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Nick Foles is Playing with Swag

Another week with Nick Foles starting at quarterback, another victory for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Foles didn't have the historical outing he put up last week in the Eagles' win over the Oakland Raiders when he tied an NFL record by throwing for seven touchdowns. This week, the second year quarterback "merely" pitched in with 228 yards, 3 TD on 12 of 18 (67%) throwing and a 149.3 QB rating. Philadelphia defeated the Packers on the road with a final score of 27 to 13.

Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy offered his thoughts on Foles' performance versus Green Bay. He noted Foles is playing with confidence, and specifically went on to say, "If I had to define it, I’d say he’s playing with tons of swag." Foles is no stranger to swag, as you can see in this depiction here.

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    McCoy's assessment is valid. Foles looked completely lost a weeks ago when he started for the Eagles against the Cowboys. Foles has seemed to regain his confidence. In the past two games, Foles is 34 of 46 (73.9%) with 634 yards, 10 touchdowns and 0 INTs for a 155.3 passer rating.

    These numbers are impressive, especially when you look at their historical context. Foles now joins Tom Brady (2007) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 10 or more TD and 0 INT in a 2-game span in a single season. Foles also tied Milt Plum (16 in 1960) for the second most touchdowns to start a season without an INT. Peyton Manning owns the record. He started this year out with 20 TD to no interceptions.

    Foles' performance against Green Bay wasn't completely flawless. The first touchdown pass he threw to DeSean Jackson was under-thrown and easily could have been intercepted. The ball took a fortunate bounce into the hands of a still-standing Jackson who walked the catch in for a touchdown. Foles' second touchdown pass to Riley Cooper was also under-thrown, although he did note in his post-game presser that it was an intentional throw. Beyond these issues, Foles held on to the ball too long at times. He also finished the game with his first turnover of the season: a fumble caused by a sack.

    While there are concerns and Foles is not flawless, there are also a number of positives to take away from Foles' performance. "Swag" or not, the bottom line is Foles is executing out there. He's playing at a high level and it's translating to wins for the Eagles. Right now, that's what matters most.

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