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Vikings vs Eagles: Should Philadelphia Play Back-Ups?

This last Sunday, the Giants had a meeting with the Green Bay Packers. The Giants needed this win to keep any hopes alive of staying in the Playoffs. The Packers obviously wanted to win the game more than the Giants, as the game ended in a blowout.

With the Giants loss, that puts the Eagles as division winners and they have guaranteed their spot in the Playoffs. No matter what happens in Philadelphia’s last two games, they are locked into the postseason.

This means that Andy Reid and the Eagles may make the choice to play backups and allow there starters time to rest for the postseason. It would be beneficial for the entire Eagles team if Reid made the choice to keep the starters on the bench, as they would get close to three weeks of rest before there first Playoff game.

Especially for Michael Vick, who has already missed time with an injury this season. If Vick is able to take another three weeks off before the Eagles first playoff game, than he should come back more rejuvenated than ever. Also decreasing Vick’s chance of re-injury.

But of course, with the benching the starters, Reid runs the potential risk of having the offense lose its chemistry and spark. The Eagles offense has been nothing but explosive, and it would be bad if they lost that on a break. It’s a higher chance of an injury than it is losing that offensive spark, but it goes both ways.

My guess, Reid allows Vick to start part of the game, but then allows Kevin Kolb to step in and take over at halftime.

Michael Vick

Michael Vick

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