Here’s a look at Nick Foles’ performance against the Cowboys, using the All-22 tape.
Play 1: I mentioned yesterday how the Eagles had a terrific game-plan for neutralizing DeMarcus Ware. The run game was outstanding in the first half. As a result, they were able to fool Ware with play-action. The first frame here shows Ware and also highlights right guard Jake Scott.
To Ware, it looks like Scott is going trying to trap him for a run play to Bryce Brown.
As you can see, Ware is left unblocked at the start of the play. If he decides it’s a play-fake and goes after Foles, it’s a sack and maybe even a forced fumble. But he’s playing the run. Look at where Ware ends up by the time Foles sets up in the pocket.
Play 2: On the second-quarter scoring drive, Foles set Maclin in motion from left to right and saw the Cowboys defensive back go with him, indicating man coverage.
And Foles put the ball on the money so Maclin can pick up yards after the catch. It’s only about an 8-yard completion, but Maclin is able to pick up 21 and set up the touchdown. The TV angle shows the ball placement.
Play 3: Same idea on an earlier throw to Riley Cooper. Maclin’s route from the slot takes one defensive back out of the picture, and the safety to that side of the field is deep.
Play 5: On third down in the fourth, Foles looked like he had a chance to hit Brent Celek over the middle.
Celek has space behind the linebackers and in front of the safeties. Foles has time, but he looks to the left corner of the end zone to Clay Harbor, who was covered.
Like I said earlier this week, some missed opportunities, but overall, Foles played well and showed encouraging signs in his third start.