The problems generate from a few areas. One, Vick is hanging on to the football too long. That will always invite hits - legal ones, at that. The Eagles also have two key OLs out for the season (T Jason Peters and C Jason Kelce) and their replacements have not been up to snuff. Another issue has been the injuries to WRs Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, who should return this week.
Cry me a river. The Giants' injured list is a mile long, too.
The Giants' pass rush has not been stellar thus far. Prevalent, but not stellar. Many are pointing to the exorbitant amount of holding being overlooked in the trenches. When the rules get shelved, talented teams suffer. When the real officials return, so should the Giants' pass rush. But this week, against Philly, the Blue should dial it up and keep it there for 60 minutes.
The Giants have a strong front seven and they should pressure Vick much of the same way they handled Cam Newton. The Cardinals kept the pressure up on Vick for four quarters and ended up blowing the Eagles right out of Glendale last Sunday.
From Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly:
On Monday, Eagles coach Andy Reid was asked if quarterback Michael Vick could survive through a 16-game season if he keeps getting knocked around at the same rate.
“I’ll tell you he’s getting hit way too much,” Reid answered. “That’s what I can tell you. At this point, it’s way too much, so that part’s got to end. We’ve got to limit that.”
Vick had already taken double-digit hits against Cleveland and Baltimore before Sunday’s 27-6 loss to the Cardinals, who pounded him on about 41 percent of the pass plays called.
I counted 20 hits on Vick, six alone by linebacker Daryl Washington -- on 46 pass plays, an absurd amount of punishment for any quarterback, let alone one who’s asked to pass as much as Vick is in this system.
The Eagles weren’t awful in any singular phase, but Arizona’s aggressive front seven capitalized on occasional protection breakdowns that were exacerbated by Vick’s reluctance to pull the trigger and two wide receivers (Jackson and Johnson) who weren’t big or physical enough to fight for extra separation when Vick was under duress.