The Philadelphia Eagles found something that had been missing as of late against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday…their up tempo offense! And it was this furious offensive style that lead the Eagles to scored an amazing 42 points in just two quarters. Eagles center Jason Kelce explained to the media after the game how finding their tempo again was key to their overwhelming victory:
“I think the coaches had an outstanding gameplan throughout the game. I think we really did a good job of getting back to our tempo, which is something that we’ve slid away (from) a little bit. That’s our bread and butter. We really focused on that throughout the week. Nick (Foles) really likes running when we go up tempo because it puts the defense in an awkward position and makes them force their hand. I think it was a culmination of the coaches having a great gameplan and the players going out an executing.”
The Eagles came away with the decisive victory on Sunday despite finishing the game with less total yards of offense than Oakland and over fifteen fewer minutes of time of possession. Those stats further illustrate how swiftly and just how efficiently their offense put points on the board. And a lot of that credit has to go to back-up quarterback Nick Foles.
Foles had the best day of his short two-year career completing 22 of his 28 passing attempts for 406 yards and seven touchdowns. And those numbers could have even been better if Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly didn’t bench Foles early on in the fourth quarter. After the game the Eagles players, like tight end Brent Celek, had nothing but praise for the young quarterback.
“Man, it was great. He was playing amazing. The offense was clicking on all cylinders. That’s what you need. That’s what you want. That’s what you hope for.”
Foles’ center, Kelce, notice the former Wildcat was still in high spirits despite losing to the Dallas Cowboys in his previous start:
“You know, (Foles) was obviously upset with the way he played before, in the Dallas game…obviously the whole team was actually down a little bit this week. He was much more vocal, much more involved in everything, not just the quarterback play…I just felt like overall, he seemed extremely focused on having a really good game this week”, said Kelce.
The Eagles, whose vaunted offense sputtered against the Cowboys in Week Seven and the New York Giants in Week Eight, now appears to be back on track. That’s good news as it’s just in time to face the ailing Green Bay Packers at legendary Lambeau Field on Sunday.
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