The Eagles' performance on Monday night has generated quite a bit of buzz around the NFL.
So I'm breaking this weekly post into two parts. Here's the first, and the second will come on Thursday, along with Mike Check.
Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles:
SI.com's Don Banks has the Eagles seventh in his power rankings:
When the Eagles get that fast-break offense of theirs rolling like they did Monday night in rainy Maryland, it's a thing of beauty. So much speed everywhere you look. I think the only one on the Philadelphia sideline who doesn't run a sub 4.5 40 is Andy Reid.
Jerome Bettis thinks the Giants will win the division and the Eagles will earn a wild-card berth.
SI.com's Peter King wonders what Donovan McNabb's contract means for Michael Vick:
As for what it means, I think we have to wait to declare Vick the winner of the 2011 Free Agent Lottery Jackpot or the 2010 MVP, or both. The only way any team out there -- including Philadelphia -- is going to pay Vick huge money is if it knows he can stay healthy. He's played 16 games once in his career, has shown a tendency to take far too much of a beating by straying too far out of the pocket too readily. He's already missed three games this year because of a rib injury from being sandwiched by the Redskins early in the season. It's vital for his long-term economic future that he starts and finishes the next seven games -- and, of course, plays well.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has Vick third on his MVP list behind Tom Brady and Philip Rivers:
Vick ranks second behind Rivers in YPA, confirmation that his league-leading passer rating isn't the product of a dink-and-dunk offense. The Eagles are challenging defenses downfield. Vick is making huge plays without taking undue chances. He has sometimes appeared in complete control of games, not only of his own offense. There isn't another player in the league like him.
ESPN.com has the Eagles sixth in its power rankings:
Michael Vick is the Eagles' new franchise quarterback and now is awaiting a big payday.
ESPN.com's John Clayton gives props to Howie Roseman, Andy Reid and Eagles management:
But we didn't know about the hard work with Vick behind the scenes as Reid and his staff transformed him from a running quarterback into a West Coast offense quarterback. Vick has earned a big contract in Philadelphia. If the Eagles make the playoffs with him, they could sign him long-term and keep Kolb as a backup or trade him for first- and third-round picks. It would not be a bad situation either way. Vick deserves an Emmy for his Monday night show, and a second award needs to go to the director if the show continues.
Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com has the Eagles ninth in his power rankings:
Philadelphia got its revenge from an earlier loss to Washington in a major way. Michael Vick might have put together one of the best games of all time for a quarterback in that game. We're starting to see why head coach Andy Reid wanted Vick last year. He simply can do things other quarterbacks can't even attempt to do. If he continues to play well, Philadelphia will have no choice but to make a strong push to re-sign him.
Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders writes that Vick did not have the most impressive performance by a quarterback in Week 10. In fact, Barnwell ranks Vick's outing third:
So, despite setting the post-merger record for most fantasy points by a quarterback in a single game, Vick isn't first in these rankings. How? Opponent adjustments. Vick produced 254 YAR, which beat out Brady's 248, but he produced most of it against the 20th-ranked pass defense of the Redskins. (His 50 rushing YAR became 56 DYAR.) Considering the wide variety of missed tackles and blown coverages that were on display on Monday night, I don't think ranking Vick third this week is unreasonable. With 244 DYAR, it's the best game of Vick's career; his only previous game with more than 200 DYAR was Week 8 of the 2004 season, when he was 18-of-24 for 252 yards with two scores and had 12 carries for 115 yards against the Broncos, who had the league's fifth-best defense that year.
Earlier today, I posted Man Up on the Eagles' offense.
And download the 2010 MTC app from the ITunes store.