America’s ‘Week 10 Game of the Week’ featured two surprisingly disappointing teams with scrutinized coaches on the brink of losing their jobs. Sunday’s showdown gave clear ideas of what the future held for the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys defense took control in the second half, beating the Eagles by a final score of 38-23. Michael Vick, possibly the most polarizing quarterback in the NFL, was knocked out in the first half due a concussion and eye injury. The entrance of Nick Foles sparked some hope for the struggling Eagles, although the team was not able to gain momentum after its first full drive ended in a touchdown launch to wide-out Jeremy Maclin.
The question that remains: will the Eagles stick with Vick or roll with Foles?
The answer will be determined based on whether the Eagles decide to play for the 2012 season or the future. If it’s the latter, then Foles is the answer. Vick has lost a step since his glory days in Atlanta, and his body is wearing down from being under duress in the pocket on 33.25% of his drop backs. By no means did Vick have a poor showing yesterday; however, the team seemed to gain life with Nick Foles under center.
Whichever signal-caller Andy Reid throws on the field, his 13-season tenure with the Eagles looks to be coming to a close. The Eagles are now 3-6 and are sitting on a five-game losing streak, the first time that’s ever happened under Reid. The Birds travel to the “nation’s capital” next week to face off with their also-slumping division rival, the Washington Redskins. The race to the bottom of the division may well be underway!