Vick broke his non-throwing hand but it is something that is going to keep him out for at least a few weeks.
Vick is the most dynamic and explosive quarterback in the NFL but he has very poor pass protection from his line. This translates into him getting knocked down and hit a lot during the course of the game.
The Eagles needed to strengthen their offensive line in the offseason but with limited time due to the lockout they did not get the players to strengthen the line.
Now with Michael Vick out the Eagles are looking at a big battle uphill. They will not win without their star quarterback.
The Eagles are a team that needs to have a quarterback that can maneuver out of the pocket because of their poor line. Vince Young is someone that is able to do this but he is coming off an injury and is being looked at as the third string quarterback.
This leaves the Eagles in the hands of quarterback Mike Kafka.
This is not the situation that the fans from Philadelphia had dreamed up before the season.
The Eagles also do not have a strong enough defense to battle themselves through games without the potent offense run by Michael Vick.
Vick has had average production this year but his explosiveness and his ability to pull off the unexpected is something that keeps the Eagles in every game.
Mike Kafka cannot be asked to do that. The Eagles offense runs much like an improv group and Kafka does not have the ability to think the same way on his feet.
Kafka went four for seven against the Giants and did not have an easy time moving the ball. His two interceptions and 31 passer rating is something to worry about.
Kafka does not seem ready to start for the Eagles and does not even seem ready to take snaps for an NFL team.
Can the Eagles bounce back and win without Vick? The answer is no as of right now.
If the Eagles can get the best of Vince Young on the field they might just have the perfect replacement for Michael Vick waiting in the wings.
Vince Young practiced all of last week and was looked at as probable for the game against the Giants but never saw the field. Will coach Andy Reid go with the prima donna quarterback and hope his spontaneity can recreate some semblance of Michael Vick? Only time will tell.
The NFL’s dream team has gone down just as quickly as Michael Vick was slammed to the ground. It looks like the Eagles will flounder as their star is out injured.