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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.
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?
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?
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?