All-22: The Good And Bad Of Nick Foles

Here’s a look at what Eagles quarterback Nick Foles showed in his last start of the season.

For those of you who have been tuning the Birds out for much of the week, Foles suffered a hairline fracture on his right hand near the end of the first half. He completed 32 of 48 attempts for 345 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Foles also fumbled once.

Below is the All-22 breakdown.

Play 1: We saw the good and bad of Foles on one first-quarter play. His initial read appeared to be Jason Avant, who was running an 8-yard curl. Foles didn’t think he had that throw, but when he moved to his next read, he had defensive end Jarvis Jenkins in his face.


Jenkins beat Dennis Kelly, but Foles didn’t panic. He slid to his left and created space to make a throw.


That was the good news. The problem was he decided to target Jeremy Maclin, who was blanketed. Meanwhile, Riley Cooper was wide-open with a big cushion from the cornerback near the sideline.


The result was an incompletion.

Play 2: Foles finished the job on the very next play. This time, Jake Scott got beaten by Barry Cofield.


Again, Foles sidestepped the pressure, climbed the pocket and this time found Avant for an 11-yard gain.


Play 3: The 27-yard touchdown to Maclin might have been Foles’ best pass of the year. You can see Maclin’s going to run a corner route to the end zone.


The key is the single deep safety. Foles did a good job of looking him off before turning his attention to Maclin.


You can also see that Foles released ball when Maclin’s at the 14-yard line. He’s got to fit it in between the corner and safety.

The ball couldn’t have been placed any better. Nice touch. It landed in Maclin’s hands for the 27-yard score.

Maclin ran a similar route on the final drive and got open. Foles once again did a good job of looking off the safety, but this time, threw short. That was really the one throw where you could make the case that the hand injury played a major role.

Play 4: I probably should have shown more of Evan Mathis on the All-22 breakdowns throughout the season. He’s really played well. On this 5-yard LeSean McCoy run, Mathis first double-teams the defensive tackle with Dallas Reynolds.


McCoy’s got a lane to run through, and Mathis flawlessly moves to the linebacker, London Fletcher, at the second level.


Really nice job here by Mathis as McCoy picks up 5.

Play 5: Foles put himself in a tough spot on the first-quarter fumble. He’s had several throws this year that have led to receivers taking big hits. I wonder if that played into his hesitancy here. It looked like he had the screen set up to McCoy. You can see the nearest Redskins defenders circled in red.


But Foles didn’t pull the trigger, instead scrambling to his right. After the game, he explained why he didn’t throw the ball away.

“It would have been a penalty because it was a screen,” Foles said. “In a better situation I should have thrown it at the running back’s feet instead of scrambling around trying to make a play. I should have thrown it at his feet and lived to play another down. So, it’s frustrating. I’ll learn and just next time it happens, I just have to do that.”

Play 6: For the most part, Foles has done a good job of getting rid of the ball quickly this season. But that didn’t happen on this second-quarter play. The Redskins blitzed the slot corner. Foles had Brent Celek open on a curl route. And he also could have taken a shot deep to Cooper on a go-route down the left sideline. The Redskins had no safety help to that side.


Here, you can see Foles has a pocket to throw from initially, and Celek is open.


But Foles pulls the ball back, the pocket collapses, and he takes the sack.

Previously, I thought Foles had been pretty decisive. But in this game, he looked hesitant and conservative at times. Maybe that was the hand injury. Maybe it was the lack of protection from the offensive line. Or maybe it was the emphasis on trying to avoid turnovers.

Play 7: Then again, sometimes holding on to the ball is a good thing. That was the case on the 38-yard completion to Maclin in the third. Initially, you’ll see Maclin had two defenders on him.


Foles hitched twice before scrambling to his right.

And Maclin did a great job of not giving up on the play, heading towards the sideline to make a terrific diving grab.

Maclin played one of his best games of the season against Washington.

Play 8: Another instance here where Foles looked a bit hesitant and probably should have taken what the defense gave him. The Eagles were down 20-13 in the third and decided to go for it on 4th-and-2.

Foles had some pressure from his right, but should have checked it down to McCoy for the first down.

