Eagles Vs. Steelers, Week 5: Pittsburgh defense forces Michael Vick fumbles

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The Steelers defeated the Eagles, 16-14, Sunday. The key to the game was two fumbles by Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick that was forced by the Steelers' defense.

A 34-yard game-winning field goal by kicker Shaun Suisham may have propelled the Pittsburgh Steelers past the Philadelphia Eagles, 16-14, Sunday. But it was two fumbles by Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick that has both fan bases talking after the Pennsylvania showdown.

According to the SB Nation blog Bleeding Green Nation, after the game Vick had no explanation for the fumbles and he really didn't need any.

The scary thing is that he's right. He didn't make any bad decisions throwing the ball. His fumbles weren't the result of him holding onto the ball too long or being careless. He wasn't running down the field with the ball in one hand like he's about to throw like he sometimes does. No, on both fumbles he anticipated contact and secured the ball.

Overall, Vick fumbled the ball four times and lost two in the loss. The most important came in the first quarter when Vick fumbled the ball while diving for a touchdown near the goal line. The ball was recovered by Pittsburgh and squandered any chance of Philadelphia earning any points.

A lot of Vick's problems came from the pressure by the Pittsburgh defense, says the blog Behind the Steel Curtain.

Causing a slew of pressure, largely credited to Lawrence Timmons, the Steelers harassed Eagles quarterback Michael Vick through four quarters. The Steelers had three sacks - Steve McLendon, Ziggy Hood and Jason Worilds - but the pressure stifled many Eagles drives, and made Vick's final numbers look much better than his overall performance.

In Week 6, the Steelers play the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, while the Eagles play the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

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