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Where Eagles QB Battle Stands After Preseason Week 2
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"You can put your pens down if you think we're naming a starting quarterback in this room right now.”

The succinct words of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, following the team's 14-9 preseason victory over the Carolina Panthers, per Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com.

Michael Vick and Nick Foles were both solid on Thursday, a development that apparently is the fuel keeping the quarterback competition alive in the City of Brotherly Love. 

Here's a look at each signal-caller's stats from the team's second exhibition outing.

Eagles QBs vs. Carolina Panthers in Preseason Week No. 2
Completion % TD INT YPA
Nick Foles 75 0 (1 rushing) 1 6.6
Michael Vick 90 0 1 10.5

ESPN

They were each under center for two legitimate first-half possessions (Vick's third possession began with 24 seconds remaining in the second quarter), but Foles got the start against the Panthers. His first drive went 87 yards before the former Arizona Wildcat threw an ill-advised interception in the end zone. 

These are the yardage splits for Foles' first possession of the evening:

Nick Foles Drive No. 1 Splits
Completions/Attempts 6/7
Passing Yards 53
Yards Gained on Ground by RBs 29
Yards Gained on Ground by Foles 0

ESPN

His second drive started at Carolina's 39-yard line and ended with the 6'5'' quarterback scrambling for a seven-yard touchdown.

Foles' second opportunity looked like this statistically:

Nick Foles Drive No. 2 Splits
Completions/Attempts 0/1
Passing Yards 0
Yards Gained on Ground by RBs 26
Yards Gained on Ground by Foles 13 (TD)

ESPN

Then Vick got his chance and didn't disappoint. 

He led a seven-play, 33-yard drive before second-year running back Chris Polk fumbled the ball over to the Panthers' Charles Johnson.

Vick's first drive:

Michael Vick Drive No. 1 Splits
Completions/Attempts 4/4
Passing Yards 43
Yards Gained on Ground by RBs 14
Yards Gained on Ground by Vick 0

ESPN

The former No. 1 overall pick got the ball again with three minutes remaining in the half and was exceptionally sharp in orchestrating a 74-yard drive that took only 2:07 off the clock and ended with a LeSean McCoy touchdown plunge from one yard out.

Here are Vick's splits from his second drive:

Michael Vick Drive No. 2 Splits
Completions/Attempts 4/4
Passing Yards 53
Yards Gained on Ground by RBs 1
Yards Gained on Ground by Vick 20

ESPN

Vick's interception came on a Hail Mary attempt to end the half—remember, box scores can be deceiving on occasion.  

Through two preseason games, the Foles-Vick battle is as follows:

Foles & Vick Stats Through Two Preseason Games
Completion % TD INT YPA Rushing Yards
Nick Foles 78.5 0 (1 rushing) 1 6.85 23
Michael Vick 86.6 1 1 13.2 20

ESPN

As expected by some, Vick has been the more dynamic quarterback, although Foles has surprised with his ability to move from the pocket and improvise with his legs. 

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Both quarterbacks boast strong arms, but Vick has been the one who's connected with receivers down the field through two preseason games. 

As the statistics illustrate, he's been the better of the two. However, Foles hasn't been decidedly worse. Most importantly, he's been viable enough to keep Kelly from making a final decision. 

Philadelphia travels to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars on Saturday, August 24, for what's typically known as the regular-season "dress rehearsal." 

The competition could come to end following preseason game No. 3, but it doesn't sound like anything will change before then. 

Right now, the Foles vs. Vick quarterback duel rages on.

 

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