Early Playoff Exit For Vick and Eagles?
Three weeks ago Michael Vick and the Eagles were on cloud nine after a thrilling, “come from behind” victory over the New York Giants. With this win, and their electric offense, the Eagles looked to be one of the top contenders heading to the Super Bowl.
For all the talk and high hopes, the Eagles found themselves on the turf the following week, while the Vikings’ sucker punched them, for a loss on Tuesday night football. This game was more than just another point on the wrong side of a team record, but showed the weaknesses this team has covered up for most of the season.
The Vikings defense did a great job of taking away the Eagles ‘down the field’ passing attack, while LeSean McCoy failed to make an impact on the ground with only 44 yards rushing.
Beyond the offenses’ issues, the Eagles’ defense continued to give up points. Rookie quarterback Joe Webb made his NFL starting debut in this match, and consistently moved the football throughout all 4 quarters.
By the end of the night, the Eagles had no hope of winning a bye week for the playoffs, and Vick was noticeably injured as he limped around the field.
Wild Card Weekend: Packers vs Eagles
The Eagles may have the No.3 seed in football but they won’t have an easy matchup like the Saints. Their matchup will be on the road, against the 7-9 Seahawks. No, Philadelphia has to play a Packers’ team that has found their stride since Aaron Rodgers returned from a concussion problem three weeks ago.
Vick has already come out on Tuesday and admitted that his health is at about 75% for this week’s game, and Eagle fans have to be concerned.
This season was supposed to be different with Donovan McNabb out of the picture, and a new star quarterback at the forefront. Eagle fans were hopeful that, without McNabb, this group could finally go the distance and win the Super Bowl; but it could be a long wait till next year after this weekend.
For all the success Green Bay enjoys on offense, it is their defense that should seal the Eagles’ doom as they gave up the second lowest average points per game (15 points), and were fifth against the pass in the regular season. If McCoy and Vick can’t win on the ground, then this could be a long day in Philadelphia.