(SportsNetwork.com) - And the quarterback carousel continues for the Philadelphia Eagles.
No matter who's under center Sunday for the Eagles in their road bout against the Oakland Raiders, they will try to get back on track after a pair of disappointing losses to division foes.
The Eagles haven't scored an offensive touchdown in losses to the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, posting 10 points in that span, and the once- potent offense has been parked in neutral. The Eagles were one of the highest- scoring teams early on, but are now 18th in the NFL (22.0 ppg).
In Sunday's 15-7 home loss to the Giants, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick returned from a hamstring injury and quickly departed in the second quarter after aggravating the problem. Vick had missed 2 1/2 games and completed 6- of-9 passes for 30 yards with an interception before giving way to rookie Matt Barkley, who threw for 158 yards with an interception and a fumble. Barkley took plenty of reps in practice and still needs time to develop.
Vick will not play Sunday, while backup Nick Foles was inactive in Philadelphia's 10th straight home loss with lingering effects from a concussion suffered versus the Cowboys. Foles was cleared to practice this week and will get the start in Oakland.
"I am (ready)," Foles said after Tuesday's practice. "I cleared everything and I feel good. I felt good out there today. It was a long week last week, but the most important thing was getting healthy. I had a lot of support, and I feel great. It was great to get back out there with the team and I feel like we had a good day today."
Head coach Chip Kelly confirmed the news Wednesday morning.
"Nick did really well," Kelly said Wednesday morning. "I know he was cleared, but just because he was cleared, we still needed to see him. I hadn't really had a chance to visit with him and watch him out on the field, but I was really happy with how Nick practiced yesterday. ... Nick did a really good job and Nick is going to be our starting quarterback this week."
The Eagles, who have won two straight road games and are 3-1 away from Lincoln Financial Field this season, tend to run the offense better under Foles save a lousy showing against Dallas in which the lanky QB completed just 11-of-29 pass attempts for 80 yards before exiting the game with a head injury. Foles is the tallest quarterback on the roster, can read defenses and gets rid of the ball quicker than Vick.
Foles is 52-for-90 for 622 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions on the season, while Barkley is 28-for-46 for 287 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions. If Foles gets the nod Sunday, and it appears he will, he will take over an offense that hasn't scored a touchdown since defeating Tampa Bay a few weeks ago.
The Eagles are 15th in passing (246.8) and fifth in total yards (397.1). Their bread-and-butter is the running game under LeSean McCoy, who hasn't been himself the past few weeks for the second-rated ground attack (150.4) in the NFL. McCoy leads the NFL with 733 rushing yards and is first in the NFC with 1,017 yards from scrimmage. However, McCoy has averaged just 66 rushing yards over his last four games after averaging 117 in his first four.
"I think LeSean, to his credit, is his own worst critic," Eagles first-year head coach Chip Kelly said Monday. "He takes a lot of responsibility. His numbers have been down the last two weeks. I think sometimes LeSean is trying to press too much and trying to hit a home run on every play instead of letting it develop."