In Week 11, the Jacksonville Jaguars were able to have Nick Foles under center for only his second game of the season. The veteran quarterback lost the game but what should we make of his performance versus the Indianapolis Colts?
While the Jaguars were blown out by the score of 33-13, Foles finished the game with 296 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Foles also completed 33 of his 47 attempts as his team came up short.
To begin the season, there was some optimism that Jacksonville could compete in the AFC South. Back in Week 1, Foles delivered a touchdown pass to DJ Chark against the Kansas City Chiefs to show the potential in the offense.
Sadly, Foles suffered a broken left clavicle as he completed the touchdown. As a result, he was placed on injured reserve and returned to practice before the team’s bye week in Week 10.
While he was out, rookie Gardner Minshew did a magnificent job filling in at quarterback. But during the team’s bye week, Doug Marrone chose to give Foles his job back.
Therefore, it was expected that there was going to be some rust for Foles in his return. Without a doubt, he wasn’t perfect, but he still showed why he should be the starting quarterback moving forward.
At the beginning of the game on Sunday, Foles delivered a strike down the field to Chark for a 34-yard touchdown. The duo of Foles and Chark would connect once again for a 20-yard score in the fourth quarter.
It was a positive sign to see Foles look nearly one-hundred percent after sustaining a somewhat severe injury to his left shoulder. On the other hand, Leonard Fournette ended the game with only 23 rushing yards on eight carries.
The rushing attack will be better in the coming weeks and so will Foles. Despite losing the game by 20 points, Foles and the offense showed some positive signs. Among them, Foles didn’t show any signs of being conservative and took shots down the field.
In addition, Foles will continue to get even more confident as he progressively throws the ball. With the loss on Sunday, the Jaguars have fallen to last place in the AFC South with a 4-6 record.
In light of that, it’s unlikely that Jacksonville will be able to get back into the playoff race. Due to that, it is important for the Jaguars’ offense to make improvements to end the season.
There are going to be plenty of people who criticize for Foles for his performance on Sunday. On the contrary, Foles actually proved that he can be the solution at quarterback for the foreseeable future.