It had been reported earlier this week that Foles would start, but the Eagles did not confirm that until Monday morning. Plus, Foles is coming off a Super Bowl LII championship after defeating the New England Patriots, 41-33 in February. Wentz would have obviously started if healthy, but it's not like Foles didn't earn this moment.
The Eagles' head coach was particularly perturbed about reports late last week that said Nick Foles would get the start over Carson Wentz. You must hear this! That set up a press conference with a contentious Pederson on Sunday (see story).
Following the season opener against the Falcons, the Eagles will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 followed by the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans before facing perhaps their biggest challenge to start the season in the Minnesota Vikings come Week 5. Based on the fact that Carson Wentz hasn't been cleared for contact and based on Pederson's saying one guy was getting the first-team reps, we already knew Foles was the guy. But throughout his career, he's had really good games and really bad ones. With the Week 1 deadline out of the way, it will be interesting to see just how long the Eagles wait to put their franchise quarterback back onto the field. If the preseason is any indication, it might not be pretty.
Either way, the decision means six opening-day quarterbacks over the past 10 seasons for the Eagles as Foles joins Wentz (2016-2017), Sam Bradford (2015), Michael Vick (2011-2013), Kevin Kolb (2010) and Donovan McNabb (2009). The Super Bowl banner will be dropped.
However, Wentz may not be ready to take the reigns as of yet. They play the Colts at home the following Sunday.