Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Saints beat up Vick, force Eagles mistakes

Michael Vick was battered by the New Orleans Saints defense in a 28-13 loss. Vick was sacked, under duress or hit while throwing on 18 of his 53 dropbacks (34.0 percent).

Entering Monday, he was under such pressure on 32.5 percent of his dropbacks, the highest rate in the NFL. When under duress Monday he was 3-8 for 34 yards (4.3 yards per attempt) with an interception. Coming into the game, the Saints had allowed the second-most yards per attempt (7.1) when putting quarterbacks under duress.

Vick was sacked seven times – tying a career high set in 2006.

That wasn’t the only thing that went wrong for the Eagles who have now lost four straight.

Trending the Wrong Way
Philly has struggled in the first quarter this season, scoring a total of seven points in the opening quarter through eight games. The only team to score fewer is the Kansas City Chiefs with six points.

Twice on Monday the Eagles turned the ball over in the red zone. The first came on a Vick interception off the hand of his tight end Brent Celek. Vick’s 14 turnovers this season are third-most in the NFL behind only Matt Cassel (18) and Tony Romo (15).

The other turnover came in the fourth quarter when Celek fumbled. On the season Philadelphia has turned it over six times in the red zone – most in the NFL.

Saints Building Momentum
Drew Brees completed 10 of 12 (83.3 percent) passes using play action Monday including two touchdowns. This continues a strong trend for Brees since the Saints bye week (Week 6) in which he has thrown four touchdowns off of play fakes, the most in the NFL during that stretch.

After starting the season 0-4, New Orleans has now won three of four. The Saints also extended several streaks:

• Eight straight wins on Monday Night Football
• 12 straight wins in the month of November
• Drew Brees has thrown a touchdown in 51 straight games to extend his NFL record

Emma Watson Valeria Golino

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