For the second straight year, we’ve got ourselves a midseason Bears-Eagles matchup with plenty on the line. And for the second straight year, we’ve got the same predominant storyline surrounding Monday night’s game at Lincoln Financial Field.
Is the Bears’ defense good enough to contain Eagles QB Michael Vick?
As it turned out last year, when both teams were 7-3 heading into a Week 12 showdown, Chicago did just enough to pull off an important 31-26 home win. Vick did complete 29 of 44 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns, but the Bears also tipped a pass to force a crucial interception (Vick’s first of the year) and sacked him four times (i.e. “just enough”).
This year, the Bears could be in store for a long night if WIP-AM host Howard Eskin was spot on Friday with his assessment of Vick on “Around the League”.
“I think Michael Vick now is a better quarterback than he was last year,” Eskin said. “He’s doing more of the right things, making more of the right reads. … Michael Vick is really, right now, close to the quarterback that (offensive coordinator) Marty Mornhinweg and (coach) Andy Reid thought he could be. I think he’s better, and I think the Bears better watch out.”
The Bears (4-3) and Eagles (3-4) both need this win as they try to make up ground in their respective divisions, and it’s no surprise the outcome will likely depend on the success (or failure) of Vick.
Then again, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy could be the real x-factor. Speaking of which, if you were at all worried about the stomach flu keeping McCoy out of Sunday’s game, apparently you shouldn’t be.
“I saw his lunch today. It was baked beans and hot dogs,” Eskin said. “If you have the stomach flu, you’re not eating baked beans and hot dogs. Trust me.”
Makes sense to us. For the record, McCoy was listed as a full participant in Friday’s practice.