On Friday December 27th I wrote a column about the three keys to the Eagles NFC East championship success in this featured article. Given that Philadelphia beat Dallas Sunday night 24-22 clinching the division title, I wanted to recap the three keys to see how far off or on target I was.
I wrote that the Eagles were a different team going into yesterday’s matchup and that Philadelphia had the benefit of an entire season’s experience under their belt. The following three keys helped the Eagles end the Cowboys season.
Healthy Nick Foles
On 12/27/13 I wrote: As discussed previously, the Dallas Cowboys faced a severely hampered Nick Foles in week 7. Foles missed wide open receiver after wide open receiver as a result of his injured groin. He threw for just 80 yards in three quarters and was pressured the entire game. The offensive line will need to do a much better job of protecting Foles which will allow him time to get back to his 25 touchdowns to 2 interceptions ratio, and league leading 118.7 quarterback rating.
Foles has proven himself to be one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL this year. Facing a Dallas secondary which ranks second worst in the league giving up 290 yards per game while also allowing 31 touchdowns should provide Foles plenty of passing success.
Foles did in fact look like a different quarterback on Sunday. He completed 17-of-26 passes for an efficient 263 yards and two touchdowns. Nick also finished the game with a 124.4 RTG. He did not miss many wide open throws, and although he spent much of the game under duress getting sacked 5 times, he looked calm and collective in the pocket when given the time. The healthy Foles was definitely a difference maker for the Eagles.