Saturday, December 7, 2013
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Give Michael Vick a slight edge over Nick Foles in the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback competition.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks the sidelines during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
While Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to a pair of 80-yard TD drives in his only two series in a 31-22 win over Philadelphia on Friday, Vick did his best to secure a starting job.
"I'm just trying to bring my 'A' game," Vick said after throwing a 47-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson. "I'm trying to make a statement every day, and treating every snap like it's my last."
The new-look Eagles kicked off the Chip Kelly era the same way they ended Andy Reid's long tenure — with another loss. Kelly's biggest decision will be picking a starting quarterback.
Vick and Foles each led the Eagles to a touchdown in two series apiece, and Kelly wouldn't let on if he's leaning toward one guy.
"I thought they both did a good job," he said, adding that he might not pick a starter until after the fourth preseason game.
"Both got us in the end zone. I was pleased. They played pretty well. Both rose to the occasion. I was excited with the way they played."
Vick's TD drive came against New England's starters and he looked sharp, completing 4 of 5 passes for 94 yards. Foles lost a fumble on his second play and then went 5 of 6 for 43 yards. Kelly already said Foles will start next Thursday night against Carolina.
"Always a good feeling when adversity happens in a game and we come back from it," Foles said.
Meanwhile, the Patriots have no QB controversies. Tim Tebow made his New England debut after backup Ryan Mallett left with a head injury late in the second quarter. Tebow was 4 of 12 for 55 yards and ran for 31 on four carries.
As for Brady, the two-time NFL and Super Bowl MVP finished 7 of 8 for 65 yards and one TD.
"Just to be out there, for all of us, to go out there and play the game we love, it was a lot of fun," Tebow said. "I think I have room for improvement, that's what these games are for. Next week, let's do a little better."
LeGarrette Blount had a nifty, 51-yard TD run, reversing direction twice on the play. The former 1,000-yard rusher with Tampa Bay had 101 yards rushing on 11 carries in his first game for New England.
Stevan Ridley had 92 yards rushing for the Patriots, including a 62-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. He finished that drive with a 1-yard TD run.
Fans eager to see Kelly's up-tempo offense have to wait until the Eagles play meaningful games next month.
Kelly kept it vanilla for the most part. The Eagles showed some of Kelly's fast-paced style, but they're clearly saving everything else for the regular season.
"We didn't do a third of what we normally would do," Vick said.
Brady had handoffs on six straight runs on the game's first series. Brady then worked on his passing before calling it a night.
After Fletcher Cox pressured him into an incompletion, Brady completed seven in a row, including a 13-yard TD toss to Shane Vereen for a 14-7 lead.
Vick's first two passes were perfect. He connected with Jason Avant on a 22-yard pass over the middle to convert a third-and-6. Vick then hit Jackson in stride down the right side over cornerback Aqib Talib to make it 7-7.
Foles actually outdid Vick in the scrambling department. He ran 10 yards for a first down before Bryce Brown's 8-yard TD run up the middle tied it at 14-14.
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