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Eagles' Nick Foles rues missed chances vs Bengals

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Al Bello

Things were going pretty well for Nick Foles last night in the first half. He had driven the team down the field for 3 scores, hadn't made any real mistakes and was generally efficient with his throws.

However, things clearly went south when he threw his pick in the 3rd quarter. It was a terribly underthrown ball and ended up being the first of a torrent of turnovers that ultimately turned the game from close to a blowout. Foles says the throw was just "horrible."

"I mean, it was just a vertical throw, just trying to take a shot and if I'm being honest, I just made a horrible throw," he said. "The ball came out bad and it had a little bit of wobble to it. You have to really cut it and I didn't do that. I just have to spin it and it started fluttering towards the end. I under threw [WR] Jeremy [Maclin] and the guy came back and made a play. So it's a bad throw, it's one that I can't have. But it happened and I just have to, next time it happens just really throw it out there."

Accuracy on deep balls has been issue for Foles since taking over as the starter. Andy Reid says he doesn't see as an arm strength issue, rather more about experience.

"He's got a real strong arm," said Reid. "You can put his arm up against anybody in this league. You just have to make sure that he's taking time to look people off, and you have to make sure you don't spend too much time doing that. You have to make sure you get your feet around and that you have enough momentum to get your body and legs into the throw."

Foles has 2 more games that he's guaranteed to start, because next year there's no way of knowing who the starter will be. So with these last opportunities, Foles says he's just hoping to get better as a player and a team.

"I just take it a day at a time. Just get better. There is a lot to learn from this film. I saw the guys' eyes after the game and everyone is still going to be there working. Everybody is still going to fight. We're going to stick together as a team. I know the coaches are still sticking together and we're going to move forward. That's the only thing I know to do is move forward no matter what. Win, lose, no matter what. I'm going to keep pushing, keep working. I'm going to learn. I'm going to grind. I want to win these games. I know all of us want to win these games, but it's going to take the proper steps. We need to look at the film, see what we need to do better, protect the ball and keep staying together, keep pushing on and get something going."