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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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Bucs win; are Fins finished?

In a "Monday Night Football" meeting between two of the the league's most turmoil-riddled teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally earned their first win, while the woebegone Miami Dolphins dropped their fourth in five to fall to 4-5. Tampa seems to be well outside the playoff race, but it could salvage some dignity in the last seven weeks. Miami, meanwhile, remains in wild-card contention. But with fallout still settling from the Richie Incognito situation, the postseason seems pretty far away.

  • What chance do the Dolphins (4-5) have of making the playoffs?

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  • Which hurt the Dolphins more Monday night?

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  • How many games will the Dolphins (4-5) win this season?

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  • Will Joe Philbin coach the Dolphins in 2014?

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  • How many games will the Buccaneers (1-8) win this season?

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  • Which team will draft No. 1 overall in 2014?

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  • Is Mike Glennon the Bucs' quarterback of the future?

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  • Will Greg Schiano coach the Buccaneers in 2014?

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Lines drawn in Incognito scandal

The situation that led Jonathan Martin to leave the Dolphins has dominated headlines for the past week. Some players are coming to the defense of Richie Incognito, who is suspended indefinitely for allegedly tormenting Martin, and Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland suggested that Martin physically confront Incognito as a method of dealing with the situation. Regardless of the particulars, this scandal has revealed a side of NFL locker rooms that many might prefer to keep hidden.

Whose side are you on in the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito incident?

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  • Would you want Richie Incognito, who is a free agent after this season, on your team?

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  • Will Jonathan Martin and/or Richie Incognito ever play in the NFL again?

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  • What is your interest level in what goes on inside a NFL locker room?

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  • Who should be more responsible for policing an NFL locker room?

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  • Mark Schlereth says left tackle, the position played by Jonathan Martin, is the second toughest position behind quarterback. Do you agree?

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  • Do you believe NFL players from schools like Stanford or Ivy League schools are at more risk of hazing/bullying from veteran players?

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  • Were you bullied in school?

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  • What do you make of Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland saying Jonathan Martin should have physically confronted Richie Incognito?

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Is NFL hazing out of control?

Rookie hazing is a common sight in NFL training camps, generally taking the form of menial tasks and the occasional ridiculous costume. Some players on the Dolphins, however, seem to have taken it a bit further -- guard Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely for his role in bullying second-year player Jonathan Martin, including reportedly intimidating Martin, forcing him to pay for expensive trips, and using racially charged language. Actions like that are obviously unacceptable, but what about lesser forms of hazing?

  • What is your general position on hazing in the NFL?

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  • Which group of NFL players should be subject to hazing?

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  • Is it OK for football players to make another player carry their pads?

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  • Is it OK for football players to tape another player to a goal post during practice?

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  • Is it OK for NFL players to make a first-round draft pick take a large group of players out to an expensive restaurant?

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  • What about a second-round pick?

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Are Miami Dolphins playoff-bound?

It all seemed to be going so wrong for the Miami Dolphins. Local kid Giovani Bernard had just scored on a staggering 35-yard run, squaring the game at 17 and giving the visiting -- and Halloween-dressed -- Cincinnati Bengals much fourth-quarter momentum. But the Fins stood strong, got to overtime and then ... bam. A walk-off safety. On an 8-yard sack by Cameron Wake. Does this win -- its first in five games -- launch Miami back into the playoff race? What to make of the Bengals, who lost Geno Atkins to a knee injury?

What chance do the Dolphins (4-4) have of making the playoffs?

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  • Will the Bengals ever make a Super Bowl with Andy Dalton as their quarterback?

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  • Are the Bengals legitimate Super Bowl contenders, if Geno Atkins is significantly hurt?

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  • Is Giovani Bernard a future NFL star?

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  • If the AFC's top five teams (Chiefs, Broncos, Patriots, Colts, Bengals) all reach the playoffs, which team will grab the other slot?

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