Nick Foles: Can He Lead Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl XLVIII?

By Phil Naegely
Nick Foles
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After leading the Philadelphia Eagles over the Dallas Cowboys in a must-win Week 17 victory, Philadelphia is heading back to the NFL playoffs after a dismal 2012 season. Head coach Chip Kelly has done wonders this year through his fast-pace, no-huddle offense that has dominated most of their opponents’ defenses. It has shocked many that the Eagles’ offense has worked this season, and they are equally surprised by Nick Foles‘ overall performance this season. One questions remains though, can Foles lead the Eagles to Super Bowl XLVIII?

Since taking over full-time for an injured Mike Vick in the Eagles’ game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — except leaving early against Dallas in Week 7 — Foles has put on a show.

Over his 2013 season, Foles has thrown for 2,891 yards and 27 touchdowns, while only being throwing two interceptions. One of those interceptions came in a snowy, low visibility game against the Detroit Lions. In addition, Foles has thrown at least two touchdowns in seven of his starts leading the Eagles to a 7-1 record in the last eight games.

For Foles to lead the team to the Super Bowl, multiple things need to happen. First of all, Foles needs to make smart decisions and complete his passes like he has been. Secondly, the Eagles’ offensive line needs to protect their QB. In Week 17, Dallas’ defensive line and line backers had free reign hitting, pressuring, and causing Foles to make fast passes.

Third, Foles will need to incorporate the multiple weapon passing offense the Eagles have. Lastly, rushing leader LeSean McCoy needs to find success in the playoffs. If the Eagles can rush successfully against their playoff opponents, this will set up holes down the field for Foles to hit open receivers.

Second-year QB Foles has been making history this season. He, along with the rest of the Eagles team, has brought hope and the playoffs back to Philadelphia. In order to advance to the Super Bowl, Foles and the rest of the offense will need to play to their full potential and not allow nerves to get in the way.

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