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Friday NFL preview: Can Seahawks, Chargers utilize star tight ends?

NFL Nation previews what to watch for around the league Friday, including Seattle needing a big game from Jimmy Graham and San Diego getting back Antonio Gates from suspension.

Texans end half on Hail Mary-TD (0:23)
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Rams' Aaron Donald got an early jump on stardom

After a childhood filled with 4 a.m. weight-lifting sessions, Aaron Donald is on the fast-track to becoming the NFL's most dominant defensive tackle.

What you need to know for Week 5 (1:06)
Decline in running back production in 2015 (0:55)
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Bowen & Riddick: 10 toughest players to cover

Which NFL receivers would you least want to cover one-on-one? ESPN Insiders -- and former NFL safeties -- Matt Bowen and Louis Riddick rank the league's 10 biggest matchup nightmares.

The guiding hand who shaped Steelers All-Pro RB Le'Veon Bell (5:26)
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Dolphins up intensity with 'Oklahoma drill'

Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell, who vows to "change the culture" in Miami, had his players take part in the "Oklahoma drill" during Wednesday's practice.

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Kiper: Paxton Lynch on latest Big Board

A handful of new names dot Mel Kiper's latest Big Board, but Paxton Lynch of Memphis is the biggest mover. A quarterback with good size, he could end up as a first-round pick someday.

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Seifert: Signs point to Dalton breakthrough

Is Andy Dalton finally ready to take Cincinnati on a deep playoff run? When you consider how he's progressed and how the Bengals have evolved as a team, the outlook is promising.


Something about Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck had a 92.1 Total QBR in Thursday's win over the Texans. The only 40-year old quarterback who had a better QBR with at least 20 pass attempts in the last decade is a man he used to back up: Brett Favre.

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O'Brien unsure who'll start next

For the second time this season, Bill O'Brien is considering a QB change. He hasn't decided who will start for the 1-4 Texans vs. the Jaguars next week, saying he has to watch film first. Brian Hoyer threw for 312 yards in three quarters. He's the first 300-yard passer to come off the bench since Chad Henne in 2012.

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Arian Foster takes it out on the cooler

The Texans RB was yet another athlete to take out his frustrations on a Gatorade container when he threw it to the ground before heading to the locker room to undergo concussion protocol.


Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Eli Manning has been on a hot streak, tossing 7 TDs in his past 3 games. And with the 49ers coming to town, Berry believes it's a recipe for a handful of big plays vs. a team that has allowed the most 20-plus-yard plays this year. Love/Hate Week 5

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Kiper: Jack is best linebacker on board

Mel Kiper Jr. doesn’t think Myles Jack’s decision to leave UCLA is very risky and sees the linebacker as a first-round pick.


Flacco reads classic book to kids

There's no doubt about it, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is an elite children's book. Here to read it to Baltimore City elementary school students ... is Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Watch it


Johnson, Hasselbeck shine in Colts' win

Andre Johnson caught two touchdown throws by Matt Hasselbeck against the WR's former team in the Colts' 27-20 win over the Texans.


Hilton: 'It's always next man up' with Colts

WR T.Y. Hilton says QB Matt Hasselbeck wasn't on the practice field and was in and out of meetings, but since he's a true professional, the team rallied behind him to beat Houston.


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Texans coach Bill O'Brien is asked who his starting quarterback is. Says they'll have to watch film and discuss.

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"I believe in the guys in that locker room. ... Nothing's changed in that regard," O'Brien says. Adds, on the 1-4 record: "It's not good."

Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Berry can't get enough of the rookie who ran all over the Cardinals a week ago. With the Packers on the docket, who allow the third-most yards before contact and yards per rush, Todd Gurley could go off on Sunday. Love/Hate Week 5

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Final: Colts 27, Texans 20

  • Matt Hasselbeck - 18/29, 213 yards, 2 TDs
  • Frank Gore - 22 carries, 98 yards 1 TD
  • Andre Johnson - 6 catches, 77 yards, 2 TDs
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WHAT A PLAY!! Hasselbeck finds T.Y. Hilton down the sideline for a 43-yard completion to seal the game for Indianapolis.

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INTERCEPTION! Hoyer gets clobbered right as he launches a pass downfield. Colts ball, up 7, under 2 minutes left.

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

I haven't seen Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer within 10 yards of each other on the sideline lately.