Without Michael Vick, Dallas Cowboys Have the Edge

By ryanneiman
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Without Michael Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles offense is a completely different unit and the chances of them defeating the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday are greatly reduced.

Backup quarterback Nick Foles has been near perfect since taking over the starting role while Vick recovers from a hamstring injury. In three games, Foles has 542 passing yards, six touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 127. Foles has lead the Eagles to a comeback victory over the New York Giants and absolutely dismantling the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but everything regarded those games should be tampered considering both teams have a combined record of 0-12. If you dig deeper in the Eagles offense for this season, it is obvious they click on all cylinders when Vick is under helm.

Most importantly, the Eagles evolve in a more one-dimensional team with Foles as their quarterback. With Vick under center, the Eagles have averaged six yards per rush as oppose to 3.6 with Foles. Outside of his arm, Vick uses his leg as an additional weapon to keep defenses on their feet, which is apparent by his 307 rushing yards compared to Foles’s measly six yards. The passing game does not even suffer when Vick is starting either. Vick has the highest yards per pass attempt in the NFL with 11.3, which enables the constant threat of a pass evolving in a long touchdown.

When breaking down which team has an advantage in a particular matchup, one of the determining factors is figuring out which team has the better quarterback. Without a doubt, the Cowboys have the better quarterback leading their team in Tony Romo in a juicy matchup against an Eagles defense who are allowing 314 passing yards per game, which is the second highest in the NFL. Even though the Cowboys defense does not rank well against the pass too, Romo has a better chance taking advantage of the Eagles secondary due to the weapons in Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Miles Austin and Terrance Williams he has surrounding him.

If Foles is able to pick apart the Cowboys on Sunday, it is not only going to be a long day, but perhaps a long season, too.

Ryan Neiman writes for Rant Sports covering Dallas Cowboys football. You can follow him on Twitter @FantasyUSports.

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