Nick Foles Struggled Early But Came On LateBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Sunday, January 5th, 2014
Nick Foles shined against the No. 4 ranked Defense, going 22-33 for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns. He did not turn the ball over and commanded the Offense with the same poise he has shown all season.
In the first half, Foles looked a little slow to get going. He held on to the football too long. The young signal caller didn’t see open receivers downfield (DeSean Jackson was open a couple times) and he threw to receivers short of the first down marker on third down. He wasn’t bad but he couldn’t move the chains. The Saints were playing the rushing lanes and forcing the Eagles to pass.
As the first half went on, Foles started to look more comfortable. He found arguably his favorite target, Riley Cooper, more often and completed a great pass to him for a touchdown. Cooper is the red zone threat the Eagles have lacked for years, plus at 6’3 he is a good compliment for DeSean Jackson.
When the Eagles got the ball the start of the second half, they still looked flat. Foles held onto the football too long and got flagged for intentional grounding, which like last week is starting to get annoying.
Foles is very good at not turning it over, but you have to get rid of that ball better. But the real killer was the dropped pass by Riley Cooper on third down. Cooper was looking to go downfield before he secured the ball, which is a big no no. It was a crucial mistake, which cost the Birds at least three points and maybe six points. There was nothing but plenty of open space for Cooper to run.
However, the drop didn’t deter the Birds’ offense all night, as they finally got in gear. Foles finally connected with Desean Jackson for a couple nice gains, and Lesean McCoy started to show why he is one of the best offensive players in the league. At this point, Foles looked dialed in, throwing a go ahead touchdown to Zach Ertz. Foles reminded me of Joe Montana at this point of the game.. Like Montana, he simply did not look fazed by the blitz and made all the right throws. Give him another shot at the postseason with a better Defense and he could carry this team.
Even the Eagles lost Saturday night, we found out that Foles can play in big games. He just didn’t get the ball last, which stinks because I felt he could have driven the Eagles down the field. A las, there is always next year.
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