Andy Reid rules out Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, Chris Polk and Jason Avant for Monday night.— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) November 24, 2012
Rookie Nick Foles will receive another start due to Vick’s absence, and the Eagles will be hoping for improvement from his last performance.
Cries for the team to bench Vick came after the team continued to lose and turned the ball over at an alarming rate. Vick has five lost fumbles and has thrown nine interceptions, and the Eagles are 3-6 in games that he has started.
But Foles’ lone start, against the Washington Redskins, did not inspire confidence. He completed just 21 of his 46 passes, for 204 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The team did not reach the end zone and lost, 31-6.
Both quarterbacks have had to deal with subpar pass protection. Vick has been sacked 27 times this season, and Foles has been taken down six times in the two games in which he has seen the field.
Foles’ job will be even more difficult this week, as LeSean McCoy—the team’s top playmaker—will also be out with an injury.
A matchup with the Panthers presents both benefits and risks for the Eagles. Facing another struggling team gives Philadelphia a chance to earn a positive result.
However, another poor performance in front of a hometown crowd could cause this to turn into an ugly affair. Philadelphia fans are rarely understanding, and Andy Reid’s job security will be the overarching storyline in this matchup.
The Eagles now face a situation in which they need a win on national television without their starting quarterback and running back in order to avoid more turmoil.