Matt Barkley subs in for injured, ineffective Michael Vick
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.