The Redskins face what is essentially a must-win game Sunday against the Eagles, and unlike in the teams’ first meeting back in September, Nick Foles will start at quarterback for Philadelphia.
The second-year pro out of Arizona started the season as the backup to Michael Vick, but no quarterback has been better than Foles during the past two weeks, when he has thrown for 10 touchdowns and no interceptions in back-to-back wins.
Vick remains one of the league’s most polarizing players both on and off the field, so his absence this week begs an interesting question:
As a Redskins fan, are you glad Vick won’t be playing, or do you think that Foles will present a tougher matchup?
Foles has been incredible the past two weeks against Green Bay and Oakland, and is suddenly being compared to everybody from Peyton Manning to Tom Brady to Robert Griffin III. But it was only last month that he went 11 for 29 for 80 yards and no touchdowns before suffering a concussion in a 17-3 loss against Dallas.
That was Foles’s most recent home start before Sunday, by the way.
In two career starts against the Redskins, both losses last season, Foles has gone a combined 53 of 94 (56.4 percent) for 549 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
He has obviously matured and is playing in an entirely different system under Coach Chip Kelly this year, but his performance against the Cowboys just four weeks ago proves he’s not beyond having a really bad day.
Plus, he’s 0-4 in his career starting at Lincoln Financial Field.
Vick, meanwhile, can be incredibly erratic, but it was just two months ago that he passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the Eagles’ 33-27 win in Washington that had analysts saying Kelly was about to revolutionize offensive football in the NFL.
Vick is a less-accurate passer than Foles, but he is still among the best rushing quarterbacks in the game, while Foles has limited mobility.
In four career starts for Philadelphia against Washington when he plays for more than one quarter, Vick is 4-0 and has thrown for 10 touchdowns and two interceptions while running for three more scores.
His performance in the Eagles’ 59-28 win exactly three years ago tomorrow was one of the best ever by a quarterback against the Redskins.
Now, Vick may not be fully recovered from his hamstring injury, and his inability to stay healthy is one of the major knocks against him, but for the sake of this conversation let’s say that he’d be able to go.
Are the Redskins catching a break facing Foles this weekend, or are the Eagles a tougher matchup with the former Georgetown basketball recruit under center?
Let us know what you think.
Greg Schimmel is an editor who contributes his NFL insights to Opening Kick on Thursdays. Follow him on Twitter at @Greg_Schimmel.
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