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The Rundown: It's been one hell of a year for the Eagles, hasn't it?
First, they trade their franchise quarterback in the division. Then, in the first game of the season, their heir apparent to the Eagles thrown plays poorly, ends up with a concussion, and Michael Vick steps in and leads a rally to almost beat the Green Bay Packers. Anyone who thought they saw the re-emergence of Vick coming needs to go into business as a psychic. Number 7 entered the game and played lights out football, despite being behind a shotty offensive line and not starting a game since his arrest.
Vick displayed poise, maturity, and a new found light on the game. And the Eagles won, and were consistent in the a division that's in a constant state of flux. The Eagles beat the Lions, though the defense let them back into the game. They then dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-3. Vick was playing light a man possessed. People claimed he was playing like the old Michael Vick, but he was better. He could stand in the pocket and deliver the ball on the dime.
It seemed like the only way the Redskins could possibly beat a super hot Eagles team was if Michael Vick got hurt.
Welp...Michael Vick got hurt. And the heir apparent, once cast aside, had to step in. But Kevin Kolb didn't quite look sure of himself. Whether because of the playcalling or because of Kolb himself, there weren't a whole lot of shots down the field, and people began to wonder if the Eagles were going to unravel with Kolb at the helm.
Facing the 0-4 San Fransisco 49ers, a team so desperate for a win no one though they could lose this game and salvage their season, it seemed the Eagles might actually fall, giving a desperate team their win.
Kolb stepped up and played well. He took shots down the field. He managed the game. LeSean McCoy gutted out a rib injury, and the Eagles picked up the win.
The Eagles are the most consistent team in the NFC. They've had their dominant wins, their just barely wins, but they've proved that Michael Vick or not, they can still win some games. If Kolb continues to play well, Andy Reid's going to have yet another QB controversy on his hands.
It might be nice for a head coach to have two QB's that can star.
What's Next: The Atlanta Falcons come to The Linc to prove that, while the Eagles may be the best team in the NFC East, Matty Ice and his teammates are the best team in the whole NFC. Matt Ryan's play has been spotty at time--with Asante Samuel coming back, the defense will be a bit better. They then face a white hot Titans team before going into their bye week. Who knows if Vick will be healthy for either one of these games. But if Kolb is at the helm and can win either one of the these games, or both, he'll make an impressive argument to become the starter again, and the NFC East becomes a very interesting place to be...