Can the Lions’ defence slow down Nick Foles and the Eagles?
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
When: 18.00 (GMT)
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Nothing quiets a quarterback controversy quite like wins. But 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions certainly helps, too.
Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles go for their fifth straight victory Sunday against the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions, an opponent which could present his toughest starting assignment yet.
The Lions (7-5) head to Philadelphia after an extended break following their best defensive effort of the year in a 40-10 win over Green Bay on Thanksgiving. It was the fewest points they’ve surrendered in nearly two years, and the Packers’ 126 yards of offense were the lowest by a Detroit opponent since Cincinnati had 95 on Nov. 22, 1992.
Detroit has achieved season highs in sacks in consecutive weeks with seven against the Packers and four against Tampa Bay on Nov. 24.
While the Lions’ pass rush will be on Foles’ mind, the signal-caller is no longer burdened with an uncertain future.
The constant questions might not always have easy answers, but Foles’ play has simplified Kelly’s short-term decision. The second-year quarterback is 5-1 as a starter this season, and he’s thrown all but three of the Eagles’ passes over the four-game winning streak after the team had been regularly shuffling at the position.
His season passer rating of 125.2 is tops in the NFL. Foles is one away from tying Peyton Manning’s record of 20 TD passes to start a season without an interception, which was set this season. He’s already set an Eagles’ record for most passes without an interception (233), snapping teammate Michael Vick’s previous mark of 224 set in 2010.
The Eagles (7-5) kept pace with Dallas atop the NFC East with last Sunday’s 24-21 home win over Arizona. Foles tossed three touchdowns, completing 21 of 34 attempts for 237 yards.