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Anthony Stalter
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Anthony Stalter

Senior Sports Editor for The Scores Report

For now, it's Vick


Michael Vick is the NFL MVP to this point - period.

In five and a fraction of a game this season, he's thrown 11 touchdowns to no interceptions, has compiled a 115.1 QB Rating and is completing 62.7 percent of his passes. The clinic he put on in Washington on Monday night (six total touchdowns, including four through the air) was freaking unbelievable. (I should know, I was up 50 points in my fantasy league and my opponent beat me by one because Vick racked up 51 points. I've never seen 51 points scored in a fantasy game before.)

Argue with those numbers and I'll trump you with one: 0. That's how many losses the Eagles have when Vick starts and finishes games this season. They've yet to lose when Kevin Kolb doesn't set one foot on the field.

That said, allow me to play devil's advocate for a second. These are the teams that Vick has beaten this year: Detroit, Jacksonville, Indianapolis and Washington. Not one of those teams has a defense ranked in the top 15 and Washington now has the worst defensive unit in the league thanks to that pitiful display it put on Monday night.

I get it - Vick can only play who's on the Eagles' schedule and no matter who he's faced, he's been perfect. But his numbers are unsustainable. The law of averages will eventually catch up to him and nobody should be shocked if his play starts to drop in the second half. He also must stay healthy, which is something that he's struggled with dating back to his days in Atlanta. His style of play won't allow him to stay upright for long periods of time and he's one more shot to the ribs or shoulder away from missing more games this season.

But if he does stay healthy, the sky's the limit for him and the Eagles. In Atlanta, defensive coordinators like Monte Kiffin (formerly of the Bucs) used to spy Vick with a linebacker and force him to beat them with his arm, which he couldn't. But it's clear that while he's still not seeing the entire field, his passing game has developed immensely. He looks more poised than ever before, more confident in his abilities to read a defense and for the first time in his career, he's not relying solely on his God-given talent. He's actually putting in the work throughout the week instead of...well, let's not go there.

His numbers are bound to drop - especially when he starts to face better defenses. But there's no question that he's been the MVP up to this point, which is pretty remarkable considering he's only played in four full games.

By Anthony Stalter  |  November 17, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  | Category:  Michael Vick , NFL , Philadelphia Eagles , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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a high school qb would look good against the deadskins "defense".

it's a long season and it's only half over.

Posted by: surlydoc | November 17, 2010 1:24 PM

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