Posted November 03, 2013

Nick Foles ties NFL record with seven TD passes

NFC East, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Foles threw six touchdown passes total as a rookie last season. (Jed Jacobsohn/SI)

Nick Foles threw six touchdown passes total as a rookie last season. (Jed Jacobsohn/SI)

Peyton Manning, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle … Nick Foles?

The Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback joined an historic collection of players Sunday, tying the NFL record with seven touchdown passes against the Raiders, in a 49-20 blowout victory at Oakland. Manning hit that mark in the NFL’s 2013 season-opener against Baltimore, becoming the sixth player to reach that height — Blanda, Tittle, Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk and Joe Kapp are the others.

Foles was as unlikely a candidate as any to join them. Prior to leaving his last outing in the fourth quarter with an injury, Foles had completed just 11-of-29 passes for 80 yards against the Cowboys. The Eagles failed to score any points while Foles was in the game, later picking up a field goal with Matt Barkley at the helm.

Highlighting further how improbable Sunday’s performance was: Foles entered the game with six passing TDs this season, a number that matched his total for the entire 2012 season.

He found a groove early in Week 9, though, connecting with Riley Cooper for 42 yards on his first passing attempt and capping the Eagles’ opening drive by tossing a 2-yard TD to Brent Celek. That score started an onslaught by Philadelphia’s offense on a totally overwhelmed Oakland defense.

Remarkably, Foles finished the day with less incompletions (six) than he had touchdown passes, something no other QB tied for the single-game record can claim. Burk, also an Eagles quarterback, had the lowest total of anyone prior to Foles at eight (19-of-27).

Foles set the stage for his record-tying day with a stellar second quarter — and specifically, with back-to-back passes to Riley Cooper. Just 37 seconds into the frame, Foles hit Cooper for a 17-yard touchdown; on the Eagles’ next play from scrimmage, Foles and Cooper hooked up again on a 63-yard TD pass. Foles capped his first half with his fourth touchdown pass, a 15-yarder to Zach Ertz.

And the Raiders came up with no answers during halftime. Foles needed just four plays in the third quarter to strike again, from 25 yards out to LeSean McCoy. Less than three minutes later, DeSean Jackson hauled in a 46-yard TD toss to move Foles within one of the record.

The second-year QB out of Arizona got there long before the third quarter expired, finding Cooper again from five yards out.

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly gave Foles two more chances to place himself alone atop the single-game TD chart with eight, but the Eagles stalled out on their ensuing drives. Kelly then pulled Foles for backup Matt Barkley at the 9:23 mark of the fourth quarter.

The performance from Foles was the high point of a roller-coaster season from the Eagles and their offense. Over the past two weeks, with Foles, Michael Vick and Barkley all seeing time at QB, the Eagles mustered only one field goal on offense. (Their lone TD over Weeks 7 and 8 came on special teams.) But Sunday’s showing was the fifth time that Philadelphia has tallied more than 30 points in a game — Kelly’s team is now 4-1 when they hit that plateau.

Some of the inconsistency simply goes hand in hand with aggressively changing a team’s playing style, as Kelly did right after taking over the Eagles’ job. Kelly may be able to chalk up the rest to not knowing what he’s going to get from his quarterbacks on a week-to-week basis, both in performance and health.

Vick, whose contract is up at the end of the season, may be on his last legs with Philadelphia. Foles still could be the team’s quarterback of the future, with he and Kelly proving again Sunday that this new offense can work despite Foles’ limited mobility.

If nothing else, Foles has earned himself another shot … and a place in NFL history.

28 comments
j7apple
j7apple

Some guys just need a chance..Look at Keenum in Texas....The only reason some didnt get drafted or play in he NFL is because some anal scout of GM wont look outside the box on actual field experience.

hmmm lets take height over performance...ridiculous

RandySandberg
RandySandberg

Vick and Foles are both good.  Eagles should part ways with whomever is making the most money and free up some cap space.

PatrickBatemanVP
PatrickBatemanVP

Foles reminds me of a young Joe Montana out there. The Eagles have themselves an absolute draft steal.

In all seriousness though, Michael Vick's starting days in Philadelphia are over if Foles stays healthy.

train805
train805

I like Foles over Vick any day as well. However, Matt Flynn had himself a pretty impressive game once upon a time ago. It doesnt mean a whole heck of a lot.

