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Monday NFL preview: Dolphins, Eagles among teams in trouble

NFL Nation previews what to watch for around the league Monday, including whether Miami and Philadelphia can turn things around after a poor start to the season.

Brees, Spiller connect to stun Cowboys in OT (1:24)
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Game balls: Who starred in Week 4

Running back Chris Ivory, who rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' win over the Dolphins in London, is one of Sunday's top performers.

Loss leaves Eagles' with big question marks (2:43)
Gruden: Lions 'in for a real difficult night' in Seattle on MNF (1:31)


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The undefeated. After the Cardinals' loss to the Rams, only these guys remain unbeaten heading into Week 5 ...

Matthews: 'You ain't Russell Wilson, bro'

TV cameras on the Fox broadcast picked up sound of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews shouting this to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Packers sacked Kap six times Sunday. Story

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Devonta Freeman is historically great

The Falcons RB is the first player since the 1970 merger to rush for 3 touchdowns in each of his first two career starts. (via Elias)


Week 4 fantasy leaders

Top scorers in ESPN standard fantasy leagues through Sunday's games:

  • ATL RB Devonta Freeman: 32 points
  • KC K Cairo Santos: 27 points
  • SD QB Philip Rivers: 26 points
  • CIN RB Jeremy Hill: 24 points
  • PHI QB Sam Bradford: 23 points
Winners and losers

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AP: Another 2,000-yard season is possible

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson says his body is feeling similar to how it did a few seasons ago, and despite lofty goals on his mind, he just wants to win.


Walker's early Heisman pick: Fournette

Former Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker has LSU RB Leonard Fournette as his early Heisman pick: "What he's doing is absolutely incredible. ... They give him the opportunity to do something special."


Philbin not concerned about job security

"I'm worried about getting this team straightened out, fixed and getting our team ready to play the Tennessee Titans," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said in the wake of his team's 27-14 loss to the Jets. Miami is 1-3 on the season.


Brees predicted Spiller's game winner

Drew Brees on the Saints' winning 80-yard touchdown in overtime: “I did think to myself, 'Maybe God intended No. 400 to be the one that wins this game.' Thanks to C.J. Spiller, that happened.”


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Cowboys fear running back Lance Dunbar has torn the ACL and MCL in his left knee. He will undergo an MRI Monday morning. He was in a bulky brace after the game.

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Jerry Jones on the Cowboys' loss to the Saints: "Everyone in the dressing room is sick that we didn't get out of here with a better chance after getting in the spot we got in to win it."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints' Drew Brees said he thought after missed FG, maybe God intended his 400th career TD pass to be a game-winner, which it was. ... Brees said he tries not to focus on milestones like that, kind of like talking about a no-hitter, but also appreciates them.

Dilfer: Brees a ‘surgeon’ vs. Cowboys

Trent Dilfer says Drew Brees is one of the few players in the league that "has an innate ability, when things are crazy around them, to get calmer and quieter in their mind."


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints' Drew Brees didn't go too in depth on his shoulder injury but said, "I felt good enough to get the job done."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

One thing Saints coach Sean Payton not pleased with after first win: the missed 30-yd FG late in regulation. They've missed three short kicks in a variety of ways, including extra points (block, dropped snap, doinked off upright). Payton said they need to look at that operation, might have to consider going for 2.

Brees, Spiller stun Cowboys in OT

Drew Brees connected with C.J. Spiller for an 80-yard touchdown pass on the second play of overtime to lead the Saints past the Cowboys 26-20.


Brees' 400th TD pass wins game for Saints

On the second play of overtime against the Cowboys, Drew Brees caught the defense sleeping and connected with C.J. Spiller for a game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass.


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Drew Brees gets touchdown pass No. 400 in style as he leads the Saints to an OT victory over the Cowboys. Brees joins Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Dan Marino and Peyton Manning as only QBs to accomplish the feat.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

SAINTS 26, COWBOYS 20 (final): The good feelings of a fourth-down touchdown catch by Terrance Williams could last only so long. With some luck the Cowboys got to overtime but it didn't last long with C.J. Spiller's 80-yard TD on the second play of overtime. The Cowboys have lost two straight and welcome New England to AT&T Stadium next week.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

A little perspective: Per Elias, this has been the worst week of NFL kicking since way back in … 2013. Deep breaths, everyone.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

With the New Orleans win, the Lions -- for now -- are the lone winless team in the NFL. Detroit plays at Seattle tomorrow night.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

SAINTS 26, COWBOYS 20 (FINAL, OT): The Saints (1-3) finally won their first game by finally getting an explosive play and finally working C.J. Spiller into the offense. After a quiet start to his season, Spiller caught the game-winning 80-yard TD pass in overtime to make up for the Saints' missed 30-yard field goal late in regulation.