2014 DRAFT GUIDE
5 things to know after Eagles beat Packers 27-13

By GENARO C. ARMAS - AP Sports Writer
    2013-11-11 03:47

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Nick Foles deferred a question about the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback job to his head coach.

Foles keeps making resounding statements on the field.

A week after tying the NFL record by passing for seven TDs, Foles connected for three long scores and Philadelphia pulled way for a 27-13 victory Sunday over the injury-ravaged Green Bay Packers.

''That's a question for Chip,'' Foles said, referring to coach Chip Kelly. ''Whatever the situation is, I'll be there to support whoever is playing.''

Ten touchdowns in two weeks and no interceptions on the season. Seems like enough to hold on to the job even if Michael Vick returns soon from a hamstring injury.

''Maybe we've got some stability at the quarterback spot,'' Kelly said.

Five things learned after the Eagles (5-5) handed Green Bay (5-4) its second straight loss at home for the first time since 2008:

QB DOWN: Packers quarterback used to be one of the most stable positions in the NFL. Green Bay had just three starters at the position over the last 22 years - Brett Favre (253 games), Aaron Rodgers (86) and Matt Flynn (two).

Things have changed drastically. Rodgers fractured his left collarbone in last week's loss to the Bears. Replacement Seneca Wallace started Sunday and left after the first series with a sore groin.

Third-stringer Scott Tolzien, just signed off the practice squad last week, played well for Wallace given the circumstances. He was 24 for 39 for 280 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, including a pick in the end zone by Brandon Boykin on an underthrown pass to Jordy Nelson.

Still, Tolzien looked good enough to coach Mike McCarthy that he was anointed the starter for next week's game against the Giants.

''I'm the head coach. I've made the decision,'' McCarthy said. ''That's the direction I'm going.''

FOLES UP: Things are certainly looking up for Foles after a second straight win on the road. Kelly likes Foles' command on the playbook. He's impressed that Foles ''doesn't really make egregious mistakes out there.''

Foles finished 12 for 18 for 228 yards. After a choppy start, the offense gained traction in the second half.

''Nick is playing out of this world right now,'' running back LeSean McCoy said.

SHADY DAY: After three games of gaining no more than 55 yards rushing, McCoy broke out for 155 yards on 25 carries against a Packers defense that had been stout against the run.

McCoy softened the D with runs of 9 and 25 yards on the Eagles' first series of the second half before Foles found Riley Cooper for the 45-yard score and a 17-3 lead.

Cooper finished with three catches for 102 yards and two scores. DeSean Jackson had four catches for 80 yards and a 55-yard touchdown off a pass deflected by cornerback Tramon Williams.

''Do you want to stop the run? And we're making plays in the air, so it's a matter of picking your poison,'' McCoy said.

BURNED DEEP: Pass-rushing linebacker Clay Matthews returned from a thumb injury wearing a heavy black wrap to protect his right hand. The Packers did get three sacks, but Matthews was mainly neutralized by the Eagles' tricky, quick-strike offense.

Whatever the reason, Foles exposed the Packers' secondary.

Granted, Jackson's touchdown came on the deflected pass. But Cooper was open over the middle on a 45-yard score, then rolled across the goal line after he went untouched.

Cooper scored late in the third on a 32-yard pass after safety Morgan Burnett slipped in coverage, leaving the receiver open near the goal line.

''If you give up catches that are earned, OK, we can live with that. If it's just breakdowns in the defense, those are things we can't live with,'' Williams said. ''Obviously, there were a couple fluke plays out there but those things happen and you have to live with them.''

ROAD WARRIORS: All five Eagles' wins have come on the road, with the lone blemish a loss at Denver.

They won a test of attrition at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Left tackle Jason Peters left with a quad injury.

They're 0-4 at home and yet still in the race in the mediocre NFC East.

''We're not good at home and we're good on the road. We better figure it out because we're coming home,'' Kelly said.

Philly's next three games are at home, starting next week against the Redskins.

---

Online:

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

---

Follow Genaro Armas at http://twitter.com/GArmasAP

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Michael HillAug 30 09:42a

The Green Bay Packers released RB Michael Hill.

Darrin ReavesAug 30 09:38a

Carolina Panthers RB Darrin Reaves is not projected to make the 53-man roster, as the top four running backs are expected to be RBs DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker.

Shaun DraughnAug 30 09:34a

Chicago Bears RB Shaun Draughn is projected to not only make the 53-man roster, but he is slotted as the primary backup to starter RB Matt Forte. FB Tony [ More ]

Christian PonderAug 30 09:33a

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder had a solid training camp and likely saved his job with significant work and production in the preseason finale. He might have some value [ More ]

A.Q. ShipleyAug 30 09:22a

The Baltimore Ravens cut OG A.Q. Shipley Saturday, Aug. 30.

