The Philadelphia Eagles have had a quarterback problem all season. Yet after Nov. 3, the Eagles have a quarterback on the roster who has 13 touchdowns, no interceptions, and tied an NFL record for seven touchdowns in one game. Those are the kind of numbers Peyton Manning started the season with, but they now belong to Philadelphia's Nick Foles after his 49-20 shellacking of the Oakland Raiders.
After a concussion ended a horrific game against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 20, Foles lost all the momentum from two big wins beforehand. Yet when Michael Vick got hurt again and Matt Barkley was useless in relief on Oct. 27, the Eagles had no choice but to put Foles back in. With Philadelphia at 3-5 and having scored 10 combined points in two straight losses -- with only three coming from the offense -- it didn't appear to make a difference either way.
Foles showed a difference by throwing for six touchdowns in the Eagles' first seven drives. When he got a seventh to Riley Cooper in the third quarter -- giving Cooper three touchdown catches for the day -- he matched an NFL record that Manning himself matched just under two months ago.
In his three victories this year, Foles has been note perfect and mistake free. The only reason he hasn't clinched the starting job already is that one loss, when Philadelphia played a legitimate opponent in a big game. Shredding the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Raiders didn't make the statement that tanking against the Cowboys did -- even with the statement Foles made in Oakland.
All of this record setting will be for naught if Foles has nothing left for formidable opponents -- like the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 10. If the Eagles and Foles put up their first real fight against a contender, then there will be reason to hope. If not, then it will be like all seven touchdowns yesterday never really happened.
Only in Philadelphia could the Eagles have a quarterback with stats like Foles, and still have no idea who their starter for the year is -- let alone the next few years. But this is a team that can go from scoring 10 points in 120 minutes to scoring 49 points in the next 40 minutes, so logic is on short supply as it is.