Posted October 27, 2013

Matt Barkley subs in for injured, ineffective Michael Vick

New York Giants, NFC East, Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Vick completed 6-of-9 passes for 31 yards and an interception before leaving the game.

Michael Vick completed 6-of-9 passes for 31 yards and an interception before leaving the game. (Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles’ Wheel of Quarterbacks spun again Sunday, as rookie Matt Barkley replaced a hobbled — and badly struggling — Michael Vick in the Eagles’ game with New York. Neither QB proved to be the answer, as the Eagles dropped a 15-7 decision to the Giants.

That lone Philadelphia touchdown came courtesy of its special teams: an errant punt snap by the Giants allowed Najee Goode to scoop one into the end zone from two yards out. Vick and Barkley, meanwhile, completed 23-of-35 passes but for less than 200 yards total, plus each fired an interception.

Barkley also fumbled three times (he recovered two, both on botched snaps), including a turnover on 1st-and-goal from the Giants’ 2.

Vick, who missed Philadelphia’s last two games with a hamstring injury, ended the Eagles’ first possession by tossing an interception to Antrel Rolle. He began chatting with trainers shortly thereafter, while Barkley warmed up on the sideline.

But Vick stayed in the game until the Eagles’ final possession of the first half. At that point, the team announced that Vick had reaggravated his troublesome hamstring. He did not return in the second half.

So for the second week in a row, Barkley found his way into the lineup. He opened and closed his only first-half drive with a fumble, the latter of which the Giants recovered to snuff out a Philadelphia scoring chance in the red zone. Barkley mishandled the initial snap he saw, only to regain control and fire a completion to Brent Celek.

He was not as lucky the second time he put the ball on the turf. Rolling to his left on a 1st-and-goal from the 2, Barkley held the ball for what felt like forever before Terrell Thomas stripped it from his grasp. Thomas’ teammate, Jacquian Williams, pounced on the loose football at the 14.

Since averaging 33.5 points in back-to-back wins over the Giants and Buccaneers (who had a combined one victory heading into Sunday), the Eagles’ offense has been stuck in neutral. It mustered only three points last week against the Cowboys, with Nick Foles delivering a dreadful effort before leaving with a concussion. Sunday’s follow-up was even worse.

With Foles still ailing from his Week 7 injury, the suddenly faltering Eagles have no choice but to pick between a wounded Vick and an inexperienced Barkley.

11 comments
Orion1
Orion1

Maybe he can retire and get a job as a dog walker.

Orion1
Orion1

Time to get rid of Vick, has not played well since he went to prison.

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

Chip Kelly has the University of Philadelphia playing well.  Too bad they played the Giants and not Kutztown.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

And we'll give him another 100mil to stay around. but that kelly offense is sooooo fast and great  !!!

Winger7
Winger7

Philly would be better off with Charles Barkley playing QB.

doghockey
doghockey

@Winger7 Let me guess.  Ever since the Eagles drafted Matt Barkley you have been sitting on this gem, just waiting for right opportunity.  Now you get the chance and it is just not that funny.