Redskins-Eagles fails to live up to hype as Vick goes down and McNabb struggles

Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb (R) is greeted by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick before the start of their NFL football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 3, 2010. McNabb was traded to Washington during the off-season. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Lackluster doesn’t even begin to describe what transpired in Philadelphia this evening, although I guess we should have all seen it coming.

The media hyped up Donovan McNabb’s return to Philly so much that you would have thought Obama was giving a speech at halftime. In the end, McNabb completed just 8-of-19 passes for 125 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but the Redskins still pulled off a 17-12 victory.

Michael Vick, who ironically has become the media’s darling, suffered an injury in the first half and couldn’t return. Kevin Kolb replaced him and while he completed 22-of-35 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown, he stuck with check downs and short-range passes for most of the game and failed to lead Philly to a comeback. This was the second time this season where Kolb has failed to get the Eagles’ offense moving, which further supports Andy Reid’s decision to stick with Vick.

As far as Vick’s injury is concerned, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer is reporting that the results of the X-ray he took were negative. Vick will undergo an MRI on Monday morning, but as of now he may not be out long. It’s doubtful he’ll play next Sunday, but that’s just speculation on my part.

As for the rest of the game…snoozefest. At halftime I switched over to the Colts-Jaguars game and only returned periodically to make sure Kolb was still checking down to his backs.

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Better off (with): Donovan McNabb or Michael Vick?

Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb waves a towel over his head as he runs off the field following his team's win against the Dallas Cowboys in their first NFL game of the regular season in Landover, Md, September 12, 2010.  REUTERS/Jason Reed  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

When you get right down to it, neither Donovan McNabb nor Michael Vick are in a bad place right now.

McNabb certainly isn’t in the prime of his career, but at 33 he doesn’t have one foot in the proverbial NFL grave either. He’s working under a man in Mike Shanahan that has won three Super Bowls (two as a head coach, one as an offensive coordinator) and multiple conference championships, and is ready to face his old team this Sunday at his old stomping grounds.

He’s also out of Philadelphia, where he couldn’t wake up in the morning without being booed for the way he poured his cereal. He’s now playing for a fan base that appreciates what he brings to the table because they realize what it’s like not to have a leader at the quarterback position. (No offense to Jason Campbell, who is an extremely hard worker and a likable guy, but considering Bruce Gradkowski is now starting over him in Oakland it’s apparent that he doesn’t have what it takes to be a quality starting quarterback in this league.)

Vick has it good, too. After dazzling Andy Reid in the first two weeks of the season, he was named the full-time starter and he did well not to muck up the first opportunity he had to thank his head coach by lighting up the Jaguars last Sunday. Vick has been as good as any quarterback in the league this year, throwing for 750 yards and six touchdowns while compiling a QB rating of 110.2. He’s also rushed for 170 yards on 23 carries and best of all, he hasn’t turned the ball over despite fumbling twice.

The Eagles are now Vick’s team and while he has yet to face a quality defense, the tape doesn’t lie: he’s been phenomenal so far. Whether or not his great play continues is uncertain, but as of right now there’s nothing negative anyone can say about Vick’s game.

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