3 and Out: Insiders recap the Eagles' loss to the Vikings
Nick Foles and the Eagles didn't find the end zone on Sunday until their eighth drive in a 48-30 loss to the Vikings. (AP)
What’s wrong with Nick Foles?
OK, that’s a little bit strong. It’s not like Foles is in a slump.
Still, Foles did miss on several passes Sunday that he normally hits. And although he finished strong, Foles was not sharp early in the Eagles’ 48-30 loss to the Vikings Sunday in Minneapolis.
He wasn’t awful. He was just a little bit off. And that was enough.
“Yeah, I think Nick was inconsistent compared to where he had been in the last five games,” Chip Kelly said Monday. “That's something that we’ve got to get in the film room with him and see what he is seeing.
“We've got to get a chance to see him. There was a thought process where we had guys open but weren't 100 percent accurate with the ball.
“But it was a combination of everything. We had some situations that could have extended some drives and gotten things going in the right situations. Again, it's not one guy. It’s a team deal. I think overall as a team we didn't play up to the level that we [need to] to be successful.”
Foles finished 30 for 48 for a career-high 428 yards with three touchdowns and his second interception of the season.
He became only the third quarterback in NFL history with two games with at least 400 passing yards and three touchdowns during his first two seasons. The others are Dan Marino and Drew Bledsoe.
But the Eagles didn’t get in the end zone until their eighth drive, and by then they trailed 27-9.
In the game’s first 41½ minutes, Foles was 15 for 25 for 182 yards and an interception.
In the final 18½ minutes, he was 15 for 23 for 246 yards with three touchdowns.
“I definitely missed some throws,” Foles said. “I was high on a few and inaccurate on a few, and those are the things that you go back to the film and see why it was.”
Kelly suggested that Foles might need to tweak his technique, especially his footwork, to get his accuracy back where he wants it.
He was over 65 percent in wins over the Buccaneers, Raiders, Packers and Redskins but 62 percent against the Cards, 50 percent in the snow against the Lions and 63 percent Sunday in Minneapolis.
“I think sometimes it's getting your feet set,” Foles said. “Where were you in your drop? Are you consistent in your drop? Do you have the ability to get your feet set?”
In Foles’ defense, he was under pretty steady pressure from the Vikings’ defensive front Sunday. But he also held onto the ball too long several times.
“That's a good front with Jared [Allen] and [Brian] Robison and [Kevin] Williams in the middle getting a little push,” Kelly said. “Sometimes he was inaccurate in terms of getting his feet set. He was high on a few throws.”