Foles throws 7 TDs, Eagles beat Raiders 49-20
Chip Kelly walks by a sign commemorating Adrian Burk’s record
seven touchdown passes in a single game every day in the
Philadelphia Eagles’ offices.
Even knowing the importance of that mark, Kelly saw little
reason to allow Nick Foles to try to break it.
Foles tied an NFL mark with seven touchdown passes and threw for
406 yards before being replaced in the fourth quarter in the
Eagles’ 49-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
”I know what the record is,” Kelly said. ”But this isn’t
about records, it’s about going out and getting a win. If I put
Nick out there to try to get a record and he gets hurt, that’s
being silly. Records are meant to broken when they’re supposed to
The backup quarterback connected three times with Riley Cooper
to become the seventh passer in NFL history with seven TD tosses in
a game. Peyton Manning did it for Denver on opening night this
season against Baltimore.
Foles also threw scoring passes to Brent Celek, Zach Ertz,
LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson as the Eagles (4-5) looked nothing
like the offense that failed to score a touchdown in each of the
past two weeks.
The other players to reach the record are Burk, Sid Luckman,
George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle and Joe Kapp. Burk did it for the Eagles
in 1954 against Washington.
”A couple people came up to me and said that I tied the record
with seven touchdowns,” Foles said. ”It’s a great honor. Hats off
to our guys for doing a great job.”
Here are five things to take away from the Eagles victory over
BOUNCE-BACK PERFORMANCE: Foles was coming off a historically
ineffective performance two weeks ago against Dallas when he threw
for 80 yards on 29 passes – the eighth-lowest total in the last 50
years by an NFL quarterback with that many passes. After sitting
out last week with a concussion, Foles looked like a completely
different quarterback against the Raiders, throwing scoring passes
on his first four drives.
”I slowed everything down,” he said. ”I understood what we
were trying to do. I wasn’t trying to make too big of plays.
Obviously there are going to be times when big plays need to be
made, but I was trying to do what I did all week during practice
and just carrying that onto the field.”
EMPTY YARDS: With the Eagles scoring so quickly, the Raiders
managed to run 92 plays and gain 560 yards – the third-most in
their history. It was also the ninth-most yards gained by a losing
team since the 1970 merger and third most in that span by a team
that scored 20 or fewer points. That’s why quarterback Terrelle
Pryor saw little positive to take from the performance despite
throwing for 288 yards and running for 94 more.
”It’s embarrassing,” Pryor said. ”I hate losing. It’s not
acceptable to me and I don’t like it. All the guys in here agree
with me. We have to do something about it instead of tanking
RUNNING RILEY: After a slow start to the season with eight
catches and one TD in the first five games, Cooper has hit his
stride in recent weeks. He had five catches for 139 yards Sunday
and became the first Eagles player with three TD catches in a game
since Kevin Curtis in 2007. Cooper has 17 catches for 360 yards and
four touchdowns over the last four games.
”It’s definitely fun when you feel like you’re contributing,”
Cooper said. ”That’s the biggest thing. I don’t want to get 1,000
yards every game, I don’t want multiple touchdowns every game, I
just want to contribute and be there for my teammates.”
HUMBLED HAYDEN: Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden had a
rough day as Foles repeatedly picked on him in coverage. He was
beaten by Cooper for a 17-yard touchdown and a 63-yard touchdown on
successive plays run by the Eagles early in the second quarter. He
also allowed a 59-yard touchdown on a deep pass to DeSean Jackson
in the third quarter, making for a forgettable day by the No. 12
pick in the draft.
”Nobody’s going to feel sorry for him,” teammate Charles
Woodson said. ”And one thing about it is he was in position. He
was in position to make plays. Those are plays he’s going to have
to make going forward.”
IMPROVING DEFENSE: After allowing 34.5 points per game the first
four weeks, the Eagles have held their last five opponents to 21
points the last five games. The only other team to be so stingy in
that span is undefeated Kansas City.
”I just thought that we executed well today,” safety Nate
Allen said. ”Guys made plays when we needed to and got off the
field on some big third downs. Yeah, main thing is we executed well
and played well as a defense.”
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