Stats & Info: Nmandi Asomugha
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Michael Vick was the No. 1 overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft.
Michael Vick returns to Atlanta as a starting quarterback for the first time after spending six seasons with the Falcons from 2001-06 (Vick was the No. 1 overall pick by Atlanta in the 2001 NFL Draft).
Vick started 67 regular season and four playoff games with the Atlanta Falcons (0-1) and was selected to three Pro Bowls. It should be noted, when Vick played in Atlanta with the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) in 2009, he was a backup QB but did record a rush and pass TD in the Eagles win.
Our Next Level research tells us that Vick lined up at QB seven times in that 2009 game against Atlanta, passing twice (2-2, 48 yards, TD), rushing four times (three by design, one scramble) and handing off once. The Eagles averaged 8.9 yards per play with Vick under center.
Since signing with Philadelphia in 2009, Vick has been a more effective passer with the Eagles than he was in his six seasons with the Falcons.
The other quarterback in this game is Matt Ryan. Ryan struggled against nickel and dime sets in Week 1 and could see plenty of defensive backs on the field Sunday when he faces an Eagles secondary that includes Pro Bowlers Nmandi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel.
Ryan is 20-2 in his career at the Georgia Dome, but since finishing the 2010 regular season with the NFC’s best record at 13-3, the Falcons have lost two straight games (including last season’s Divisional Playoffs loss to the Green Bay Packers) by a combined score of 78-33. Over that span, the Falcons 23 offensive possessions have resulted in eight punts, seven turnovers, three touchdowns, two field goals, one turnover on downs and the end of the half/game twice.
The Falcons are 1-6 against the Eagles since 2000 with their only win coming in the 2005 season opener in Atlanta. Among teams the Falcons have played at least four times since 2000, their 1-6 record against Philadelphia is their worst against any team.
Since the postseason expanded to 12 teams in 1990, 112 of 175 teams (64.0 percent) that started a season 2-0 have reached the playoffs. Only 22 of the 177 teams (12.4 percent) to start 0-2 have made the postseason.