Commentary

How to shut down Michael Vick

Forcing the Eagles QB to his right and to throw underneath is plan for success

Updated: November 30, 2010, 12:36 PM ET
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
Michael VickDennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireThe Chicago Bears did a great job of slowing down Michael Vick on Sunday.

After his 412-yard, six-touchdown performance against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football, Michael Vick looked like he was ready to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl. A week later against the Giants, Vick looked much more ordinary, and on Sunday the Chicago Bears showed that Vick was not unbeatable after all, defeating the Eagles 31-26 and rearranging the NFC playoff picture. Both teams used similar tactics to contain Vick, but the Bears used one key strategy to defeat him.


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