Nick Foles picks up NFC offensive player of the week in first start of year

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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.

31 responses to “Nick Foles picks up NFC offensive player of the week in first start of year

  1. Is there any rhyme or reason for who gets these awards? Was Foles really the best NFC performer last week? This seems like my 6-year old’s t-ball team where every kid “coincidentally” gets one gameball at some point every season …

  2. For some reason fans are sleeping on the Nick Foles play the last game and a half. More to the point is his play in the red zone, he’s getting TD’s and Vick was getting a lot of 3’s down there, it’s a significant stat IMO.

  3. I think Vernon Davis got screwed on this.

    When you’re playing the Bucs, Jags, or any team in the NFC East you shouldn’t be eligible for offensive awards as it’s a given you’re going to have a good week.

  4. Good thing there isn’t a controversy already because this kind of thing could really fuel that fire…
    Vick has been really good between the 20’s, but can’t score in the Red Zone. Foles has completed drives in the End Zone. Granted all of The Eagles victories have come against bad teams. They haven’t beaten a team with a winning record since sometime last year. Let’s see how he plays against Dallas, which is a decent team that has film on Foles and has a week to prepare a game plan against him. The Eagles will find out who and what they have after Sunday.

  5. This is a rebuilding year and neither of these QBs are part of Chip’s long-term plan, so this is hardly much of a QB controversy. Just so happens that the NFC East is such a toilet right now, the Eagles are suddenly a viable contender for the division.

    Besides, Vick has all but ruled himself out for Sunday. Dallas is another crappy defense for Foles & Kelly to abuse, followed by the hapless Giants again. The media will keep this alive, but it really should be tabled until the bye week when we have seen a larger sampling of Foles (under Kelly with a new offense, not under Teflon Andy with a dead team) and Vick is 100% healthy.

  6. eftlaneisforpassingonly says: Oct 16, 2013 10:49 AM

    I think Vernon Davis got screwed on this.

    When you’re playing the Bucs, Jags, or any team in the NFC East you shouldn’t be eligible for offensive awards as it’s a given you’re going to have a good week.
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    Umm tell Brees and Brady how good that Bucs defense is.

  7. 22/31, 296 yards, 3 passing TD, 0 INT, 1 rushing TD, QBR 133.3. That deserves an offensive player of the week.

  8. I’m sure that Foles is shaking in his boots having to face the #30 ranked pass defense of the Dallas Cowboys.

    With the Eagles defense among the worst overall I think both coaches need to warn their players not to tire themselves out with all their touchdown celebrations.

  9. This is mostly a statistical award, does it really matter that it was against the Bucs?… The Bucs came in ranked 10th in Defense does that matter?… Guy was efficient, scored 4 TDs, and put the ball in great spots for his receivers… Quit hating. And the Cowboys are good, but don’t sleep on the Eagles and that offense…

  10. Very amused at the people saying Foles is not a part of the Eagles future. Next years controversy and for years to come is who starts Foles or Barkley ?

  11. what a waste of money vick 7mil foles 500tho is vick worth 6.5 mil in cap space for what he brings to the table

  12. It’s all a conspiracy … Not about Vick … But evil forces trying to give Chip Kelly too much to think about … about something he figured out twice now … that Vick is his starter … Only injury has restarted that debate …

  13. @eaglesnoles05 The Cards would be the dominate defense in the NFC East. The only team close to them in points against is the skins and they’ve played one less game.

    The new fantasy football rule of thumb is to play any player going against an NFC East team. I find it hard to believe myself, but the numbers don’t lie.

  14. Congratulations to Foles…he deserves the award. Let’s also cut out the crap about he hasn’t beaten a good team – he scored points against the 8th ranked defense. And we has their crystal ball shined up to see that he isn’t in Kelly’s plans – this team needs almost 11 players for their defense and it would be much better to use draft picks on those needs then chasing the next ‘franchise QB’.

  15. leftlaneisforpassingonly says:
    Oct 16, 2013 12:18 PM
    @eaglesnoles05 The Cards would be the dominate defense in the NFC East. The only team close to them in points against is the skins and they’ve played one less game.

    The new fantasy football rule of thumb is to play any player going against an NFC East team. I find it hard to believe myself, but the numbers don’t lie.

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    Some of us realized this going into the season.

  16. Oh…and let’s ask Drew Bledsoe, Alex Smith and Kevin Kolb about being named the starter and not losing their jobs because of injury…

  17. eaglesfanalways says:
    Oct 16, 2013 1:01 PM
    Congratulations to Foles…he deserves the award. Let’s also cut out the crap about he hasn’t beaten a good team – he scored points against the 8th ranked defense.

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    That’s a good point but a little flawed. The only reason the Bucs are ranked 8th is because of what Foles did to them. Going into that game, the Tampa Bay defense was ranked 4th, having held New England to 23 and New Orleans, NEW ORLEANS, to 16.

    I’m not even an Eagles fan, but it’s going to be fun to watch him against the 21st ranked defense this weekend.

  18. “22/31, 296 yards, 3 passing TD, 0 INT, 1 rushing TD, QBR 133.3. That deserves an offensive player of the week.”

    Not to mention that if McCoy doesn’t fumble the ball early in the game, that would have likely lead to more points and more yards for Mr. Foles. I’m pulling for this guy. He always has a great attitude.

  19. wrossi81 says:Oct 16, 2013 11:08 AM

    22/31, 296 yards, 3 passing TD, 0 INT, 1 rushing TD, QBR 133.3. That deserves an offensive player of the week.

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    20/26, 242 yards, 3 passing TD, 0 INT, 1 rushing TD, QBR 143.4

    Basically the same statline, but a higher QBR thanks to 77% completion percentage.

    So this NFC QB deserves the offensive player of the week. My man, CAM NEWTON.

  20. ncsteve83, the fearless vikings Pass def is rated 22nd in the league. Rush Def is even worse, I think….

    hence why my boy Nick Foles deserves the award more… Bucs 10th in Def points per game, 8th is rush def and 15th in pass def

    Congrats NICK! Let’s keep it going against the cowturds!!

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