Vick delivers as Eagles' starter

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Michael Vick celebrates his third quarter touchdown pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

Andy Reid said he made Michael Vick his starting quarterback beause Vick exceeded all expectations in six quarters of play against the Packers and Lions.

This afternoon against the Jaguars, he was even more impressive.

Vick threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Eagles beat the Jaguars, 28-3, in Jacksonvile.

The Birds improved to 2-1 and moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

Vick completed 17 of 31 passes for 291 yards, and the numbers could have been even better if not for a few drops. For the second straight week, he connected with DeSean Jackson early on a 61-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Jackson finished with five catches for 153 yards.

Vick also found Jeremy Maclin in the end zone twice. The Eagles have converted seven of eight red-zone opportunities into touchdowns. Three of those have been LeSean McCoy runs. Three have been Vick-to-Maclin touchdowns. And the other was Vick's touchdown run.

Vick was sacked three times, but had more time to drop back and find his receivers for big plays than he did a week ago.

He has not thrown an interception in 89 attempts this season and has not turned the ball over in 30 offensive possessions.

Defensively, the Birds bounced back also. After allowing 59 points in the first two weeks, the Eagles' defensive line dominated as they held the Jaguars out of the end zone.

The Eagles had six sacks - two from Trent Cole. Juqua Parker picked up his fourth sack. Trevor Laws had his best game of the season, and Darryl Tapp, who was active for the first time, played very well, picking up his first sack as an Eagle.

Now we turn to McNabb week. Donovan and the Redskins fell to 1-2 after a loss to the Rams. Kickoff is set for 4:15 next Sunday at the Linc.

Should be a fun week.


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