Eagles must bounce back but Vick needs rest

So what do the Philadelphia Eagles do now?

A little more than a week after a dramatic comeback helped propel them to an NFC East Division title, they’ve fallen on their face. There is no other way to describe the terrible 24-14 loss the team experienced Tuesday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The Minnesota Vikings, a team with absolutely nothing to play for, came in and took the game to them.

"It was an absolutely pathetic job on my part of getting my team ready to play,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “We didn't coach well, and we didn't play well."

The question is what to do with quarterback Michael Vick? The Eagles could really use some momentum from a solid performance this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys in regular-season finale. They’re assured of hosting a wild-card round playoff game as the No. 3 seed, but they want to bounce back before then.

Vick suffered a quad contusion on the first play of the game and stumbled through a performance with two fumbles and one interception.

“I always want to play, but, ultimately, it's Andy's decision," Vick said. "He'll make the best decision possible, and I'll go with whatever he asks me to do.

"My leg wasn't 100 percent, but I still felt strong. I still felt like I could get the job done.”

The Eagles need a healthy Vick for the playoffs but they also don’t want to roll into the postseason coming off another lousy effort.

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