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NFL Week 5 -- Texans at 49ers

There's a burning anger, literally, in Houston, after the Texans squandered a 20-6 lead over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday thanks in (large) part to quarterback Matt Schaub's inexplicable interception. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, a similar bit of panic seems to have subsided, as the 49ers clobbered the St. Louis Rams in the wake of two straight blowout losses. Neither Super Bowl contender is where it wanted to be through four weeks. But one will be in better shape after five.

  • Which team will win the Texans-49ers game in San Francisco?

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  • What do you make of fans burning Matt Schaub jerseys?

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  • Which team is more dangerous right now?

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  • Will Matt Schaub's streak of 7 straight games with an INT continue?

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  • The Texans reportedly have an out on Matt Schaub's contract extension from last season. Will he be Houston's QB in 2014?

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  • Jerry Rice has said he would be willing to consult with 49ers receivers. Should Jim Harbaugh take him up on the offer?

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What about the rest of the AFC?

Yeah, so the Denver Broncos are good. But a few other AFC teams laid down markers Sunday, showing that they might have something to offer Peyton Manning & Co. if the time does come. The New England Patriots held off the Atlanta Falcons on the road. The Kansas City Chiefs reached a surprising 4-0 with a rout of the New York Giants. The Indianapolis Colts put up their second straight blowout (it was the Jacksonville Jaguars, but a win's a win). And hey -- the Cleveland Browns were victorious again! Now, to see what happens to the Miami Dolphins on Monday night ...

  • If the Broncos are No. 1, which is the second-best team in the AFC?

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  • If/when Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski return, will the Patriots be a legitimate threat to the Broncos in the AFC?

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  • Which team will finish with the better record?

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  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • Which team will win the AFC South?

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  • Which of these teams is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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  • How many games will the Jaguars win this season?

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  • Do you still believe the Trent Richardson trade was a mistake for the Browns?

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NFL Week 4: Seahawks at Texans

It's no surprise that the Seahawks are undefeated heading into Week 4. OK, well, a 29-3 shellacking of the 49ers in Week 2 was a bit surprising, but football fans wouldn't be shocked if they didn't lose a game any time soon. The Texans aren't looking as good, but they've done pretty well for themselves with a 2-1 start. The biggest question in this game: Will Andre Johnson go off on the NFL's best secondary?

Which team will win the Seahawks-Texans game in Houston?

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  • Which is the best team in the NFL?

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  • When will the Seahawks lose a game?

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  • How much of a factor will Texans WR Andre Johnson be against the Seahawks?

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  • Can the Texans get to a Super Bowl with Matt Schaub as their quarterback?

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Brian Cushing signs big extension

The Houston Texans' defensive core solidified quite a bit Tuesday. That's because the franchise, fresh off a 12-4 season and with eyes on bigger things, inked star linebacker Brian Cushing to a six-year, $55.643 million extension, with $21 million guaranteed. It's being hailed as a good move for a team whose defense struggled at times after Cushing went down with an ACL injury early last season. Then again, that very injury could slow the 26-year-old going forward.

How do you feel about the Texans signing LB Brian Cushing to a six-year, $55.643 million extension ($21 million guaranteed)?

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  • Will Brian Cushing return to form this season after recovering from an ACL tear?

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  • How many games will the Texans win in 2013?

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  • How far will the Texans go in 2013?

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  • Which team will have the AFC's best defense in 2013?

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AFC South Preview -- 2013

J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans cruised to the AFC South title last season, but not everything was rosy; after an 11-1 start, the team lost four of six -- including 41-28 to the New England Patriots in the divisional round. Will Houston build on last season? Or will the Indianapolis Colts take over?

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Which team will win the AFC South?

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  • Will the Texans make a Super Bowl with their current core?

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  • Is J.J. Watt the best defensive player in football?

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  • Who is the best quarterback in the AFC South right now?

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  • Will the Colts make the playoffs this season?

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  • Will Maurice Jones-Drew be an elite running back again?

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  • Which franchise is in better shape?

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