Michael Vick opened the quarterback competition by landing a haymaker.
The veteran got the start against the Patriots Friday night and seized the moment, throwing a perfect ball to DeSean Jackson down the right sideline for a 47-yard score on the Eagles’ first offensive possession. Chip Kelly said that Vick and Nick Foles would alternate series but Vick went back in the next time the offense took the field. The drive stalled on the Philadelphia 45.
Foles got his first shot with 2:16 remaining in the opening quarter, and it was short-lived. The offensive line broke down on him on second down (Todd Herremans and Allen Barbre appeared to be responsible) and he was hit from behind by Chandler Jones, who jarred the ball loose to force the turnover.
Things smoothed out on the next possession. Foles engineered a 10-play, 66-yard drive that ended with an 8-yard TD run up the middle by Bryce Brown. Foles was 4-for-5 for 43 yards during that stretch, and even ran for a 10-yard gain.
Each QB got two series. Vick was in for nine snaps, and Foles 12.
Vick’s first pass of the game was a 22-yard strike to Jason Avant for 22 yards…Vick found Riley Cooper along the right side for a 19-yard gain…Foles picked up his yardage in shorter chunks. He found Avant for gains of 12 and eight yards, and hit Brown in stride for an 11-yard pick-up.