With the Philadelphia Eagles on an embarrassing 3-game losing skid, nobody’s job is safe anymore in the ‘City of Brotherly Love,’ with the primary focus being on starting QB Michael Vick and head coach Andy Reid.
Luckily for the Eagles, the New Orleans Saints are their adversary tonight under the lights of Monday Night Football, a team who totes the single worst defense (474.7 yards allowed per game) in the entire NFL.
Vick really could not have asked for a more favorable match-up this week following the rampant criticism he has received over the first half of the 2012 season.
Not only will Vick be able to find plenty of windows down-field when throwing the ball, but he will also be able to run wild against this paltry Saints’ defense. While most lackluster defensive units have at least a couple of decent players, there are literally no bright spots on this squad.
A case could be made for Saints’ LB Jonathan Vilma, but he has been injured and battling his looming suspension all season long and has only recorded 4 tackles in his 2 games on the gridiron.
So in reality, from linemen to secondary, the entire Saints’ defense is a complete joke, housing a jumble of under-achieving young players and a slew of old, grey veterans who are way past their prime.
And believe me, Vick has taken note of this.
I look for Vick to not only impress enough to keep his job tonight, but I expect him to take the field with a chip on his shoulder and just go to town on the Saints in the Superdome.
I also doubt that Coach Reid will want to take his foot off the pedal even if his Eagles are racking up points, because he is very aware of Saints’ QB Drew Brees’ ability to put up touchdowns in a hurry. A blow-out win would also not be a bad thing right now for Reid, whose job is currently in great jeopardy.
If I may be so bold, I am going to predict that Vick puts up 350 passing yards with 3 touchdowns through the air while committing zero turnovers. I also count on Vick rushing for over 50 yards just for kicks.
Eagles’ WR DeSean Jackson will also finally break off one of his crazy long catch-and-run touchdowns en route to a very impressive performance. With Jackson finally facing a secondary containing next to no talent, I see the wide-out racking up 150+ receiving yards with at least one end-zone trip.
Yes, it is easy for anybody to predict such huge numbers against the Saints’ league-worst defense, but with the Eagles desperately needing to prove their worth and relevance, it is even easier.
So do yourself a favor, and tune into MNF tonight and watch Vick and the Eagles get their swag back.
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