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The Eagles have lost 8 straight and today face the worst pass defense in the NFL. Can Nick Foles have a big day and end the slide?
We talked earlier this week about the enigmatic Bucs defense that is ranked #1 against the run and dead last against the pass. What it likely means for the Eagles is that a win, or at least any respectable amount of points, is probably going to have to come via the arm of Nick Foles.
As the rookie prepares for his 4th straight start, he says the main thing his experience has given him is confidence.
"I think the big thing is the confidence of playing at this level. There's always that confidence but then the more you do it [then] the more you pick up the speed. Just the feel for the game. I think that's the big thing. Everybody says it's a fast game which it is but you start feeling it more. You start getting more reps with your teammates. You build a bond in the huddle and the locker room. The more and more you play, the more and more you're out there, that [feel for the game] just continues to grow."
While Foles is certainly a cliche machine, as virtually all QBs are at this point, he's also a relentlessly positive guy. And while it is sometimes easy to get cynical about that, he really does come off as genuine when he talks about playing the game. This week he was asked where the team is supposed to find motivation in the midst of an 8 game losing streak...
"We're fortunate to do what we do," he said. 'We love the Eagles, we love playing for this organization, our coaches, the owners, and we love playing football. We have an opportunity to go out there and play football again. What could be better than to go to Tampa Bay right now and play against them? To have the opportunity to continue to play [is great]. I'm 23 [years old] and I'm still able to play football. That's something that's pretty special. [You] just have to enjoy it every day and work as hard as I can."