Instead, he tried to step up and make a play, tripping over Kelly’s foot, and in the process, and taking a sack.

Play 9: We must mention every week that Foles is playing with a bunch of backups. On this fourth-quarter play, the Redskins showed eight in the box. They came with an overload blitz to Foles’ front side, bringing a safety and the slot corner. The right outside linebacker dropped back.

With two running backs in to block, the Eagles should have been able to pick this up. They’ve got seven to block five. But Emil Igwenagu and Bryce Brown both block the safety, leaving the slot corner untouched.

Foles is forced out of the pocket and throws incomplete to Avant.

Play 10: On this fourth-quarter throw, Foles did an outstanding job of getting rid of the ball on time. The Redskins again brought a blitz and again had an unblocked rusher.

Damaris Johnson is going to run an 8-yard out.

You can see the ball’s out well before Johnson turns around. Good anticipation by Foles. And the ball was on-target, which is impressive, considering Foles got nailed as he was following through (and remember, the hand was injured at this point in the game).

Play 11: If you’re wondering about the last play of the game, Foles had a couple options, but neither was ideal. The first was Evan Moore on the slant. The throw would have had to be on him as soon as he turned around.

Considering Moore had just dropped the previous pass, can’t really blame Foles for not trying to squeeze one in here.

His other option was Celek.

But it looks like the official was in the way of the throw. Otherwise, perhaps Foles pulls the trigger and the Eagles tie the game.

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All-22: What We Saw From Foles This Week

Here’s the All-22 look at what we saw from Nick Foles and the Eagles’ offense last week (when they weren’t fumbling, that is).

Play 1: I’ve heard Greg Cosell of NFL Films talk about young quarterbacks sometimes deciding where they’re going with the ball pre-snap. That might have been the case on this 3rd-and-3 incompletion to Clay Harbor.


Harbor ran a go-route down the left sideline. But he was matched up one-on-one with cornerback Leon Hall. That’s not a favorable matchup for the Eagles. Situation here is also important. Foles had Bryce Brown at the bottom of your screen. It was 3rd-and-3. He probably should have taken the easy throw and moved the chains. Instead, the Eagles had to punt.

Play 2: One of Foles’ best qualities is sensing pressure and creating space while keeping his eyes downfield. We see it every week. On this first-quarter throw, you can see he’s got nowhere to go when he takes his initial drop.


Foles feels pressure from both sides as the pocket begins to collapse.


But he scrambles to his left, and Jason Avant does a great job of helping him out by scurrying towards the sideline. The result is a 25-yard completion.


Play 3: When evaluating Foles, we must acknowledge that he’s playing with a bunch of backups. There was one point last week where the offense was without 10 of its 11 projected starters from the beginning of the season. On this third-down play in the first, Foles just has nowhere to go with the football.


The receivers are blanketed, and the Bengals send a blitz. Jake Scott fails to switch off to No. 93, who is basically rushing free at Foles. He has to get rid of the ball quickly.


Foles targeted Cooper on a slant, but the pass was broken up. The Eagles wanted a flag, but didn’t get one. I thought the loss of DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek and LeSean McCoy really showed in this game.

Play 4: Andy Reid admitted after the game that Brown probably didn’t need to bounce a few of his runs to the outside. I wonder if this was one he was referring to.


It was a delayed handoff in the first. You can see King Dunlap, Evan Mathis and Harbor have it blocked pretty well if Brown cuts upfield, but instead, he tries to get to the edge and is pushed out after a 1-yard run.

Keep in mind, I’m showing this image with the benefit of several replays. And even then, I’m guessing. It’s a split-second decision for Brown. Looked like he had room though.

Play 5: Love the play-call by Marty Mornhinweg in the second quarter. Love the initial execution. Didn’t love the finish.

The Eagles took a play out of their opponents’ playbook. We’ve seen the defense get burned by this on multiple occasions. They ran a fake screen to Damaris Johnson and got the cornerback responsible for Jeremy Maclin to bite.


Johnson and Foles did a good job selling it, and Maclin got free down the right sideline. But two things could have been done better. One is Foles’ throw. He made Maclin slow down and come back for the ball.



