Eagles' Foles improved from QB Redskins faced last year

Eagles' Foles improved from QB Redskins faced last year
November 11, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Two of the Redskins’ wins in their seven-game streak to close out the 2012 regular season came over Nick Foles and the Eagles. They will face Foles again on Sunday

Foles’ first NFL start came as he filled in for an injured Michael Vick when the 3-7 Eagles visited the 3-6 Redskins in Week 11. He was not very good as he completed less than half of his passes (21 of 46) for 204 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. The Redskins won handily 31-6.

The two teams met again in Week 16. Foles was better as he completed 32 of 48 for 345 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He almost got the game into overtime with a late drive as the Redskins held on to win 27-20.

When the Eagles and Redskins met in the season opener Vick was healthy and the QB for Philly. After passed for 205 yards and ran for 54 more in that game, the Redskins would probably have been delighted if you had told them that Foles would be the quarterback in the rematch.

Foles will start when the Redskins travel to Philadelphia on Sunday but the Redskins aren’t necessarily happy about it. Now it’s Foles’ team. That is partly because Vick has been in and out with a variety of injuries but mostly because Foles has been lighting it up.

In four starts plus some action in three other games, Foles has posted a passer rating of 132.5. That’s the best in the NFL.

Foles earned that rating by throwing 16 touchdown passes (including a record-tying seven in one game) and no interceptions. He’s completing 63.2 percent of his passes and is averaging 9.2 yards per attempt.

The two other Eagles offensive weapons who torched the Redskins in the opener are still in place. Running back LeSean McCoy ran 31 times for 184 yards in Week 1; he is still rolling along, leading the league with 932 yards rushing. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson started off his year with seven receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. He’s rolling along with 903 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

The Redskins had their hands full with the Philly offense back in September. Despite the change at quarterback it doesn’t look like things will be any easier this time around.