Philadelphia Eagles quarterback going deep to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin
110.2 passer rating. 60 percent completion percentage. 750 yards passing with six touchdowns and no interceptions. Those are the stats for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in 10 quarters of action this season.
That's the good. The bad: eight quarters of that action came against the Detroit Lions and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The other two quarters came against a Green Bay Packers defense that practiced to stop Kevin Kolb, not Vick.
I understand the excitement from Philly fans. Vick play has been great this season. He is completing passes at a career best rate. He is running as a last resort as opposed to running when his first read is covered. Vick has looked better playing for Philadelphia than he ever did playing for the Atlanta Falcons.
The fact remains, though, that Vick racked up most of his stats against two bad defenses. The Lions and the Jaguars rank 26th and 29th, respectively against the pass. I know that Eagles head coach Andy Reid is getting plenty of credit for riding the hot hand that was Vick, but Kolb could've gotten those same numbers against the Lions and Jaguars.
We know that Vick is playing quarterback better than he ever did before. What we don't know is how much of that is because of the porous defenses that he has faced. And if you look at Vick's upcoming schedule, we may not figure it out for a while.
Vick's next three games are home against the Washington Redskins, at the San Francisco 49ers and home against his old team, the Falcons. Currently, the 49ers are 15th in pass defense. The Falcons rank 22nd and the Redskins come in at 31st in pass defense. Vick doesn't play against a decent pass defense until October 24th when the Eagles go on the road to take on the Tennessee Titans who are currently fifth in pass defense.
Of course, the schedule isn't Vick's fault. He can only play against the defenses that are in front of him. But before Philly fans get too excited, they may want to wait and see if his great play is a result of his skills improving or because of the defenses in front of him.