Nick Foles will be Eagles’ starting quarterback against Buccaneers in Week 2

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    Nick Foles will be the Eagles’ starting quarterback for at least one more week. Doug Pederson confirmed the reigning Super Bowl MVP will be under center for the Eagles on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in NFL Week 2.This news is not unexpected. But as of this past Sunday Youth Cameron Johnston Jersey , NFL insider Chris Mortensen was saying Carson Wentz “hasn’t been ruled out for Week 2.” Mortensen went on to say that “[Eagles] organizational sources I’ve spoken with say they wouldn’t be surprised if he’s ready for Week 3.” On Wednesday morning, Mort tweeted: “Nick Foles, one more start.” So it appears Wentz has a real shot to return for the Eagles’ game against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3.In the meantime, Pederson said Wentz still isn’t cleared for contact, and so the Eagles will head to Tampa Bay with Foles as their starter. The 29-year-old has a good track record against the Bucs. In two starts against them, with both games taking place at Raymond James Stadium, Foles has completed 65.9% of his attempts for 677 yards (8.3 average), five touchdowns Color Rush Nate Gerry Jersey , zero interceptions, and a 111.7 passer rating. It’d be nice to see Foles bounce back after only registering a 50.7 passer rating against the Falcons in Week 1. Injuries to the Buccaneers’ defense, which allowed 40 points in their first game, could further help facilitate a good game from Foles. Tampa Bay potentially might be without both of their starting corners against Philadelphia. As for the Buccaneers’ starting quarterback, we know it’ll still be Ryan Fitzpatrick with Jameis Winston suspended through Week 3. Fitzpatrick went bonkers against the Saints with four touchdown passes and a near-perfect passer rating. Fitzpatrick hasn’t thrived as much during his games against Jim Schwartz defenses over his 14-year NFL career.Vikings’ Next Gen Stats and the Cousins to Thielen connection NFL Next Gen Stats has been rolling out all kinds of interesting new data and it’s a great resource when trying to get a better understanding of the opponent. In this case, the opponent for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles is the Minnesota Vikings. So what does the data tell us about them?Cousins’ lack of aggression...AGG%: 12.2% (33rd of 35)Air Yards to Sticks: -2.0 (29th of 35)Air Yards: 6.6 (29th of 35)Maybe this is a bad omen considering Marcus Mariota was low in all of these categories coming into last week, but Cousins didn’t have a half-numb hand. Instead, he’s had a half-existent line that has put him under insane amounts of pressure.I don’t blame Cousins for getting the ball out fast and the way the offense is currently constructed Color Rush Chris Long Jersey , it calls for that to happen. Still, he’s going to have to threaten downfield at some point and it seems like this would be the week to do it.On the plus side, and unlike Mariota at the time, he ranks in the top five for xCOMP% differential, which points to the accuracy and anticipation with which he’s thrown this year.The least probable of probabilities possible...One play that boosted Cousins’ xCOMP% differential was his crazy completion to Adam Thielen in the Vikings Week 2 tilt against the Green Bay Packers. You can place some blame on the secondary for allowing this nonsense to happen, but it shows some excellent concentration by Thielen, who was working an out-and-out double move (oh boy).Thielen’s marketable market share...I’m of the opinion that Adam Thielen doesn’t get nearly enough love. [​IMG]A technical, nuanced route runner with sneaky sub-4.50 speed Color Rush Jake Elliott Jersey , he’s been super consistent for the Vikings over the last two years plus and is on pace for the biggest statistical season of his career (40-473-2).An underrated aspect of Thielen’s game is his ability to stretch defenses vertically and make plays downfield. This year he ranks 5th in NFL for Team Air Yards market share (explained below).Thielen leads the Vikings in big plays as a receiver, hauling in 6 passes over 20+ yards this year. Last year he hauled in a team-leading 20 explosive receptions, 6 more than his cohort Stefon Diggs. He’s not doing it against scrubs either, as evidenced by his torching of Washington Redskins’ cornerback Josh Norman last year.If you’re noticing a theme to this article, congratulations, you cracked the code. The match-up I’m most fascinated with heading into Week 5 is Adam Thielen on Sidney Jones. Thielen’s slot usage is up nearly 20% from last year as he’s spent 65% of his route running snaps operating from that alignment. How Jones fares will tell us a lot about how the secondary fares on Sunday.