Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick's Wild Ride

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Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick's Wild Ride
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Eagles celebrate victory over Ravens

Two weeks. Two games. So far, a 2-0 record. Add it all together and you get one wild Philadelphia ride.

If you’re an Eagles fan, you’ve winced watching the first couple of this season's games, fallen over when the defense fails and held your head when Michael Vick has thrown yet another interception (in the end zone no less).

Fasten your seat belts, Eagles nation.

If these first two weeks are any indication, this is going to be one heart-pounding ride, complete with thrilling play peaks and terrifying turnover plunges. Just hang on and keep your arms, legs and dissenting opinions inside until this Vick-driven vehicle comes to a full and complete 16-game stop.

For those on board the Eagles team trip, it’s clear that Vick has his hands on the controls, sometimes making decisions that cause even seasoned analysts to offer advice. Like the remark made by a CBS commentator after a rough hit Vick sustained during the Ravens game: “You can’t get your body bent in half like that! I mean, God love ya, Michael, for trying to make a play.”

Watching Vick make seemingly risky plays in the midst of the fast-paced action, observers frequently wonder aloud: What is he thinking? Although we can’t replay the mental steps behind a winning play, we can examine some of the optimal situations for him finding success in the red zone. Based on his seasons as a starter in Philly, here is an overview of conditions where Vick and the Eagles are apt to be hottest.

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