Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Mike Sando's MVP Watch
By Mike Sando
To review, Tom Brady could pretty much coast toward MVP honors unless, perhaps, he suddenly started playing the worst football of his life.
But what if Michael Vick closed the regular season with a couple more seeing-is-believing performances along the lines of his multidimensional masterpiece Sunday?
It could happen.
Vick passed for 242 yards with three touchdowns during the Philadelphia Eagles' 38-31 victory over the New York Giants. He rushed 10 times for 130 yards and another score. And his team won in memorable fashion, scoring 28 points over the final 7:28.
For Vick, it was the third time in 11 starts this season he has finished a game with at least three TD passes. It was the fourth time he has accounted for at least four total TDs in a game. And it was the latest example of the contributions only Vick can make.
According to Pro Football Reference, Vick joined Brady this season on a short list of NFL players with at least 20 scoring passes and five or fewer picks in a season, sustainable only if neither player tosses an interception over the final two weeks.
That is a remarkable stat on its own, but Vick’s eight rushing TDs separate him from every other player on the list. Of the group, only Milt Plum, who finished the 1960 season with 21 TDs and five INTs over 12 games, scored more than one rushing TD. He had two.
Vick closes the regular season with home games against Minnesota and Dallas. He has 16 TD passes with four INTs on the road this season, but only four scoring passes with one pick at home. Those numbers should even out now that the Eagles are returning home after playing four of their previous six on the road.
Two more games like the one Vick put together Sunday would leave him with 26 TD passes, seven INTs, 10 rushing scores, a 10-3 starting record and a legitimate shot at winning MVP honors.