This week is simple for the Eagles; you win and you’re in. The Eagles can clinch the NFC East for the first time since 2006 with a win on Sunday over the Vikings or a Giants loss to the Packers. They would not be in this position if it were not for that miraculous comeback last week over the Giants in New Meadowlands Stadium. Who would of thought coming into the season that the Eagles would be in position to clinch the division with a win Week 16.
The Eagles are up one game in the division with two to go. And they also own the tiebreaker over the Giants after sweeping them this season. The Eagles control their own destiny and unless they have a horrible meltdown, the Eagles will be crowned NFC East Champions. And a certain someone is happy with what his team has accomplished so far this season.
“I’m proud of the guys,” head coach Andy Reid said. “I’ve been proud of them the whole year the way they’ve handled themselves and they’ve gotten better every week. And I think this group has big hears, and so I appreciate that part.”
With that win last week, the Eagles also have the inside track and are still in contention with the Chicago Bears for the second seed in the playoffs and a first round bye in the NFC. The Eagles would need to win their final two games against the Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17. They also need Chicago to lose one game against the Jets or the Packers. The Bears own the head-to head tiebreaker over the Eagles if both teams finish with the same overall record.
It is pretty doable at the moment for the Eagles to get that bye and a home playoff game but the only thing that matters to them right now is punching their ticket into the playoffs because they know once you’re in anything can happen.
Vick Named NFC Player of the Week
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick just keeps the hardware coming week after week with his marvelous performances. The NFL announced on Wednesday that Vick has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 15. It is the third time that Vick has been given this honor this season!
The Eagles were down 21 points in the 4th quarter with a little over eight minutes left in the game against the Giants, and Vick decided to step up and put the team on his shoulders leading the charge and the Eagles 4th quarter comeback that ended in a 38-31 victory. Vick struggled in the first half but came along and was on fire torching the Giants defense for a total of 372 yards and four touchdowns!
After this magnificent performance, Vick is hoping for some more hardware after closing the gap and showing the world why he should be this year’s league MVP.
RT Winston Justice will practice this week barring a setback. Justice has been sidelined the past two games with a knee injury. In place of Justice, tackle King Dunlap has filled in and has performed decently. But it will be nice for Justice to be back in their blocking Michael Vick’s blindside because nearly every play he is getting knocked around. And with Vikings’ DE Jared Allen they are going to need their best.
WR Jason Avant has cleared all tests and will practice as well. It was discovered after the game that Avant sustained a concussion on WR Desean Jackson’s 65 yard punt return where he made a key block on LB Zack Debossie to open a hole for the big return.
Avant told the media Wednesday, “I still haven’t had one.” Reid said Monday that his receiver had a slight concussion and a team spokesman, according to reports, also confirmed Reid’s statement.
DT Mike Patterson had his MRI and there was no structural damage. Reid on Patterson’s injury update, “Mike’s okay. We’re just going to rest him up here a little bit.”
And good news for WR Desean Jackson and CB Asante Samuel. Reid said that both players are doing find and haven’t suffered any setbacks.