Vick accounts for 4 TDs as Eagles rout Jags 28-3

Maybe the Jacksonville Jaguars should have watched more video of

Michael Vick. Or at the very least paid closer attention to the

clips they did see.

Either way, they clearly missed something last week.

”Vick did a better job throwing than we expected,” defensive

tackle Terrance Knighton said.

Really? Vick only had 459 yards passing and three touchdowns in

six quarters this season. He was even better against the

Jaguars.

Vick made Andy Reid’s quarterback decision look like the right

one, throwing three TD passes and running for another score to lead

the Philadelphia Eagles to a 28-3 victory over the Jaguars on

Sunday.

”He played his heart out today, so it’s more about him than me

or anybody else,” Reid said. ”It’s a tribute to what he’s done

and how he’s handled things.”

Vick completed 17 of 31 passes for 291 yards, mostly staying in

the pocket and overwhelming Jacksonville’s beleaguered secondary.

One of the few times he did run, he broke a tackle, juked another

defender and scored from 17 yards.

Vick found DeSean Jackson for a 61-yard touchdown and hooked up

with Jeremy Maclin for two scores. Jackson finished with five

catches for 153 yards, Maclin had four receptions for 83 yards, and

the Eagles (2-1) improved to 2-0 with Vick as their starter.

”I understand the circumstances and the reason for all the

talk,” Vick said. ”It is a sigh of relief to move on and not talk

about it anymore.”

Vick became the latest in a growing list of quarterbacks to

handle the Jaguars (1-2). Denver’s Kyle Orton and San Diego’s

Philip Rivers hurt them repeatedly for big gains the past two

weeks.

Jacksonville had hoped to bounce back from a lopsided loss

against the Chargers. Instead, they have consecutive 25-point

losses for the first time in franchise history.

Fans headed to the exits early in the fourth quarter, having

seen enough of David Garrard.

Benched last week after throwing four interceptions, Garrard was

even worse against Philadelphia. Yes, worse. Although Garrard threw

just one interception, he tossed up at least four more balls that

could have been picked.

”He was ineffective today,” coach Jack Del Rio said.

Garrard finished 13 of 30 for 105 yards and was sacked six

times. Trent Cole and his defensive teammates handled Jaguars

offensive tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton early and often,

getting the kind of steady pressure that gives Garrard trouble.

”We could never get a rhythm going, we could never get anything

going really in the pass game,” Garrard said.

Garrard finished with a passer rating of 38.9, even lower than

last week’s 62.7 mark.

”We have to figure out something ASAP,” said Maurice

Jones-Drew, who ran for 88 yards. ”We’re not doing anything

right.”

Vick is doing everything right these days.

Reid had insisted Kevin Kolb would start when he returned from a

concussion. But Vick’s play prompted Reid to call a reverse last

week and stick with Vick, saying the left-hander gives Philadelphia

a better chance to win.

He sure did against Jacksonville.

”We gave Vick so much time and he torched us,” Knighton

said.

Vick now gets to spend a week hearing about Washington

quarterback Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia’s longtime starter whose

offseason departure helped pave the way for Vick’s return to No. 1

on the depth chart.

”I’m not getting involved in that,” Vick said. ”I’m not

getting involved in Donovan McNabb-Mike Vick controversy.”