And the other, which I mentioned earlier in the week, is Maclin’s inability to make the defensive backs miss in the open field. Maclin does a lot of things well, but I don’t know if he has that one skill that sets him apart. Remember, he’s a free agent after the 2013 season.

Play 6: The Eagles had to settle for a field goal on a second-quarter drive, but had multiple opportunities to get in the end zone. Tough to blame Dion Lewis here. It looked like he initially had some room to the right, but if he cuts it back, he might score.


Play 7: And as much as we rip the Eagles for over-using the shovel pass, they probably would’ve scored had Brown held on to the football.


There was also Harbor getting stuffed at the 1 by a defensive back, Matt Tennant dropping a ball in the end zone and Dallas Reynolds being called for an illegal snap. In other words, Foles didn’t get much help from his teammates in the red zone.

Play 8: One more example of Foles having nowhere to go with the ball. This is off a play-fake. The Bengals send six at the quarterback and are in man coverage with one safety deep.


Everyone’s covered. Foles forced a short throw to Maclin that got called back anyway because of a holding penalty on Scott.

Play 9: I think Emil Igwenagu delivered the best lead block we’ve seen from an Eagles fullback all year. He starts out by chipping the defensive lineman.


Then Igwenagu gets to the linebacker.


Drives him back.


And takes him to the ground as Brown picks up 8.


Play 10: We’ve already been over the interception. Reid explained that it was a matter of mechanics, not arm strength. One thing to note: Maclin was not wide-open on the play. Take a look at the coverage at the time Foles released the ball.


Hall’s got a couple steps on him. On TV, it looked like Maclin ran past him because Hall slowed down and came back for the ball. Had the throw been better, maybe Maclin would have separated as Hall looked back. But obviously, it was a poor throw that got picked off.

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All-22: What We Saw From Nick Foles

Here’s a breakdown of what we saw from Nick Foles in the Eagles’ 23-21 win over the Bucs on Sunday, using the All-22 tape.

Play 1: The Bucs threw a lot of blitzes at Foles, and he handled them well. In the first quarter, you see the pre-snap look. Both linebackers are going to blitz the A-Gap between Evan Mathis and Dallas Reynolds.


Bryce Brown picks up the first blitzer, but the second one comes unblocked, meaning it’s on Foles to get rid of the ball quickly.


And he does just that. Foles hits Riley Cooper for a 10-yard gain and a first down.


Play 2: The Eagles missed a shot at a huge play in the first. The Bucs set up in Tampa 2 with two safeties deep and the middle linebacker dropping. Marvin McNutt runs a go-route down the right sideline.


The key is the safety to that side of the field inching up towards Jeremy Maclin.


One thing I like here is how early Foles throws the ball. You’ll notice McNutt is at the Bucs’ 47 when he releases it. The reason? See below.


Daniel Te’o-Nesheim got past Clay Harbor from his spot at right defensive end. If Foles waits any longer, it’s a sack. As it is, he gets hit anyway, which likely affected the throw.


Here,  you can see he had McNutt for what could have been a 59-yard touchdown. If that’s DeSean Jackson and not McNutt, maybe it’s six.

Play 3: The Eagles may want to add the “Fake screen/QB scramble” to the playbook. On Foles’ 10-yard touchdown run, they were trying to set up a screen to Dion Lewis and the Bucs were blitzing from his front side.

If the blitzers continue towards Foles and don’t read screen, it might be a sack.

Something I didn’t notice when watching live was how far Foles had to go. Look at the shot below. He’s at the 24-yard-line when he finally decides to take off. The entire Bucs’ D is reading screen.

From the end-zone angle, you can see nobody’s in the picture.

And Jeremy Maclin does a good job turning into a blocker, allowing Foles to score.

Play 4: A subtle thing I noticed on a deep ball in the second. Foles has had an issue of staring down receivers. On this play, the key to getting the ball to Cooper is looking off the safety.

I couldn’t find a great angle of it, but in the image below, you get the idea. The safety is cut off in the bottom, right corner of the screen. Foles gets him moving towards the middle of the field.

Foles slightly overthrows Cooper, who doesn’t get much separation from the cornerback, but as you can see, the safety is not in position to break up the pass, had it been on-target.

