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Matt Schaub to the Raiders?
Matt Schaub would prefer to forget his disastrous 2013 season with the Houston Texans. And it appears he will be able to do so, as reports indicate he will soon be traded to a team that would also like to forget last season: the Oakland Raiders. Will Schaub have a Rich Gannon-like revival in California? Will the Raiders still draft a quarterback with their No. 5 pick? Are you rooting for a resurrection of Raider Nation? Cast your votes!
Manziel or Clowney for No. 1 pick?
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay released mock drafts (both Insider) on Thursday. From the look of things, there is still quite a bit of fluidity on many boards. Kiper says Johnny Manziel will go No. 1 overall to his home-state Houston Texans, and Jadeveon Clowney joining the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3. McShay? He sees Clowney heading to Texas and Manziel dropping to the Oakland Raiders at No. 5.
The two experts couldn't agree on the landing spots for the other top three QBs, either: Blake Bortles (fourth to the Cleveland Browns according to McShay, eighth to the Minnesota Vikings per Kiper) and Teddy Bridgewater (McShay says third to Jacksonville, Kiper fourth to Cleveland). In fact, they agree on only one of the top five picks: No. 2, where the St. Louis Rams will (likely) stick with Sam Bradford at quarterback and choose Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson. What do you think should happen? What will Houston do at No. 1?
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?