Already Under Pressure, Michael Vick Must Overcome Poor History vs. Giants

Already Under Pressure, Michael Vick Must Overcome Poor History vs. Giants

We know Mike Vick has been pretty bad so far this season, but sometimes it helps to run all the numbers together.

In three games, Vick has completed 55 percent of his passes (on 41.6 attempts per game), for an average of just over 300 yards, a 66.3 quarterback rating, three touchdowns and nine turnovers (six picks, three fumbles). Related to the turnovers, Vick, by himself, has tied the  Kansas City Chiefs for the second-most turnovers by a team through three weeks in 2012. The Eagles, of course, lead the NFL in that category with 12.

I don't mean to pile on. I only bring up these numbers in relation to the fact that even his coach's confidence may be beginning to waiver, Vick's contract is get-away-from-able at the end of the season, and the quarterback has struggled (mightily) against the Giants during his career in Philadelphia.

Sure, there was the "Miracle at the New Meadowlands," but the Eagles were down 24-3 at the half and 31-10 with 8:17 to play for a reason. That insane comeback caused many a media personality to scrap the barrage of articles and on-air segments that would have surely followed about how Mike Vick had already been figured out.

And it was the Giants who had figured him out — a month beforehand. One week after Vick looked like a world beater, scoring six touchdowns against the Redskins on Monday night, the Eagles advanced to 5-2 with a 27-17 win over the Giants. Vick finished the game 24 of 38 for 258 yards and a rushing touchdown. On their own, those numbers aren't bad.

But the Giants defense provided the blueprint for how to beat Vick in 2010. Whereas other defenses didn't have an answer for him, the Giants heavily blitzed Vick from his left, forcing the lefthanded quarterback to his right, so as to considerably limit options. Vick fumbled twice that day, and lost the football once.

Still, the Eagles survived and moved on to Chicago, where the Bears did the exact same thing to Vick the following week, again making him look ordinary, as they beat the Eagles, 31-26. And then — and then — there was The Joe Webb Game one week after the miracle comeback in Vick's second outing versus the Giants. You remember: the Tuesday nighter versus Minnesota where Vick turned the ball over three times and the Vikings' dropped three more potential interceptions.

Moving forward, Vick faced the Giants just once in 2011. (He missed the second meeting due to inury.) In that Week 3 matchup, Vick went 16 of 23 for 176 yards and an interception before exiting the game in the fourth quarter once the Giants fractured his non-throwing hand on what Vick called a late hit. He was hit 13 times in all that day. He also fumbled three times, but didn't lose any of them.

The point of this less-than-pleasant trip down memory lane is that Mike Vick's job is feeling increasingly on the line. That the details of his last meeting against the Giants sound way too familiar and commonplace at this point. And that now, one week after he, his coach and his teammates were embarrassed in Arizona, they're coming home to once again face the Giants under the lights on national television.

The Giants, the team who showed the league in 2010 the way to contain and even stop the runner-up the league's MVP award. The Giants, the team who knocked Vick out of a game in 2011. The Giants, who seem to have Vick's number.

Mike Vick is about to play one of the biggest games of his career against the team whom has most seemed to have his number.

It's time to see what, if anything, Vick has really learned over the last three years, and whether Andy and Marty are going to give him any help.

Related: Filmroom Friday: How Reid Is Setting Vick Up to Fail [T7L]


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Watch: Travis Konecny scores his 1st NHL goal, joyfully hugs Ivan Provorov

Watch: Travis Konecny scores his 1st NHL goal, joyfully hugs Ivan Provorov

The first of many for the kid.

Travis Konecny on Tuesday night scored goal No. 1 of what should be an exciting and promising career in orange and black.

Not only was it the 19-year-old's first NHL marker, but it ignited a third-period comeback from three goals down as the Flyers stunned the Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center with a 4-3 shootout win when they looked dead in the water at second intermission.

"Obviously, it makes it 3-1," Brayden Schenn said of Konecny's special moment. "It gets the crowd going a bit. It gets us going. Any time a guy scores a first goal, like I said, it gets a little more excitement through the building and through our team."

The goal wasn't of the flashy variety, but it epitomized the youngster's complete game. Teammates have routinely praised Konecny for his willingness to score ugly by finding the greasy areas — as we so love to call them — and doing work, despite his a not-so-intimidating frame.

So skillfully, Konecny deflected a power-play point drive by the other 19-year-old Ivan Provorov. Like a little kid — then again, he is a teenager — Konecny leapt into the boards in celebration, smiling ear to ear. In came Provorov for a big hug. Watching those two have fun is fun.

Flyers fans, frame this screenshot and hang it somewhere (and don't you dare cut out Matt Read). Meanwhile, for Konecny's goal and the celebration, watch the video above.

Instant Replay: Flyers 4, Sabres 3 (SO)

Instant Replay: Flyers 4, Sabres 3 (SO)


A very tired Flyers squad came back with a vengeance against the well-rested Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night to win, 4-3, in a shootout at the Wells Fargo Center.
Claude Giroux got the shootout winner.

It was an ugly affair for 40 minutes, starting with goalie Michal Neuvirth, who allowed three goals on 17 shots before being lifted in the second period for the second time in two weeks. The Flyers trailed 3-0 going into the third period.
Whatever energy the Flyers had coming back from Montreal on Monday was saved for the third period when they got three power-play goals from Travis Konecny, Brayden Schenn and Mark Streit to make it 3-3.
The Sabres had not played a game in five days while the Flyers are in the midst of six games in nine days and it showed.
The rookie Konecny scored his first NHL goal in the third period, tipping home Ivan Provorov’s point drive during a power play.
Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas returned after serving a six-game suspension to begin the season.
New lines
In an effort to get Schenn going — scoreless in three games coming in — coach Dave Hakstol dropped him to the third line with Nick Cousins and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Matt Read, the club’s top goal scorer, moved into Schenn’s spot on the top line with Giroux and Wayne Simmonds.
Boyd Gordon played his 700th NHL game.
Notable goals
Konecny’s first NHL marker.
Goalie report
There was probably not much Neuvirth could do on the Sabres' first goal. Zemgus Girgensons shot from a hard angle in the corner to the net and the puck jumped, hitting Tyler Ennis for a 1-0 lead in the second period. That said, he wasn’t very good on the next two goals. Neuvirth has been pulled twice in just three starts.
Power play
The Flyers' power play awakened. Konecny's goal, plus Schenn's and Streit's. That marked a season high, too.
Penalty kill
Chris VandeVelde overskated the puck during a shorthanded two-on-one for what would have been a goal in the first period. Gordon lost a draw to Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Moulson jumped on it, went to the net with purpose for a quick backhander to make it 2-0 3:56 into the second period. Moulson had two power-play goals. The Flyers' PK units were poor.
Simmonds avoided a hearing and possible suspension for his cross check from behind to Montreal’s Andrei Markov on Monday night that jolted the Canadiens defenseman into the boards face-first. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety reviewed the hit and saw no cause for action.
Dale Weise (suspended), Scott Laughton (knee), Michael Del Zotto (knee), Michael Raffl (abdominal pull) and Nick Schultz (healthy). 
Up next
The Flyers will be off on Wednesday. They are in the midst of six games in nine days and will host Arizona on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.