Michael Vick is 4-0 vs. the Redskins in games he's started and finished. (AP)
The anticipated showdown we didn’t get to see last season comes early this year.
Michael Vick vs. RG3. Two prolific, dynamic, strong-armed, fleet-footed quarterbacks duking it out before a national audience on the first Monday night game of the 2013 season.
Robert Griffin III, last year’s No. 2 overall pick who led the Redskins to their first NFC East title in 13 years, will start the Sept. 9 season opener for Washington against the visiting Eagles at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., according to an ESPN report.
Griffin tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a first-round playoff loss to Seattle and missed the entire preseason to rehab his knee with his sights set on a lighting-quick return to the field. The season opener is just eight months removed from Griffin’s surgery.
Vick, who was injured for both games against the Redskins last year, had to beat out Nick Foles to earn the distinction as new coach Chip Kelly’s first starter.
The game pits two of the league’s most feared playmaking quarterbacks against each other, and two offenses with young, dynamic weapons around them.
It’s also a critical NFC East battle between two quarterbacks who have already feasted off the other team’s defenses.
Griffin orchestrated two dominating performances against the Eagles last season, throwing four touchdowns in a 31-6 win at FedEx Field and two more in a 27-20 win at the Linc. In total, Griffin completed 30-of-39 passes last year against the Eagles for 398 yards and six touchdowns with just one interception.
His 137.6 passer rating against the Eagles is the highest by an opposing quarterback with at least two starts against them.
Likewise, Vick has torched the Redskins in two of three full games against them during his Eagles tenure. In the 2011 season finale, Vick passed for 335 yards and three touchdowns with one pick for a 104.1 passer rating to lead a 34-10 trouncing of the Redskins. The triumph enabled the Eagles to finish the season on a four-game win streak and avoid a losing season with an 8-8 record.
In 2010, after getting injured early in his first start against the Redskins at the Linc in Donovan McNabb’s homecoming, Vick had arguably the best game of his career in the rematch at FedEx Field. He accounted for six touchdowns, throwing four and running for two more, to lead the 59-28 rout.
Vick completed 20-of-28 passes for 333 yards, compiling a passer rating of 150.7, and ran eight times for 80 yards. Vick is unbeaten in four career games against the Redskins that he started and finished.