2013 NFL Grades, Week 13: Nick Foles continues impressive run

When the Dallas Cowboys took down the Oakland Raiders on  Thanksgiving, they effectively held serve in the battle for the NFC East and forced the Philadelphia Eagles to win a tough matchup against the Arizona Cardinals . Thanks to another impressive performance from Nick Foles , Philly did just that.

Foles extended his streak of touchdown passes without an interception to 19 straight. He's one touchdown pass off of Peyton Manning's record of 20, which he set this season. (Foles also tied Manning's record for seven touchdown passes earlier in the season.)

He's not exactly on Manning's level -- obviously -- and has gotten quite lucky on his lack of interceptions. He should've thrown one late in the game against Arizona that ended up coming back because of defensive holding and we've seen him catch plenty of breaks during this streak.

But it's better to be lucky than good and it's always a bonus when you're both: Foles has been both of those throughout the start to the season. Not making mistakes isn't the best thing he's done while the Eagles have ascended as a contender in the NFC but not making mistakes has allowed Chip Kelly's offense to run at maximum efficiency.

It's a reminder that he doesn't necessarily need a "mobile" quarterback so much as a "smart" one. Maybe Foles isn't the complete face of the franchise. But he's been a remarkably impressive passer this season and, one bad game aside, has been incredibly consistent for Kelly and the Eagles.

