Saturday, November 20, 2010

The dreaded Saturday Eagles pick

It's back-to-back prime time performances for the Eagles.

And is anyone more ready for prime time than Michael Vick? We spent most of the week showering superlatives on the Birds QB, and it still does not do justice to just how good Vick was Monday night.

He'll need to be every bit as good Sunday night when the Giants arrive for the first of these two classic rivals' knock-down, drag 'em out affairs. This one is at what will be an electric Lincoln Financial Field, despite Jeff Lurie's alternative energy move.

This team is energized by Vick, who has come back from a two-year hiatus in federal prison for his role in a dog-fighting operation to climb the mountain and once again stand as the league's 'Ultimate Weapon.'

This game comes down to Vick vs. the Giants defense. While I don't think Vick will put up the numbers he did last week, I think he will do enough to get the Birds the win. Watch for Vick to win this game with his feet, as he, LeSean McCoy and James Harrison unleash a ground attack not seen by Eagles fans since the days of Wilbert Montgomery.

It will be another stellar night for Vick, and Eli Manning will make just enough mistakes to tilt the game the Eagles' way. Look for Manning to toss a late interception as the Birds prevail and take over solo first place in the NFC East.

The win also will put the Eagles at the top of the list of potential Super Bowl teams from the NFC. A reason for thanks? Michael Vick is an Eagle. Every team in the NFL had a shot to sign Vick on his return to the league. Every team but one took a pass. Now Vick is passing them all, and carrying the Eagles along with him.

Make it Eagles 26, Giants 20.

Last Week: I expected the Eagles to beat the Redskins. I didn't not expect the spanking they delivered, humiliating Washington and former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb just hours after he signed a contract extension that had most people in Philly shaking their heads.

Season Record: I am cruising along at 6-3, the same mark as the Eagles as they look to separate themselves from the Giants.

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