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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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Halfway through the 2013 season, the heralded young quarterbacks of the past three NFL drafts have found success doesn't always come easily. While some young QBs have excelled or rebounded from earlier slumps, others have struggled with injuries, or struggled, period. Which of these quarterbacks with three seasons or fewer of NFL experience would you rather have? Click on the images to submit your rankings.

NFL's best young quarterbacks

Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton

drafted in 2011

Nick Foles

Nick Foles

drafted in 2012

Blaine Gabbert

Blaine Gabbert

drafted in 2011

Mike Glennon

Mike Glennon

drafted in 2013

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

drafted in 2012

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

drafted in 2011

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

drafted in 2012

EJ Manuel

EJ Manuel

drafted in 2013

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

drafted in 2011

Geno Smith

Geno Smith

drafted in 2013

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

drafted in 2012

Christian Ponder

Christian Ponder

drafted in 2011

Brandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden

drafted in 2012

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

drafted in 2012

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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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Are Jets for real? Are Falcons done?

That was unexpected. Sure, the New York Jets entered "Monday Night Football" with a better record than the host Atlanta Falcons, but ... come on. These were the Falcons, they of a 13-3 record a season ago and, you know, a real quarterback. But wait -- rookie Geno Smith and Rex Ryan's crew outplayed Matt Ryan & Co. in a 30-28 last-second win. Now Atlanta is 1-4 and really on the outside of things. The Jets? They're 3-2, and -- dare we say it? -- hanging around the (early) playoff hunt.

  • Are the Falcons (1-4) done, in terms of playoff contention?

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  • Are the Jets (3-2) legit playoff contenders in the AFC?

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  • How many games will the Jets win this season?

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  • The Falcons already have surpassed last season's loss total. How many games will Atlanta lose this season?

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  • What grade would you give Geno Smith so far?

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  • Is Mike Smith on the hot seat?

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  • Will Rex Ryan coach the Jets in 2014?

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  • Which is the league's most surprising 3-2 team?

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  • Which surprising 3-2 team is most for real?

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  • Which team has been more disappointing?

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