It turns out that the best defense against Michael Vick is to knock him out of the game. Vick left in the first quarter of the Washington Redskins-Philadelphia Eagles contest after being crunched by CB DeAngelo Hall and Kareem Moore.
Vick's injury came after a 23-yard scamper to the Redskins one-yard line. It was vintage Vick. His elusiveness still strikes fear whenever he plays. But this time, a holding call wiped out a game changing play. The penalty reset the Eagles down and distance to third down-16 yards on Washington's 34 with the birds down by 14.
The Eagles could do no better than a David Akers field goal. It was not enough to change the course of the game.
Worse was the first-quarter loss of Vick. He was diagnosed with a chest and rib injury. A X-ray was negative, but he is scheduled for a MRI on Monday. He looked to me to have injured his collar bone. If that's the case, Vick will be out for some time.
Kevin Kolb replaced Vick and he played like a guy shaking off rust. He mistimed his throws. His aim was awry. His receivers looked lost.
The technical term is "off." Used in a sentence: the passing game is....
It was a nice turn for the Redskins who a week ago spotted the Rams 14 points, then failed to over-come it.
I compliment the Eagles fans who offered a standing ovation to Donovan McNabb at the introduction. Nice touch, Iggles fans. Rare, but appreciated.
McNabb's Philadelphia reception was all the hype in the lead up to the game. Eagles fans attending the 1999 NFL Draft famously booed McNabb's selection. They wanted Ricky Williams. (Fans, don't try the NFL Draft at home. Leave it to the professionals.)
News that the Eagles traded McNabb to the Redskins unleashed an unseemly celebration at the WIP studio in Philadelphia, along with disparaging comments about McNabb and the Redskins.
It might be fun to listen to the fans on Monday's WIP call-in show. Through the magic of the Internet, you can listen to the audio stream here.
For Donovan McNabb, you can't go home again. No one in Philly will agree with him that the Eagles made a mistake by trading him. Andy Reid has taken responsibility. Fans will point to players and play-calling. They will lament the loss of the quarterback whose skills most nearly match McNabb's. They will wonder if Vick is as injury-prone as McNabb supposedly is and if his character is as high as McNabb's definitely is. They will say everything but "wish he were here."
Living well is the best revenge.
Point After: What happened to the gold pants?