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Here’s some of what we’ve gotten:

_Houston having the league’s top-rated defense _ yes, defense _ and getting there without star DE-LB Mario Williams and with DeMeco Ryans not having a great season. The offense was expected to click and pretty much has even with brilliant receiver Andre Johnson sidelined the past six games.

“We have some playmakers on this offense,” said quarterback Matt Schaub, whose injured right foot could add more unpredictability. “Defensively, we’re playing really well. They’re holding teams, making them turn the ball over. They’re just playing exceptional football.”

The Texans are tied for the AFC’s best record as they head into their bye.

_Philadelphia phlopping despite its cast of all-stars. The Eagles can’t put teams away (five blown fourth-quarter leads), can’t win at home (1-4), have dissension in the ranks (DeSean Jackson) and are headed not for a first-round playoff bye but for a high first-round draft pick.

Andy Reid’s seat in Philly never has been hotter.

“The obvious is we didn’t play very well yesterday and that’s my responsibility as a head football coach of this team,” Reid said Monday. “And I have to make sure that I do a better job and let the guys around me do a better job. I’d like to be able to point at one area, but that’s not what this is; it’s a combination of things, all of us doing our jobs better (and) particularly in the fourth quarter as things go on; we have to make sure that we finish games.”

_The entire AFC West. Oakland, as up-and-down a team as any this year, is on top at 5-4. The other three are at 4-5. All have had their moments, both memorable and forgettable.

Don’t expect that to change the rest of the way.

San Diego, for example, finally got off to a strong start under coach Norv Turner and was 4-1 when it had its bye. Since: four straight losses marked by penalties, mental and physical errors and poor coaching decisions.

Denver, on the other hand, was a bottom-dweller until Tim Tebow was inserted at quarterback. His passing stats have been abominable, but the results have been phenomenal, with three wins in four games. Yep, the Broncos are in the playoff mix.

“You do have to have balance, and that’s where we’re a little bit behind at this point, but I think we’ll just get better,” coach John Fox said.

“We’ve got a young quarterback that’s doing a terrific job, in my estimation, who will just get better with time. He’s got one of the better fourth-quarter ratings there are, even in passing the ball. I think he’s got a pretty good record thus far. He has proven the ability to bring his team back. All those things are good things that I think any coach can build on.”

If he can figure it all out, not an easy task in this year’s NFL.