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Vick dazzled in Monday massacre
Even by video game standards the Philadelphia Eagles‘ quarterback’s numbers were absurd: 333 yards passing, 80 more on the ground and six total touchdowns in the 59-28 humiliation of the Redskins on Monday Night Football.
Almost a year later, Vick’s body is battered. This season, he’s already suffered a concussion and a severely bruised right hand. He’s turning the ball over at the same pace - four interceptions last week against the Buffalo Bills - he used to make would-be tacklers grab armfuls of air.
But the video game ability remains for Sunday’s rematch.
Coach Mike Shanahan was so “embarrassed” he won’t re-watch film of the game he described as a “bad taste.”
“It’s gone,” he said, “but not completely forgotten.”
And Orakpo doesn’t like to talk much about the debacle that unfolded.
“You do a good move and get past an [offensive lineman] and all of a sudden he’s breaking tackles and running 30 yards down the field,” Orakpo said. “It gets frustrating.”
But these are different teams, with the once-vaunted Eagles stumbling to a 1-4 start. And the Redskins‘ defense ranks sixth in the NFL, allowing 296.5 yards per game. Vick, by comparison, accounted for 413 yards in the Monday night game.
But Vick, as always, presents a new test. The four quarterbacks the Redskins have faced this season - Eli Manning, Kevin Kolb, Tony Romo and Sam Bradford - aren’t known for making plays with their legs. They live in the pocket, a place Vick can escape in the time it takes to sneeze.
“You’ve got to keep him in your line of sight, your vision,” Carriker said, “or he can go 40 yards in the blink of an eye.”
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