When you beat a team 59-21 and your quarterback has a career-defining performance that ranks among the all-time best, it’s easy to understand why people are still raving about it three days later. Fans and media might be talking about Michael Vick’s Monday for three decades, let alone three days. The Eagles, however, are moving on, and for good reason.
“You’ve got to make sure that you focus on the Giants, number one. The other game, obviously, is over,” said head coach Andy Reid.
A lot is at stake as the Eagles again share the national spotlight with a division rival, as the winner on Sunday night will hold sole possession of first place in the NFC East with six games left. Reid may not have to spend too much time getting his message across to Michael Vick, though. The star quarterback knows last week’s success means nothing against New York.
“I had success in Atlanta and I was fairly young, but now, it’s like I’ve been there before,” Vick said. “Success doesn’t come over night. Once you achieve it, you’ve got to continue to work hard to attain it. You just have to understand what’s gotten you to this point and never lose sight of how hard you have to work. The minute you get complacent, that’s when things fall apart.”
Philadelphia can’t afford for that to happen this week, in another huge game. It seems the Eagles have played one enormous game after another since facing the Colts on November 7th. After a momentum building win, Philadelphia began a stretch of four games in 18 days against the Redskins, Giants, Bears and Texans, with three of them in primetime.
“Every week in this league is a challenge and you’ve got to be mentally tough,” Reid said. “These types of stretches, if you’re going to be any good, then you have to work through them. So, we’ll see.”
Vick said that when the team met, Reid immediately reminded them that it was time to move on and focus on the next task at hand.
“Yeah, that was the first thing he said in the team meeting,” Vick said. “But Andy didn’t have to say it, we all know what’s most important. We know that the next game is the most important game. And we’re looking forward to it. We know it’s going to be exciting playing on Sunday night.”