"Till the Wheels Fall Off"

Yet as much as the skill players present a tank rolling through opposing forces without care, averaging more than 33 points per game since the bye, it’s the rusty, broken treads and Swiss cheese armor plating that may eventually bring the run to a halt. In other words, while the 60-yard passes from Vick to DeSean are flashy and amazing, they cover up huge deficiencies in the offensive line and defense. Clearly the Eagles have shown that they can win in a shootout. But they have little choice.

The defense was already struggling, especially in the absence of interception machine Asante Samuel. And now, with the additional losses of Stewart Bradley and Brandon Graham for the rest of the regular season, the holes are widening into massive fissures that can’t be covered up.

The same thing on the offensive line, where protection wasn’t exactly perfect even with Winston Justice playing. Having King Dunlap start at right tackle in his absence only solidifies the sense that Vick is risking his life with every pass attempt…