The first half of the Eagles-Vikings Tuesday Night Football showdown was exceedingly sloppy in all areas, but that theme was especially evident in the most explosive connection on the field: Michael Vick to DeSean Jackson.
Up to this point in the season, the Vick-Jackson link has been perhaps the best thing the Eagles have had going for them. Jackson has six receiving touchdowns and has averaged over 22 yards per catch this year, a career high, even for the most explosive wide receiver in the NFL. The long-ball heroics just earned dynamic duo starting nods for the NFC in the Pro Bowl.
But Tuesday night? DeSean was targeted nine times -- more than any other Eagles player. But instead of exciting, the results were disastrous in the first half.
Until one meaningless catch in the waning moments of the first half, Jackson had exactly zero yards on zero receptions. Plus, throwing in his direction caused an interception, a dropped would-be interception, and an offensive pass interference penalty.
The Eagles need this win to have a shot at a first round bye in the playoffs. And it should be easy enough, considering how bad the Vikings are on offense without a viable quarterback.
But to do so, the Birds need to get more than a a few yards from the Vick-Jackson connection.