Michael Vick: Why Tonight Is Do or Die for Vick's MVP Chances

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIDecember 28, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles stands by the huddle against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick kept himself alive in the MVP race with an incredible game against the New York Giants last week.

Vick led the Eagles back from 21 points down in a fourth quarter comeback. The Eagles scored 28 points in the game's final eight minutes, which included two touchdown passes and a touchdown run by Vick.

But New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been even better. There's no denying the truth.

Brady has thrown 34 touchdown passes against just four interceptions this season. His 8.5 to 1 touchdown to interception ratio is the greatest in the history of the National Football League.

His passer rating would be the third best in NFL history if the season ended today and his interception percentage would be the best ever for a quarterback who played the full season.

Oh, and he has led the Patriots to a 13-2 record, the best in the NFL.

There might not be anything Vick can do anymore to win the MVP.

But a big game tonight would help.

In fact, it's a necessity.

I'm talking three or four combined touchdowns, absolutely no turnovers, a triple-digit passer rating and some nice runs.

Oh, and the Eagles need to win. And they need to score a lot of points. 40 would be nice.

If Vick can turn in a game like the one I described, the Eagles' quarterback has an outside chance at stealing the MVP away from the game's greatest quarterback.

But if Vick is merely average tonight, forget it.

You might as well hand the award to Tom Brady.

Brady has led the Patriots to a better record than the Eagles (even though Vick has just one loss himself).

The Patriots have the higher scoring offense.

And Brady is better. I hate to admit it, but he is.

For Michael Vick to win, he needs to keep doing the improbable things.

I'm talking the six-touchdown, 59-point performance against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.

Or the Miracle at the New Meadowlands comeback against the New York Giants.

A comeback is unlikely tonight. A huge blowout win could definitely happen (although Andy Reid will likely choose to rest Vick in the fourth quarter).

I'm obviously more interested in team awards than individual accomplishments, but I can't act like I don't want Michael Vick to be the league's most valuable player.

Tonight is likely do or die for Vick.