It’s not every week in the NFL you see a performance like Nick Foles’ seven-touchdown magnum opus in the Philadelphia Eagles' 49-20 rout over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. When it happens, you don’t critique, you simply admire.
As incredible as Foles was in a game for the ages, we’ve also got to hand it to the rest of the Birds squad. Every unit on the field made a positive contribution to the victory, which has seldom been the case so far this season.
Usually the Eagles get a quality effort from the offense, but their defense gets torched. Or as we’ve seen lately, the defense takes care of business, but the offense can’t hold up its end of the bargain. Some weeks, barely anybody gets the job done. This explains why Philly is saddled with a 4-5 record.
But this was a complete effort on both sides of the ball unlike any we’ve seen from the Eagles since their Week 5 win over the New York Giants. There’s only been one other game where the whole team seemed to be firing on all cylinders, going all the way back to the season opener in Washington—another W.
In our weekly report card grades, we score each individual position on some fairly simple criteria. “A” is virtually mistake-free, “B” is good, “C” is average, “D” is passable and “F” is a complete failure to carry out basic tasks. We won’t be needing a few of those letters this week.
It should go without saying that if head coach Chip Kelly can get every unit on the same page like this on a weekly basis, the Eagles are going to win a lot more football games going forward.