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Redskins Had No Answer For Vick


Game's first play on Monday night, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick threw an 88-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

For the Redskins, it was all downhill from there.

The Redskins were handed a 59-21 drubbing by the Eagles on Monday night.

Defensively, the Redskins had no answer for the multi-talented Vick, who turned in a career performance.

Vick, fast emerging as an MVP candidate, finished with 20-of-28 completions for 333 yards and four touchdowns in the passing game and he added 80 yards on eight carries.

Vick did most of his damage in the first half, when the Redskins jumped out to a stunning 45-14 lead.

"Big credit to Michael Vick, he made plays in this game that I haven't seen made in a long time," head coach Mike Shanahan said. "When something wasn't there in the passing game, he made plays with his legs. He had a really big time game."

The scoring came fast and furious for the Eagles in the first quarter.

On the Eagles' second drive, Vick quickly guided the offense into scoring range. At the 7-yard line, he deftly avoided a tackle by linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and dove into the end zone for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Later in the first quarter, Vick executed a shovel pass to running back LeSean McCoy who broke a tackle and raced into the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown. It was 21-0 Redskins.

Ahead 28-0, the Eagles struck again on the first play of the second quarter.

Vick threw a high-arching deep pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin running down the right sideline. Maclin made a spectacular leaping grab in front of DeAngelo Hall and landed on his back in the end zone. He managed to stay in bounds for a 48-yard touchdown grab.

It was 35-0 at that point.

Late in the second quarter, Vick used his legs to all but put the game away.

He converted a 3rd-and-9 on a designed run around right end, picking up 21 yards.

One play later, Vick raced around right end again, eluding Alexander and Hall on his way to a 6-yard touchdown run.

That score put the Eagles ahead 42-14.

Yes, the rout was on.

Middle linebacker London Fletcher, who finished with 13 tackles in the game, said he sees a new and improved Vick this season.

"I played against him a lot when I was in St. Louis and he is a much better thrower, much better player than he was then, much better quarterback," he said. "Before, he couldn't make those throws. He couldn't do the things in the pocket that he can do now.

"He could always run, but now nobody else has a weapon like him in the National Football League."

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