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QB Nick Foles - Philadelphia Eagles

6-5, 243Born: 1-20-1989College: ArizonaDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Coming out of the bye, Foles played incrementally better than he did earlier this year, but the better development here is that the Eagles appear to be willing to go pass-heavy. The offensive line should be almost back to full strength soon, and Foles numbers will continue to follow.

Week 9: at Houston Texans

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Nick Foles bombed the Cardinals for 36/62 yielding 411 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions last week (he's thrown two TDs per game over the past three contests, but almost as many interceptions per game with 81/133 for 866 yards passing, six TDs and five interceptions over the three game span). Three players have seen over five targets and also caught TDs from Foles in that three game window: Jeremy Maclin (30 targets for 19/279/3 receiving), Zach Ertz (19 for 11/134/1), and Riley Cooper (21 for 14/180/1). Jordan Matthews has also been heavily involved (24 targets for 14/132/0 receiving). Maclin is clearly the wide receiver to own out of this convocation of Eagles. The Houston pass D is ranked 28th in the NFL allowing 271.4 net passing yards per game, with 15 pass TDs given up vs. seven interceptions and 15 sacks generated to date (tied for 13th and 18th in the NFL, respectively). Rookie Zach Mettenberger threw 27/41 for 290 yards, two TDs and one interception (with two sacks taken for -9 yards) vs. Houston last week, while Pittsburgh posted 24/34 for 252 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions vs. Houston two weeks back (three sacks taken for -16 yards). This is a great matchup for Foles (and Maclin, by extension).

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
5 vs STL 24 37 207 2 1 2 13 0 1
6 vs NYG 21 34 248 2 2 2 5 0 0
8 at ARI 36 62 411 2 2 2 14 0 0
9 at HOU PROJ-Dodds 27 43 * * * 3 * * *
9 at HOU PROJ-Tremblay 26 44 * * * 2 * * *
9 at HOU PROJ-Bloom 24 38 * * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs NYG (21 / 34 / 248 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Nick Foles got things going early with some quick passes to Cooper for 11 yards, Ertz for 9 yards, Maclin for 9 yards and McCoy for 2 yards. Foles looked very patient on the Eagles first touchdown drive of the game as he found a wide open Riley Cooper for a 14 yard gain and then a few plays later came back to Zach Ertz on a short pass to the right that Ertz broke away for a big 23 yard gain. Foles threw a perfect 15 yard pass to Zach Ertz on the right side of the endzone where only Ertz could make the catch and once again Foles threw another touchdown pass to one of his tight ends. On the next drive Foles started it with a big 24 yard pass to Brent Celek on a throw where he had a lot of time to preview the field and find his open man and did just that. On the Eagles second touchdown drive Foles had a couple of passes, one to Riley Cooper for a quick 6 yard strike and then he followed that up with the perfect drop in pass to James Casey for a 26 yard touchdown as Foles rolled out to the right and put the ball on the money and in stride to Casey for the touchdown. Foles continued to have lots of time in the pocket and delivered with short passes to McCoy for 3 yards, Matthews for 7 yards, and Cooper for 15, and 13 yard gains. After showing patience earlier in the drive and throughout the entire game, Foles forced a pass to Sproles to the right sideline on the Giants 16 yard line that was picked off and staled the Eagles drive. On the first drive for the Eagles in the second half Foles felt the pressure and rolled out to the right side and threw his second interception of the game on a lazy throw that was intended for Jordan Matthews. It was a play that Foles probably should have just tried to throw the ball away rather then try to get it into tight coverage. After the interception, Foles settled down on the next drive and led the Eagles on a 97 yard touchdown drive that really put the game away for the Eagles. Foles made big passes to Matthews for 26 yards, Celek for 9 yards, and Celek again for a 7 yard gain.

2014 Week 8 vs ARI (36 / 62 / 411 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)

Foles started the game with 3 straight passes, completing the first two for 2 yards to McCoy and then another 2 yard gain to Brent Celek with the third being thrown into traffic and broken up. Foles started the second Eagles drive with a little more flair finding Maclin for 13 yard gain and a couple of plays later to the rookie Matthews for 23 yards. Foles delivered a bullet pass to Zach Ertz on third down to secure an Eagles first down and took a big hit doing so. Two plays later Foles found Maclin for a 21 yard touchdown on a WR screen to the right side. On the next drive Foles once again looked in Maclin's direction often and had 3 more completions to him for 11 yards, 1 yard and 28 yards where he found him wide open down the right sidelines. The next play Foles found rookie WR Josh Huff on a screen pass and Huff made a mistake and fumbled the ball on the Cardinals 7 yard line stalling the scoring drive. Foles hung around and bought enough time to throw a 50 yard bomb down field to Riley Cooper for a big gain. On the very next play the Eagles went back to the air and Foles targeted the rookie Josh Huff in the endzone but threw the ball a little bit short and it was picked off. Right before halftime Foles found Matthews on a quick 7 yard WR screen and then went downfield and was almost picked off again as he threw a ball into the direction of Cooper but he was in heavy traffic. On third down he found Maclin over the middle for the first down catch. Foles ran for a 11 yard gain and first down and made sure to get out of bounds late in the first half. Foles made some short throws to Maehl for 6 yards, Celek 6 yards, Ertz 6 yards, and Cooper for 9 yards but could never make the big play to get the Eagles in scoring position and they had to punt the ball away. With the Eagles at midfield to start the drive Foles dropped back and delivered a 54 pass to Maclin in stride for the touchdown. Foles threw his 2nd interception on the game as he was targeting Riley Cooper but the two looked to have some mis-communication and Foles under threw him. Foles looked calm near the end of the game on the Eagles go ahead field goal drive and then on the last drive of the game where he came up just short in leading the team into the endzone. On the last drive of the game Foles found Cooper for a big 22 yard gain over the middle of the field. He later made throws to Maclin for 8 yards, McCoy for 8 and another pass to Maclin for 19 yards to give the Eagles a few shots in the endzone to try to get the winning touchdown. The last three plays of the game saw Foles overthrow Matthews in the endzone and then threw a nice jump ball to Zach Ertz that was broken up and with 1 second left he looked to the rookie Jordan Matthews again on the left side of the endzone but Matthews could not drag his feet in bounds to make the score.

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Latest News

Eagles | Nick Foles loses in Arizona return (Sun Oct 26, 08:51 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles completed 36 of his 62 pass attempts for 411 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 8 game against the Arizona Cardinals. His 62 pass attempts tied the franchise record set by former QB Randall Cunningham in 1989. Foles is also the first Eagles QB with nine interceptions through seven games since Cunningham, also in 1989.

Our View: Foles won't throw 62 passes again soon, but the Eagles have become a much more pass heavy than they were last year. He'll have another stiff test against the Texans next week, but the numbers should come.
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