QB Michael Vick - New York Jets
|6-1, 215||Born: 6-26-1980||College: Virginia Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 1|
Week 12: at Buffalo Bills
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Last time these teams met, Geno Smith imploded in the early going (2/8 for five yards passing, three interceptions, and zero TDs) and was benched - it turned out to be a permanent benching - for Michael Vick (18/36 for 153 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -21 yards). Neither quarterback had much luck against the Buffalo secondary back in Week 8. Since then, however, Vick has knocked the rust off his passing arm and also knocked off the heavily favored Steelers with 10/18 for 132 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -7 yards vs. Pittsburgh during Week 10. He added 8/39/0 rushing to the team effort, while funneling the football to Jace Amaro (five targets for 2/6/1 receiving), Percy Harvin (five for 3/23/0) and Eric Decker (four for 3/24/0) most often - T.J. Graham caught the other TD from Vick two weeks ago (one target for 1/67/1 receiving). Though he's not throwing the football like Andrew Luck, Vick has been effective when he puts the football up of late. The Bills' pass D is ranked first in the NFL with 39 sacks generated to date (almost four sacks per game on average), which helps keep their average net passing yards low (222.6, seventh-best in that category in the league). The Bills have allowed 14 TD passes, but they have 12 interceptions generated (tied for sixth in the NFL). Meanwhile, the Jets have allowed 29 sacks to date (25th-ranked in the NFL in this category) while Vick has thrown just one interception (against Buffalo the last time he saw them). Last week, Buffalo sacked Ryan Tannehill five times for -35 yards on the way to 26/34 for 205 net yards passing allowed, with two passing TDs given up. This is a tough matchup for Vick, Harvin, Amaro and Decker.
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Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 9 vs KC (21 / 28 / 196 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 18 / 0 rush)
Michael Vick started for the first this season and played well, providing New York's offense with veteran leadership and creative playmaking. Of note, Percy Harvin and Eric Decker received 23 of Vick's 28 attempts which demonstrated Vick's strong desire to gets its top two playmakers in the mix. New York's Vick-led offense outgained Kansas City, 364 yards to 309 yards, but fell into an early 14-0 hole that proved to be insurmountable. After committing six total turnovers last week, New York's offense did not commit any turnovers this week, but only converted 4-of-12 third down opportunities. New York's only two scoring drives occurred late in the second quarter. On a 3rd-and-Goal play from Kansas City's three-yard line, Vick threw a quick to Eric Decker for an easy touchdown. Kansas City blew the coverage and Decker went into the end zone untouched. Vick suffered a minor head injury in the fourth quarter and missed one series. Matt Simms, who was the No. 2 quarterback because Geno Smith was declared inactive before the game, played one series before Vick returned. While Vick did not lead his team to a win, New York was competitive for all four quarters and New York's offensive personnel responded to Vick. It's clear that Vick should have started a few games ago instead of the erratic Geno Smith.
2014 Week 10 vs PIT (10 / 18 / 132 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 39 / 0 rush)
For the second straight week, Michael Vick played turnover-free football. Vick sparked a lifeless Metlife Stadium with a 67-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver TJ Graham on a play-action fake during the first quarter. Graham ran a deep post route, boxing out William Gay for inside position. Vick dropped the pass in over Graham's back shoulder and he waltzed into the end zone untouched. Surprisingly enough, this was New York's 50+ yard completion since 2010. Vick finished the first quarter by leading his third scoring drive, which culminated with a quick dart throw to Jace Amaro on an option route for a 5-yard score. The throw was a little high, but Amaro bailed Vick out by displaying impressive poise and body control to ensure both feet were in bounds. New York led 17-0 after the first quarter. New York's defense frustrated Pittsburgh's offense for the majority of the game, so Vick wasn't asked to make many big plays. Vick did a good job of managing the offense and scrambled when he needed to pick up a few additional yards. Vick helped his own cause with 39 rushing yards via scrambles which pushed Vick's career total over 6,000 yards. Vick's strong play affirmed that he should have started after New York's loss to San Diego.
Latest NewsJets | Michael Vick mum on future (Tue Nov 11, 04:59 PM) - New York Jets QB Michael Vick said his future as a New York Jet isn't in his hands. Vick said he likes New York, but whether he stays there won't be his decision to make. Our View: The Jets beat the Steelers in Week 10, but they are a mess as an organization. We're expecting them to add another quarterback through the NFL draft.
link to story Jets | Michael Vick voices opinion on starting (Mon Nov 10, 02:49 PM) - New York Jets QB Michael Vick believes he should have been starting sooner than Week 9, subtly stating the Jets would be in a better position had that been the case. Our View: LOL, so much for being a veteran backup. Vick walked the company line when he was the second-string guy behind Geno Smith. Now, he's touting his own ability--and with good reason. The Jets offense has more life with Vick under center.
link to story Jets | Michael Vick probable (Fri Nov 7, 03:26 PM) - New York Jets QB Michael Vick (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 7, and is probable for the team's Week 10 game. link to story Jets | Michael Vick a full participant (Thu Nov 6, 04:21 PM) - New York Jets QB Michael Vick (foot) participated fully in practice Thursday, Nov. 6. Our View: Well Jets fans might want to see Matt Simms, but Vick probably gives them the best chance to win. Vick isn't going to help your fantasy team though.
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