The downward spiral continues for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Quarterback Michael Vick was sacked seven times and had an interception returned 99 yards for a touchdown as the Eagles lost their fourth straight game, 28-13, to the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.
The Eagles struggled to protect Vick against what had been one of the more ineffective pass rushing units in the league entering the game. Heading into Monday night’s game, the Saints had only managed 13 sacks for the season. New Orleans got six on Monday night alone. Cameron Jordan had three sacks, Will Smith added a pair and Martez Wilson and Broderick Bunkley each got to Vick once as well.
Meanwhile, quarterback Drew Brees was 21 of 27 for 239 yards and two touchdowns as the Saints continue to try and turn their season around. New Orleans has won three of their last four games after an 0-4 start to the season.
Vick was just 22 of 41 for 272 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Philadelphia had a chance to take the lead early. A 40-yard run by running back Bryce Brown moved the Eagles into the red zone with a chance to take the lead late in the first quarter. But two plays later, the turnover bug ailing Vick struck again. A pass to tight end Brent Celek was deflected into the air and intercepted by Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson, who returned it 99 yards to give the Saints a 7-0 lead.
Alex Henery got the Eagles on the board with a 22-yard field goal early in the second quarter when a drive stalled at the Saints 4-yard line.
Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham forced a key turnover when he stripped Brees on a sack early in the third quarter with the Saints threatening again inside the Philadelphia 10-yard line. Graham ducked past Saints right tackle Zach Streif, stripped Brees and recovered the fumble to keep the Saints from blowing the game wide open.
Vick then connected with a wide open DeSean Jackson for a 77-yard touchdown just two plays later. Saints kick returner Travaris Cadet was striped by Chris Polk on the ensuing kickoff and the Eagles recovered to set up another scoring opportunity. A Will Smith sack of Vick pushed the Eagles backward. Philadelphia had to settle for a 37-yard Henery field goal to pull with eight at 21-13.
Brees and the Saints calmly answered. Brees led New Orleans on a 10-play, 70-yard scoring drive culminating in a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham to extend the Saints lead to 28-13.
Philadelphia nearly answered right back when Brandon Boykin fielded the ensuing kickoff and threw a cross-field lateral to Riley Cooper that was returned for a 94-yard touchdown. However, Boykin’s lateral was deemed to be a forward pass nullifying the score.
Both teams saw their right tackles leave the game due to injury. Eagles tackle Todd Herremans landed awkwardly on his right foot last in the first quarter and left the game. He was taken to the locker room for X-rays and did not return. Saints tackle Zach Streif suffered a groin injury in the fourth quarter and also did not return.