Philadelphia Eagles Must Solve Problems Before Showdown with New York Giants

Rob ShaefferContributor IISeptember 23, 2012

Vick and the Eagles must alter their game plan heading into Week 4 against the Giants
Vick and the Eagles must alter their game plan heading into Week 4 against the GiantsChristian Petersen/Getty Images

Through three games, the Philadelphia Eagles have racked up 12 turnovers and 24 penalties.

Those numbers might not be the biggest of their concerns.

During Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, Michael Vick was constantly running for his life.

Forget a three-step drop, at times Vick couldn't take a single step back without finding pressure in his face.

On the surface, a 2-1 record and a huge win against the Ravens give the team reason for optimism, but Andy Reid and his mistake-prone team could just as easily be 0-3 heading into a Sunday night showdown with the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

Much of the chatter after the Eagles survived their first two games revolved around how good this team could be when they clean things up. 

What if they don't clean things up?

Particularly with the ball in Vick's hands behind an injury-riddled offensive line, the offense appears to be a turnover waiting to happen.

Three games into the season, Vick has registered six interceptions. Sunday, he didn't really have time to throw an interception.

However, he did manage to cough up a fumble that was returned 93 yards for a touchdown.


The James Sanders scoop-and-score was Vick's third lost fumble of 2012, and the quarterback is on a pace to easily eclipse last year's mark of 18 total turnovers.

With Jason Peters out for the season and his replacement, King Dunlap, already on the shelf, things don't look good on the offensive line. Center Jason Kelce is out for the year as well, causing further damage and testing the Eagles' depth.

Vick, who struggles to read and react to different defensive looks, had no chance against a relentless Cardinal defense that brought pressure all game long. 

Vick was sacked five times and hit another 13. 

While the Giants have just six sacks on the young season, you can bet that Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and company are giddy at the prospect of teeing off against the ravaged Eagles O-line.

It will be on Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg to get LeSean McCoy involved early against New York and to establish a quick-strike passing game.

Those five-step drops? They may as well throw those out the window.

If Vick doesn't get the ball out on time Sunday night and the Eagles don't cut down on the constant mistakes, it will make for a long night in Philly and a 2-2 record.