Should Foles be starter if he shines vs. Dallas?
Nick Foles completed 22 of 31 passes for 296 yards in Sunday's 31-20 win over the Buccaneers. (USA Today Images)
Nick Foles has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in his first start of the season, a 31-20 win over the Buccaneers Sunday in Tampa.
Foles completed 22 of 31 passes for 296 yards with three touchdowns passing and one rushing.
His 133.3 passer rating was a career high and the highest against the Buccaneers in nearly two years, since Cam Newton had a 142.4 mark against Tampa in a 48-16 win in 2011 in Charlotte, N.C.
Foles started Sunday in place of injured Michael Vick. In two career starts in Tampa, Foles has thrown for 677 yards with five toucheowns and no interceptions.
Foles is the seventh Eagles quarterback to earn the NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor since the inception of the official league awards in 1984.
Donovan McNabb (eight times), Randall Cunningham (four), Vick (three), Kevin Kolb (two) and Jim McMahon and Bobby Hoying (one each) have also won the award.
This is the first time an Eagles QB has been named Player of the Week since December of 2010, when Vick earned the honor after a win over the Giants at the Meadowlands.
The Eagles had just one Offensive PoW recipient in 2011 and none in 2012 but have now had two in a row. DeSean Jackson earned the honor after the Eagles’ win against the Giants on Oct. 6.
Foles is also among three nominees for the FedEx Air Player of the Week. Newton and Andy Dalton of the Bengals were also nominated.
“I think in this league, for you to be successful, you'd better have depth,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “I think it showed in our quarterback spot and it was very evident.
“I know a lot of people when your No. 1 quarterback goes down, there's a very big drop‑off, and there was no drop-off for us at all.”
So far this year, Foles has completed 41 of 61 passes (67.2 percent) for 542 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions and a 127.9 passer rating that’s second-highest in the league (behind Peyton Manning) among quarterbacks who’ve thrown at least 50 passes.
Kelly has not said whether Foles or Vick will start at quarterback once Vick is healthy enough to play.