly a mind-boggling loss for the Eagles. Is it possible they over looked or underestimated their opponent? The Vikings came into the game with their backup quarterback and third-string running back. Both Adrian Peterson and his backup Toby Gerhart were ruled out. Yet somehow, the Eagles’ defense let little-known second-year running back Matt Asiata run wild on them.

They got torched downfield by forgotten man Greg Jennings as well. This one will be painful for the secondary and defense as a whole to watch on tape. The Eagles must learn from this. Maybe they were feeling too good about themselves after five straight wins. Perhaps this loss splashed the Eagles with a dose of reality.

Let’s hope. The Eagles now enter a crucial stretch. A winner-take-all against the reeling Dallas Cowboys is looming, but it is possible for the Eagles to clinch on home field against the Chicago Bears if the Cowboys slip up again. For the Eagles, it is good that this type of loss came now as a lesson to be learned on the way to potential playoff glory.

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