Another divisional matchup is on the horizon in Week 8 for the Philadelphia Eagles, and the quarterback position is in question yet again. It looks as though Michael Vick will be healthy enough to play on Sunday against the New York Giants. The Eagles are thankful for that as they are in desperate need of his return, but just how close to normal he’ll be is yet to be seen.
After two weeks of stellar performances from Nick Foles, his shaky start against the Dallas Cowboys would have been enough to warrant the need for Vick’s return. But add to it that Foles was knocked out of the game and will be unavailable this week and Vick becomes a must. Yes, Philadelphia does have another quarterback. They actually have two now that they re-signed G.J. Kinne. But after Foles left the game against Dallas, it was clear that Matt Barkley is far from ready to lead an NFL team, especially one in need of victories if they plan on keeping up in a winnable division.
The return of Vick behind center will keep the New York defense honest after they helped Eli Manning and the offense pick up their first win of the season this past Monday against the Minnesota Vikings. Vick’s presence alone causes problems that a defense must deal with, making all the other offensive weapons in Philadelphia that much more dangerous. It will keep the Eagles in the hunt for the NFC East crown and help the Chip Kelly offense to return to a somewhat normal look, bringing the option back into play.
It was just weeks ago that Vick left a matchup with the Giants due to injury. For Philadelphia to gain another victory in the division and continue their hopes of a chance at the lead, Vick must stay healthy for the entire game and make the plays he is capable of, while protecting the football and finding a way to improve his percentage in the red zone. Getting Vick back will be huge for the Eagle offense, but the performance he turns in may have the greatest effect when the game comes to an end.