Michael Vick And Eagles’ Offense Need Touchdown Drives TonightBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Monday, August 20th, 2012
Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg game-planned for tonight’s match against the Patriots, so I expect the offense to step it up and it’s important that they play well. This will be their last dress rehearsal before game one versus Cleveland. I want to see them put together at least a touchdown drive for each quarter they’re in there. They’re going to play at least the first half, so Michael Vick and the first team offense need to execute at least two touchdown drives.
Reid and Mornhinweg do a great job of putting their quarterbacks in position to succeed, so I expect Vick to look much better than he did in the Pittsburgh game. He will have a good idea what he will see defensively and who will be open. They’ll likely have a number of packages that are designed to take advantage of weaknesses in the Bill Belichick’s defense.
Belichick will have some tricks up his sleeve, so it will be a challenge to move the ball against an improved New England defense. Third down is likely to be the key to this battle.
I’m especially interested in him utilizing the short passing game to tight end Brent Celek, running back LeSean McCoy and the Birds wide outs, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
Celek and McCoy will be utilized more often by Vick. If teams give him short to immediate routes, then he’s got to take them rather throwing deep to Jackson. You’re also going to see the quickness of rookie free agent Damaris Johnson utilized in the short passing game.
If the Eagles can succeed in the short-passing game, it will put opposing defenses in a very difficult position. It’s vital that the Birds are able to execute their short passing game in the red zone. Vick has to quick with his reads and his throws have to accurate in the red zone, because you have less room to work with. It will be one of the keys to their season.
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