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Are Patriots best team in NFL?

On Sept. 29, the New England Patriots lost 41-14 to the Kansas City Chiefs. On Sunday, Tom Brady & Co. beat the visiting Denver Broncos 43-21, the fifth win in a row for a team on the rise. Are the Patriots the best team in the NFL? Or could it be the Arizona Cardinals, who are 7-1 for the first time since 1974 and own the league's best record?

  • Which is the best team in the NFL?

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      17%
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      23%
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      34%
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      4%
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      22%

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  • Who has had the better career?

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      60%
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      40%

    Discuss (Total votes: 100,533)

  • Are the Cardinals legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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      70%
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      30%

    Discuss (Total votes: 88,719)

  • Will the Eagles (6-2) make the playoffs despite missing Nick Foles indefinitely (broken collarbone)?

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      59%
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      41%

    Discuss (Total votes: 104,048)

  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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      25%
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      62%
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      8%
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      5%

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  • Are the Browns (5-3) legitimate playoff contenders?

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      41%
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      59%

    Discuss (Total votes: 57,085)

  • Will the 49ers (4-4) make the playoffs?

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      24%
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      76%

    Discuss (Total votes: 56,772)

  • Will the Dolphins (5-3) make the playoffs?

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      51%
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      49%

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Kemba Walker's last-minute shot to lead the Hornets to an overtime win over the Bucks was pretty sweet, but look at how Michael Jordan reacted to it from the sidelines:

Fan, player and owner alike... we all get crazy during game-winning shots in OT! #HornetsComeback

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That's exceptional. We can't think of many better ways to start off a season -- at least for Hornets fans.

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Mike Tyson may have been a fearsome competitor in his boxing career, but anyone who owned a Nintendo Entertainment System back in the day knew that there was only one version of Iron Mike that was nearly unbeatable: the one that appeared in ''Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!'' On Tuesday night's episode of ''The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,'' Tyson took on his virtual self and learned the same lesson the rest of us did when we were kids: If you don't dodge his uppercut, Mike Tyson will knock you out in one punch.

I never managed to beat Mike Tyson in ''Punch-Out!!'' and neither did anyone on my block. Some kid at school claimed that he did, but he never could replicate the feat when pressed. At least he didn't lie about beating that one ''Battletoads'' level. I'm still not convinced it can be beaten.

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First CFB Playoff rankings released

The first College Football Playoff rankings have been released, and already we have controversy. The SEC placed three teams in the top four, but none is Alabama (No. 1 is Mississippi State, No. 3 Auburn and No. 4 Mississippi). Florida State is second and Oregon fifth, while Notre Dame is all the way down in 10th. What do you make of it all?

  • Which one-loss team in the College Football Playoff top four least deserves to be there?

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      47%
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      53%

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  • Which team outside the College Football Playoff top four most deserves to be there?

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      34%
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      27%
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      14%
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      14%

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  • How many teams currently in the top four (Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn, Mississippi) will play in the College Football Playoff?

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      5%
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      18%
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      61%
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      14%
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      2%

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  • Which team will win the College Football Playoff?

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      26%
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      18%
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      7%
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      3%
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      46%

    Discuss (Total votes: 58,938)

  • How much controversy will the four-team playoff system draw compared to the current BCS system?

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      13%
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      37%
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      50%

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  • Which will ultimately prove to be the better system?

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      23%
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      77%

    Discuss (Total votes: 25,965)

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After the Chiefs' 41-14 drumming of the Patriots, fans were pretty concerned about Tom Brady's ability to maintain his status as one of the best quarterbacks in the game. So concerned that 50.5 percent of fans we polled felt that Brady was done as an "elite" performer:

Brady map, beforeESPN

But haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, and Brady is gonna go 100-of-144 for 1,268 yards, 14 touchdowns and no interceptions over his next four games. What say you now, SportsNation?

Tom Brady ESPN

That's what we thought. Haven't weighed in yet? VOTE HERE.

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