Play 5: Overall, Foles did a tremendous job of keeping his eyes downfield when he was on the move. But he missed one in the third. Foles took off to run and was sacked at the line of scrimmage. He had Harbor wide-open near midfield, but missed him.

Play 6: The Eagles have had success with WR screens. And the play that started the comeback was a 24-yard screen to Maclin.

Check out the blocking by Evan Mathis, King Dunlap and Harbor, creating space for Maclin to get to the sideline.

Play 7: Foles really did a nice job on the fourth-quarter touchdown to Harbor. Initially, it looked like he was looking for Cooper near the left sideline.

Since that wasn’t there, he scrambled to his right. You can see in the photo below that the throw to Harbor is not an easy one. But Foles put the ball on the money.

You can also see Maclin with his hands up. That might have been an easier throw. But the bottom line is Foles made it work.

Play 8: On the final drive, TV showed Maclin wide-open when Foles overthrew Cooper. But if you look at when Foles released the ball, you can see why he made the throw he did.

Cooper has a step on the corner. Maclin does not. The Bucs sent a six-man rush, and Foles got rid of the ball quickly. He had a shot to connect for a big play, but overthrew Cooper.

Play 9: Two things on the near-interception on the final drive. When I watched live, I thought it was just a terrible decision. But you can see with the first photo that Foles probably has a chance to complete the pass if it is on-target.

Instead, it is behind McNutt and nearly picked. Can you imagine how different the conversation would be in this city if that ball had been intercepted?

The second note is that Foles had Avant headed toward the sideline for what would have been a much easier throw.

Foles of course bounced back with a strike to Avant for 22 yards and then the game-winning touchdown to Maclin.

Overall, a lot to like out of the rookie in his fourth career start. And certainly some things to work on going forward.

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All-22: Foles Makes Progress In Third Start

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.


Foles does a nice job of shuffling to his left and delivering a strike to Jeremy Maclin for 14 yards near the sideline. Nice play design and execution.

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.


Maclin starts his route outside before going to the slant.


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.


Good, accurate, high-percentage throw that led to a big gain.

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.


Again, the ball has to be on-target on this throw or it’s a waste. It’s 3rd-and-12, and this is just an 8-yard completion. But Cooper’s able to turn it into a 16-yard gain.


Play 4: Foles missed a chance for a big play in the second. Maclin runs a double-move, stopping around the 46-yard-line and getting the cornerback to bite.


You can see from the end-zone angle that Foles has room to hit Maclin before the safety comes over.


But Foles overthrows him. I think he probably wanted to throw the ball to the outside too, away from the safety. Good play, good decision. The throw was just off-target.

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.


The Eagles ended up settling for a field goal.

Like I said earlier this week, some missed opportunities, but overall, Foles played well and showed encouraging signs in his third start.

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All-22: Issues For Foles Vs. Carolina

Nick Foles completed 16 of 21 passes for 119 yards in Monday night’s loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Offensively, the Eagles (wisely) relied on the legs of Bryce Brown and a quick passing attack. The offensive line actually held up pretty well – in part because Foles got rid of the ball quickly for the most part.

Here’s the breakdown of his throws by distance. Short is 5 yards or less from the line of scrimmage. Middle is 6 to 15 yards. Deep is 16 to 25 yards. And Bomb is more than 25 yards.

 
Completions
Attempts
Yards
Short91139
Middle6864
Deep1116
Bomb01N/A

As you can see, a lot of short throws – 11 of Foles’ 21 attempts were within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, and 19 of his 21 throws were within 15 yards.

He had some success on the intermediate throws, but once again, was not able to get the ball downfield. The one Bomb attempt was to Jeremy Maclin, and it drew a highly questionable 51-yard pass interference penalty.

To be fair, when I watched the All-22, I didn’t see a lot of missed opportunities downfield. The Eagles were playing without DeSean Jackson for most of the game, and the game-plan called for a more efficient, less explosive attack. The Eagles scored on four of their first five drives and only punted twice all game. Sean McDermott’s defense only blitzed Foles twice (1-for-2, 15 yards).

