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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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      36%

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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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      63%
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      18%

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  • Which team will win the AFC South?

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      63%
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  • Which of these teams is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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      70%
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      18%

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  • How many games will the Jaguars win this season?

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      21%
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      46%
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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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    78%
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    22%

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  • Which is the best team in the NFL?

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      15%

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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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      57%
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  • Can the Texans get to a Super Bowl with Matt Schaub as their quarterback?

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      39%
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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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    43%
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    57%

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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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    27%
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    2%
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    69%
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    2%

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

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      32%
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      68%

    Discuss (Total votes: 105,937)

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

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      66%
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      34%

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

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      76%
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      24%

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  • Will the Colts make the playoffs this season?

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      73%
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      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,046)

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

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      51%
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      49%

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  • Which franchise is in better shape?

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      27%
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