Michael Vick: How He Will Play in His First Start As an Eagle?

Cain MuellerContributor ISeptember 18, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Due to Kevin Kolb suffering a concussion in the week 1 game vs. the Packers, Michael Vick is due to make his first start since the 2006 season with the Falcons.  Anyone who as seen Vick with the Eagles last year could easily tell he wasn't the same player he was with Atlanta.  But when Kolb was tackled from behind hard early in the game, and a drive later was taken out of the game due to dizziness.  Vick played every snap for the rest of the game and looked to be at old form.

Vick was 16 for 24 175 yards passing and a touchdown, while rushing for 103 yards on 11 attempts against a very good Green Bay defense, who finished first in rush defense last season.  Vick was his usual frustrating self dodging sacks and taking off for 10 yards in a heartbeat.

The Eagle play the Detroit Lions in week 2 who played a very good game against the Chicago Bears and lost in the final seconds do to a Calvin Johnson "drop" that was ruled incomplete because of a rule change about going to the ground with possession, expect this rule to be changed for end zone catches in the near future.

While the Lions revamped defensive line looked impressive against the bears, recording 4 sacks, 5 TFL and 22 tackles as a unit.  Free agent acquisition Kyle Vanden Bosch had 11 of those tackles and one TFL in his debut with the Lions.  But the Lions defense as a whole gave up a ton of passing yards featuring Matt Forte out of the back field and that's with QB Jay Cutler being almost a zero threat to run the ball.

I expect Vick to go ballistic versus the Lions, with getting reps with the first offense all week and a game plan designed around his style of play, look for the Eagles offense to throw early and either dump it to LaSean McCoy or for Vick to do his thing and take off down field.  With all the attention on Vick and McCoy this should open up the Eagles play making WR's to really hurt the Lions secondary.  It should be a very exciting game to watch as an Eagles fan.

Cain Mueller