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Nick Foles ties NFL record with seven touchdown passes

Nov 3, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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Even those folks who have been clamoring for Nick Foles to be the Eagles’ starting quarterback for the remainder of the season couldn’t have seen this coming. Foles threw more touchdown passes than incompletions in the Birds’ 49-20 victory over the Raiders on Sunday, tying the NFL single-game record with seven scores.

Foles’ line: 22-of-28 for 406 yards, seven touchdowns and zero turnovers—good for a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

You tell me, Philadelphia. Do we still have a quarterback controversy on our hands?

Riley Cooper hauled in three of those touchdowns as part of a five-reception, 139-yard afternoon for the embattled wide receiver. DeSean Jackson hauled in a 63-yard bomb for six points, as he also enjoyed a huge day with five catches for 150. Brent Celek, Zach Ertz and LeSean McCoy were responsible for the rest of the Eagles’ trips to the end zone.

Foles likely could’ve broken the record, but Chip Kelly finally opted to pull the QB in the fourth quarter with the outcome having long been decided.

This was against a Raiders defense that entered the game 10th overall, 12th in points allowed. Oakland was stronger versus the run than they were the pass, but at 17th the Oakland secondary ranked right in the middle of the pack in terms of production through the air.

Such a historic performance makes Foles’ disaster against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6 all the more perplexing. The second-year passer was inaccurate, hitting 37.9 percent of his passes for 80 yards in the 17-3 loss two weeks ago. Today, Foles couldn’t miss, completing 78.6 percent for 14.5 yards per attempt.

Seven touchdowns also ties the franchise record set by Adrian Burk in 1954.

After the game, Chip Kelly refused to name a starter for next week’s game at Green Bay, claiming the decision would be based on Michael Vick’s health. That should be an interesting situation to monitor.

It’s hard to know what to think about Foles, whose performances from one game to the next have been wildly erratic in nine career starts. As we’ve lobbied for in this space before though, the Eagles should ride the 24-year-old through the highs and lows and figure out whether there is any long-term value with him under center, even if long-term is only next season.

After all, only six quarterbacks in NFL history had thrown for seven touchdowns in a single game before Foles. Three of them are Hall of Famers. Peyton Manning is the only other active player to have done it.

Which Foles is for real? Who knows. Doesn’t matter right now. Only one way to find out.

Of course, the story that that takes a back seat here is the Eagles broke a two-game losing streak with their win in Oakland and remain one game back of Dallas for first place in the NFC East. We’ll see who Chip decides gives them the best chance to win next Sunday.

No doubt we’ll have much more to come on Foles’ historic day and the fallout from those incredible events.

  1. yishmeister - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    This team is beyond explanation.

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  2. Bob - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I think Chip is only refusing to name a starter for Green Bay for gamesmanship and his respect of Vick.

    I think even the anti Foles crowd would be floored if Vick started this week in Green Bay.

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  3. Feather Green - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    All well and good for Nick Foles, but I don’t think any of us are capable of assessing his performance until we’ve heard from Marcus Vick.

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    • Bob - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Hahaha….

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      • nyphilsphan - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        I’ll just respond to you here instead of the other thread:

        I thought your other post meant that Foles earned the right to stay on the team and try his luck at winning the job in the off-season. I apologize if I misread it but I think you understand that a lot of craaaaaazy people have been posting on this issue in the past 6 months.

      • Bob - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        All good man….I figured it was that. I agree it’s been insane.

  4. mike - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    The Raiders are a bunch of pansies. They were getting blown out at home. Yet, I didn’t see a single Raider start punching any of the Eagles. What kind of “team” are they? No messages were sent. No cheap shots. No late hits. All they did was keep playing hard and then scored a touchdown at the end of the game.

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    • Jason R. - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:27 AM

      Absolutely no on-field assaults, so baffling. They clearly don’t care and have no respect for themselves, their teammates, or the game. I mean, how do you just take that and not try to rip off Foles’ helmet and punch him in the face. I don’t care if it puts you in the hospital or gets you suspended, you’ve *gotta* send a message!

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      • Jay D - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        for those of you who missed it….
        see: Flyers vs caps Nov1st

  5. dku5 - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Although the media likes to spin the QB controversy as one VERSUS the other, the real argument is whether or not either QB is top teir. You like trust argue that Foles is better than Vick, but in the end that is irrelevant. You can compare stats all day long, but what you miss is the real sign of an A Caliber player is something neither have. Consistency is missing, and the lack of consistency is the heart of the Eagles QB controversy. It is very much alive.

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    • Andrew Kulp - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      Well, when you bring up consistency, it’s worth pointing out this was Nick Foles’ ninth career start. You have to expect a certain level of inconsistency from a developing player. Very few quarterbacks arrived on the scene without experiencing a bad game or two in their first couple seasons. Foles responded with this performance, but I agree he needs to string a few good games together now in order to take the “next step.”

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      • nyphilsphan - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        Wow, photo finish. Got me by a nose.

      • dku5 - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        I am not sure how much more time foles needs to spend developing. I think he has already taken the next step, and now it is a progression to the norm for Foles, what ever that may be.

    • nyphilsphan - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      You feel confident speaking to Foles consistency as an NFL player 9 starts into his career? And given that his first 6 starts were with a team that had quit on the coaching staff, you feel confident making pronouncements 3 starts into his career under Kelly?

