Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Michael Vick must be breathing a lot easier right now.
The Eagles QB was simply terrible as he nearly gave the Browns the game, throwing four picks, one of which went back for a score.
The four picks were just the second time in his career he threw four gifts in a game, the other coming in 2011 against Buffalo.
Vick though deserves the credit, as he and the Eagles offense rallied for a 16-play drive that paid off in the Philly 17-16 win over the Browns.
The QB said after the game that he wasn’t frustrated with the way the Eagles offense played in the first three and a half quarters, just anxious to finally put the four int’s behind him.
“When you throw interceptions,” Vick said, “it’s one thing. When you throw interceptions for a touchdown, and it changes the dynamic of the game and you look up at the scoreboard and now you’re losing, you feel a sense of dissatisfaction. You look over at the sideline. . . . I have a responsibility to this team and that’s to lead them, not to hurt them.”
Vick looked rusty all day. The worst was a pick that went the other way for six when D’Qwell Jackson took it back to give the Browns a 16-10 lead early in the fourth.
It took awhile, but the 91-yard drive showed off the best of Vick, running the no-huddle and finally finding players downfield.
“All I can do is continue to get better,” Vick said. “I know I can keep the turnovers down. I just have to play within the system. That’s what my coach tells me all the time, not to do too much.”
The patience paid off, as the drive that won the game showed Vick and the Eagles finally play the type of offense they are capable of.
The winning touchdown came after Vick narrowly missed his 5th pick, as it went right through the hands of Browns LB L.J. Fort.
A win is a win, but for Vick and the Eagles offense, it didn’t feel all that great.
“I gotta get out of Cleveland,” Vick joked.
He’s lucky to do so with a win the way that he and the Eagles played Sunday.