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Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Cardinals game

The Lucky Charm Award: Nick Foles

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Cardinals game

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Nick Foles in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Nick Foles in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)

The Lucky Charm Award: Nick Foles

Nick Foles has now thrown for 19 TDs and 0 INTs on the season. If he throws one more TD without throwing a pick, he'll tie Peyton Manning for the most consecutive TD passes to start a season without throwing an INT.

Foles' day wasn't without some luck though. He threw an INT to Patrick Peterson, but was bailed out by a holding call on Tyrann Mathieu. I'm taking Nick Foles to Vegas with me.

Nick Foles does not yet have any national endorsement deals, to my knowledge. Personally, I think he should replace the purple horseshoe in Lucky Charms cereal: 

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That's not to say Foles' success is lucky. Nick is a baller. But there is absolutely some luck involved when you throw 19 TDs without throwing a pick. Plus, I like the idea of Nick's head getting soggy when it's saturated with milk.

The "Whipping Boy No More" Award: Nate Allen

Allen was a big target of the fans' frustrations earlier in the season, but he has really played well lately, and he came up with his first interception of the season today. Safety seemed like an obvious glaring need earlier this season, but Allen and Earl Wolff (who did not play today) look like they might be a decent duo on the back end. Patrick Chung, on the other hand... Hit the guys on the other team, Patrick.

The Mrs. Howell Award: The Eagles

On Gilligan's Island, you had Mary Ann, Ginger, and Mrs. Howell. There are debates as to who was the hottest of the 3. Some say Ginger. Some say Mary Ann. Mrs. Howell, meanwhile, was unanimously considered the 3rd hottest. And yes, she was hot. It's OK. We're all friends here. You know you wouldn't kick Lovey Howell out of bed for eating crackers.

Anyway, with 4 consecutive wins, the Eagles are now the 3rd hottest team in the league right now behind the Panthers (8 in a row) and Seahawks (6 in a row).

Eagles... So hot right now. Eagles.

The Playmaking Machine Award: Riley Cooper

Cooper's one-handed catch and run was sick. The guy just makes plays. (That last sentence was not meant to sound sarcastic).

The "Don't Kick It To DeSean" Award: Opposing punters

DeSean's punt return TD may have come back because of a penalty, but when opposing special teams coordinators pop on the tape of the Eagles, they'll be reminded that DeSean is very much still a weapon back there.

The "Hold James Casey's Crap" Award: Matt Shaughnessy

Chip Kelly was asked about the defensive holding call that gave the Eagles an automatic first down, allowing them to run out the clock to seal the win. His response: "They held the crap out of him. Great call."

Several Cardinals players and coaches threw a hissy fit over the call, but Shaughnessy did indeed hold the crap out of James Casey (via @EMihalyi):

The "Bad Chip!" Award: Chip Kelly

When you're driving down the field with ease and your offense is in a rhythm, please don't take out your stud QB and put Brad Smith in. Bad Chip!

#GreatCollegeOffense Award: Chip Kelly

Earlier this week, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians not so subtlely took a shot at the Eagles offense, calling it a "great college offense."

While the Eagles offense wasn't spectacular against the Cardinals, it did have 5 plays of 20+ yards, and a 6th that was called back on a ticky tack block in the back by Jason Avant. Those 5 plays of 20+  yards brings the Eagles' league-leading season total to 72.

It's kind of rare for a head coach to talk crap before a game. Enjoy that long flight home, Bruce.

The "Hey, I Remember That Guy" Award: Trent Cole

Cole had a monster game, collecting 2 sacks and forcing a fumble that led to the Eagles' first TD. Cole was going up against a bad LT in Bradley Sowell. It was a matchup that the Eagles had to take advantage of, and Cole most certainly did.

Kudos to Brandon Graham as well, who also had 2 sacks, and Vinny Curry, who pressured Carson Palmer when he got his opportunities.

The MVP of the Universe Award: Donnie Jones

The Cardinals had 13 drives today, all of them beginning on their end of the field. Here was their starting field position on each drive: 26, 20, 11, 12, 43, 22, 22, 20, 17, 11, 16, 14, 10. That's an average starting field position of the 18.8 yard line.

The Cardinals don't have the kind of offense that is going to drive the length of the field very often and score touchdowns, so field position against that kind of team is huge. Jones had 7 punts inside the 20 yard line. No touchbacks. Tremendous. Donnie Jones... You sir, are why cavemen painted on walls.

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