The broken record that has symbolized the 2014 season of Nick Foles goes something like this – some great crisp, on the mark passes followed by one or two bad “throwing off his back foot” passes that result in a couple interceptions each game.
That trend continued last Sunday, as Nick went 9 for 12 with a touchdown but also throw another bad pick. Unfortunately for Foles, his day ended prematurely when he was sacked on two of his last three plays by Whitney Mercilus, the latter resulting in a broken collarbone that will keep him out for most likely what will be the remainder of the regular season.
Enter Mark Sanchez, golden boy of USC, once on the cover of GQ, the next Joe Namath, and prized owner of the infamous “butt-fumble” (on Thanksgiving night no less which probably made most Jets fans spit out their pumpkin pie).
Sanchez had been signed as insurance on a 1-year contract, and the time had come to file a claim on his policy…for better or worse. And to his credit, he filled in admirably, going 15 for 22 with two touchdowns, but also a very Nick Foles like two interceptions.
Losing Foles for the reminder of the regular season may not be the worst thing for the Eagles. The Birds got to 5-2 with their quarterback having a very mediocre season, and with good weapons and an decent offensive line around him, Sanchez should do no worse. He was able to guide the Jets to the AFC championship in his first two seasons when he had a solid running game and a good defense on his side. When the Jets team around him crumbled, Sanchez did as well. But put him into a good system like Chip Kelly’s, and the Eagles should be fine offensively.
What WILL hurt the Birds is the loss of DeMeco Ryans, who was their quarterback on defense. Ryans went down early in the 4th quarter on a non-contact play in which he made an interception and then fell awkwardly to the ground, rupturing his Achilles tendon and sidelining him for the remainder of the season. With Casey Matthews having to pick up the slack, the Eagles will now have their own “Achilles heel” on the field.
The Birds have to wait till Monday night this week when they face the Carolina Panthers, who won the NFC South last year but seem to be “one-hit-wonders” (sort of like that Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me with Science” song from the ’80’s). Their defense seems to be a shell of what it was last season, and Cam Newton, while big in stature, may turn out to be a big time fraud.
Better get the “Under Armour” ready – gonna be a cold night at the Linc boys and girls. No worries on the game though…Birds spank the Panthers, 38-20.
The Last Word:
Congrats to the San Francisco Giants and their ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner for winning the 2014 World Series. Bumgarner basically carried his team on his back during the World Series and it’s quite ironic that the guy has the word “Bum” in his last name, since he is anything but.
With the victory, the Giants have won the World Series three out of the last five years, something the Phillies might have been expected to do after 2008. The local baseball team down at Broad & Pattison might be wise to look at and follow the formula that the Giants used to build a winning team for the long haul…
Amit’s Top 5 Power Rankings:
1. Cardinals (4)
2. Broncos (1)
3. Patriots (New)
4. Steelers (New)
5. Chiefs (3)
Amit’s Marquee Matchups of the Week (all times in EST and on Sunday unless noted otherwise):
Browns at Bengals 8:30 PM NFL Network (Thurs)
Chiefs at Bills 1:00 PM CBS (Game of the Week)
Dolphins at Lions 1:00 PM CBS