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Are Jets legit playoff contenders?

Each week, we get a different set of New York Jets. One game, they're beating the New England Patriots. The next, they're losing by 40 to the Cincinnati Bengals. Then, Sunday, they win 26-20 over the New Orleans Saints -- whose only previous loss all season came against those same New England Patriots. Add it all up, and Rex Ryan's team is 5-4, alternating victories and defeats in each of the first nine weeks. Which means ... we don't know. Are the men in green for real? And what to make of New Orleans (now 6-2)?

  • Are the Jets (5-4) legitimate playoff contenders?

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  • What grade would you give Rex Ryan's coaching job in 2013?

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  • Will Rex Ryan coach the Jets in 2014?

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  • How many games will the Jets (5-4) win this season?

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  • What grade would you give Geno Smith's rookie season?

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  • Are the Saints (6-2) legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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NFL Week 9 -- Saints at Jets

The New Orleans Saints have been remarkably steady this season, winning six of their seven games thanks to a strong pass offense and solid D. The New York Jets? Let's just call them erratic. Rex Ryan's crew is 4-4, so it's doing something right, but followed a win over the New England Patriots with a lopsided 49-9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. New York has alternated wins and losses all season. Will the trend continue?

Which team will win Sunday's game at New York?

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  • Assuming they make the playoffs, how far will the Saints go this season?

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  • The Saints are fifth in the latest ESPN Power Rankings. What do you make of that?

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  • If Jimmy Graham (partially torn plantar fascia) is severely limited the rest of the year, are the Saints still Super Bowl contenders?

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  • The Jets pulled Geno Smith during Sunday's 49-9 loss to Cincinnati. Should they bench him next week?

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  • How many games will the Jets (4-4) win this season?

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  • Will Rex Ryan coach the Jets in 2014?

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NFL Week 8 -- Jets at Bengals

Bet you didn't peg this one as a matchup to watch when scanning the schedule before the season. Such is the unpredictable nature of the NFL -- that the supposedly worst-in-the-league New York Jets (4-3) currently sit in a tie for the AFC's final playoff spot. Is New York a legit contender? Has Rex Ryan saved his job? And what to make of the Cincinnati Bengals (5-2), aka the Cardiac Cats?

  • Which team will win at Cincinnati?

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  • Which best reflects your view of the Bengals' standing in the AFC North?

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  • Will the Bengals win a playoff game this season?

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  • Are the Jets (4-3; 1 GB of Patriots) legitimate playoff contenders?

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  • How many games will the Jets (4-3) win this season?

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  • Is Geno Smith the Jets' QB of the future?

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  • Will Rex Ryan coach the Jets in 2014?

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  • What do you make of the Jets reportedly tipping off officials to the Patriots' pushing on field goal attempts, ultimately leading to a key penalty?

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Jets for real? Pats in trouble?

They needed extra time and some extra yards -- courtesy of a bizarre and unexpected penalty against Chris Jones -- but the New York Jets topped the rival New England Patriots 30-27 on Sunday. This came despite the return of Rob Gronkowski, who excelled (eight catches for 114 yards). But it wasn't enough, with Tom Brady failing to throw a touchdown pass and the rash of injuries to the New England defense clearly showing. What's next for these two teams?

  • Which is more true about the Jets' 30-27 OT win over the Patriots on Sunday?

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  • Are the Jets (4-3; 1 GB of Patriots) legitimate playoff contenders?

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  • How many games will the Jets (4-3) win this season?

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  • Are the Patriots legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • How far will the Patriots go this season?

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  • Tom Brady did not throw a TD pass for the second time in three weeks. What do you make of this?

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  • Will Rex Ryan coach the Jets in 2014?

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  • Were you aware of the rule (you cannot push your own player upfield on a field goal attempt) before New England's Chris Jones was flagged for it in OT of the Patriots-Jets game?

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  • Where does the Patriots' offense rank with Rob Gronkowski?

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  • Is Geno Smith the Jets' QB of the future?

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NFL Week 7 -- Patriots at Jets

Finally, an easy one for the New England Patriots. Except ... a few weeks back, the New York Jets looked more like a rival than a doormat in a 13-10 Patriots home win. In other words, it's hard to know what to expect from Rex Ryan's team, which has been intermittently good and bad in a 3-3 start. Meanwhile, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's crew is coming off a comeback win over the New Orleans Saints, one that has fans thinking Super Bowl (if they can get the Rob Gronkowski injury thing sorted, of course).

Which team will win the Patriots-Jets game in New Jersey?

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  • Are the Patriots legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • If you were a Patriots fan, would you fault Rob Gronkowski for the way he's handling his injury situation this season?

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  • What grade would you give Geno Smith through his first six starts?

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  • If you were a Jets fan, which more reflects how you would feel about the team's 3-3 start?

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  • Will Rex Ryan coach the Jets in 2014?

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  • Is the NFL better off when both the Patriots and Jets are good?

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  • How much of an impact will newly signed KR/PR Josh Cribbs make for the Jets?

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  • Who is a bigger loss on defense for the Patriots?

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