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Will Texans 'earn' No. 1 pick?
Don't say Thursday night's game between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars was meaningless. Not only did the 27-20 decision give the Jaguars their first home win in more than a year -- extending their victorious streak to an AFC-best three games -- but it also put Houston in prime position to "earn" the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Will the Texans end up with the league's worst record? If so, what should they do?
Brighter outlook -- Knicks or Nets?
The New York Knicks weren't supposed to light up the league this season, but their floor seemed like a low playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. And yet, after Thursday night's game at the Brooklyn Nets, Carmelo Anthony & Co. are just 4-13. The Nets, meanwhile, are 5-14 -- but lost Thursday's game by 30. And they were supposed to be the contending team of the two. Woof. Needless to say, things don't look good in Gotham. Which franchise's outlook is better, if ever-so-slightly?
Will Peyton struggle in the cold?
Peyton Manning is one of the finest quarterbacks to play the game -- that is, at least, until things get a bit nippy. Manning denied that he's a worse quarterback in cold weather, but when the temperature drops to freezing, he's tended to struggle, throwing 11 touchdowns to 12 interceptions in 10 such games. The Broncos may be favorites to make the Super Bowl in the AFC, but considering this year's game is outdoors, fans in Denver might have reason to be concerned about their franchise savior.
Peyton Manning remains on top in Dan Graziano's weekly MVP watch list. Manning's five-touchdown performance led the Broncos to a crucial 35-28 win over their AFC West rival Chiefs. With 41 touchdowns, Manning has a pretty good shot to break Tom Brady's single-season record of 50 TDs. Is he your choice for MVP?
2013 NFL MVP Watch
3,267 yards, 19 TDs, 8 INTs, 60.7 CMP%
3,794 yards, 29 TDs, 8 INTs, 67.7 CMP%
131 tackles, 1 INT, 1 sack
1,791 yards, 19 TDs, 0 INTs, 63.3 CMP%
72 catches, 1,299 yards, 12 TDs
4,125 yards, 41 TDs, 9 INTs, 68.1 CMP%
232 carries, 1,088 yards, 5 TDs
2,616 yards, 19 TDs, 11 INTs, 61.7 CMP%
3,140 yards, 24 TDs, 7 INTs, 64.8 CMP%
2,672 yards, 22 TDs, 6 INTs, 64.9 CMP%
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