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The 10 best QB performances in Eagles history

The 10 best QB performances in Eagles history

Yesterday, we counted down the 10 worst quarterback performances in Eagles history.

If you found it depressing reading about Pat Ryan, Brad Goebel and Bobby Hoying, maybe this will help:

It’s the 10 BEST performances in Eagles history by a quarterback. 

We have a rule of only one performance per quarterback, but in this case we had no choice but to break that rule. I'm sure you can figure out who we're talking about.

Oh, and three quarterbacks made BOTH lists. Can you guess who they were?

Eagles 49, Redskins 21
Oct. 17, 1954, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Adrian Burk: 19-for-27, 232 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT, 120.7 passer rating

Burke led the NFL with 23 TD passes in 1954, and 30 percent of them came in one game against the Redskins. Burk was the first NFL QB to throw 7 TDs in a game, and only six others have since. He was the only NFL QB to throw 7 TDs AND complete 70 percent of his passes … until Nick Foles did it in Oakland 59 years later!

Redskins 31, Eagles 30
Oct. 1, 1955, Connie Mack Stadium

Bobby Thomason: 25-for-37, 349 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 133.7 passer rating 

Although the Eagles lost, Thomason became the first quarterback in NFL history to complete 67 percent of his passes and throw for 300 yards and at least four TDs without an interception, and he was the only QB to do that in the first 30 years of the NFL’s existence. Thomason only threw 10 TDs the entire season, but seven were against the Redskins. 

Eagles 41, Steelers 27
Sept. 28, 1969, Franklin Field

Norm Snead: 22-for-30, 335 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, 135.4 passer rating

In a big win over the Steelers, Snead became only the second QB in NFL history with 5 TDs, 330 or more passing yards and 73 percent accuracy in a game, and he was the only Eagles QB to do that until Randall Cunningham in Washington 20 years later almost to the day.

Cowboys 41, Eagles 22
Oct. 11, 1987, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Scott Tinsley: 24-for-34, 338 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, 131.7 passer rating

OK, I know what you’re thinking. Who the HELL is Scott Tinsley? This was during the 1987 NFL player strike, when the NFL owners used replacement players – training camp cuts, retired players, local semi-pro players – for three games until the strike was settled. The games were horrible, but the stats counted. You can make an argument against Tinsley and I get it, but the dude to this day is one of only five QBs in Eagles history to complete 70 percent of his passes and throw for 330 yards with at least 3 TDs and no INTs. The others are Donovan McNabb four times, Nick Foles twice and Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick once each. Pretty good company for a guy who played in three NFL games in his life.

Eagles 42, Redskins 37
Sept. 17, 1989, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Randall Cunningham: 34-for-46, 447 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, 131.3 passer rating

An unforgettable day for Cunningham, who signed a contract extension in the morning at the team hotel in Arlington, Va., and then rallied the Eagles back from a 30-14 third-quarter deficit. Randall was 21-for-27 for 267 yards and 4 TDs with no INTs in the second half, including the game-winner to Keith Jackson with 52 second left.

Eagles 58, Lions 37
Dec. 30, 1995, Veterans Stadium

Rodney Peete: 17-for-25, 270 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 143.3

Nick Foles doesn’t hold the Eagles’ record for highest passer rating in a playoff game. Rodney Peete does. Rod had the best game of his career in the 1995 wild-card game against the Lions, a few days after Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown guaranteed a win. Only 10 QBs in NFL history have ever had a higher passer rating in a playoff game.

Eagles 47, Packers 17
Dec. 5, 2004, Lincoln Financial Field

Donovan McNabb: 32-for-43, 464 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs, 147.8 passer rating

With his performance against the Packers, Donovan became the first QB ever to throw for 450 yards, complete 70 percent of his passes and toss 5 TDs and no INTs in a game. Since then, it’s only happened two more times. 

Eagles 59, Redskins 28
Nov. 15, 2010, FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

Michael Vick: 20-for-28, 333 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 150.7 passer rating, 8-80 rushing

The only time in NFL history a QB threw for 300 yards with four TDs, completed 70 percent of his passes and rushed for 80 or more yards. The Eagles were up 35-0 a minute into the second quarter in their win over Donovan McNabb and the Redskins. Vick’s 150.7 passer rating is 8th-highest in Eagles history.

Eagles 49, Raiders 20
Nov. 3, 2013, O.co Coliseum, Oakland

Nick Foles: 22-for-28, 406 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INTs, 158.3 passer rating

Foles tied the NFL record for TD passes in a game, joined Y.A. Tittle and Peyton Manning as only the third QB with 7 TDs and 0 INTs in a game and fashioned one of two perfect 158.3 passer ratings in Eagles history. 

Eagles 41, Patriots 33
Feb. 4, 2018, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

Nick Foles: 28-for-43, 373 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 106.1 passer rating

His stats may have been slightly better in the NFC Championship Game, but the most unforgettable QB performance in Eagles history belongs to Foles, who outdueled the greatest quarterback of all-time on the world’s greatest stage. 

