Eagles quarterback Nick Foles played well enough in Week Six against the Buccaneers to lead the Eagles to a 31-20 victory and create questions about whether he’d remain the starter in Philadelphia once Michael Vick recovers from his hamstring injury.
The league announced Wednesday that he also played well enough to be named the NFC offensive player of the week. It’s the second straight week that an Eagles player has taken home the honors with Foles joining wide receiver DeSean Jackson on the list of winners.
Foles completed 22-of-31 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown against the Bucs. That performance came on the heels of a strong second half against the Giants in Week Five after Vick was injured and added a lot of fodder for those arguing that Foles should be leading the offense instead of Vick. A weekly honor from the league shouldn’t do anything to impact coach Chip Kelly’s decision, but it does underscore how hard it could be to send Foles to the bench.
Foles is expected to start again against the Cowboys this week and a victory could further solidify his case to hold onto the job, even if it falls short of an offensive player of the week hat trick.