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Statistically, two is not a trend. But we're calling it anyway:

2014 is the Year of the Jump-Kick.

First there was Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers planting a foot on the face mask of Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning (which, admittedly, drew a fine):

BrownJason Bridge/USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers' Jarrett Boykin (perhaps) one-upped Brown by getting a leg to the ball before Chicago Bears punter Pat O'Donnell could kick it:

Jarrett Boykin and Pat O'DonnellAP Images/Morry Gash

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Big days for Ben and Brady

Sunday was a big day for multiple Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks from the AFC. Tom Brady went 30-for-35 with 354 yards and five touchdowns in the New England Patriots' 51-23 win over the Chicago Bears. Ben Roethlisberger had an even more memorable day, becoming the first QB in NFL history to notch a second 500-yard passing game (he went 40-for-49 with 522 yards and six touchdowns in a 51-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts). Not bad for a pair of players whose teams were considered done just weeks ago.

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  • Is Tom Brady done as an elite quarterback?

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  • Who is the better quarterback right now?

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  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • Are the Colts legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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Peyton Manning the greatest ever?

Peyton Manning added another record to his resume Sunday, passing Brett Favre for most touchdown passes of all time. Manning ended the night with 510, two more than Favre's 508. Is Manning the greatest QB ever? Will he ever win a second Super Bowl?

Where does Peyton Manning rank among the best quarterbacks of all time?

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  • Will anyone ever break Peyton Manning's record for career touchdown passes (currently 510)?

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  • Will Peyton Manning win another Super Bowl?

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Are the Cowboys legit contenders?

Since being embarrassed in the opening half of the opening game, the Dallas Cowboys have rebounded nicely -- five wins in a row, to be exact, the latest a surprising 30-23 victory at the defending-champion Seattle Seahawks. Now, in a development virtually no one saw coming, Tony Romo & Co. sit tied atop the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles. Will they keep it up?

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  • How will the Cowboys fare this season?

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  • Is DeMarco Murray (785 rush yards, 6 TDs this season) the best running back in the NFL right now?

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End of Patriots' success?

Since 2001, the New England Patriots have been a portrait of consistent success. Just one season with fewer than 10 wins. Just two seasons outside the playoffs. Five Super Bowl trips. Three Super Bowl wins (albeit none since 2004). So when said team falls behind 41-7 to a Kansas City Chiefs squad that three weeks earlier lost 26-10 to the Tennessee Titans ... one tends to notice. Bill Belichick's and Tom Brady's squad hasn't quite been the same since losing the Super Bowl in the 2011 season, but could Monday's 41-14 loss be the tipping point?

What do you make of the Patriots' 41-14 loss to the Chiefs on Monday?

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  • Is Tom Brady done as an elite quarterback?

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  • Which team will win the AFC East?

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  • Will Tom Brady and Bill Belichick ever reach another Super Bowl as quarterback and coach of the Patriots?

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  • Will the Chiefs (2-2) make the playoffs this season?

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