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Falcons, Texans hit new lows

The Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans combined for 25 regular-season wins a season ago. The Falcons reached the NFC Championship Game. Yet here we are, with both teams at 2-8 after their latest demoralizing losses: Atlanta's to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who a week ago had zero wins all season, and Houston's at home to the Oakland Raiders, who are the Oakland Raiders. Which team is more disappointing? Which has the best chance of turning things around?

Which is the more disappointing team?

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  • Which team has the better chance of bouncing back in 2014?

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  • Will Gary Kubiak and Mike Smith coach Houston and Atlanta, respectively, in 2014?

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  • What do you make of Matt Ryan's struggles this season?

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  • Is Case Keenum the answer at QB for Houston?

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Jets sign veteran S Ed Reed

Ed Reed was out of a job Tuesday after being released by the Texans. But before he had time to file unemployment papers, the veteran safety reached an agreement with the Jets. Reed is heading to a familiar system as he played for Rex Ryan from 2002 to 2008 during Ryan's time as an assistant with the Ravens. What will Reed add to the Jets' secondary?

What do you make of the Jets signing Ed Reed?

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  • Will Ed Reed intercept any passes for the Jets this season?

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  • Who is the Jets' best safety?

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  • Is Ed Reed a Hall of Famer?

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

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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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