The Philadelphia Eagles gave Nick Foles the start over Michael Vick against the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 15. Presumably, this would help the Eagles tell the difference between how they are with Vick starting and how they are with Foles. Yet like in Philadelphia’s first preseason game, there was virtually no difference between the two quarterbacks, at least in stats.
Foles only had two incompletions and led a touchdown drive after committing a costly turnover, just like he did against the New England Patriots on Aug. 9. However, Vick was also nearly perfect for the second straight game as well, as he completed his first nine passes and gave the Eagles a touchdown as well. This ultimately made the difference in a 14-9 win over the Panthers.
The two combined to throw only three incomplete passes, with two of them being interceptions. This is technically a step down from their performance against the Patriots, where they combined for two incompletions and only had one turnover on a Foles fumble. While Vick and Foles are far more accurate than expected, it isn’t helping either of them stand out in their race for the starting job.
Since the Eagles are widely expected to choose Vick, in spite of Chip Kelly’s hesitation, Foles needed to be noticeably better than Vick in these games. Although having both quarterbacks perform this well is promising for the Eagles and Kelly as a whole, it hasn’t helped Foles pull ahead the way he needed to.
He set the bar by driving right down the field twice, yet an interception in the end zone to end his first drive didn’t help at all. Nevertheless, Foles made it hard for Vick to top him, yet he did by going 9-for-9 in the second quarter until throwing a Hail Mary interception to end the half.
The Eagles didn’t score again with quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Dennis Dixon in the second half, so Foles and Vick at least separated themselves from the rest of the competition -- if they hadn’t already. Yet when it comes to separating from each other, it has been hard to do after two preseason games.
Will Philadelphia find it easier to break the tie in its next preseason game on Aug. 24 in Jacksonville? Or has Vick already broken it just by staying even with Foles?