Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles were expected to contend for the Super Bowl in 2011. With several high profile players signing with the Eagles during the off season, some even coined the team as the NFL’s “Dream Team.”
However, Vick and the Eagles are living a nightmare after five games. During a match up against the surging Buffalo Bills, the Eagles were looking to bounce back after allowing the San Francisco 49ers to get a comeback victory in week four.
But Vick threw three interceptions in the first half and one was returned for a touchdown. The Eagles gained momentum in the second half by scoring 17 points, but the game ended after Vick threw his fourth interception during a fourth quarter drive that could have tied the game. The Eagles have suffered due to poor tackling on defense and bad ball management on offense. Thir offense has gained yards and scored, but their turnovers continue to put them in horrible predicaments.
Vick ended the game with 315 yards passing and 90 yards rushing. He also set the NFL record as the all-time leading rusher.
Cam Newton is the one NFL quarterback who matches the excitement level Vick brings to the game. In his first four games, Newton set several NFL rookie records for passing yards. He has rejuvenated a Carolina Panthers team that only won one game in 2010.
Newton continued his extraordinary play against a good New Orleans Saints team by throwing for two touchdowns and running for another. But the small mistakes that plagued the Panthers in each loss this season continued to haunt them against the Saints. The most crushing mistake occurred at the end of the first half when the Saints were rushing on the field to attempt a field goal with less than 8 seconds remaining. With the Saints offense unable to get set, the time appeared to have run out. However, Panthers coach Ron Rivera called a timeout for some inexplicable reason. The Saints were able to kick a field goal to end the half. The field goal served as the difference in the game as the Saints won by a score of 30-27.
Vick and Newton both have the talent to be playoff and even Super Bowl quarterbacks. But, so far, their teams have been unable to match their level of competitiveness. They are both a few more losses away from having a disastrous season. –amir shaw