Monday Night Vick-tory
So much for a QB controversy in Philadelphia. All Kevin Kolb (and the Redskins) could do was watch in amazement as Michael Vick put on a Monday Night Football performance for the ages this week, throwing for 4 touchdowns and running for 2 more in a 59-28 blowout of the Washington Redskins. As a result of that game, and the season overall, the Philadelphia Eagles are now talking about offering Michael Vick a new contract to ensure he stays in Philly for years to come. If he keeps it up, former franchise QB Kevin Kolb will soon be traded or off to free agency to find a new team.
Every sports blog, tweet, and casual conversation since the game has centered around the historical perspective of that performance. The next best QB performance I can think of on Monday Night Football would be the “Brett Favre Game” after his father passed away. This, however, was something altogether different. Michael Vick was brilliant as a passer, runner, and field general, as the Eagles did whatever they wanted to the poor Redskins. Even more impressive, was that the Redskins had two weeks to prepare for Vick and the Eagles. Coming off a bye week, they were able to hold the Eagles to “only” 59 points.
With only 4 complete games this season, Michael Vick has entered the league MVP discussion. He’s already won as many games as Philip Rivers, who is a top MVP candidate. His QB rating of 115.1 is far and away the best in the NFL this season. If the season ended today, that number would be good enough for 3rd all time! Peyton Manning’s single season passer rating record of 121.1 is now within sight.
The questions out there are (1) Can he keep up this torrid pace? (2) How far will the Eagles go this year with Vick as their QB? and (3) Is Michael Vick a legitimate MVP candidate? Sound off and let me know your thoughts.