Here is a story from the For the Win, one of our Gannett partners. Read on about former Arizona Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles, who has helped take the Philadelphia Eagles to first place in the NFC East.
Here are seven facts that show how unconscious Nick Foles has been in the 2013 season.
1. Nick Foles is the most efficient quarterback.
Even though Peyton Manning remains on pace to break the major single-season passing records in 2013 (5715 yards and 54 TDs), he’s no longer the NFL leader in passing efficiency. That title currently belongs to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who has now thrown enough passes to qualify for the QB rating title and currently leads Manning 128.0 to 118.3.
2. Nick Foles is better than Eli Manning — by a lot.
If Foles threw interceptions on his next 26 attempts, his passer rating would still be higher than Eli Manning’s. Let that one sink in for a bit.
3. Nick Foles could also break another Manning’s record.
Foles’ 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions to start this season would have tied an NFL record if Peyton Manning hadn’t broken the record earlier in the year. As it stands, Foles needs five more touchdown passes before an INT to break Manning’s new mark of 20.
4. Even when he’s bad, Nick Foles is good.
Foles had a passer rating of 104.3 in Sunday’s win over the Redskins. It was the second-worst rating of his five starts this season.
5. Nick Foles doesn’t need to throw a lot.
Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Robert Griffin III, Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick have all completed more passes than Foles has attempted, yet Foles has thrown for more touchdowns than each of those quarterbacks.
6. Nick Foles > RG3.
In Sunday’s game, Foles rushed for three more yards than RG3 (47 to 44).
7. Basically, Nick Foles is on pace to be awesome.
Foles leads the NFL in yards-per-attempt with 9.59. Aaron Rodgers is next with an 8.84 YPA. If he maintains it, Foles’ average would be the third-highest in modern NFL history, behind Kurt Warner’s 9.9 in 2000 and Chris Chandler’s 9.6 for the 1998 Atlanta Falcons. The top four spots in the record book are from seasons prior to 1955.