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Is Geno Smith out of chances?

Some fans celebrated Mark Sanchez's injury as a chance for the Jets to begin again with Geno Smith, but so far, Smith has shown a very Sanchez-like predilection for throwing interceptions. Smith lasted only a single quarter in the Jets' loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, and though he's been told he'll be the starter for next week's matchup against the Raiders, we wouldn't fault Rex Ryan for thinking long and hard on that decision -- the Jets are (amazingly) still in playoff contention, and a few more wins could mean a lot for Ryan's job security next season.

  • Who should start at quarterback for the Jets against the Raiders?

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  • Is Geno Smith the quarterback of the future for the Jets?

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  • How would the Jets (5-7) have fared this season if Mark Sanchez was their starter?

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  • Will Rex Ryan be the Jets' coach next season?

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Should the Jets stick with Smith?

Someday the Jets will find a quarterback who isn't in the habit of throwing several interceptions a game. At least for now, that quarterback isn't Geno Smith. The rookie threw two more interceptions in a 19-3 loss to the Ravens, giving him 18 on the season. The Jets seem to be sticking with Smith for now, and they're still in contention for a wild-card spot in a weak field, but is it worth letting Smith continue to throw picks as he works out the kinks?

  • Geno Smith will start this week for the Jets. Who should start against the Dolphins?

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  • Is Geno Smith the quarterback of the future for the Jets?

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  • What chance do you give the Jets (5-6) of making the playoffs as a wild card team?

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  • Will Rex Ryan be the Jets' coach next season?

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You know how the NFL goes: One shouldn't assume anything. But -- despite losses by the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday -- the top five playoff spots in the AFC have seemed locked up for some time. That last berth, though? The race continues to be heated. Six teams (New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers) currently are tied for that position, with 5-6 records. Three (Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders) trail by just one game. Of those nine teams, which is most likely to make the playoffs? Least likely? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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Who makes playoffs from AFC?

With each passing week, things get muddier in the AFC playoff picture. Well, not among the top five teams -- the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals all have one foot through the postseason door. But that last spot is up for grabs, with eight teams within one game of qualifying.

The New York Jets, they of a 37-14 loss at Buffalo on Sunday, are tied for the spot. The Miami Dolphins, who gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their first win all season, also own a 5-5 record. A trio of AFC North teams -- the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens -- all are 4-6, as are the Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. How will the whole thing play out?

  • Will the AFC's current top five teams (Kansas City, Denver, New England, Indianapolis and Cincinnati) all make the playoffs?

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  • If the top five playoff spots (Chiefs, Bengals, Patriots, Colts, Broncos) hold in the AFC, which team will earn the sixth?

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  • Which 4-6 AFC North team has the best chance of making the playoffs?

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  • Which of these surprising playoff contenders has the best shot of reaching the postseason?

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  • Are the Chargers (4-6, 4 games against Kansas City, Denver and Cincinnati remaining) finished?

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  • How has the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito situation affected the Dolphins?

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  • Which team had the biggest win Sunday?

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  • The Jets pulled Geno Smith during Sunday's 37-14 loss at Buffalo. Should they bench him next week at Baltimore?

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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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