Thumbs Up

To Eagles quarterback Michael Vick for his candid acknowledgment that he pretty much cost the Eagles the game Tuesday night with his two fumbles. After 11 years of rarely ever hearing a sincere "I blew it" from Donovan McNabb, it was kind of refreshing to hear Vick admit he screwed up. "I've got to do a better job of protecting the football," he said after the game. "Regardless of whether or not we pick the blitz up, it's still my responsibility to push up in the pocket, two hands on the ball. Drills that we do every day and I didn't do it. We see the effects and what happened and how that was a huge momentum swing for the Minnesota Vikings. You got to be disciplined in this game. You got to be disciplined for four quarters and you got to be conscious of what is going on around you. I failed to do that and it cost us."

Thumbs Down

I could give it to that bow-tie-wearing moron from Fox News, Tucker Carlson, for his ridiculous Michael Vick-should've-been-executed comment. But that's like shooting fish in a barrel. Instead, my thumbs down of the week goes to Eagles head coach Andy Reid and GM Howie Roseman for their curious decision last February not to re-sign defensive end Jason Babin. Why now? Well, in case you haven't noticed, Babin, who ended up signing a modest deal with the Titans, is third in the league in quarterback sacks with 12 1/2 and was voted to the Pro Bowl earlier this week. Also, in case you didn't notice, the Eagles are in desperate need of a pass-rushing defensive end. With Brandon Graham on IR, they've got Juqua Parker at left end and not much else. Signed Derrick Burgess, gave him a one-play, look-see Tuesday night and said hasta la vista, baby. Replaced him yesterday with another out-of-work, hasn't-played-a-down-this-season veteran, Bobby McCray.

- Paul Domowitch