Im just glad marcus vick couldnt tweet anything negative about Foles today. Hopefully the vick brothers will be sharing a cell soon.

junior18
junior18

I wonder what Marcus Vick will tweet about now.

Marchoir
Marchoir

This should pretty much end any discussion, speculation, or commentary on who the starting QB for the Philadelphia Eagles will be going forward. And it doesn't matter if Vick is healthy, wealthy, wise, or a cosmic muffin. Cya Mike. On Vick's best day on this earth, he hasn't come anywhere close to a performance like we saw from Foles today.  Guess Mike will be "taking his talents" somewhere else next season. Perhaps he could get a gig in the Canadian Football League.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

So the record has been tied twice already this season. Just a little more proof that defense is being legislated out of the NFL. 

John4
John4

Did Vick ever throw 7 TDs in a game?  And 22 for 27?  And zero Ints?  So, this was a better game than Vick, EVER?  Yes, that's what it was.  Vick - your career light is flickering, and almost extinguished.  Hope you have planned well for your post NFL life, felon.  

Centennial
Centennial

@PatrickBatemanVP Joe Montana? Steady on old chap. This is Nick - Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde -  Foles we're talking about here. By next week he'll be stinking up the joint again.

101philosopha101
101philosopha101

@train805 I was thinking the same thing.  Flynn had a 6 TD 0 pick final game, and he's floundered since.  Foles shows he's ready to play, let's see if he can win against good teams and if he can handle pressure.  If he can, then we have our future QB.  If he cannot, we'll know.  Either way, good to see Foles show us what he's got. 

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

@train805 Wow, nice immature comments about Mike Vick. Hopefully YOU will be the one in a cell and your children will have to come and visit you. What a dolt.

JimSmith4
JimSmith4

@junior18 

Marcus's next tweet will be a question about how to get his foot out of his mouth.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@John4 Ummm... Just what has Nick Foles done outside of this statistical outlier?? Zilch. And he'll continue to do so.

sterculius65
sterculius65

Actually do some research next time Centennial...

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@fabio.fantone @train805  So you wish the same thing to happen to him that he wished for the Vick brothers?

You do realize that makes you the SAME as him... you dolt you...

BrandonDuncan1
BrandonDuncan1

@Rickapolis @Marchoir lol Foles for sure is the new starter but to say vick has never even come close to a day like this is asinine I guess you forgot what he did to the redskins the first year he came back to the league. Hey im a falcon fan and no vick jock sniffer but I am honest with myself I am glad foles as emerged but lets not get crazy shall we.

JimSmith4
JimSmith4

@Rickapolis 

Pretty ignorant statement.  It shows that you know nothing about Foles.  I followed his entire college career and was shocked that he received little respect from the NFL considering his big game play against top notch opponents in college playing on a bad Arizona squad.  He was a three year starter that was often running for his life while throwing for over ten thousand yards and 67 TDs against PAC opponents.  He has good size, vision, and mobility, but his big knock was mechanics.  That may be true of some QBs, but not every QB has to have the exact same mechanics to succeed and not every QB is going to be Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@Joebuckster @John4   Well, BEFORE this game, he had 6 TD's and ZERO INT's so far this season.

He was one of ONLY six QB's coming into this game this yr with a QB rating of OVER 100.

No, he isn't a franchise QB yet as it's too soon to call him that and he may never be one.

So far this season, still a small sample size for him, he's only had one bad game, the others were all over a QB rating of 100 (not counting his game with only one pass attempt).

So that is what he has done outside of this game (6 TD's, zero Int's and over a 100 QB rating).

JimSmith4
JimSmith4

He hasn't been the league that long all of you armchair QBs out there.  How much time has he had in the pocket.  Some QBs have to develop.  You impatient no nothing fans are a joke in places like Philly and Minnesota.

fry305
fry305

@Sportsfan18 @fabio.fantone @train805 No it does not. He's wishing them in jail for crimes, not just because. If wishing someone is in jail for committing a crime, then yes....the writer of that comment is the same. Dolt.

JimSmith4
JimSmith4

@Rickapolis @JimSmith4 

Its your Nick Foles comment that is ignorant as if you know its happening if Nick Foles can do it.  Don't try to disown your ignorant comment now.  Its too late!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@JimSmith4 @Rickapolis So you think the statement 'Just a little more proof that defense is being legislated out of the NFL' is ignorant? Really? It's pretty obvious to everyone else.