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Makes Sense For Vick To Start

After Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Michael Vick will start at quarterback against Atlanta on Oct. 28, the decision only makes sense.

Everyone knows Vick's history with the Falcons. He was Atlanta's franchise quarterback after being selected No. 1 overall in 2001 and he led them to the NFC Championship Game against the Eagles in the 2004 season.

Since his arrival in Philadelphia in 2009, Vick has enjoyed success against his former team.

In 2009, Vick was mostly a gadget player as he readjusted to the NFL. However, Vick showed glimpses of his old self in the Dec. 6 showdown in Atlanta. Vick scored his first two touchdowns as an Eagle - one passing, one rushing - in a 34-7 rout.

After not playing against the Falcons in 2010 because of a rib injury, Vick returned to Atlanta in 2011 as a starting quarterback for the first time. In the primetime Week 2 showdown, Vick was 19-of-28 (68 percent) for 242 passing yards with two touchdowns and an interception for a 103.6 passer rating. Vick left the game in the third quarter because of a concussion, but the Eagles had 24-21 lead. The Eagles were driving at the time of the injury and scored to extend the lead to 31-21. The Falcons rallied for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to win the game.

Vick will be looking to snap the Eagles' two-game losing skid next Sunday. He'll want to finish the job that he couldn't last year in Atlanta. It doesn't hurt that the Falcons are the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL.

There is not a better way to put the Eagles' perfect record after the bye week under head coach Andy Reid to the test than having Vick taking on his former team in front of the raucous fans at Lincoln Financial Field.

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