Only six other quarterbacks in the history of the NFL have experienced a performance like Nick Foles did in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 49-20 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 9. Foles’ seven touchdown passes tied a single-game record shared by three Hall of Fame players and Denver’s Peyton Manning, among others.
How good was Foles? The 24-year-old managed to toss more TDs than incompletions, connecting on 22 of 28 attempts for 406 yards (14.5 average) with no interceptions—good for a perfect rating of 158.3. From purely a statistical standpoint, this was easily the best quarterbacked game in Eagles franchise history.
It was only Foles’ ninth career start. How high does his ceiling rise from here?
We’ve seen the second-year passer dissect porous defenses before. We’ve also watched helplessly when Foles was completely incapable of moving the football. Is it time to finally hand the reins over to the 2012 third-round pick for the remainder of this season, or was this yet another flash in the pan by a backup quarterback?
In this week’s edition of takeaways, we take a closer look at the implications of Foles’ incredible outing, as well as some of the others who contributed to this great day in Eagles history.