Cowboys vs. Eagles: Michael Vick Will Bounce Back Against Dallas

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2012

Michael Vick was the victim of constant pressure on Monday.
Michael Vick was the victim of constant pressure on Monday.Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Michael Vick must find a way to bounce back when the Philadelphia Eagles return home to face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Both teams enter the game at 3-5 and the Eagles are in the midst of a four-game losing streak.

Last week, on Monday Night Football, Philadelphia was absolutely manhandled by the New Orleans Saints in the clutch.

In five red-zone appearances, the Eagles scored zero touchdowns and managed just two field goals.

Vick threw for 271 yards and one touchdown, but ESPN's QBR left him with a grade of 7.8. The Saints returned his lone interception for a touchdown.

Let's be serious, it was not completely Vick's fault.

Patrick Robinson made a great heads-up play for New Orleans, but the ball was thrown to the proper spot for tight end Brent Celek, who did his best job to gift-wrap the play for Robinson by tipping the ball upward.

Where was the pass protection? The Eagles had six blockers against the Saints' six-man rush on the play, yet one man came free off the edge.

Don't get me started on the offensive line.

On the first drive of the game, Philadelphia drove inside New Orleans' 30-yard line. At that point, Vick was sacked twice and the offense was on the wrong side of the 50.

Vick was sacked seven times on the night and was hit five additional times.

If there is a bright side, it's that things can't get worse against the Cowboys.

Dallas doesn't manage much pressure, with just 16 sacks and eight takeaways in 2012. If Vick doesn't literally hand the ball away, he shouldn't turn it over on Sunday.

The Cowboys also allowed 342 passing yards to Matt Ryan and 102 more on the ground to Michael Turner last week.

Philadelphia has weapons on the outside in DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant, while LeSean McCoy is quicker than Turner. Vick can run, too.

Another thing the Atlanta Falcons showed is that field goals will beat Dallas.

Field goals are Philly's specialty.

With a strong defensive effort, the Dirty Birds limited Tony Romo to just 14 points. Meanwhile, kicker Matt Bryant converted on four attempts in a 19-14 win.

Bryant even missed two field goals.

The point is, Dallas gave up lots of yards in the game and the Falcons had numerous scoring chances.

It's exactly what the Philadelphia Eagles offense can do. This team can move the ball into scoring territory, it's just that whole touchdown thing that gooses them.

As B/R's Andrew Worsley states, the Eagles need to keep it simple and play to their strengths.

If Philly can score a few touchdowns, the score should hold up.

Keep it simple, do what you do well and win.

Shouldn't be too hard, right?