      Let’s give the kid the chance to prepare week in, week out in this system for a season and then maybe we’ll have a big enough sample size to make this kind of statement.

      I will say that NO eagles QB has shown the ability to pump fake the secondary and look off safeties and make TDs look so easy in probably my entire lifetime. Could be the system, could be the player, could be a combination of both. But when Foles is “on”, he makes it look easy- which is what all the best QBs do.

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      • dku5 - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        I feel absolutely confident in evaluating a player after 13 NFL games of which he started 9. There are many drives and plays to evaluate in that time. He also has two preseasons, 2 years of practice reps, and 5 years of playing college (one as redshirt). If the fundamentals are not there by now, a few more NFL games will not help. I am not sure what he has been doing for the last 2 years if he has not been preparing to play in the NFL. He has had 3 months to learn Kelly’s system and plays, If the inconsistency was due to misreading plays, I would agree that he (or anyone) needs more time. This is not the case.

        Making a comment on a sports blog does not qualify as a pronouncement, as there little (if any) formality here. I mean no offense to the 700 club, but is not considered a authoritative judgement to post under a pseudonym. Foles executed perfect throws against Tampa Bay, but he missed wide open players by 5+ yds against Dallas. Then he throws an almost perfect game against Oakland. This is a prime example of inconsistent play.

        Moreover, You say 9 games is not enough time to judge a player. Isn’t that BECAUSE you believe they are inconsistent with that “little” experience??????? You say, ” Let’s give the kid the chance to prepare week in, week out in this system for a season and then maybe we’ll have a big enough sample size to make this kind of statement.” Than you say, “when Foles is “on”, he makes it look easy- which is what all the best QBs do.” This is also inconsistency: If Foles is bad we dismiss it for lack of experience; if Foles is good we embrace it as proof that he is one of the best.

  6. KJB - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Before today’s game my grandmother told me she likes Nick Foles because he seems “honest and true.” It’s safe to say that grandmom was validated. Today’s performance: definitely honest and true.

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  7. Steve - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Andy,it just isn’t true that Foles performances have been erratic.From the very first game,he showed improvement from week to week.Actually,the Dallas game was out of character for him.He has been pretty accurate from week to week and this will be his second player of the week this year.Look at his stats and you will realize that just isn’t true.

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    • Andrew Kulp - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      What about the Cincinnati game last year?

      I personally don’t really blame Foles for what happened in that game, but if you “look at his stats” (and even if you don’t), it’s hard to argue he improved on the previous week’s performance in that case.

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  8. Jason R. - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    I’m as jacked up about this as the next guy and I know you gotta make plays to make plays and Foles played a perfect game aside from the TDs, but three (four?) of the TD passes were on super blown coverages and/or defenders falling down. I’m not gonna give any of them back but, as after week 1, I don’t know that we’ve officially reached the promised land.

    That said I’m gonna bask in this one for a while. Bryce looked great, both TEs got involved, and FINALLY an Eagles QB trusted a WR going deep. Even getting blown out in Denver, Vick didn’t try any sort of deep 50/50-eh-what-the-hell type passes. Riley Cooper is 6’5″, ya gotta take a shot a couple times a game, no? Today we saw why you should: good coverage on both TDs, Cooper made both plays, though a defender fell on the post route TD, but still, that’s why you take a shot.

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    • eaglegreen - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:21 AM

      No negative perspective please and thank you

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  9. eaglegreen - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Good quarterbacks overcome bad games! Good quarterbacks show great potential early in their careers! Good quarterbacks are accurate passers! Good quarterbacks make teamates better ask Zack Ertz 1st touchdown and Riley Cooper who’s all of a sudden ballin! Nick Foles is the new sheriff according to my checklist.

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  10. 2sentz - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    An awesome side-bonus to Foles’ monster day: All the endzone-angle replays.

    There’s no way I was the only guy replaying dvr during every commercial cracking up at all the neanderthal cretins’ reactions. Drinking-game gold raaht there.

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  11. Jay D - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Who wants to play in Philly anymore really…???? fans are just looking for the first little thing that the team does wrong to jump down the players throat if the team is struggling in the slightest….
    Picture how loud we would of been boing the eagles at half time at the linc if we were the raiders.

    same for flyers

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  12. sleezy baby - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    So I had foles on my bench in fantasy football…. And I started andy dalton over him.
    FML

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    • Schmitty - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Did the same thing with Brees as my starter. Lost to a guy by 11 points and might have lost a tight division because of this week.

      Anybody that did play Foles either has stopped checking their line-up or is lying. The Birds can’t score a TD in two weeks (with any three of their QBs) and then Foles drops bombs all over the place.

      Friggin’ unreal.

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      • mike - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Both Mannings, Stafford and Kaepernick all had byes yesterday, so it’s possible there was a good amount of people who started him.

      • mike - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        Stafford- aka “Guy who throws to Megatron”.

      • Schmitty - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        Thanks for the clarification as to who Stafford is. Had a good chuckle over “that other guy”. :)

    • Kevin - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      I started friggin Alex Smith thinking it was a safe pick for 20 points against the Bills. He got 2.

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  13. willh888 - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Can’t say im not impressed. He can jump higher than Riley Cooper too. Bet you he could throw down a mean reverse lay up

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