The inevitable is finally a reality, as the Philadelphia Eagles have officially ruled starting quarterback Michael Vick out for their Week 11 matchup against the Washington Redskins.
Vick's injury will open the door for rookie third-round draft pick Nick Foles to make his first NFL start. Luckily for Foles, the Redskins have lost eight straight games against rookie quarterbacks. But luckily for the Redskins, the Eagles are reeling right now, with five straight losses following a 3-1 start.
The loser of the Eagles-Redskins game will be in last place in the NFC East, which may not be such a bad thing for Eagles fans who are now looking forward to the 2013 NFL draft, particularly an early first-round pick.
Against the Cowboys last week, Foles completed 22 of 32 passes for 219 yards and threw a touchdown and an interception. The interception was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and Foles also lost a fumble for a touchdown in the final minute when the Eagles were down by one score.
The loss dropped the Eagles to 3-6, all but eliminating them from the postseason race. It will likely take seven straight victories for the Eagles to reach the playoffs. It will probably take at least two postseason victories on top of that to save Reid's job.
The main focus right now for the Eagles is just concentrating on the Redskins, who rank 27th in points allowed and 32nd in touchdown passes allowed, and have lost three straight games following a 3-3 start.
My prediction? Eagles actually pull out a victory, which would be their first since September 30th against the New York Giants. Don't expect a high-scoring game. I'll go Eagles, 20-16.