Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

December 27, 2018 at 1:43 am.

–Quarterback Nick Foles may have only one more game in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform. With Carson Wentz entrenched as the team’s quarterback of now and the future, it doesn’t seem likely that Foles will return in 2019 for another year of playing backup to Wentz.

If Foles does leave – and really the sentence should be “when” Foles leaves – he will do so having more 400-yard passing games than any quarterback in Eagles history and hold the record for throwing for most yards in a game.

He set both on Sunday in the 32-30 win over the Houston Texans.

His 471 yards topped Donovan McNabb’s total of 464 in December of 2004 and it was Foles’ fourth game over 400 yards passing, putting him ahead of the previous record holder, Sonny Jurgensen, who had three from 1957-63 with the Eagles. Jurgensen would go on to have two more such games with the Redskins.

Foles has as many 400-yard passing games as Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers does and as many as Hall of Famer Kurt Warner had in his career. Foles has made 43 career starts to Rodgers’ 157 and Warner’s 116.

The leader is Drew Brees, who has 15 in 263 starts, followed by Peyton Manning (14) and Dan Marino (13). Four of the next five are all still active: Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning each have eight. So too does Carson Palmer.

Foles has made fewer starts than any of them.

–Undrafted rookie Josh Adams has become the Eagles’ lead running back this past month, but his fumble with 5:30 to play last week with the Eagles holding a 29-16 lead nearly cost the Birds a win.

“Any time, as a young runner, No. 1, you know when you’re in your four-minute type offense, we always talk about two hands on the ball and what ended up happening is his left hand came off the ball and 41 (Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham) for them was able to get a hand on it, and great play by them,” said head coach Doug Pederson. “Great learning experience for Josh, obviously.”

Adams’ 461 yards rushing leads the team.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1-14 — That is the Redskins’ record when trailing at halftime in the Jay Gruden era. The only win came two weeks ago, engineered by quarterback Josh Johnson.