Michael Vick has struggled this season. I think it’s pretty fair to say that. However, when the Eagles needed him most, in a must win divisional game against the Cowboys, Vick brought his A-game.
Without a question, this was by far Vick’s best game of the season. Statistically, he completed 75% of his passes, while throwing for 279 yards and two touchdowns to end with a quarterback rating of 129.9.
The most impressive number for me though was zero. That is the number of times Vick turned the ball over against the Cowboys, something that has plagued him all season. He almost gave away a fumble in the third quarter, but this was because DeMarcus Ware beat Todd Herremans around the corner and ran Vick down from behind.
Another big accomplishment for Vick was scoring on the opening drive, something he spoke about after the game. They haven’t been doing that this season, and Vick talked about how important it was for them to get off to an early start.
This game was also more of an opportunity for Vick to show off everything he’s improved upon since joining the Eagles. Mainly, making the right reads on the defense and delivering the ball to the open receiver.
The Eagles love to throw the deep ball, but Dallas took that away from them. However, Vick showed that he can do more than just throw the deep ball and he picked apart the middle of the field all game.
Not only did he make good reads on the defense during plays, we found out that he made two pre-snap reads where he changed the play that resulted in touchdowns. Again, this is something Reid and company have been working on with Vick and it’s nice to see him progressing.
There were only two instances that I noted where I didn’t think Vick made a good throw. One came in the first quarter on a short throw to DeSean Jackson, but Vick had an unblocked blitzing safety coming right at him. The other came in the third quarter where he tried to force a throw to Celek on the goal line. It wasn’t a completely dangerous throw, but there was no chance it was going to be complete. I guess you could call the goal line throw to Owen Schmitt in here too, but I put more of the blame on the play call.
Of course, the number of good throws by Vick clearly outweighs the number of poor ones.
Along with throwing the ball effectively, Vick also helped out with the rushing attack. On the night he had seven carries for 50 yards. He took a couple of hits that you would have liked to see him avoid, including one that made my heart stop momentarily. At the same time, there were runs where he protected himself well and escaped taking the hit.
I have to point out the delay of game penalty Vick took. This came after a nice run that resulted in a first down. After the run, Vick got to his feet and bowled the ball down the field which resulted in a flag being thrown. Good run, but you have to be smarter than that.
Overall, great night from Vick, and as I mentioned, it couldn’t have come at a better time. He’ll need to continue playing this way for the Eagles to make a run at the NFC East crown.