Michael Vick: Evaluating the QB's Performance Against the Dallas Cowboys

Mike BurkeCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass against Anthony Spencer #93 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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One thing is for sure: Michael Vick saw a lot of pressure this week against the Cowboys.

Some of this can be attributed to the Cowboys pass rush, particularly DeMarcus Ware. He’s one of the best pass rushers in the game. However, a lot of times the Cowboys had him lined up across from King Dunlap who got the start in place of the injured Winston Justice.

Vick is definitely going to be bruised up from this game, but at the end of the day he escaped with the most important statistic: the win.

Against the Cowboys, Vick went 16-26 for 270 yards. He threw for two touchdowns and two interceptions. Along with his passing yards, Vick ran the ball eight time for 16 yards and scored a touchdown.

Was this Vick’s best performance of the season? No, but as I already stated, he was able to come away with the victory.

On the opening play of the game, we saw Vick run a play similar to how the Eagles opened up their Monday night game against the Redskins this year. He ran a play action in which he rolled to his left, sat back, and delivered a strike deep down the field to DeSean Jackson.

The throw was on the money just like the throw against the Redskins, but it did not result in a touchdown. However, it put the Eagles in a position to score, and Vick was able to run it in for a one-yard touchdown.

In this game, we saw Vick do something he hasn’t done yet this season. He recorded his first game with multiple interceptions, but the blame can’t be completely put on the Eagles quarterback.

Both interceptions that Vick threw on the night came off deflections. His second interception came at a terrible time, but the play was not his fault at all. The Cowboys forced Vick to scramble to the right, something he doesn’t like to do. However, he was able to find an open receiver and put the ball where it needed to be.

Unfortunately for Vick, Jeremy Maclin let the ball go right through his hands and it was intercepted by the Cowboys defense.

As we’ve seen continually this season, the Eagles offense failed to get things going in the third quarter. Vick and the offense were slowed dramatically and the Cowboys took their first lead of the game.

In the fourth quarter, Vick and the boys started to turn things around. Deep in their own territory, Vick threw a laser to the sidelines to Jackson who was able to turn the ball back into the field and convert the throw into a 91 yard touchdown.

With the ball back in their hands, the Eagles were able to hold onto the lead with some nifty running by LeSean McCoy.

Vick added some rushing of his own. It wasn’t extraordinary, but he put the Eagles in a good position to win the game.

He took a pounding all game, but didn’t let it phase him. In the end, Vick put his team in the lead and was able to escape with a much-needed win.

You have to applaud Vick on the toughness he displayed against the Cowboys. He took a hit out of bounds that went without penalty, much like we’ve seen as of late. He also took an unnecessary roughness hit in the game where he took two helmet-to-helmet hits.

There was also an instance where he was hit and clearly hurt his thumb on a Cowboys defenders facemask, but Vick remained in the game.

Vick has shown some real guts in the last few games. You’d love to see him have performances similar to the one that he had against the Redskins on Monday night, but that kind of performance is once in a lifetime.

When it comes down to it, Vick has continually put his team in a position to win football games and you can’t ask much more of the quarterback. He’s shown that he’s the guy you want down the stretch, and I think he will continue to perform like it.