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Those hoping for a repeat performance from Comeback Player of the Year Michael Vick in 2011 were a tad disappointed.
After playing himself into Kevin Kolb’s starting role in 2010, leading the Eagles to their third straight playoff appearance, Vick would go 3-6 in his first nine games in 2011, throwing as many touchdowns (11) as he did interceptions. Despite averaging a shade under 60 rushing yards a game, Vick had no touchdowns on the ground to show for his scrambles.
Vick would miss three games in mid-season with broken ribs, returning on December 11 against the Dolphins. With the team now 4-8, Vick would lead the Eagles to a strong finish, winning all four games. During the stretch, which included the Jets and Cowboys, both fighting for their playoff lives, Vick threw 1110 yards, or 277.5 per game. That’s considerably up from the 243.6 average he maintained in his first nine games. His TD-to-INT ratio improved, throwing for 7 scores, against 3 picks.
The only downside from a fantasy standpoint is that Vick’s rushing numbers were dramatically reduced during that four game stretch. Either due to lingering rib pain, or a renewed sense of comfort behind a now-sturdy offensive line (the group started slow earlier in the season), Vick only ran 11 times for 54 yards, and one touchdown. That’s 13.5 yards a game. Even the total rushing yards equal less than the AVERAGE Vick had per his first nine games.
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