Nick Foles unable to ease concerns in postseason tune-up vs. Cowboys

Kristopher Drake
January 1, 2018

After a strong performance against the New York Giants in his first start of the season, Nick Foles looked terrible against the Oakland Raiders.

The unit has avoided injuries for most of the year, with the exception being Hicks.

One year to the day of Sidney Jones' final college football game, he'll be eligible to play in an NFL contest for the first time.

Graham (ankle) was ruled out on Friday and Mills (ankle) was questionable. They have a first-round bye and get to rest and scheme while their next opponent toils in the wild-card round. He completed 19 of 38 passes for a measly 163 yards. It's more than time to turn him loose. No reason to risk further injury. Philly is without Carson Wentz which will likely become an issue later this season as Nick Foles doesn't look like the long term answer behind center and may not even be serviceable enough to send the Eagles into a deep playoff run. That said, they will need Foles to get as comfortable as possible with the offense if Philadelphia is to stand a chance. Also, the Eagles drafted two receivers, Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson.

Ezekiel Elliott
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

The Philadelphia Eagles secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but they don't seem to cause fear in potential opponents following a lackluster win in Week 16.

Theres always a fine line for coaches of teams that have top playoff spots locked up this time of year.

The most important thing will be to have a healthy team in two weeks for the divisional round, but if the Eagles can have a good offensive showing on Sunday without anyone getting injured to gain confidence, then that will be an added bonus. He needs to regain some experience and build chemistry with his receivers, but at the same time you don't want Foles or any of the receivers missing the playoffs with an avoidable injury. They are still trying to find their footing with a new quarterback. That was on display once again Sunday, as Jim Schwartz's unit limited Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys' attack to six points despite resting a bulk of the Eagles' starters.

With one week left in 2017 NFL season, numerous league's elite team's have already made a decision to rest their starters for the playoffs.


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