After two consecutive road wins over the Raiders and Packers, Philly fans are feeling good about the Eagles once again, and Eagles writers are churning out film breakdowns. Here's what they're saying:
• Nick Foles' stats this season are ridiculous:
If Nick Foles' next 31 pass attempts are all intercepted, he would still have a higher passer rating than Eli Manning.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) November 15, 2013
In fact, here is how many consecutive interceptions Foles would have to throw to have a worse QB rating than other QBs around the NFL:
- Peyton Manning (121.0 QB rating): 3
- Drew Brees (108.9): 7
- Aaron Rodgers (108.0): 7
- Tony Romo (98.3): 10
- Andrew Luck (87.0): 13
- Michael Vick (86.4): 13
- Robert Griffin III (83.8): 14
- Tom Brady (82.7): 14
- Joe Flacco (77.3): 19
- Eli Manning (68.5): 32
- Josh Freeman (52.6): 61
Jimmy note: I did a Q&A with the great Redskins site, Hogs Haven.
The Eagles have 6 games to go. At a minimum, Foles has proven he is an NFL starter. However, being a legit NFL starter and being a guy who can be one of the Top 10 or so QBs in the league are two totally different things. Teams with aspirations of winning a Super Bowl typically have the latter. Nick Foles, right now, is not a Top 10 NFL starter, but certainly there's reason to be encouraged by his play. Over the next 6 games, he still has to prove that his small handful of stellar performances aren't just "false positives."
Free From the Shackles of Bankruptcy, Mike Vick Now Owns a Fleet of 5 High-End Cars - Jason McIntyre
Vick did an interview with ‘Bold Ride‘ and talked about his new fleet of vehicles:
- 2013 Infiniti QX56 – 26″ KMC Wheels Window Tint Escort 9500ci Radar
- 2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT Matte Gray Edition – 26″ KMC Slides Matte Gray Wrap Black Out Lights Escort 9500ci Rosen DVD Headrest
- 2012 Jaguar XJ8 – 22″ Savini Wheels 9500ci Radar Rosen DVD Headrest Window Tint
- 2012 Lexus LX570 – 24″ Asanti Forged Wheels 9500Ci Radar Window Tint Rosen DVD Headrest
- 2012 Audi A8L – A8L 24″ Lexanis Window Tint 9500ci Radar Myron Davis DVD Headrest
Vick likes cars so much, he started a website – www.ShowMike.com – for the car enthusiast. You can see the vehicles of nearly a dozen NFL players on the site, including DeAngelo Hall, Jeremy Maclin and Trent Cole.
Jimmy note: I used to walk by one of the gaudy cars profiled on Vick's website in the NovaCare parking lot all the time, but never knew whose it was.
The player who owns the above car will be noted at the end of this post. Hint: He is no longer on the team.
On the season, Eagles quarterbacks have handed (or pitched) the football to LeSean McCoy 193 times. On 180 of those occasions, the play began in the shotgun.
So it was awfully strange to see three straight running plays on the first drive Sunday that began by looking like this:
SHADY - Great game. Shady at his best. Made an handful of laterally explosive cuts that just had your jaw hitting the floor, along with the defender’s jock. Late in the 1st Qtr, bounced a run outside left. Went for 20. Could have been more. Had room up the field, but went toward the sideline. Big run to the outside in the early 3rd. Showed good speed. Had a great inside run in the mid-3rd. Made Matthews miss at the line and then got upfield. Great run in the 4th. Play flowed left. Shady cut back to the right. Made the OLB miss with a great move and busted wide right for big gain. Ran hard on some plays that went straight up the field for short gains. You can’t have the cutback runs without the N-S stuff as well. Finished 25-155. So much fun to watch.
Had a good chip block on Matthews on the long TD to DeSean. Had at least one more really good blitz pickup of LB coming free up the middle.
Kelce makes sure Hawk gets a good taste of the Lambeau grass.
Nick Foles’ response struck the right tone.
He knew he had gotten a little lucky. But throwing a 55-yard touchdown in the NFL, regardless of circumstances, is not easy. So he was not about to apologize.
“I need to throw it a little further, but it just so happened that the ball popped up the way it did, and that happens in sports,” Foles said when asked to describe the 55-yard touchdown pass toDeSean Jackson against the Packers. “That happens all the time. Sometimes it doesn’t work out for you. That time it did. And I was very thankful it did.”
Bennie Logan is not the biggest nose tackle in the league, but he piled up eight tackles – the most of any defensive lineman – against Green Bay, per coaches’ stats.
“He’s doing a good job of making plays in the middle,” said DeMeco Ryans. “He’s an athletic guy who’s playing on that nose, but he still has that ability to run a guy down on the line of scrimmage and be able to make plays in the backfield.”
On this second-quarter play, linebacker Najee Goode is going to attack the A-Gap between the center and left guard. That means the right guard is going to be responsible for Logan.
Foles faked the handoff to McCoy. Cooper and Jeff Maehl criss-crossed each other, but Cooper ran a flag route. Morgan Burnett was not pinching enough to stop the run and didn’t bite on the fake, but when Cooper went into his perfectly-executed break, the safety’s knees buckled and he slipped. Cooper ran free and Foles floated a strike to his wide open receiver.
It may not have been quite "The Drive" but it was pretty sweet all the same, and a clinic in line blocking. The twelve plays (excluding the kneel-downs):
Washington may currently sit at the bottom of the NFC East standings at 3-6, but their offense may be the most difficult to defend in the NFL because of their talent at the skill positions, the tough nature of their running game and the head games they play with defenses with their backfield-action and option principles. This is as big a test as you can get defensively, especially with Robert Griffin III healthier than we saw back in Week 1, as they bring a tough challenge to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon.
In case you missed it at The Red Zone:
• My Week 11 NFL picks
• Video: Eagles-Redskins preview
• Redskins LB London Fletcher calls the NFC East terrible, then offers his NFC East power rankings
• My NFC Week 11 Hierarchy/Obituary
***The above car belongs to DRC, of course.