In hindsight, it makes sense that Michael Vick went out on a limb and talked about a dynasty for the Philadelphia Eagles.
It's consistent with the 32-year-old quarterback's play in preseason. By holding onto the ball too long, he's put himself in harm's way so much that he's been injured in consecutive weeks. He exited with a rib injury on Monday night at New England, and he hurt his thumb in the Eagles' preseason opener against Pittsburgh.
Even if Vick's rib issue doesn't prove serious, the entire Philadelphia area is already holding its collective breath every time Vick drops back to pass. That's as real as concerns get during the preseason where the most important goal is to stay healthy.
In Dallas it's not the quarterback but the receiving corps that is limping toward Week 1 of the regular season. Wideout Miles Austin (hamstring), whose been injury prone in the past, won't play until at least then. Tight end Jason Witten suffered a lacerated spleen, and Dez Bryant has patellar tendinitis. Depth isn't one of the Cowboys' strengths.
In contrast, things have been ho-hum for New York Giants, who've generated only talk radio topics with complaints about the size of the beds at training camp and Jason Pierre-Paul dumping Prince Amukamara into an ice bath in a hazing ritual. Sure, it's disruptive and to some extent, dangerous. It's also slightly less important than Amukamara's ability to play cornerback or how much the Giants will rely on Eli Manning to bail them out this season. But no one's talking about that.
- Craig Stouffer