Nick Foles Came Back to Earth

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After leading a ridiculous comeback to put the Bears over the Falcons last week, Nick Foles started against the Colts today, a game where the Bears failed to get the ball in the end zone until there were less than two minutes left.

Before a hurry-up offense drive where the Colts, up by 16 points, permitted him to complete passes in the middle of the field, Foles was 18-34 for 159 yards (4.7 yards per attempt), zero touchdowns, and an interception. After the scoring drive cut the deficit from 19-3 to 19-11, Foles finished with 249 yards, one touchdown, and 5.9 yards per attempt.

The Bears, who came into today 3-0 with ugly wins over the Lions, Giants, and Falcons, fall to 3-1. At least for today, Mitchell Trubisky demonstrated why he beat Foles for the starting job out of camp.

Foles is not the long-term answer for the Bears. The good news is that they finally have a first round pick again, now that they have paid off their debt to the Raiders from the Khalil Mack trade. The bad news is that they’re not bad enough to be in contention for Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. I’m a huge Rivers fan and my neighbors are Bears fans so I watched this game pretty closely. Foles is not hard to figure out, he’s like a streak shooter in basketball. Red hot one minute, misses everything the next. Definitely not the answer for the Bears or any team. As someone said last week he’s a middle reliver.

    As far as Rivers performance, right place at the right time. He finally has an elite Defense, elite O-line, and playmakers who can make his job easy. But there’s no doubt he doesn’t have the arm he had 5 years ago. I think the Colts may win their division, but they’re not beating Mahomes in January. Nor are the Bucs getting past Green Bay/Seattle.

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