Is Michael Vick the NFL's Ultimate Boom-or-Bust Player?

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Is Michael Vick the NFL's Ultimate Boom-or-Bust Player?
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick continues to prove that he is the NFL's ultimate boom-or-bust player. Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the Detroit Lions only gave us more proof of this undeniable fact. 

While Vick threw for 311 yards—including a 70-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin that put the Eagles up 10 points with five minutes left—and rushed for a team-high 59 yards, he also threw two interceptions, failed to corral an unanticipated snap that resulted in a turnover, and took two sacks deep in his own territory in overtime.

A lot of boom. A lot of bust. 

Those eight words could mostly sum up Vick's 2012 season, too.

Vick is currently on pace to throw for almost 4,500 yards and run for another 500 this season, and the Eagles have been in every game in 2012, save for one disaster in the Arizona desert. Philadelphia also came into Week 6 on top of the NFC East at 3-2, mostly thanks to Vick's late-game heroics.

Vick has been clutch in games' biggest moments, leading game-winning drives against the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants, while also putting the Eagles up in the fourth quarter in two others. 

Yet the mistakes continue to pile up for the 32-year-old quarterback. 

Two interceptions against the Lions brought Vick's 2012 turnover total to a whopping 13 (eight interceptions, five lost fumbles). Not surprisingly, Vick leads the NFL in turnovers this season. 

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Every week, turnovers seem to be a problem. 

Vick threw four interceptions and nearly had a fifth in Week 1 against the Browns, yet threw the game-winning touchdown. More turnovers followed the following week with the Ravens in town, but Vick again marched Philadelphia down the field late to win the football game. 

He has yet to make it through a 60-minute football game this season without a turnover. And his poor decisions were too much to overcome in losses to the Cardinals and Lions. 

Vick's fumble in the red zone led to a Cardinals scoop-and-score touchdown in Week 3, and Arizona never let up, as it won at home by three scores.

Two sacks of Vick to start overtime against the Lions Sunday caused a punt from the Eagles' own end zone, and the Lions were lining up the game-winning field goal just a few plays later. 

Will the boom-bust ratio eventually explode in Vick's face? Potentially, according to one plugged-in NFL reporter. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported before Sunday's game that if the Eagles do not make the playoffs, Vick could be out in Philadelphia after this season. The Eagles would then be off the hook for the monster deal Vick signed in 2010 and free of the Vick roller-coaster ride.

There have already been plenty of calls in Philadelphia for backup Nick Foles to see playing time over Vick. 

For Vick to save his job as the Eagles' starting quarterback, it's clear he'll need to many more of the ups, and less of the downs in the final 10 games. At 3-3, the Eagles have work to do to make the postseason. 

But if the start of this season has proven anything about Vick, it's that his boom will always be step-for-step with bust. 

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