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Week 5 picks: Which teams will win and why

NFL Nation reporters make their picks for the weekend, and they expect the Bengals, Falcons and Patriots -- led by their quarterbacks -- to win.

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Sando: Ranking the NFL's best kickers

Kickers are under more scrutiny than ever, so Mike Sando looked at who is doing the best job over the past few seasons and also picked out the top kicker in the game today.

Arian Foster: Openly secular (6:48)
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Insider Trading: Week 5 fantasy advice

NFL Nation reporters explain why it's time to start Rams RB Todd Gurley, Cardinals WR Michael Floyd and Patriots RB Dion Lewis.

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What you need to know for Week 5 (1:06)
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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.

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.


T.O.: I could play in the NFL right now

Former NFL WR Terrell Owens on Russillo & Kanell: "I outplayed the No. 1 receiver on two teams I went over to play for."


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Pete Carroll on Marshawn Lynch: "He's very close, but we can't guarantee that he can make it through the game, so that means we'd get set back again. We're just going to wait it out and see if we can get him right next week." The Seahawks could make a roster move to add RB depth before Sunday. One option is Rod Smith, who is on the practice squad.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Cincinnati's defense caught a big break Friday afternoon when the Seahawks listed RB Marshawn Lynch as out for Sunday's game. All week the Bengals have been under the assumption Lynch would play through his hamstring injury. Their hopes of making Seattle's offense one-dimensional may have gotten a little easier.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Tight end Vernon Davis (knee) will miss his second straight game for the 49ers as he has been ruled OUT for Sunday night's game at the New York Giants. Davis was limited in practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Also, outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks is DOUBTFUL as he has been away from the team following his sister's death this week. Receiver Quinton Patton (concussion) and left tackle Joe Staley (knee) are PROBABLE. Staley practiced in a limited fashion Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints LT Terron Armstead and P Thomas Morstead officially ruled out for Sunday's game at Philadelphia. Saints will have to throw first-round draft pick Andrus Peat into the fire at LT for his starting debut. ... G Jahri Evans and DE Bobby Richardson are questionable.

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Getting healthier, CJ Spiller ran a route on 76% of his snaps last wk... High upside flex & legit RB2 in PPR vs PHI as Brees keeps it short

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Haloti Ngata, Joique Bell and Eric Ebron all OUT for Lions on Sunday. At defensive tackle, with Ngata out and Tyrunn Walker on IR, figure rookie Gabe Wright and second-year DT Caraun Reid to start on the interior. Also of note, SS James Ihedigbo is questionable with a quad injury, as is RG Larry Warford (ankle).

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona Cardinals list TE Darren Fells (hip) and WR J.J. Nelson (shoulder) as questionable. Everyone else listed as probable.

Hoyer reclaims Texans' starting QB job

Brian Hoyer will start next week's game against the Jaguars after throwing for 312 yards and two TDs in relief of Ryan Mallett on Thursday. However, Hoyer's long-term prospects are up in the air, as head coach Bill O'Brien said, "I think it's 11 one-game seasons."


Players already ruled out for Week 5

Be sure you have replacements on your fantasy team for these players who will not be playing Sunday:

  • Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch
  • Bills RB LeSean McCoy
  • Bills RB Karlos Williams
  • Jaguars WR Marqise Lee
  • Lions RB Joique Bell

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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Jacoby Jones (ankle) and safety Jahleel Addae (ankle) were listed as limited participants on Friday's injury report for the Chargers. Coach Mike McCoy said the two ankle injuries are similar. LT King Dunlap (concussion), LG Orlando Franklin (ankle), WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) and CB Craig Mager (hamstring) did not practice.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks have ruled RB Marshawn Lynch out for Sunday's game against the Bengals with a hamstring injury. The move comes as a bit of a surprise considering Lynch was a limited practice participant Thursday. It's the first time since Lynch joined the Seahawks that he'll miss back to back games. Expect Thomas Rawls to carry the load against Cincinnati.

Marshawn Lynch to miss 2nd straight game

A hamstring injury will keep the Seahawks' star RB out of Sunday's game against the Bengals. Lynch also missed Monday night's game against the Lions.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFL has fined Bills DE Jerry Hughes for $23,152 for abusive language towards a game official and an additional $8,681 for head-butting a Giants player after a play in the Bills' 24-10 loss last Sunday.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers have listed S Sean Richardson as out for Sunday's game vs. the Rams. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel just reported that his neck injury is potentially season-ending, if not career-ending.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RB Khiry Robinson was fined $8,681 for his touchdown celebration, using the ball as a prop vs. Cowboys.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran CB Tarell Brown is expected to be ready for normal duty for the Patriots on Sunday vs. the Cowboys. After being limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of his foot, he was a full participant Friday and is listed as probable on the injury report. Brown opened 2015 as the starter opposite Malcolm Butler.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers cornerback Josh Norman was fined $8,631 by the NFL for using the football as a prop while celebrating his interception returned for a touchdown against Tampa Bay. Norman said he was told before the game by league appeals officer Derrick Brooks the celebration would be legal. But the Panthers were penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct and now Norman has been fined. Wonder if he will appeal? At least Norman was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Brian Hoyer will be the team's starter for Jacksonville. Asked if Hoyer could be the starter for the season, O'Brien said he is looking at this as a series of one-game seasons. Hoyer entered the game in the second quarter and threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams DE Robert Quinn missed Friday's practice but with good reason: he and his wife added a baby girl to the family. Jeff Fisher said he told Quinn that was "more important than what we were doing." Quinn will play Sunday in Green Bay.

Bill Williamson ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders will be without defensive starters TJ Carrie and Justin Ellis in Sunday against Denver. Key reserves Denico Autry and Taiwan Jones also out.

Mike Sando NFL Insider 

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have combined for 20 TD passes with zero INTs so far this season.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Chargers are banged up but could get lift from talented corner Jason Verrett, whose foot injury is feeling better. He needed rest last week against Cleveland. Could be a game-time decision Monday night against the Steelers.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Air horns, the Macarena and now this in Rams' preparation for Packers: LB Daren Bates going the method acting route to give offense a look at Clay Matthews during practice with a blonde wig and the No. 52 jersey. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on the look: "It didn't look really good on him. He battles looks anyway."