Few times in life are you given a second chance, another opportunity to make good on something that you missed out on the first time. It happens even less in professional sports. However, this weekend, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will get another crack at the Dallas Cowboys, with the division on the line. In Week 7, Foles, who took over for Michael Vick a week earlier, had his worst game behind center in Philadelphia. He threw for just 8o yards, completing only 11 passes. The Eagles lost an opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East, and Foles left the game early with an injury.
Since then, Foles has been nearly untouchable. He has put himself in the conversation with NFL greats like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. He is just four points shy of the highest single-season passer rating in league history, currently held by Aaron Rodgers. Since returning in Week 9, he has led the Eagles to six victories in seven games. He tied an NFL record for touchdown passes in a game and put together the best touchdown to interception ratio in the game today. Foles has looked every bit of an All-Pro in just his second season in the league. He has yet to play a full season as a starting quarterback, but somehow looks extremely comfortable running the new offense in Philadelphia.
Realistically, there’s only one thing missing from his resume as far as the people of Philadelphia are concerned. Foles seemed unable to handle the pressure of playing the Cowboys and constructing a victory the first time around. Now, he prepares for redemption. A second chance at making the most of Chip Kelly’s first season as Eagles’ head coach. Foles has seemed to step up his play each time the pressure mounts, with the exception of the first Dallas game.
Knowing the type of player Foles is and his outlook on the game, he’ll be prepared and chomping at the bit to take the field for a chance to make right what he couldn’t do earlier in the season. The Eagles will need him at his best, keeping the tempo high, protecting the football and leading the Eagles to a division title on enemy ground. If he can manage to rewrite the book on himself, he’ll not only bring the NFC East division crown back to Philadelphia for the first time since 2010, but he’ll solidify himself as the starting quarterback of the future for the Eagles.