Michael Vick is turning heads lately, thanks to his (usually) outstanding play. He’s also still a polarizing figure, thanks to his dogfighting conviction and the prison sentence that followed.
Forbes.com reported Monday that Vick is the NFL's most disliked player, according to a poll by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research. The website reports that 60 percent of those polled said they “dislike,” “dislike somewhat” or “dislike a lot” the Philadelphia quarterback.
Joining Vick on the list is Jay Cutler (No. 5, 38 percent). Apparently, some people are still upset that the Bears quarterback sat out the second half of last season’s NFC championship game with an injury.
Regardless of how fans feel about Vick or Cutler, all that was secondary during Monday’s showdown in Philly—the fifth straight year the Bears and Eagles have met in the regular season. Here’s what Bears fans liked and disliked, game-wise.
Like: The Bears offense looked ultra smooth on its opening drive, marching 79 yards on 12 plays and ending it with a Matt Spaeth TD catch. Cutler was never touched, mostly because a heavy dose of Matt Forte punched right through the Eagles D.
Dislike: We’re nitpicking here, honestly. If we have to pick out something negative, we suppose the Bears could have done without the penalty that turned a third-and-2 play into third-and-7.
Score: Bears 7, Philadelphia 0
Like: Just when it looked like Philly had the Bears defense figured out, Major Wright picked off Vick. A few plays later, Robbie Gould nailed a 51-yard field goal. And to cap the half, the Bears capitalized on an Eagles fumbled punt with a Marion Barber TD run.
Dislike: The Bears picked a bad time to get a case of the dropsies. With two minutes left, Devin Hester let a long pass slip through his hands. Then Dane Sanzenbacher muffed one. Finally, Forte of all people fumbled after a reception, and Philly returned it for a TD. Yuck.
Score: Bears 17, Philadelphia 10
Like: Not much went right until the end of the quarter, when Cutler engineered a drive that ended in another Gould field goal. The defense was on the field a lot—would it have anything left for the fourth?
Dislike: The Bears defense let the Eagles convert third down after third down to open the quarter, resulting in a tie at 17. Then the big play hurt them as LeSean McCoy broke off a 33-yard touchdown run to put Philly ahead.
Score: Philadelphia 24, Bears 20
Like: Cutler went deep into his bag of tricks on one TD drive. Whether it was falling down to escape a sack and turning it into a completion, finding Hester with a lateral or hitting Earl Bennett in the corner of the end zone, the Bears QB was money.
Dislike: Hester hobbled off the field midway through the quarter and did not return. Hopefully six days gives him enough time to recover. The Bears also were fooled badly on a fake punt, but the pass was incomplete.
Final score: Bears 30, Philadelphia 24