Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has surged to No. 3 on Mike Sando's prestigious MVP Watch on ESPN.com. Vick had been on the list earlier in the season, but he dropped off following his rib cartilage injury against the Washington Redskins. Sando doesn't think Vick's relatively low number of snaps this season due to injury will hurt his candidacy in the end:
"Every other player in the league with more than two TD passes has also thrown an interception," writes Sando. "Every other player with more than six TD passes has at least three picks. Vick has 11 TD passes, no interceptions and the highest passer rating in the league.
"Have you seen Vick throw the football? I'm not sure NASA could engineer a device capable of producing tighter spirals on intermediate and deep passes. Have you seen Vick run the football? Vick has 40 fewer rushing yards than Marshawn Lynch. He has run for more first downs than Ricky Williams, Shonn Greene or LeGarrette Blount. He has five runs of at least 20 yards, same as Adrian Peterson and more than Jackson, Jones-Drew or Peyton Hillis."
If Vick leads the Eagles to win over the Giants on Sunday, look for him to challenge Tom Brady for the top spot in Sando's MVP Watch. I would've already moved him past Philip Rivers simply based on the Eagles' 6-3 record. Even Giants coach Tom Coughlin admitted Wednesday that he put his pencil down during Monday's game and became "a fan" as he watched Vick's remarkable performance.