After escaping with a pair of one-point wins against seemingly inferior teams to start the season, things finally caught up to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week Four of the NFL season. The Eagles were throttled Sunday by the Arizona Cardinals, 27-6, in a third straight game where turnovers and the inability to protect quarterback Michael Vick played a major role.
Philadelphia, considered among the top NFL picks entering the season, will try and bounce-back from that poor effort in a prime-time matchup against their NFC East rival and defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The Eagles were a slight 1-point favorite on Monday.
The Eagles were thoroughly outplayed by the Cardinals and the numbers being accumulated by Philadelphia have gone from bad to worse. Through the first three weeks of the season, the Eagles are dead last in the NFL with just 15.7 points a game and their 12 turnovers are at least three more than any other team in the NFL have coughed up. Additionally, the Eagles have been unable to keep quarterback Michael Vick upright. In addition to being sacked nine times, which also ranks near the bottom of the league, Vick has taken numerous other hard hits that have compromised his performance this season.
On Monday, head coach Andy Reid said the Eagles would be sticking with Vick at quarterback—at least for the time being, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“Right now, we’re with Michael Vick and that’s where we’re going,” Reid said. “We’ll evaluate it as we go.”
The Eagles and Giants split their two division matchups a year ago. The Eagles lost at home to the Giants 24-16 in Week Three and later avenged the loss with a 17-10 win in New York in Week 11.
The Eagles are a team in turmoil and it doesn’t help that the defending Super Bowl champions now come to town. They will have to get things turned around in a hurry if they are to cover the 1-point line.