The Eagles are now in the playoffs and have one thing that other teams do not: Michael Vick. He has been under fire for his personal life, but the man can play. They held off the Giants from getting the NFC East title. The Eagles may not be the hottest team entering the Playoffs but they are looking good going into it.
They may have only one more game, but so much can go wrong. Ideally Vick would like to finish the season and close it out, but why risk it?
They should give some of the younger guys a start let them get a feel for the NFL and go from there. The Eagles do not have much to gain and they are already in the playoffs.
The Eagles are currently ranked No. 3 in rushing in the NFL. They can not let this go to their heads. How many games have been lost in part due to a team's overconfidence? Teams in the past have thought too much on what their weaknesses are and forget about their strengths.
Vick is having a great season with some great support. Jeremy Maclin and Vick go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whenever the Eagles are in a tight pinch it seems that Maclin is there to help.
As long as he is healthy, Vick seems to always find a way to get the ball to him.
When it comes down to it, special teams can made or break a playoff game. One wrong move on a special teams play can cost you your job—or a ring. If the Eagles do face the Falcons, you can be sure of one thing: Both special teams will be at the top of their game.
Speed is everything. You cannot win without it. The Patriots have it, Atlanta has it. Even the Lions have speed when it comes to their superstar, Stefan Logan.
They have rushing down now; all the Eagles need do is transfer that success to the rest of the team.
Everybody does love the last minute win, but truth be told, risks usually do not pan out. In order for the Eagles to win, they will have to keep it simple.
We all know the Eagles have talent, but do not let it go to waste. Instead of the 30-yard gain, go for the 10-15 yard plays.
When the New Orleans Saints started off the half with an onside kick, the whole NFL held its breath. No one believed that they would start the half like that and as a result, they won.
I am not saying that the Eagles should attempt a play like that, I am just saying that plays that are tricky tend to work when the time is right. Sometimes a fake may be the best option, just do not do this unless it's needed. In other words: Use it wisely.
If the Eagles do face the Falcons, the winner will be based off of defense. A good defense can even bring down the best teams. Look at the New England Patriots. They can look human thanks in part to luck and good defense.
If the Eagles do manage to face the Falcons and win, they will most likely face New England in the Super Bowl. A Tom Brady vs. Michael Vick matchup would be fun, but I would rather see a good defense win than an offensive match.
Jackson has caused the Eagles much trouble this season by skipping out on voluntary camp, but now it's time to put up or shut up. He has said that he is frustrated at the team for not negotiating a contract extension, but now is his time to shine.
He is trying to show the organization that he is worth keeping. He showed up to training camp earlier than most players. He recently caught a 91-yard touchdown on Dec. 12 against Dallas. He is showing that he can be dependable. Let the guy play.
He knows what has to be done. More than likely the Falcons and the Eagles will play against each other. Although Vick has not played for the Falcons in a while, he still knows how they play better than anyone on the Eagles.
He has made mistakes in the past and is trying to make up for it. He is arguably one of the best quarterbacks of this decade. Vick has broken NFL records this year. Those records are:
- First player in NFL history with 300 passing yards, 50 rushing yards, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a single game.
- First player in NFL history to have three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in the first half.
Let him lead and prove to the Falcons that letting him go was a mistake.