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Michael Vick on the sidelines during the NFL

Michael Vick on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Carindals defeated the Eagles 27-6. (Sept. 23, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Is Vick a fit for Jets?

Michael Vick will be looking for a new team in 2013 after he's released by the Eagles.

The Jets will be looking for a new No. 1 quarterback in 2013 after the benching of Mark Sanchez.

Will the Jets look to Vick as their next starter?

Though it's still too soon to tell -- remember, we don't even know who's going to be calling the personnel shots next year because of general manager Mike Tannenbaum's uncertain situation -- there's still plenty of buzz about the possibility of Vick to the Jets.

And though Vick isn't saying publicly where he'll end up, he is saying he believes he has many more years ahead of him as an NFL starter.

"I'm not a backup. Just being honest, just being candid. I'm a full-fledged starter," Vick told this week. "Whatever happens, wherever I end up, they're going to get 110 percent. You're going to get the same thing out of me that you got the last two, three years and that's 110-percent effort and a guy that's confident in his abilities to play and win. I want to start."

Vick would certainly be an upgrade to Sanchez, who has committed an NFL-high 50 turnovers over the last two seasons combined. But Vick still doesn't solve the Jets' problems long-term at the position. And with his history of injuries, the risk-reward ratio simply isn't in the team's favor. Consider: Only once in Vick's career has he started every game, and that was in 2006, the year before he was arrested and jailed for his involvement in an illegal dogfighting operation.

Vick, who turns 33 in June, had his best year with the Eagles in 2010, when he replaced Kevin Kolb as the starter. He had a career-best 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions that year. But his effectiveness diminished from there, and injuries mounted, largely because of his reckless style as a scrambler. Vick suffered a concussion each of the last two seasons, and missed four games this year before being cleared. The Eagles are now going with rookie Nick Foles the rest of the season.

If the Jets are looking for a veteran presence next season, the far safer alternative is 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who will almost certainly be on the market after being replaced by Colin Kaepernick.

Vick? Not worth the risk.


Cam is cooking

It was a difficult first half of the season for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who appeared to run smack into the sophomore jinx after a record-setting rookie season. But Newton has recaptured his form, even if few people have noticed because of the Panthers' 5-9 record.

Check out these numbers: In his last five games, Newton has passed for 10 touchdowns, no interceptions and a 109.8 rating. And he has the longest active streak of pass attempts (152) without an interception. In those five games, he has 293 rushing yards and three rushing TDs.


Peterson on historic run

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has his sights set on Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards (1984), and needs 294 yards in the last two games to break the mark.

If he keeps up his current pace, Peterson will get the record. In his last eight games, Peterson has rushed for an average of 164.1 yards, the most in any eight-game span in NFL history. With 1,812 rushing yards, only three players (Jim Brown, Walter Payton and O.J. Simpson) have rushed for more yards through the first 14 games.

Peterson's monumental comeback from reconstructive knee surgery and his chase of Dickerson's record is one of the most remarkable stories of the season. On a far lesser scale, another running back's return from ACL surgery should be duly noted.

Broncos tailback Knowshon Moreno, a former first-round pick whose career has been fraught with disappointment, can at least take satisfaction from his own comeback. Moreno had knee surgery in October 2011, and after nearly being released in the offseason, he has been a vital part of the Broncos' offense. After Clinton Portis went down with a knee injury last month, Moreno has been up to the challenge in replacing him.

In four games as the starter, Moreno is averaging 121.8 yards from scrimmage, and he'll go for his third straight 100-yard game when Denver faces the Browns on Sunday.


Seahawks-Niners for the division

It wasn't all that long ago that Seahawks-49ers would have been considered one of the least attractive games on the NFL schedule. This week, it's at the top.

In a game that could decide the NFC West, San Francisco (10-3-1) visits Seattle (9-5). If the 49ers win, the division is theirs.

But Seattle gets the slight edge in this one. They're 6-0 at home, where rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has been particularly strong. Wilson has 12 TDs and only one interception to go with a 118.4 rating at home.

Seattle is the first team since the 1950 Giants to score at least 50 points in consecutive games. They've outscored the Cardinals and Bills by a combined 108-17 the last two weeks. No way they run it up against the 49ers, who have one of the NFL's most powerful defenses.

Even so, Wilson remains confident.

"The sky's the limit for this team," Wilson said. "Guys are making tremendous plays out there."


Quick hits

Just fantastic news that Colts coach Chuck Pagano has been cleared to return to work Monday after several weeks of chemotherapy to treat leukemia. And who knows? He might come back to a playoff team. If the Colts beat the Chiefs, they're in as a wild card.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith are both at 19 1/2 sacks, just three behind former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan's NFL record of 22 1/2 (2001).

There have been eight rookie quarterbacks to start and win at least one game in 2012, an NFL record. The previous mark was seven in 2010.




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Niners at Seahawks, 8:20 p.m. Ch. 4

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