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Vick Grabs National Spotlight

LANDOVER, Md. -- Michael Vick never, ever made it look so easy. In three quarters of action in his first *Monday Night Football *game since the 2006 season, he accumulated -- and get ready for the shock -- 6 touchdowns and 413 yards of offense and then sat back and handed off for much of the remainder of the Eagles' 59-28 win over Washington.

As great as Vick was, it wasn't a "perfect" game. Somehow, completing 20 of 28 passes for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns isn't perfect -- his rating was 150.7, rather than the perfection of 158.3 -- but who really cares? Even the complicated NFL passer rating doesn't include the other things Vick gave to the offense, namely 80 yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 carries.


"I've had some great games, but I don't think I've ever had one quite like this," said Vick after the game.

"You watch a player like that dominate a game and you're like, 'Man, this is unbelievable,' " said wide receiver DeSean Jackson. "He was amazing out there."

Vick became the first player in NFL history to record 300 passing yards, 50 rushing yards, 4 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing scores in a single game. Afterward, he was just happy to be back on the field in an Eagles uniform playing the game he clearly has dominated in 2010.

"I feel like I'm playing the best football (of his career) only because of the coaches that I have, because of the guys that I'm playing with -- the offensive line is playing great and I've got a great group of guys around me. I'm doing a great job out there and those guys are doing a great job, too. It goes hand in hand."

It looks so easy for Vick and the offense -- so many players compared the performance to being part of a video game -- but it was one of those nights when everything fell into place for an offense that set a franchise record with 592 total net yards. And it was a sweet measure of revenge after losing to Washington in October, a game in which Vick was KO'd from the action one quarter in.

"I wanted to be out there for the entire four quarters (in October). You never like to get knocked out against a team and then they beat you," said Vick. "You watch the game and you feel like you could have had a greater impact as time went on. It was huge for me to be out there the entire game, protect myself, and be there for my teammates."

The Eagles scored touchdowns on their first five possessions, rolling to a 35-0 lead 15 minutes and a few seconds into the game. Had the coaches ordered a full-throttle attack for four quarters, who knows what kind of numbers the Eagles could have put on the board?

For Vick and his offensive mates, it was hopefully the sign of more to come.

"Everybody was in tune wthin the game plan. Everybody was fired up and ready to go, especially after the altercation before the game," said Vick. "That's what you want out of your team. Whatever it takes to get them fired up, to get them going, to motivate them."

Washington used safety LaRon Landry as a "spy" to try to keep Vick contained on his scrambles, but the strategy backfired badly. Vick still ran wild, and with the extra time in the pocket and one fewer defender in coverage, he tore Washington's defense to shreds.

"I could never envision this," said Vick. "When I signed here, I didn't even think I would be starting as a quarterback. All of this is paramount for me, but at the same time it is somewhat surprising."

-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 1:59 a.m., November 16

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