Foles: Player of month is team honor

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Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Nick Foles set an NFL record for best QB rating in a month (152.8), so it wasn't a huge surprise that he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month Wednesday. Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick are the only other Eagles quarterbacks to receive the honor.

"It's a great honor," Foles said. "I always look at it as, I couldn't do it without my teammates. I think it's just a testament to what we're doing as a team," going 3-0 in November. "You don't earn player of the month if you're losing. Everybody's working together to achieve these wins, and it just so happened they decided to give me (the award). It's a great honor for the team, not necessarily me."

Foles said he has no idea if the league gives the player of the month something with which to adorn his mantel. He said he got nothing tangible for his two player of the week awards, except game balls awarded by the team. 

"All that stuff goes to mom" in Texas, Foles said.

"I see the way he works throughout the week to make himself better," Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said of Foles, who on Tuesday was officially named the Eagles' starter for the remaining five games.

"Nick's the same" as his success mounts, Shurmur said. "I prefer it in a quarterback. He's very businesslike, very matter-of-fact. Coaches and players at times, their emotions go up and down. Somebody somewhere has to keep calm, and I think that's what Nick does. He has a calm presence, although he has the ability to express his emotions of happiness or displeasure in ways that sometimes are not obvious. That's important, too."

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Defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Carson Palmer and the Cardinals offense present "our biggest challenge of the last five or six weeks." He noted that down the stretch, the Birds' defense will face "more of the veteran, taller pocket passers who see the whole field."

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Again, safety Earl Wolff (knee) was the only Eagle who didn't practice. Wolff is not expected to play this week.

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