The Philadelphia marathon is this Sunday, but the real long distance run people care about in the City of Brotherly Love is the Eagles journey to the Super Bowl.
Michael Vick: the man that made their dreams become a reality.
The Eagles started out a mediocre 2-2. They obviously weren't favorites for anything except ending the season in disappointment.
After posting the best quarterback rating of his career through the first four games, Vick was ironically injured in a game against ex-Eagle Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins.
With Kolb back under center, the Eagles went 2-1, but after fourth quarter collapse at Tennessee, Kolb became public enemy number one in Philadelphia.
The bye week couldn't have come at a better time. Michael Vick returned from his rib injury and DeSean Jackson was able to suit up after a severe concussion.
The next two games is where the Super Bowl hype has been created.
The Eagles defeated Peyton Manning Colts in a game where the Eagles jumped out to an early 13-0 lead.
In week 10 against their bitter rival, the Redskins, the Eagles got more than enough revenge embarrassing them in a 59-28 slaughter. Vick threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns along with rushing for 80 yards and two more scores. His performance was the greatest individual performance of the year.
The Giants game Sunday night can cement the Eagles as Super Bowl favorites or send them back down to Earth.
Now, if the Eagles are on their game, is their really any defense in the NFL that can slow down that explosive offense?
Michael Vick isn't the same player he was in Atlanta. He's a legit threat as a pocket passer.
He hasn't thrown one interception this year after throwing a total of 38 in his final three years wearing a Falcons uniform.
He leads the NFL with a whopping 115.1 passer rating. No other quarterback is within 10 points of him.
The days of where you can use your defensive ends to contain him are over, and now that they're over, that takes this Eagles offense to a level no one has seen before.
When defenses focus on stopping the scramble, it opens up the passing game.
All-World athletes DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin don't need much time to get open with their game breaking speed and agility. One play is all they need to take it to the house. If defenses just let Vick stand in the pocket: it's over.
When defenses focus on stopping the pass, it opens up the running game.
The lightning-quick LeSean McCoy is on pace for 1000 yards rushing this season this season. Former Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Harrison was acquired weeks ago, but got his first real action against the Redskins last week. He ran for 109 yards on just 11 carries including a 50 touchdown run.
Tell me to name a defense that can shut down thatquintet of blazers and I'll give you the Steelers of the 70's, the 85' Bears, and the 2000 Ravens.
The Giants did look like they had a defense that could slow down any opposition, but after surrendering 33 points to the previously 1-7 Cowboys, that faith has erased.
When it all comes down to it, there could be a new Super Bowl favorite after every week of this crazy NFL season, but if this Eagles team continues to play to their full potential, they'll maintain that label all the way to February.
Vick is the most dangerous scrambling quarterback in NFL history. Now that defenses are just as afraid of his arm as his legs, the Eagles won't run, but soar to their first Super Bowl victory.