When Michael Vick hurt his hamstring early this season, it turned out to be the best thing to happen to the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles.
Because that gave Nick Foles his shot.
Foles has been marvelous all season, and that continued in a 24-21 win against Arizona on Sunday. Foles was 21-of-34 for 237 yards and three touchdowns, and once again didn't throw an interception. He has 19 touchdowns and no interceptions this season, an amazing streak. It's no coincidence that the Eagles are 7-5 and tied for first place in the NFC East.
Foles has been a little lucky with that mistake-free streak. He had a couple of passes go off of the hands of Cardinals' defensive backs on Sunday and did throw a bad interception to Patrick Peterson in the fourth quarter, but was fortunate that a defensive holding penalty wiped it off the board. But Foles has shown a mastery of Chip Kelly's offense that has turned the Eagles' season around. The Eagles are 5-1 and on a four-game winning streak. Foles has not only obviously locked up the job for the rest of this season, it seems inconceivable that he won't be Philadelphia's quarterback for at least next season as well. Foles is in just his second season, and he has given the Eagles every reason to think he's the quarterback of the future.
Earlier in the season, the Eagles slumped a bit and Kelly's offense was derided as college tricks. It turns out the Eagles just needed to figure out that Foles was the best quarterback for them.
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