Philadelphia Eagles Week 3: Stock Up, Stock Down

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Sep 21, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) throws an 11-yard touchdown pass against Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) let in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Stock Up

1) Nick Foles

C’mon you all saw this coming. Nick Foles was sensational this week as he led the Philadelphia Eagles to victory and maintained their first place spot in the NFC East. Foles finally played a complete game this year as he finished the first half with an impressive 12 of 14 for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Eagles entered halftime with a lead for the first time this year.

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He made plays all over the field as he targeted his receivers, tight ends, and running backs at various depths and downs, even finding ways to pick up first downs on the ground with a few rushes of his own. He missed his tight ends a couple times overthrowing them, but more than made up for it with his connections with his receivers. Of his 325 yards for the day, Foles found his wide receivers for 262 of them, more than the Eagles’ first two games combined. His stock is unquestionably on the rise as he led his team to this victory with a tough, impressive outing finishing with a stat line of 27 of 41 for 325 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

2) Jeremy Maclin

Eight receptions for 154 yards and a score. Now that is the stat line you’d like to see from your #1 wide receiver. Jeremy Maclin and Nick Foles were on the same page throughout the entire game this week as they hooked up for big gains and first downs throughout the game. Maclin had the opportunity to add to these numbers on a huge 80-yard screen pass from Foles that was cut short after a penalty by center Jason Kelce.

Maclin has been the most heavily targeted weapon of Nick Foles so far this season, so it was great to see Maclin finally capitalize on those opportunities this week. In a game filled with big passing numbers, Maclin came out as the leader of this Philadelphia passing attack. If Maclin and Foles can maintain this chemistry throughout the season, Philadelphia could be in store for some big things in 2014.

3) Special Teams

It had been 88 games since the last time the Philadelphia Eagles returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Running back Chris Polk had the honors of returning a kickoff 102 yards untouched for the score, being the first Eagle to return a kickoff for a touchdown at Lincoln Financial Field. Polk also returned another kickoff 35 yards as he gave the Eagles great field advantage, but the offense was unable to do anything with it as running back Darren Sproles fumbled on the drive after getting into the red zone.

Cody Parkey had another great day at the office connecting on all three of his field goal attempts with a long of 51-yards. This kid looks like the real deal and has made the coaching staff look brilliant in their decision to stick with him this season. Punter Donnie Jones had a great game pinning two of his four punts within the Redskins’ 20-yard line. The coverage unit did well this week preventing any big plays by Washington and this entire special teams unit looks to be a strength of the Eagles this year.