When I was in high school my buddies and I had one rule when we'd play Madden. Our rule was that you couldn't be Michael Vick. You weren't allowed to be Vick because no matter what your skill level was, you were going to throw for 300, run for at least 100, and he'd account for anywhere from 5 to 8 touchdowns himself.
Mike Vick put on a show this evening that would even make the virtual version of himself blush.
Tonight the Eagles pounded the Redskins 59-28, and in the process Michael Vick had the game of his life. On the first play of scrimmage he threw an 88 yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson, and that was just the beginning of what would be the greatest episode of the Mike Vick show.
Vick threw for 3 touchdowns and ran for two more...... In the first half. He is the only quarterback to ever pull this feat off. By the end of the night Mr. Vick's box score line read: 20/28 333 yards 4 touchdowns, 8 carries for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns.
We've seen glimpses and pieces of what he could do earlier in the season, but tonight he gave us the whole show. Do you want to see his long ball? He threw two bombs for touchdowns tonight. Do you want to see him run? He ran for two touchdowns in that department. Well how'd he do in the rest the game? If you didn't see it then I hope someone Tivo'd it because you missed out.
The evolution of Michael Vick at the quarterback position has come full circle.
There was once a time when Vick would take off and run whenever he saw trouble. Tonight he looked reluctant to run. Don't get me wrong, Vick still ran when he needed too. The biggest difference in Vick's game is that he now uses his legs as his last resort and is relying on his arm to do most of the damage.
A prime example of this came in the third quarter. The Eagles were inside the ten and about to score and on this particular play Vick dropped back and nobody was open. I was sitting on the couch yelling "run, run, run, you got it," but he didn't. Instead, Vick scrambled around, bought time, and then fired a bullet to Jason Avant in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. This was just one of many plays that Vick picked apart Washington's defense; we'd be here all night if I tried to go through each spectacular play that he made.
It appears that Vick truly has a grasp on his other worldly talents, and we all may be witnesses to something truly amazing. Today Vick finds himself on a Super Bowl caliber team and in the middle of a MVP race. Not bad for a guy who was in a prison cell two years ago.
Go get 'em Mike Vick, don't be denied.