Vick Shines In Win

The Eagles' LeSean McCoy runs for a 12 yard gain during the third quarter against the Lions. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Final Score: Eagles 35; Lions 32
Eagles best number: 135 (receiving yards by DeSean Jackson).
Eagles worst number: 232 (Jahvid Best’s total yards from scrimmage).
Eagles best play: QB Michael Vick threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jackson to give the Birds a 7-0 lead in the first.
Eagles worst play: Best broke free on a halfback screen for a 75-yard touchdown, giving Detroit a 17-7 lead.

Three stars
M. Vick (PHI): 21/34, 284 yards passing, 2 TDs, 37 yards rushing.
J. Best (DET): 78 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 9 catches, 154 yards receiving, TD.
L. McCoy (PHI): 120 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 4 catches, 8 yards receiving.

Breaking down the game

VICK MAKES IT INTERESTING — Nothing like a little quarterback controversy heading into week three. Vick had himself an impressive game once again, throwing for 284 yards while completing 21-of-34 passes, and two touchdowns while rushing for 37 yards.

Vick had a few miss-fires but other than that, made some impressive throws down field including his pass to Jackson that he couldn’t hold onto and the deep strike to Jackson for 53 yards in the second quarter.

Vick stated after the game that despite his solid play and the fact he proved he could lead this team that he is okay with coach Andy Reid stating that Kevin Kolb is the starter when healthy.

But is that really the right decision? I say let Vick continue to start until he messes up. But by doing that and if Vick doesn’t mess up, he will almost ruin Kolb’s confidence as it will be a blatant message stating the Eagles don’t trust him.

We know what we have with Vick: an inaccurate quarterback who dazzles with his legs. But he’s also a leader and has led a team to the NFC championship before. If the Eagles want to be a contender this year and not just have a rebuilding year, Vick should be the answer.

LATE GAME SCARE — Prevent defense prevents your own team from winning. That almost happened as the Eagles defense went into sleep mode for the last five minutes, almost coughing up and 18-point lead.

Shaun Hill used an 80-yard drive in 2 minutes, 4 seconds to make it a 35-24 game. Best’s two-yard touchdown capped the drive in which Hill targeted Best and TE Brandon Pettigrew.

After a 3-and-out that ate up only little over a minute off the clock, the Eagles gave the ball back to Detroit. The Lions marched down field 55 yards and Hill hit WR Calvin Johnson with a 19-yard touchdown pass with 1:55 left.

The Lions then recovered an on-sides kick but failed to get a first down, capped by a pass deflected by Joselio Hanson to end the threat.

RUN SHADY RUN — LeSean McCoy is turning into the replacement for Brian Westbrook that Eagles fans hoped for. His shiftiness inside the tackles and ability to get free in the open field earned him 120 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns, by far the best performance of his career.

Despite not being Vick’s favorite target this week (those honors went to DeSean Jackson), he’s a very dangerous receiver out of the backfield, almost a clone of Westbrook.

It will be interesting if his ability to rush for so many yards on only 16 carries will get him more touches on the ground from head coach Andy Reid.

JACKSON SHOWS UP — As mentioned, Jackson finally had the game fans expected from him last week. Jackson was held to only four catches for 30 yards in Week 1 against the Packers.

But he stepped it up, being Vick’s favorite target for downfield plays. Jackson caught four passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. He was target quite a bit more and was negated a catch in the first quarter when he failed to bring the ball completely in.


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