Without taking the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers too lightly, the Philadelphia Eagles would benefit more by starting and playing Nick Foles at quarterback in Week 6 while resting Michael Vick. Foles has already proven himself as capable of leading the Philadelphia offense and making them viable regardless of the opponent. He did an amicable job against the New York Giants in picking up for Vick and leading the Eagles to a share of the NFC East division lead. Foles has the experience, the wherewithal and the tools necessary to lead the Eagles to another victory, evening their record and setting them up for a top of the division battle with the Dallas Cowboys the following week.
Playing Foles would give Vick another week to rest his injury and fully recover in order to be in top condition for the matchup with Dallas. In addition, if the Eagles made the decision now to start and play Foles, Vick could begin spending time preparing not only physically, but mentally as well for the Cowboys. Spending an extra week studying film and scoping out defensive formations would provide the upper hand in the divisional matchup in Week 7, setting the Eagles up for a best case scenario of winning their third divisional game in the first half of the season.
Although controversial, the decision to start Foles instead of Vick against Tampa Bay is really the best overall decision for the success of the football team over the long run. Chip Kelly has never been one to shy away from a challenge, and shelving Vick in order to make sure he is at 100 percent for Dallas would be wise in preparing this team for a run in an NFC East that continues to be wide open.