Eagles 34, Redskins 24
Oct. 23, 2017, Lincoln Financial Field

Carson Wentz: 17-for-25, 268 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 126.3 passer rating

You can take your pick of a bunch of games down the stretch before he got hurt in 2017 — he had 29 TDs and 5 INTs in his last 11 games – but Wentz was never better than that Sunday night against the Redskins when he threw touchdowns to Zach Ertz, Corey Clement, Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins (really) at the Linc.

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Chad Johnson geeked up about these DeSean Jackson clips from training camp

Chad Johnson geeked up about these DeSean Jackson clips from training camp

DeSean Jackson is 33 years old now and he’s coming off a sports hernia surgery that basically wrecked his 2019 season. 

But he still has it. 

On Friday afternoon, former NFL receiver Chad Johnson shared some 1-on-1 practice video that Jackson sent his way from the Eagles’ ongoing training camp practices. Johnson was pretty excited to get these clips and posted a couple on his Twitter account. 

That one is Jackson going against Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay, in his first training camp with the Eagles. This will be a fun battle all camp long. Last year in training camp, DeSean dominated but he didn’t have a top tier cornerback to go against. 

It was fun to watch Jackson do this to the DBs in camp last year, but now he’s going against a three-time Pro Bowler and one of the best corners in the game. And Slay still stood no chance. 

That little hesitation step from Jackson and the explosion out of it is pretty wild. In a regular foot race no one is going to beat Jackson; if he gets the DB flat-footed, forget about it. And Jackson is going to beat corners as long as he’s healthy. That’s why so many defensive coordinators slide any help they can that way. 

And then there’s this hitch route that Johnson posted with some NSFW language.

On that one, you can see that Slay has to respect the deep ball and Jackson has that change of direction ability. One of the misconceptions about Jackson is that he’s just a go route deep threat; but that’s not the case. He can run short and intermediate routes well and it’s all set up from his ability to burn corners deep. 

The Eagles won’t be in pads until Monday, which is also when reporters are allowed to watch practice. I can’t wait to see this battle in person and report back. 

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Jon Gruden's curious comparison of Nelson Agholor and Randall Cunningham

Jon Gruden's curious comparison of Nelson Agholor and Randall Cunningham

Twenty-five years ago, Randall Cunningham retired after a dismal final season with the Eagles. 

Two years later he came out of retirement, signed with the Vikings and a year later had one of the greatest quarterback seasons ever, earned MVP honors and would have taken the Vikings to the Super Bowl if not for some terrible coaching by Dennis Green.

Cunningham’s offensive coordinator his last year in Philly? Jon Gruden.

Gruden today is head coach of the Raiders, and one of his pet projects is Nelson Agholor.

“A change of scenery worked for Randall Cunningham, maybe it will work for him,” Gruden told the Athletic.

Interestingly, Cunningham, who settled in Las Vegas after playing college football at UNLV, is now the Raiders’ team chaplain.

As for Agholor, he’s trying to rebuild a career that despite some great moments in 2017 and a brilliant Super Bowl never lived up to expectations.

"I trust him and I think he was picked high in the draft for a reason,” Gruden said of Agholor. "He’s a good player. You can pick up the Philadelphia Inquirer and they will probably say something different, but this guy has caught over 200 passes, he’s a young guy, he has played split end, flanker and in the slot. He caught eight or nine passes in a Super Bowl (9-for-84) and won a Super Bowl. So he's a world champion. He's a great person.”

Agholor caught 224 passes for 2,515 yards and 18 touchdowns in five seasons with the Eagles, who made him the 20th pick in Chip Kelly’s 2015 draft.

He never caught more than 768 yards in a season and he surpassed 64 yards in only nine of his 76 games here.

Agholor said he and Gruden actually have a family connection that goes back to when he was in high school at Berkeley Prep in Tampa and Gruden had just finished coaching the Buccaneers.

“He actually used to hang around after his days coaching in Tampa, he still lived in Tampa, and he would always go to a racetrack near his home, and my brother worked at that racetrack so him and my brother spent a lot of time talking every morning when Jon was getting his coffee about football and about my college career and things like that,” Agholor said in a Zoom call with Raiders writers. 

“So it’s a blessing to be in this opportunity having a previous relationship. But at the end of the day I chose this relationship because he knows the game and all I want to do is learn and be a better player.”

The Eagles, who paid Agholor nearly $19 million over the last five years, made no attempt to re-sign the 27-year-old after last season ended.

He signed a one-year minimum salary benefit deal with the Raiders worth barely above minimum wage - $1.0475 million.

In Vegas, he’ll likely compete for slot reps with Hunter Renfrow, who had 49-for-605 with 4 TDs as a rookie 5th-round pick last year.

“Honestly, this is a beautiful opportunity for me to get a chance to play with a guy like Jon Gruden, who has a background in coaching receivers,” Agholor said. “I chose this opportunity to make myself a better player. There’s no better opportunity to play for a head coach that knows receiver play and can articulate ways you can get better.

“My No. 1 goal is to progress as a player.  Lot of things that happened in the past, some really good things and some things I wanted to grow from. I told myself this opportunity is to be 2 percent better than the player I was in my previous five years.”
 

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