But once again, turnovers were the difference.

And while Foles wasn’t credited with any giveaways, there were three instances where he came awfully close to making a major mistake.

The first two came on the Eagles’ opening drive. They got the ball in the red zone, but then once again fell apart. On first down, Foles made a bad decision, targeting Jeremy Maclin (red circle) over the middle.


Maclin’s route leads him right into safety Sherrod Martin, who undercuts him and nearly comes away with an interception. Foles was late with the throw. He might have had a chance to hit Maclin earlier, but the Panthers had a linebacker dropping, so it would have been a difficult completion.

DeSean Jackson (bottom of the screen) was open for a shorter gain, or Foles could have waited for Riley Cooper (top of the screen) to get open against single coverage. Protection was actually pretty good. But instead, Foles forced one to Maclin.

After a botched snap, the Eagles faced third down on the same drive, and Foles was nearly picked off by Martin again. Here, you can see what he was looking at.


There’s a small window in the zone where Foles tries to squeeze a throw in to Maclin (yellow arrow). But he stares down the receiver from the time the ball is snapped, and Martin has a read on it the whole time. Not only that, but the defensive back at the top of the screen comes over to help too.


You can see with the close-up angle that by the time the ball arrives, it’s nearly picked off. And with the second defender behind Maclin, the pass has no chance of being complete. The first photo shows Foles didn’t have an open receiver, but he could have run, thrown the ball away or taken a sack since the Eagles were already in field-goal range.

And finally, later in the game, with the Eagles facing a third down in field-goal range, Foles almost turned it over again. This time, he had some pressure off the edge, but there was room to step up and make a throw. The safe play was dumping it off to Brown (red circle) and seeing if he could make a defender miss.


But Foles hesitated as he stepped up in the pocket and was late with the throw. By the time he unloaded, he had given cornerback Josh Norman time to break on the ball, and Foles threw behind the receiver.

The result was yet another near interception.

It was only his second career start, but clearly, better decision-making is something the coaches will harp on with Foles this week in practice.

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All-22: Wide Receivers Don’t Help McCoy

Here’s a look at some issues that stood out after watching the All-22 tape of the Eagles’ offense.

Play 1: Not only does LeSean McCoy have to deal with a leaky offensive line, but when he does have chances for big plays, the wide receivers rarely do their jobs blocking downfield. The Eagles had success with a couple screens vs. the Redskins. The second one picked up 25 yards. It should have been a touchdown.


As you can see, McCoy’s got Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper out in front. If those two wide receivers do a decent job blocking and hold off the defenders long enough for him to sprint by, it’s a score. Instead, you get this.


Neither guy makes his block. The two defensive backs close in on McCoy and tackle him after the 25-yard gain. Four plays later, the Eagles settle for a field goal. That’s a losing play right there.

Play 2: I guess DeSean Jackson didn’t want to feel left out. Here, he’s supposed to block safety Brandon Meriweather.


Jackson knows his assignment. He goes right towards Meriweather.


But when the time comes to block him, Jackson decides not to.


McCoy, who already avoided a linebacker in the backfield (after Brent Celek missed his block), gets tackled after a 1-yard run.

Play 3: I mean, really, if someone (anyone!) out there can explain this one to me, please go ahead. Down 14-3, facing a 3rd-and-5 from the Redskins’ 45, this is what the Eagles go with.

Jackson, the guy who got the $47M deal this offseason? On the sidelines. Maclin, the guy who led the team in receptions last season? Him too. McCoy, the team’s best all-around player? No need for him either. Celek ended up dropping what should have been a first down, but I just can’t for the life of me figure out how taking your three best offensive weapons off the field on a third down like this makes any sense whatsoever. Did the coaches help their rookie quarterback here?

Play 4: This is the kind of play we see every week. The Redskins crowd the line of scrimmage. It looks like they’re going to bring pressure up the A-Gaps, but they end up only rushing four.

Because they showed pressure up the middle, the Eagles had to adjust their protection. That meant both defensive ends getting one-on-one blocks. Ryan Kerrigan, the Redskins’ best pass-rusher, gets a one-on-one against McCoy. This is the kind of thing the Eagles probably should have done more of this season to gain favorable matchups for Trent Cole and Jason Babin.


