It was another game and another game-winning drive for quarterback Michael Vick and the Eagles offense on Sunday night. But while the offense's final drive didn't in result in a touchdown, the end result was the same. With the 19-17 victory over the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles are now 3-1 and hold an early lead in the NFC East.
The first half did not start out as well as the Eagles would have liked. The offensive line was shaky and the offense only generated seven points. But after halftime, the line tightened up and the offense was able to move the ball down the field. In total, the Eagles offense put together four scoring drives of 70 yards or more.
"Every game is not going to be perfect and it's not going to always be a situation where things come easy," Vick said after the game Sunday. "We struggled in the beginning. Our offensive line jelled together and we really challenged one another to get better throughout the course of the game. I'm extremely proud of those guys that did that … You have to persevere in this game. It's a tough game."
If anyone on the offense understands in-game perseverance it's Vick. After starting the season with nine turnovers, Vick did not give the ball away Sunday night. He finished the night 19-of-30 for 241 yards. His 99.4 quarterback rating was the best of his season thus far.
"I just played smarter," Vick said. "The thing is in this game you can't force opportunities against the defense, you have to let it come. I'll be honest, missing the preseason did affect me to a certain extent, but now I'm getting into my groove and seeing the field a little better. The guys around me are helping me and that's important."
Head coach Andy Reid acknowledged after the game that he sees Vick regaining the form that makes him such a dangerous weapon for this offense. And that starts with eliminating turnovers and getting into regular season form.
"He's been knocking the rust off from not playing," Reid said. "This game is so stinking fast that if you have no snaps in the preseason and you're asked to come out and play at a high level against the football teams we're playing against, particularly against the defenses we're playing against, it's tough … He found himself tonight, and he did a nice job with it."
Through four games the Eagles have shown remarkable resilience. Their three wins have come by a combined four points. But Vick now moves to 3-1 against the Giants as an Eagle and his team is rewarded by being the early kings of the NFC East.
"It means a lot to be 3-1," Vick said. "It means a lot to be at the top of the division. We still have a lot of tough games ahead of us but that's what it's all about. This is the NFL and this is why we play this game."
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