Is Nick Foles the Best Quarterback in the NFC East?

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Is Nick Foles the Best Quarterback in the NFC East?
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Nick Dynamite has been on fire this season.

A year ago, many questioned whether Nick Foles would even remain on the Philadelphia Eagles' roster since there were many impending changes. Especially when Philly hired Chip Kelly as their head coach, many believed Foles would be traded or cut since he wasn't the typical mobile quarterback that Kelly's system favors.

Well, here we are a year later and No. 9 is having himself one hell of a season.

In his past seven starts, Foles has amassed 19 touchdowns with zero interceptions, thus creating quite a reputation for himself. It's no secret that the NFC East has struggled as a whole this season, but Foles has provided quite a jolt to the Eagles' offense that has the whole team playing inspired. 

Nick Foles vs. Rest of NFC East QBs Last Seven Starts
Name Passing Yards Passing TDs INTs Completion %
Nick Foles 1,791 19 0 63%
Robert Griffin III 1,561 9 6 61%
Eli Manning 1,074 7 6 52%
Tony Romo 1,617 11 5 57%

ESPN.com

Foles' stat-line is impressive, but the fact that he's been able to lead this team from the bottom of the barrel to the top of the division is what he should really be lauded for. The Eagles were rather laughable before Foles took over full-time, and now they've become one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL

Although Foles' didn't do it alone, he is definitely the catalyst for Philadelphia's 6-1 record in the past seven weeks. 

We've only had a small sampling of Foles compared to the other quarterbacks of the East, but there's no question that right now, he is the best QB the division has to offer. Robert Griffin III is dynamic, but his recent struggles have highlighted that maybe he's not quite as dynamic as we all thought.

After RG3 comes Tony Romo, who's having one of his best seasons statistically, but has still cost his team the game at times. We then have Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP who isn't playing anything like it. 18 interceptions in just 12 games says it all for Manning.

Phil Simms sat down with Reese Waters a few weeks ago to talk about Nick Foles' quality as a "franchise quarterback".

Many question the actual quality of Foles' numbers because of the teams that the Eagles were playing. Surely he wasn't playing Super Bowl contenders every week, but he played near-flawless in most of those games which is surely nothing to scoff at. 

His biggest test of the season came this past weekend in a game against the Arizona Cardinals which he shined in. Foles was 21/34 for 237 yards and three touchdowns which equates to a quarterback rating of 112. The Cardinals, who have the seventh-best overall defense in the NFL, were absolutely exploited in the first half by Foles and the Eagles' tight ends. 

It's clear that Foles, while he's not mistake-free, has got the hot hand and is ready to do some damage in the East. The Eagles are a scary team as we head into playoff season.

 

*All stats courtesy of ESPN.com*

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