Well, after a season filled with turnovers and disappointment, the Philadelphia Eagles turned to rookie quarterback Nick Foles in Week 11 in place of injured Michael Vick, with fans hopeful that they might get a glimpse of the franchise's future and fairly certain that things couldn't get any worse.
On second thought...
The Eagles were blown out of the nation's capital by the Washington Redskins 31-6, and not only was the rookie signal-caller who looked so promising in the preseason absolutely horrible in his NFL debut, but the game ended with star running back LeSean McCoy being carted off the field with a concussion.
It could just be that watching Foles play made McCoy's head hurt.
The most alarming part of Foles' performance, in which he completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes for 204 yards with two interceptions and three fumbles (none lost), was that it came against a Washington Redskins defense that ranks 29th in the NFL against the pass and has spent the entire season making quarterbacks look good.
However, even more alarming for fantasy owners was what Foles' insertion into the lineup did to the production of wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. It didn't just put a dent in it. It completely, totally and utterly destroyed it.
Last week against the Dallas Cowboys, with Foles pressed into action on short notice, the rookie more or less locked onto Maclin, who finished the game with eight catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.
This week, after a week of practice and acclimating himself to the offense, Foles targeted five players (including reserve tight end Clay Harbor) more than Maclin, who finished the game with zero catches for a fat bag of nothing.
Jackson didn't fare any better, following up five catches for 62 yards against the Cowboys last week with two grabs for five yards against the Redskins.
Yes, you read that right. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, one of the more talented wide receiver duos in the NFL combined for two catches for five yards against one of the league's worst pass defenses.
With absolutely no reason to think that's going to get better, all fantasy owners of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin can do at this point is take a deep breath, pull them from starting lineups wherever possible, and do something I never, ever thought I'd hear myself say.
Hope that Michael Vick starts next week.
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