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Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks Michael Vick, left, and Kevin

Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks Michael Vick, left, and Kevin Kolb chat during practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Philadelphia. (Oct. 20, 2010) Credit: AP

Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb makes what could be his last start Sunday before Michael Vick returns to the lineup after recovering from a rib injury. Kolb will be under center for the Eagles game in Tennessee.

Coach Andy Reid said Vick would return when healthy, although he said the same thing earlier in the season when Kolb was hurt. Vick wound up keeping the job until he was injured against the Redskins. Kolb has won both starts - over San Francisco and Atlanta - and has a combined 118.8 passer rating in those games.

Kolb insists he's only thinking about this week.

"I have to take it one week at a time, and continue to prepare like the starter,'' he said. ``And that way, I'm ready when my name's called. Whatever [Reid] decides, he decides."

 

Favre seeks another milestone

Brett Favre will break the NFL record for most starts by a quarterback at one stadium. Oddly enough, he'll do it in the uniform of the opposing team.

Favre is set to make his 119th start at Green Bay's Lambeau Field, which would break a tie with Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, who started 118 games at Denver's Mile High Stadium.

But Elway's record as the winningest quarterback at one stadium will almost certainly remain intact. He won 95 games at Mile High; Favre has won 90 at Lambeau Field.

 

Good omen for the Browns?

You wouldn't expect much from the 1-5 Browns when they visit the defending Super Bowl champion Saints on Sunday. Or should you?

This is the third year in a row the Browns have faced the defending champs, and they're 2-0 so far in those matchups. They beat the Giants, 35-14, in 2008, and upset the Steelers, 13-6, in 2009.

A hat trick for Eric Mangini's team? Might be asking a bit too much. Especially now that rookie Colt McCoy is Cleveland's quarterback. Not a fair fight against last year's Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees.

 

Close games abound

Two things about the NFL that make the sport increasingly popular are close games and close division races. There are plenty of both so far this season.

Consider: 51 of 90 games (56.7 percent) have been decided by eight points or fewer. That's the second-highest percentage through Week 6 since the adoption of the two-point conversion in 1994.

Close division races? Only one game separates first from fourth in the AFC South and AFC West (although three teams in that division are 2-4). And only one game separates first from third in the NFC East and NFC South. And only a half game separates first from third in the NFC West.

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