Nick Foles throws first interception of the season in blizzard-like conditions
We know that blizzard-like conditions are affecting several games on the East Coast, and now, the Weather Gods have conspired to end the interception-less streak established by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. The second-year starter had thrown 238 passes without an interception, the eighth-longest streak in NFL history, and put up the best single month passer rating in league history with his 152.8 mark in October.
However, with conditions at Lincoln Financial Field hard for anybody trying to throw the ball, Foles threw up his first pick of the season with 12:19 left in the first half of the Eagles’ game against the Detroit Lions. He threw a deep pass from his own 33-yard line that was picked by Lions cornerback Chris Houston at the 50-yard line, and Houston returned the ball to the Philadelphia 30. On the subsequent drive, Detroit scored the first touchdown of the day when Joique Bell ran it in from two yards out.
It wasn’t just a problem for Foles — the entire Philadelphia offense was sputtering. Halfway through the second quarter, Detroit had 131 yards on 29 plays, while the Eagles had three total yards on 14 plays.
The good news is that with fewer than four games left in the season, Foles still has half a shot at the single-season mark for fewest interceptions by a qualifying quarterback — Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers had just three picks in 251 attempts in 1966, and David Garrard tied the mark for the Jacksonville Jaguars with three picks in 325 attempts in 2007