OAKLAND, Calif. — The only time Nick Foles had ever thrown seven touchdowns in a game was as a teenager playing a video game in Austin, Texas, long before he was an Eagles quarterback etching his name into NFL history.
Foles matched that in real life on Sunday in the Eagles’ 49-20 win over the Oakland Raiders. The 24-year-old became just the seventh quarterback in NFL history to throw seven touchdowns in a game.
“He was just kind of dialed into what we wanted to do, and was outstanding in terms of his performance,” said Eagles coach Chip Kelly.
It was a redemptive afternoon for the coach and the quarterback, who both showed needed improvement to help the Eagles improve to 4-5 entering next week’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
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Foles rebounded from an Oct. 20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in which he completed 37.9 percent of his passes for only 80 yards before a concussion prompted an early exit.
Starting in place of the injured Michael Vick, in his first game since the concussion, Foles finished 22 of 28 for 406 yards and seven touchdowns.
Kubiak collapses at halftime
HOUSTON — Houston coach Gary Kubiak was in stable condition late Sunday night after collapsing leaving the field at halftime of the Texans’ loss to Indianapolis. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Kubiak hunched over and dropped to his knees at the 24 yard line and was immediately surrounded by medical personnel. He was lifted off the field on a stretcher, taken off on a gurney and transported to the hospital in an ambulance.
The Texans didn’t say what was wrong with Kubiak, but did say he didn’t have a heart attack. The team said the 52-year-old coach, a former NFL quarterback who calls the team’s plays, was conscious and was with his family as he was taken to the hospital.
• The Miami Dolphins suspended guard Richie Incognito late Sunday for misconduct related to the treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin, who abruptly left the team a week ago to receive help for emotional issues.
“We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another,” the Dolphins said in a statement released shortly before midnight, “and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time. … We will continue to work with the league on this matter.”
The move capped a bizarre off day for the Dolphins. First, the team released a statement saying Martin had not complained to the organization about bullying by other players. Hours later, the Dolphins said they and the NFL were investigating allegations of misconduct made by representatives of Martin.
Incognito posted several tweets saying he wants his name cleared after reports linked him to the Martin matter. Then came the announcement of his suspension.
• Rex Ryan found plenty of things to brag about after his New York Jets upset New Orleans 26-20.
Rex Ryan mentioned beating twin brother Rob, the Saints’ defensive coordinator, for the seventh time in 10 matchups.
“All right, I beat my brother again. Just kidding,” Rex said with a laugh. “Yeah, there’s a little extra, but at the end of the day, now you realize that your bro just took a loss, so that’s the tough thing. I pull for them every single week except one.”