The Minnesota Vikings did something last night that most NFL teams have been unable to do all season: Make quarterback Michael Vick seem human.
The Minnesota Vikings defense came into Tuesday night’s game with one goal in mind, bring the pressure and never STOP.
That is exactly what the Vikings did, recording six sacks on the Eagles' elusive quarterback, causing Vick to throw one interception, lose two fumbles and constantly find his face in the grass.
The best part about it, Philadelphia should have seen this blitzkrieg type of attack coming. The Vikings interim head coach, Leslie Frazier, served as the Eagles defensive back coach from 1999-2001.
Frazier joined the Eagles in Andy Reid’s first year and was mentored by Philadelphia’s great defensive coordinator, the late Jim Johnson.
The same blitz packages used by the Vikings defense last night were the same ones that the Eagles defense had plagued opposing NFL offenses with for years under Johnson.
Despite having seen the blitz packages and probably gone up against them in practice, Philadelphia’s offensive line was not up to the task and it left Vick very uncomfortable all night long. The Eagles offense had trouble finding its rhythm.
Philadelphia’s defense had its own problems. The Vikings rookie quarterback Joe Webb looked like a seasoned veteran in his first career start as an NFL quarterback. Webb threw for 195 yards and ran for a touchdown halfway through the third quarter.
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Webb had help from an injured Adrian Peterson who, despite having a sore knee, rushed for 118 yards and scored on a one-yard touchdown in the fourth to seal the win for Minnesota.
What now for the Eagles? With the loss, Philadelphia no longer has a shot at getting the second overall seed in the NFC. Also, Vick told the media after the game that he suffered an injury to his leg on the first play of last night’s game. It was later confirmed that the Eagles quarterback sustained a quad contusion.
Talk about bad timing for the Eagles. A hurt and possibly exposed Vick right before the start of the playoffs could bring a bitter end to a remarkable season.