Philadelphia — Nick Foles made the right choice when he picked the Philadelphia Eagles over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.
Foles has a Super Bowl MVP award to show for a tough decision that came down to familiarity. Now he’ll get a chance to play against Tampa Bay on Sunday because Carson Wentz still isn’t ready to return from knee surgery.
“It was close,” Foles said about choosing to return to Philadelphia to play behind Wentz instead of going to the Buccaneers to be the backup for Jameis Winston. “My wife and I were weighing all options. She was pregnant. We decided Philly was our home once before, we loved it, we loved the people, we loved the city, and what better place to bring our daughter into the world?”
Foles had committed to Arizona State in high school when Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter was the coach of the Sun Devils. But the Philly connection won out.
He is 6-1 filling in since Wentz tore two knee ligaments in Week 14 last year. That record includes playoffs and the final regular-season game, in which Foles played only one quarter.
Foles was 19 of 34 for 117 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Philadelphia’s 18-12 win over Atlanta last Thursday.
Wentz had surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL last Dec. 13 and hasn’t been medically cleared to play.
“As training camp progressed, his strength, lower-body strength, his upper-body strength, all trending in the right direction,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said.
First for Cousins
With his first real game for the Vikings in the books, Kirk Cousins (Michigan State) has another initiation coming this weekend: a visit to Lambeau Field.
Cousins and the Vikings play in Green Bay on Sunday, an earlier-than-usual contest for control of the NFC North.
The only other times since 2000 that the Vikings have faced the Packers on the road in September were the season openers in 2003 and 2008.
For Cousins, well, talk about diving right in.
“It’s a great opportunity to join this rivalry and hopefully put my best foot forward and get off to a great start,” said Cousins, who grew up in the Chicago area and then western Michigan and, thus, has been immersed in one of the NFL’s most storied divisions his whole life as a football follower.
This will be his first playing experience at Green Bay, too. When Washington traveled there in 2013, he was the backup to Robert Griffin III.
Now he’ll be the fifth Vikings quarterback to start in the last five visits to Lambeau Field.
“You realize how important it is for this organization, for our fans,” Cousins said Wednesday.
Allen gets start for Bills
For the Bills, rookie quarterback Josh Allen’s time is now.
Bills coach Sean McDermott said Allen will make his first career start on Sunday against the Chargers.
Allen replaces second-year pro Nathan Peterman, who struggled badly in a 47-3 blowout loss to the Ravens in Week 1.
Peterman threw for 24 yards and two interceptions before being replaced by Allen in the second half.
Two days after their passing game went flat in the second half of a season-opening loss, the Raiders brought back wide receiver Martavis Bryant.
Bryant, who was with the Raiders in training camp after being acquired in a trade from Pittsburgh before getting released on the final day of roster cutdowns, signed a one-year contract and rejoined the team for practice.
... The Ravens placed backup running back Kenneth Dixon on injured reserve after he hurt his knee in Sunday’s opener against Buffalo.
... All-Pro kick returner Pharoh Cooper was placed on the L.A. Rams’ injured reserve list after he severely sprained his ankle in the season opener at Oakland.