After a 1-2 start to the season, the Eagles started going with Foles under center after Vick left the Week 5 game against the Giants with a hamstring injury. From that point on, the Eagles managed to lose only two games the rest of the season where Foles was under center: the loss at home versus the Cowboys, where Foles left the game with a concussion, and against the Vikings, when the defense let up 48 points on the game. Foles threw for 27 touchdowns and a mere 2 interceptions on the season, including a mind boggling 7 TD-0 INT game against the Raiders in early November. It was safe to say that Foles was filling in quite admirably for Vick, so much so that the Eagles have decided to end the Vick era and make Foles their starting QB for the near future.
Entering his third NFL season, first full season as a starter, it will be tough for Foles to replicate the success he had in his 2013 Pro Bowl season. However, as if he didn't have plenty of weapons before, the team has surrounded him with an even more potent offense, after trading for Darren Sproles and drafting Jordan Matthews out of Vanderbilt. The departure of DeSean Jackson will hurt, but these two can make up the lost productivity, and more, if they work hard this offseason and come into training camp ready to play. The defense also added some much needed depth, so the odds of a loss at the hands of a 48 point drubbing of the defense are much smaller.
Of course Foles will throw for more than two interceptions this season, that is a near impossible stat to replicate two seasons in a row. This season, however, he should be able to throw for more than 27 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards if he plays in all 16 games. He has a good chance to lead the league in TD-INT ratio and should be able to take home the Napoleon Dynamite Look-Alike award for the second straight year. Foles doesn't have to be Superman for the Eagles to win, but if he can prove to be an above average QB in a full 16 game season, the Eagles can go further in January than they did last season.
By: Dan Goggin
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