Giants 21, Redskins 14
B- Andre Brown continues reinvigorating the running game in New York. Eli Manning can't stop making mistakes but he's making less of them? Probably too big a hole for New York in their division but the pass rush showed up and gave them a little hope.
C- Officially eliminated from the playoffs, the Redskins are now fighting not to give the Rams a top-five draft pick in the coming draft. Robert Griffin III looked a lot better on Sunday night but his receivers really, really let him down in a big way.
49ers 23, Rams 13
D Zac Stacy ran alright when he got a chance, but the Rams were behind most of the game and Kellen Clemens was forced to attempt 37 passes. That never ends well.
B+ Michael Crabtree's going to provide a big boost to the passing game, freeing up Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin. Colin Kaepernick looked sharp on Sunday. Justin Smith and the defensive line mauled the Rams offensive line.
Falcons 34, Bills 31
B- Steven Jackson got going, Roddy White had a monster game, Matt Ryan didn't make any mistakes and the defense created some turnovers. Impressive effort given the state of the Falcons season, especially since it hurts them in the draft "standings."
C- The Bills were 7-0 when Toronto mayor Rob Ford was not in the game and you saw what happened when he showed up. They just made far too many mistakes late in the game and gave the Falcons too many opportunities. C.J. Spiller's big day went to waste.
Bengals 17, Chargers 10
B Huge road win for the Bengals for playoff purposes. They're now two games clear of the Baltimore Ravens , although Andy Dalton and Co. weren't that impressive. An A.J. Green injury would be devastating. The defense did a really good job of limiting the Chargers at home though.
C- A game that should ultimately knock the Chargers out of the playoff hunt. Ryan Mathews couldn't get the ground game going and Philip Rivers was ineffective. Nice game for Keenan Allen but they couldn't take advantage of any big chances.
Broncos 35, Chiefs 28
B+ Denver took care of business thanks to Peyton Manning hooking up with Eric Decker for four touchdowns in Arrowhead Stadium. Knowshon Moreno and Monte Ball were extremely effective. The defense has to be a concern considering Alex Smith lit them up.
B- Nice game for Alex Smith, who nearly threw for 300 yards and had a pair of scores. Jamaal Charles has been great all year and Sunday was no different. The defense is a major issue for the Chiefs though, and they've now lost three-straight games. Red flags abound.
Jacksonville Jaguars 32, Cleveland Browns 28
B Remain really impressed that Gus Bradley keeps these guys competitive despite their season struggles. They're really developing some young talent like wideout Ace Sanders and defensive backs Jonathan Cyprien and Dwayne Gratz . Pretty big road win
D Monster outing for Josh Gordon , who became the first wideout to ever have back-to-back 200-plus yard receiving games in NFL history. But losing to the Jaguars at home? That's no bueno.
New England Patriots 34, Houston Texans 31
C+ Horrible first-half effort for the Pats again, but Tom Brady poured it on pretty good again after the break. It's crazy what a difference having Shane Vereen and Rob Gronkowski back makes.
C- Another week, another devastating loss. The Texans had New England on the ropes thanks to a big game from Ben Tate and they completely caved. At least they were competitive this time around.
Minnesota Vikings 23, Chicago Bears 20
C- Wasted effort from Alshon Jeffrey, who broke his own Bears record for receiving yards in a single game on Sunday, topping 200 yards for the second time this season. What was Marc Trestman thinking when he kicked that field goal on second down? This defense is a disaster.
C+ Adrian Peterson may not be 40 but he is a MAN. All Day topped 200 rushing yards for the fifth time in his career Sunday, walking the Vikings to a win. Blair Walsh made some clutch kicks as well in an ugly win.
Eagles 24, Cardinals 21
D+ The Cardinals made a game out of this one, but the mistakes that haunted them early in the season -- particularly interceptions from Carson Palmer -- really showed up on Sunday. They couldn't take advantage of Philly's mistakes on offense.
C+ Nick Foles nearly threw an interception but ran his streak of touchdown passes without one to start a season to 19. He's one shy of Peyton Manning's record.
Indianapolis Colts 22, Tennessee Titans 14
D+ Ryan Fitzpatrick ran the ball well but made too many mistakes -- three interceptions -- for the Titans to overcome. This game was a lot closer than it looked. The Titans have now lost six of their last eight games.
C+ Trent Richardson was benched but it's not like Donald Brown was crazy effective with 14 carries for 54 yards. Andrew Luck continued to struggle without Reggie Wayne but got the job done.
Miami Dolphins 23, New York Jets 3
B Miami made quick work of a bad Jets and did a really nice job overcoming a major weakness (their lack of an offensive line) against the Jets major strength (a strong defensive line). Facing off against a team that can't score always helps. 
F- Brutal effort from the Jets who are in freefall right now. Geno Smith was benched for Matt Simms and the secondary got carved up by Brian Hartline and Ryan Tannehill . Rex Ryan's seat is cooking once again.
Carolina Panthers 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6
D Tough game for the Bucs who lost their three-game losing streak Sunday. Bobby Rainey ran alright and Mike Glennon did some nice things, but Tampa had too many things not bounce their way to be competitive in this game. It was never really that close.
B+ Cam Newton and Carolina keep rolling, winning a franchise-record eight games thanks to their beatdown of the Bucs Sunday. Ted Ginn 's become a somewhat reliable weapon and the defense keeps surprising, succeeding without Charles Johnson in the lineup.
Detroit Lions 40, Green Bay Packers 10
D The Packers forced four Lions turnovers, and that was the only good thing they did all day. Green Bay's defense was brutal, and the Packers offense was even worse. Where oh where is Aaron Rodgers ?
B As dominant as the Lions were, their ease in giving up turnovers has to be worrisome moving forward. But Detroit's defense destroyed any hope Green Bay might have had, and the Lions made the Packers look like one of the worst teams in the league.
Cowboys 31, Raiders 24 
C+ If this grade were for the first half only, the Raiders would be getting an A. Oakland jumped out to a 21-7 first half lead thanks to two touchdowns from Rashad Jennings . Unfortunately for Oakland, everything fell apart after that. 
B The Cowboys weren't spectacular, as matter of fact, they almost looked bored to be on the field for the first two quarters. However, everything changed after Tony Romo led a 73-yard touchdown drive at the end of the first half. 
Ravens 22, Pittsburgh Steelers 20
B Joe Flacco had a strong Thanksgiving game and utilized his deep-ball targets. The running game still really struggled. The Ravens got bailed out a bit at the end but came away with a win. They could be the team that doesn't really look all that good to sneak into the wild-card race or even the AFC North hunt. Sound familiar?
C+ Injuries and major mistakes ultimately cost the Steelers. This game may have wrapped up their season. Le'Veon Bell being hurt would be devastating since he rejuvenated that running game. Ben Roethlisberger 's had a better season than he'll get credit for. The defense simply couldn't stop the Ravens enough.
CBS Sports Senior Writer

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