Darryl SharptonAug 30 09:12a

The Washington Redskins placed LB Darryl Sharpton (ankle) on the Active/Reserve/Injured list. He will be able to return this season.

Keith WenningAug 30 09:12a

The Baltimore Ravens cut Keith Wenning Saturday, Aug. 30.

Dion LewisAug 30 09:02a

The Cleveland Browns released RB Dion Lewis Saturday, Aug. 30.

Ryan JensenAug 30 09:02a

The Baltimore Ravens have released OT Ryan Jensen.

Kellen DavisAug 30 09:02a

The New York Giants cut TE Kellen Davis Saturday, Aug. 30.

Mario ManninghamAug 30 08:52a

New York Giants WR Mario Manningham (calf) may not be with the team much longer because of the calf injury he suffered in preseason action Thursday, Aug. 28. His [ More ]

Crezdon ButlerAug 30 01:52a

The San Diego Chargers waived CB Crezdon Butler, DE Joe Kruger and DE Doug Worthington Friday, Aug. 29, according to sources.

Marion GriceAug 30 01:52a

San Diego Chargers rookie RBs Marion Grice and Branden Oliver remain on the roster as of Friday, Aug. 29, but only one is the expected to be retained before [ More ]

Thomas KeiserAug 30 01:52a

San Diego Chargers LB Tourek Williams might have secured the fifth linebacker job and a spot on the 53-man roster. Williams was in competition with LBs Thomas Keiser and Cordarro Law.

Tevin ReeseAug 30 01:52a

The San Diego Chargers waived rookie WR Tevin Reese Friday, Aug. 29, according to sources. He was a seventh-round pick in April.

Philip RiversAug 30 01:52a

The San Diego Chargers will keep just two quarterbacks, starter QB Philip Rivers and veteran backup QB Kellen Clemens. The team cut QB Brad Sorensen, who is eligible for [ More ]

Terrelle PryorAug 30 01:12a

The Seattle Seahawks released QB Terrelle Pryor Friday, Aug. 29, according to a source.

Chris PolkAug 30 01:02a

Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk is included on the team's 53-man roster, according to sources.

Casey MatthewsAug 30 01:02a

Philadelphia Eagles LB Casey Matthews has made the 53-man roster, beating out LB Emmanuel Acho, according to reports.

Emmanuel AchoAug 30 01:02a

Philadelphia Eagles LB Emmanuel Acho, WR Ifeanyi Momah, QB G.J. Kinne and WR Quron Pratt have been released, according to various sources and reports.

Jerricho CotcheryAug 29 11:42p

The Carolina Panthers will keep six wide receivers with WRs Jason Avant, Kelvin Benjamin, Brenton Bersin, Philly Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Tavarres King as the projected members of the [ More ]

Mike McNeillAug 29 11:42p

Carolina Panthers TE Mike McNeill (knee) has been slowed by a nagging knee injury, and TE Brandon D. Williams has emerged as a solid player in training camp and the preseason, making McNeill expendable.

Keshawn MartinAug 29 11:42p

Houston Texans WR Keshawn Martin will return kickoffs to start the season, making him a lock for the 53-man roster. His roster spot was in question during the spring, [ More ]

Brandon HarrisAug 29 11:42p

The Houston Texans released CB Brandon Harris Friday, Aug. 29, according to a source. He was the team's second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Greg OlsenAug 29 11:42p

The Carolina Panthers are deep at tight end, with starting TE Greg Olsen and reserve TEs Ed Dickson, Brandon D. Williams and Richie Brockel projected to make the final [ More ]

Jalen ParmeleAug 29 11:32p

The Arizona Cardinals released RB Jalen Parmele Friday, Aug. 29, according to a source.

Joe WebbAug 29 11:32p

Carolina Panthers QB Joe Webb looked expendable until QB Cam Newton (ribs) suffered a fractured rib in the third preseason game. Now, head coach Ron Rivera appears fairly adamant [ More ]

Bryan McCannAug 29 11:32p

The Arizona Cardinals released CB Bryan McCann Friday, Aug. 29, his agent confirmed.

Isaac SopoagaAug 29 11:32p

The Arizona Cardinals released LB Marcus Benard and DT Isaac Sopoaga Friday, Aug. 29, according to a source.

Derek SherrodAug 29 11:02p

The Green Bay Packers might be in the market to add another offensive lineman, whether it is through a trade, waiver or free agency. The team lost OT Aaron [ More ]

Khyri ThorntonAug 29 10:52p

Green Bay Packers DE Khyri Thornton (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, and his agent said Friday, Aug. 29, that the third-round pick [ More ]

Kevin OgletreeAug 29 10:52p

Detroit Lions WR Kris Durham is on the bubble to make the 53-man roster along with WRs Ryan Broyles, Corey Fuller and Kevin Ogletree.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group