Kerrigan ends up stripping Nick Foles and causing a fumble. No big deal though. It’s not like Jackson was wide open for a touchdown had Foles been given an extra second.


Play 5: Foles definitely looked panicked at times. In the third, he has Stanley Havili open in the middle of the field, but instead chucks it out of bounds in Maclin’s direction near the sideline.

If you’re looking for more on Foles, check out the breakdown from earlier in the week.

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All-22: What We Saw From Nick Foles

Earlier in the week, we posted a detailed Nick Foles analysis. But as always, it helps to see the All-22.

Play 1: Based on last week and the preseason, arm strength doesn’t appear to be an issue for Foles. And he shows confidence in his arm with the throws he attempts.. That can sometimes get quarterbacks into trouble. But it can also be a good thing. On this second-quarter throw, he hit Brent Celek for an 8-yard gain.


You can see it’s a tight window with three Cowboys defenders nearby. And you can also see that Foles is already beginning to throw the ball before Celek has turned around. That requires timing and trust between quarterback and receiver. Foles fired on the money, even though the play got called back for a Demetress Bell holding call.

Play 2: In the third quarter, the Cowboys showed blitz with six at the line of scrimmage.


They ended up dropping the two defensive tackles into coverage and only rushing four. But even so, Foles knew the Cowboys had just one safety deep, and he had Riley Cooper one-on-one on the outside.

Cooper ran a go-route down the left sideline, and Foles got rid of the ball in under two seconds. It was incomplete, but they drew a defensive holding penalty. Good recognition, good job of getting the ball out quickly.

Play 3: You know I love stats, but Foles’ touchdown to Jeremy Maclin is a good example of why numbers don’t always tell the story. At first glance, he threw a 44-yard bomb. That’s great. But looking at it more closely, there were some issues on the play.

Let’s start with the good. Foles did a nice job of moving to his right and creating space. But the first photo shows when the ball probably should have come out.


Maclin’s open at about the 24-yard-line. The next photo shows when Foles finally gets rid of it.


Maclin is now at about the 12-yard-line.

Also, the throw was not a great one. My guess is Foles probably wishes he’d have thrown it more to the middle of the field. He led Maclin back to the sideline a bit, and since the ball hung in the air for awhile, cornerback Morris Claiborne was able to race over and get pretty close to breaking it up.


Claiborne actually hit Maclin in the back after he came down with the reception. An incompletion here would have been a huge missed opportunity. Of course, the result ended up being fine – a 44-yard touchdown. But good and bad on the play.

Play 4: It was pretty clear that Foles’ goal was to be decisive and get rid of the ball quickly. That meant a couple missed opportunities. For example, here he dumped the ball off to LeSean McCoy, even though it looked he had ample space to hit DeSean Jackson, as the safety played very deep.


Of course, the Eagles were up 14-10 at this point, so I’m guessing Foles wanted to take the high-percentage throw.

Play 5: Here, the Eagles are set up with two tight ends and a running back, so the Cowboys have just one safety deep. Maclin’s the lone receiver to the left side and has a one-on-one matchup.


Foles gives a subtle fake to the right, which gets the safety to take a couple steps in that direction, and then lofts one to Maclin.

Incomplete, but the Eagles drew a 20-yard pass interference penalty.

Play 6: This might have been Foles’ best throw of the day, and it didn’t even count because of a penalty on King Dunlap. The Cowboys only rushed three, and Foles didn’t have anyone open, but he stepped up and scrambled to his right.


He targeted Damaris Johnson. As you can see in the photo, Johnson is not really open, but Foles is taking a shot.


The throw has to be perfect. High degree of difficulty. And Foles nails it. This was a big point in the game too. The Eagles were up 14-10 and faced a 3rd-and-5. Like I said, the play came back because of a penalty, but Foles made a big-time throw here.

Overall, as I said earlier in the week, there were good moments and bad moments. And we have to take into account that coming into a game cold is different than going into the game after having spent all week as the starter. We’ll learn more about what Foles brings to the table Sunday afternoon against the Redskins.

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