Ever since Peyton Manning threw for his record tying seven touchdowns in the opening game of the regular season, it has almost been a given that Manning will end up as the league MVP at the end of the season.
Then came Nick Foles, the once back-up quarterback to Michael Vick for the Eagles. From what was seen at the end of last year and during the Cowboys game, nothing cried MVP, but since then, Foles has been nearly flawless since returning from injury.
You can look at the obvious choices, the Peyton Mannings’ and Calvin Johnsons’ of the world, but if you were to take a look from a broader angle. Foles may just be the better choice.
Now granted, Foles has only played in seven games this season, but some of his stats are ridiculous. One being that he has yet to throw an interception this season. That is 162 attempts without an interception.
Foles has also thrown more touchdown passes than the beloved Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rogers in nearly half the games except for Aaron Rogers who has been injured, but even then Rogers has thrown the ball more than Foles. Foles also leads the NFL in yards per attempt with 9.59. If that were to stand, it would be the third highest in NFL history.
And if you thought all that was amazing, we are just getting started. Not only does Foles has the best touchdown to interception ratio of 16 to 0, he only needs five more to break Peyton Manning’s record of 20:0, but he is also the highest rated quarterback with a 128.0 quarterback rating, Peyton Manning is below him with 118.0. Manning does however have a better QBR with an 82.0 QBR compared to Foles’ 78.0.
Those stats are pretty good, but it takes more than just stats to win an MVP trophy, it takes results.
Before Foles was the starter the Eagles were 1-3 and looked to be headed in the direction of taking Chip Kelly’s former quarterback Marcus Mariota in the upcoming draft.
That may not be the case now as Foles has turned their season around going 5-1 as the starter and giving the Eagles their first winning record since week one and first home win since September 30 of last season.
As of right now the Eagles sit at 6-5 and the playoffs seem imminent as the Cowboys look to be on their annual November/December collapse and the Eagles are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Three more wins could very easily wrap up the NFC East.
Eagles fans may not quite know what they have on their hands with Foles. He could be the next one-hit wonder, or he could be the next franchise or elite quarterback. For right now Eagles fans will just sit, watch and enjoy the show.
Foles may not be as flashy as Peyton Manning or Drew Brees, but he has put up some MVP-like numbers in a short time span. With Manning having a career year at age 37, and Foles having only started six games, the MVP award may be unlikely, but Foles Certainly makes a case.