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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?

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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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Jets sign veteran S Ed Reed

Ed Reed was out of a job Tuesday after being released by the Texans. But before he had time to file unemployment papers, the veteran safety reached an agreement with the Jets. Reed is heading to a familiar system as he played for Rex Ryan from 2002 to 2008 during Ryan's time as an assistant with the Ravens. What will Reed add to the Jets' secondary?

What do you make of the Jets signing Ed Reed?

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  • Will Ed Reed intercept any passes for the Jets this season?

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  • Who is the Jets' best safety?

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  • Is Ed Reed a Hall of Famer?

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  • Are the Jets (5-4) legitimate playoff contenders?

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The Texans' experiment with Ed Reed appears to be at an end, as the team is set to cut him Tuesday. Reed has been something of a cipher for Houston this year, recording only 16 tackles in seven games and suffering a demotion from his starting position in the team's loss to the Colts. Reed described the team's playing and coaching as inconsistent in a recent interview, which may have played a part in the team's decision to part ways with him before the end of the season.


Out of Texas

The Texans weren't winning with Ed Reed, but that doesn't mean he's necessarily the cause of their woes this season.

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What do you make of the Texans releasing Ed Reed?

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Reed's future?

Reed was one of the best safeties in the game during his time in Baltimore, and is likely a future Hall of Famer, but his stats this year were not up to his usual standards.

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AFC North Preview -- 2013

The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl ... then promptly let a number of players leave, many on the defensive side. Will this open things up for the longtime division stalwart Pittsburgh Steelers or the upstart Cincinnati Bengals?

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  • How much will the departures of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, Bernard Pollard et al hurt the Ravens' defense this season?

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  • Is Joe Flacco an elite quarterback?

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  • Who is the best coach in the AFC North?

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Darrelle Revis, the NFL's premier cornerback for several recent seasons, relocated to Tampa in the offseason. Ed Reed, long one of the league's top safeties, also moved. Troy Polamalu, another standout defensive back, stayed put as he attempts to fight off recent injury issues. Are these three stalwarts still the league's best? Or has football's younger DB generation taken over? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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NFL DBs in 2013

Champ Bailey

Champ Bailey

Broncos
2012: 66 tackles, 2 INT

Eric Berry

Eric Berry

Chiefs
2012: 86 tackles, INT

Jairus Byrd

Jairus Byrd

Bills
2012: 76 tackles, 4 FF, 5 INT

Antonio Cromartie

Antonio Cromartie

Jets
2012: 35 tackles, 3 INT

Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers

Chiefs
2012: 48 tackles, sack, 3 INT

Dashon Goldson

Dashon Goldson

Buccaneers
2012: 69 tackles, FF, 3 INT

Joe Haden

Joe Haden

Browns
2012: 51 tackles, FF, 3 INT

Johnathan Joseph

Johnathan Joseph

Texans
2012: 57 tackles, 2 INT

Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson

Cardinals
2012: 55 tackles, 7 INT

Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu

Steelers
2012: 34 tackles, sack, INT

Ed Reed

Ed Reed

Texans
2012: 58 tackles, 4 INT

Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

Buccaneers
2012: 11 tackles, FF, INT

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Seahawks
2012: 64 tackles, 3 FF, sack, 8 INT

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

Seahawks
2012: 66 tackles, FF, 3 INT

Charles Tillman

Charles Tillman

Bears
2012: 86 tackles, 10 FF, 3 INT

Eric Weddle

Eric Weddle

Chargers
2012: 97 tackles, sack, 2 FF, 3 INT

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