Running back Fred Jackson combined for 196 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, and linebacker Nick Barnett had two of Buffalo’s four interceptions to secure a 31-24 victory Sunday over a slow-starting, underachieving, far-from-elite opponent.
Facing third-and-3 at the Bills 29, Vick attempted a swing pass to Jason Avant at the left sideline. Cornerback Drayton Florence got his hands on the ball, which tipped off Avant as he was falling backward. Barnett then scooped it up before the ball hit the ground.
Bouncing back from a 23-20 loss at Cincinnati, Buffalo (4-1) has already matched last year’s win total, is off to its best start since 2008, and looking nothing like the team that opened last season losing eight straight en route to a 4-12 finish.
Vick went 26 of 40 for 315 yards passing and two touchdowns, but was undone by a career-worst four interceptions, three of them coming on the Eagles’ first four possessions. He added 90 yards rushing to give him 4,948 for his career, passing Randall Cunningham for most yards by an NFL quarterback.
Vick squandered a scoring chance at the end of the second quarter when, with no timeouts and facing third-and-10 at the Buffalo 26, he held on to the ball too long before throwing it through the back of the end zone just as time ran out.
Then there was how the Eagles second-to-last possession ended with Alex Henery settling for a 35-yard field goal. Vick had marched Philadelphia to Buffalo’s 6-yard-line before penalties on consecutive plays pushed the Eagles back 20 yards.
Facing fourth-and-inches at midfield with 1:23 left, Fitzpatrick was successful in getting Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker to jump offside. That gave Buffalo a new set of downs and a chance to run out the clock after Philadelphia had used up its timeouts.
Jackson celebrated just before entering the tunnel with his son Braeden at his side. With the crowd chanting “Freddy! Freddy! Freddy!” Jackson ripped off his gloves and threw them into the stands and took a moment to soak it all in before heading to the locker room.
Notes: It’s the second time this season the Bills have had four interceptions, matching the number they had against Tom Brady in a come-from-behind 34-31 victory two weeks ago. … Buffalo now has 12 interceptions – one more than it had all of last year – and its five takeaways was the most since having six in a 16-13 overtime win over the New York Jets on Oct. 18, 2009. … LeSean McCoy scored on a 10-yard run, while DeSean Jackson scored on a 31-yard catch and Jeremy Maclin added a 10-yard TD catch. … Vick has seven interceptions on the season.
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