Vick Still in Charge As Eagles Face Showdown with Cowboys
Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles remain in tandem as they try and scratch their way back into the NFC East race against the division-rival Dallas Cowboys in Week 10 of the NFL season.
In recent weeks, Vick’s status with the Eagles has dominated the NFL headlines given his penchant for turnovers during the team’s disappointing start to the season.
However, Vick has managed to hold on to his role as starting quarterback despite leading the team to just a 3-5 record and committing an NFL-high 14 turnovers. In the lead-up to the Eagles’ Week Nine Monday night game against the New Orleans Saints, speculation was rampant Vick could be replaced as Philadelphia’s signal-caller.
Head coach Andy Reid ultimately elected to stay with Vick as the starter, but not before what was reported as a “heart-to-heart” discussion between both parties. In the end, the relationship between Vick and the Eagles appears that of a married couple that’s amicable to a divorce, but too fearful of the alternative to ever follow through.
Vick most likely saved his starting job by going turnover-free for only the second time this season in the Eagles 30-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8. Vick had previously committed 13 of the Eagles 17 turnovers this season via a grab bag of eight interceptions and five fumbles.
Be that the case, Vick remains an offensive weapon and the Eagles starting quarterback moving forward.
Dallas cost its backers a backdoor cover when giving up a field goal with 17 seconds left in its 19-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons as four-point road underdogs Sunday night. The Cowboys’ tailspin now includes four losses in five games heading into Philadelphia.
The NFL odds will ultimately reflect the Monday-night performance of Vick and the Eagles against the Saints in Week Nine. While it’s been a season of turmoil in Philadelphia, even though they lost in New Orleans, it still leaves them as a solid favorite against the spiraling Cowboys.