Vick plays watershed role in Eagles' record-breaking night vs. 'Skins
On a night when Donovan McNabb signed a potential $78 million extension with the Redskins, Eagles counterpart Michael Vick played like the quarterback more deserving of a megadeal.
Vick was virtually flawless in leading Philadelphia to a 59-28 rain-soaked victory at FedEx Field. He completed 20 of 28 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns, rushed eight times for 80 yards and two scores and helped the Eagles set franchise highs for total yards (592) and points in a half (45). Their 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter was the largest for a road team since at least 1950. Vick's performance was so brilliant -- he became the first player in NFL history with at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a game -- that it overshadowed McNabb's new deal and turned up the volume among those questioning whether the Redskins traded for the wrong Eagles QB in April.
At one point early in the second quarter, Vick had completed all nine of his passes for 229 yards and three scores, with one touchdown rushing. He threw from the pocket, on designed bootlegs and at the end of scrambles. Who'd have thought that, nine weeks into a season, we'd find Vick as the league's top-rated passer, at 115.1? Yet there he sits, ahead of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and all the other established "passers". More impressive, Vick has yet to throw an interception since joining the Eagles last year. That's 166 consecutive attempts and counting. Vick is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2011. If McNabb is worth $78 million over five years, we can only guess what Vick, who is five years younger, will command on the open market. The Eagles better hope the franchise tag is part of the new collective bargaining agreement.
Before losing last weekend to the Cowboys, the Giants were widely regarded as not only the hottest team in the league -- with five straight wins -- but possibly its best. Many are sure to talk about the Eagles in the same vein after their dominating performance against the Redskins. For those keeping track: Philadelphia is 4-0 in games that Vick starts and finishes.Another tidbit: The Eagles have won the last four meetings against the Giants (including the 2008 playoffs).
Washington was down to its third-string running back Monday, and its receiving corps doesn't keep defensive coordinators up at night. The offense has taken a lot of hits this year, but defensive coordinator Jim Haslett had two weeks to prepare for the Eagles and his unit still surrendered 28 points in the first quarter and 45 in the first half.