The Philadelphia Eagles are a 2-1 team, but they have been outscored by 16 points this year and have already turned the ball over a dozen times. That’s not the route to victory for the most part, and Head Coach Andy Reid cast a shadow of doubt over his starting quarterback, Michael Vick. This week’s game against the New York Giants, one in which the Eagles are 2 ½-point favorites on the NFL odds is crucial for both men, as Vick might lose his job as a starter with a loss, and Reid might be one step closer to losing his job with a defeat as well.
We really can’t blame Reid for being frustrated. He handed the starting quarterback job for his Eagles over to Vick in the 2010 season, and that year, he looked like a genius. Vick threw for 3,018 yards, rushed for 676 more, and most importantly, he had a grand total of just nine turnovers in all of those touches. The argument could have been made that it should have been Vick, and not New England Patriots QB Tom Brady that won the MVP award two years ago.
This year though, the story clearly has changed. Vick’s completion percentage is as low as it has ever been at just 55.2, and his quarterback rating is a dismal 66.3. He only has 81 rushing yards in three games, and he has just four touchdowns. Most importantly, though? The turnovers. The team has 12. He is accountable for nine of those blunders. Four TDs and nine turnovers is a recipe for a disaster, and now, the task gets even harder this week with a game against the G-Men, whom he has been sacked 16 times by and lost six turnovers against in just seven games.
Watch carefully on the sidelines on Sunday Night Football this week for the body language between Vick and Reid. Both men know that their jobs hang in the balance, and the drama in the City of Brotherly Love could be incredibly high if the Giants can walk out of town with an upset.