Eagles Win An Ugly One At The End, Despite Four Vick InterceptionsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Sunday, September 9th, 2012
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick showed a lot of courage today despite playing an awful game. His teammates bailed him out. The defense stepped up with a very good performance and LeSean McCoy took over on the last drive to take them down the field to give the Birds a chance to pull it out.
Vick was playing so poorly that at times, I thought he might be tempted to take himself out of the game. Seriously it would have been hard for him to play worse.
He threw four interceptions but could have very easily thrown seven or eight interceptions. I don’t know what the single-game interception record is but he was threatening it today.
He was staring down receivers and not doing anything to look off the defenders. His eyes were drawing the linebackers, safeties and cornerbacks to the area where he was throwing the football. Vick was 29 of 56 for 317 yards, with two touchdowns and four interceptions.
He showed courage on the last drive because he continued competing even though he couldn’t have been letting those throws go with any confidence. Vick had to block out all the interceptions and poor throws he had made earlier in the game. The signal caller had to reach down deep to not give in to disappointment but keep on fighting. Vick couldn’t see the field today. It was like he was a blind man against the Browns. His confidence was shot. For awhile during the game it seemed that every throw he made was intercepted or almost intercepted.
The Birds offense gained 456 yards during the game. LeSean McCoy had a big day with 20 carries for 110 yards. He was especially effective on that last drive which won the game.
You’ve got to give the Eagles defense most of the credit for winning this one. They kept the Birds in the game while the offense was turning the ball over five times. Four interceptions were the key. Two picks by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and two by Kurt Coleman were ultimately what won the game for the Birds.
Eagles middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans hadn’t done much during training camp and the preseason, but today he showed why he had been an All-Pro earlier in his career. Numerous times he anticipated running plays, then shot the gap in the Browns offensive line to make plays in the backfield.
The veteran also made some key stops on third down in pass coverage as well.
Vick has been doing something right because on that last drive, he could have easily turned the ball over a couple of times. He fumbled on that run after he was hammered. Thankfully, the ball didn’t roll away from him but settled underneath him.
He threw a pass to Jeremy Maclin in the end zone which should have been picked off by one of the Browns rookie linebackers. Vick played like he couldn’t see the color of the other team’s jerseys.
I have to ask everybody a question that’s got to be asked? Should they consider going to Nick Foles if Vick plays another bad game like this one?
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