OPENING HIT: Of course it's not time to panic in Philadelphia. Right. Right?
Panic? No way. Concern over Mike Vick's three interceptions? Definitely. Here's why.
It's the first game and the Eagles have been together for a handful of practices but around the league there was always the thought that this year teams would figure out Vick. To some degree, that's what happened to Vick pre-dog fighting days. Vick remains one of the greatest offensive weapons in the history of the sport but his firepower was limited because of a) his lack of preparation and laziness in terms of study b) teams put faster spies on Vick to shadow him and c) he didn't improve his accuracy.
Last season, Vick studied hard, Andy Reid made Vick hard to decipher, Vick was still extremely athletic and Vick was as accurate as he's ever been. It was the perfect storm of Vickness.
The thought in football was that it would be extremely difficult for that storm to be repeated this year.
Now, the Steelers are great. They're a Super Bowl team. They do that to quarterbacks all the time but Vick looked, well, decoded. What some coaches have been saying since the end of last season -- that teams would slow Vick this year -- looked realistic.
So, no, it's not time to panic.
Kenny Britt: Likely no decision on his punishment on Friday or over the weekend but it's probable there will be some form of discipline. Which opens up another Pandora's box -- that term has been used a lot lately with the NFL -- in terms of punishing a player while he was locked out.
Packers: I wanted to end with this quote from a GM: "The Packers have the best chance to repeat of any defending champion in recent memory." Totally agree. The team won a Super Bowl with a banged up roster. Imagine what this team can do with a healthy one?