Quarterback Michael Vick is looking forward to playing his first game as a starter since 2006 in the Georgia Dome. Although the 2010 Comeback Player of the Year called this week's matchup with his former team "a business trip" earlier this week, he knows that it will be a special game.
"I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't excited," Vick said. "But we just want to take care of business down there in the dome. We just need to keep our emotions in control, stay positive, and be professionals."
The fact that the Eagles will be playing in a dome in back-to-back weeks is something that is not lost on the 10-year veteran.
"Yeah, I think it certainly helps," said Vick. "The crowd noise this week is just going to be a common thing for us, now. It's going to be loud in there and your concentration level has to be high. It won't be a factor for us."
Last Sunday against the Rams, the Eagles offense was electric to the tune of 24 points and a league-best 237 rushing yards. But Vick has high hopes, saying that it could have been even better. He believes that once the Eagles shore up their communication, they'll be nearly unstoppable.
"We've only been together for about a month and a half," noted Vick. "We're making the improvements and adjustments that we need to make and we're getting better each week. Communication is the key, and it's all about knowing exactly what's going on on the field and being on the same page. Having good communication puts us in a position to make plays and score touchdowns."
Vick and the Eagles offense will be put to the test in Atlanta, where Vick is sure to receive a lot of support, but also some very vocal opposition, from his former fans. Whether or not the Eagles can stay focused in this potentially hostile environment will go a long way in determining the outcome of this game.
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