#7 is the Eagles best bet to beat Falcons
Although Kevin Kolb played well against the 49ers, the big question this week will be whether or not Michael Vick will return to the starting role. If he does, it will mark the first time he starts against his former team since leaving Atlanta.
Vick got to play against his former team last year, but he was not the starting quarterback on the day. Donovan McNabb was the starter, but Vick received his fair share of playing time. On the day, Vick rushed four times for 17 yards and a touchdown while also throwing twice for 48 yards and adding another touchdown. He probably would have played most of the fourth quarter as the Eagles were up 34-0, but suffered a hand injury that stopped him from playing.
Although he got some redemption against the Falcons last year, you know he’d love to do so to a larger extent this Sunday. Besides wanting to wreak havoc against his old squad, you also have to believe he wants to get back on the field after missing the 49ers game.
He has had killer numbers so far this year, and if he returns, needs to pick up right where he left off. A lot of people, including myself, have tried to pump the breaks on the elevated play of Vick as his two starts came against the Lions and Jaguars. If he starts Sunday, it will be an opportunity to prove something against a solid team, as the Falcons will come into Philadelphia atop the NFC South with a 4-1 record.
If Vick is ready to go this week, he will return to the starting role (unless Andy Reid pulls another flip-flop, yes I said flip-flop). My early thoughts are that Vick will return this week. However, I hope that if he isn’t feeling 100%, that he doesn’t try to force himself into the lineup.