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Eagles can adjust when Vick isn't at his best

Posted on: November 22, 2010 12:29 am
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A. Samuel notched two interceptions in Sunday's win against New York

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Although Michael Vick has been an MVP candidate all season long – No turnovers! Video game athleticism! Unbelievable arm strength! A complete quarterback now! – you knew, at some point, the Eagles were going to have to win in spite of his mistakes.

Tonight, Philadelphia showed it’s more than capable of doing that.

Vick wasn’t as electrifying as usual – though he was still very good in Philadelphia's 27-17 win – and he made a few mistakes en route to a 24-of-38, 258-yard performance. He lost a fumble because he lazily held the ball away from his body. He allowed the Giants to seal him into spots where he couldn’t escape (to be fair, New York was actually pretty effective in making him more one-dimensional than normal and only allowing him 34 rushing yards). He didn’t look like the absolute best player in the NFL.

But Philadelphia still managed to turn back a tough Giants squad which took a 17-16 lead with 13:35 to play.

They did it without much help from WR DeSean Jackson. Instead, WR Jeremy Maclin had big game, WR Jason Avant (his bumbling of what should have been a wide-open TD pass, notwithstanding) had a big catch as the Eagles drove the field on what was their game-winning drive, and RB LeSean McCoy took a fourth-and-one pitch 50 yards to a touchdown before putting the game out of reach with a 40-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

And they did it with their defense, intercepting Eli Manning three times (one by LB Stewart Bradley was in garbage time, and CB Asante Samuel had the other two picks (though he fumbled the ball right back to the Giants on one of them)) and forcing fumbles from Ahmad Bradshaw and Manning.

Obviously Philadelphia still has its faults, and there’s little question that if the teams played next week in the New Meadowlands, the game would be a pick ‘em. But the Eagles proved something tonight. Even when Vick isn’t at his best, they’re still an effective squad that could make a deep run into the playoffs.

With Vick at his best, they’re Super Bowl contenders.

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Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2010 10:59 am
 

Eagles can adjust when Vick isn't at his best

I cant believe people are saying SB contender with this team. I am shocked by the season so far. I had them going 6-10 or 5-11 this year before the season with Kolb at the helm. With Vick the team is inspired. I do see them as a legitimate SB contender. They have beaten some very good teams already. Their offense is argueably best in the league. They kill defenses in every way possible and they barely make any mistakes. The defense is a turnover machine. I like so far New England and Philly in the Sb again, New England's offense is great as well. Hopefully that is the SB matchup and we get some vengeance on New England. It will be the dog killer vs. Bill's cheating squad!! I dont think the NFL will let Vick win a SB though....It is a business and they only care about money, it would be bad image for them to let Vick steal the show over Bieberette Brady. Money is all they care about, NE will win the super bowl with help from the league. Dont think the NFL does things like that then it is time to grow up....



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