Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Vick ready to face Giants' defensive line
By Kieran Darcy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has had a rough season so far -- and now he faces the Giants' dangerous defensive line Sunday night, in front of a national television audience.
"We know they have a great defense," Vick said Wednesday, on a conference call with New York reporters. "It’s obvious because they won a Super Bowl last year, but I expect my guys to come out and play a fast and physical football game. We know it’s going to be a tough game, but that’s what the NFL is all about."
Both teams are 2-1, tied for first in the NFC East -- but they've gotten there in very different ways. The Giants lost their opener at home to the Cowboys, but then came from behind to beat the Buccaneers and pummeled the Panthers.
The Eagles, on the other hand, won their first two games by a single point each, and then were dominated by the Cardinals last week. Vick has already been sacked nine times, thrown six interceptions and lost three fumbles.
Vick took responsibility for the turnovers on Wednesday. "I’ve addressed it with the guys; it all starts with me being a quarterback," Vick said. "I know I have to clean the turnovers up and I’m going to make a conscientious effort to do so, and just protect the ball. You can’t win games when you don’t win in the turnover differential, we understand that. It’s my responsibility because I’m the quarterback."
The Giants have arguably the most feared pass rush in the NFL, with star defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. Last year, the Giants were tied for third in the NFL, with 48 sacks as a team.
But so far this season, the Giants have just six -- tied for 18th in the league. Pierre-Paul has 1.5, Umenyiora has 1, and Tuck is still looking to get on the board.
Vick knows all three of them will be coming after him on Sunday night, looking to make their mark.
"Hopefully my guys do well up front and take care of their defensive ends and the big guys on the inside of the defensive line," Vick said. "If I have to run, then I’ll run. I’m just going to approach the game with an open mind. I feel good this week going into this game; my body feels good. I just look forward to playing a good one, against a good, tough defense."