What Michael Vick's Tweaked Knee Means for Sunday's Game vs. the Steelers

Bernie Ollila@@bernieollilaContributor IIIOctober 2, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles prior to a game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on September 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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To put it simply: It’s a nightmare if it’s serious.

For one thing, you’re crazy if you’re hoping Vick can’t play or that he gets hurt and Foles gets a shot. Furthermore, you’re delusional if you think Nick Foles stands a chance against the Steelers.

Michael Vick showed us on Sunday that he can control a game, and that he can make the right decisions when presented with a difficult situation.

Regardless, it would be troublesome and unnerving if we had to suffer through Nick Foles being subjected to the kind of pounding Pittsburgh is going to be ready to mete out to the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line, and especially the unfortunate soul that’s going to be taking the snaps.

What should we expect to see from the Birds’ offense?

Probably a lot of handoffs, a few pitches, and a bunch of draws and screens. That goes for whether or not Vick is hurt.

That I-formation was impressive. Look for more of that—not too much, though. Stanley Havili can block, and even though the Eagles ground attack may not be able to overpower the Steelers defensive front, LeSean McCoy has the vision and mobility to dance and weave his way around the cumbersome Steelers front and into the secondary.

The Eagles will try a few deep balls, but I don’t see that dynamic of the offense being a game-changer.

 

The Eagles will be going up against a Pittsburgh defense that is currently ranked third and may have two of the league’s premier defensive players in Troy Polamalu and James Harrison returning.

Even though the Birds’ offensive line looked good Sunday against the Giants, don’t buy in just yet. There’s going to be a lot of trouble if they can’t protect Michael Vick.

If Vick’s knee tweak is serious, the risk of exacerbating the situation and the Birds’ QB missing significant time goes through the roof. Which, at the same time, means Foles may get his shot—and he probably won’t be Tom Brady.

Ultimately, if Vick’s tweaked knee is in any way debilitating he’ll have to rely on his line to protect him and give him enough time to throw. Vick and Eagles’ fans will also have to rely heavily on LeSean McCoy and the rest of the Eagles’ backfield.

Heading into Sunday’s matchup against the cross-state rival Pittsburgh Steelers, Andy Reid and the Eagles will have to take a conservative offensive approach, much like they did against the Giants.

If last Sunday’s game is any indication of the kind of game-planning we can expect to see from here on out, the Birds have a chance—regardless of whether or not Vick’s injury is a big deal.

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