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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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Bowen: The magic of James Jones

Even when the Packers' 31-year-old receiver is covered, he's open, thanks to an unstoppable route and a quarterback who can put the ball in the tightest of windows.

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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)


Carter: Joe Philbin not cut out for job

Cris Carter told Mike & Mike: "I don't think Philbin is a head coach. I don't think he going to have the ability to be able to inspire people. ... Sometimes you just have to figure it out the hard way."


Dolhpins need fire, leadership from coach

With Miami falling to 1-3 Sunday, ESPN's James Walker writes that coach Joe Philbin must "figure out a way to light a fire under his listless team before it's too late." On the hot seat


Time to bench Colin Kaepernick?

Is it Blaine Gabbert time in San Francisco? Said coach Jim Tomsula: "Won't even go into that discussion. It's not on my mind." But with just two touchdowns and five interceptions on the year (to go along with 15 sacks), ESPN's Paul Gutierrez says it should be. Give Kap a rest

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Chip Kelly responds to DeMarco Murray

Responding to Murray's comments Sunday that he's not getting enough touches, Kelly told 94-WIP Philadelphia: "Everyone needs the ball more. I've got no issue with that. We need to play more on offense. That's the bottom line. We're getting off the field on third down and most of the time when we're off the field on third down it's our fault. ... We're doing it to ourselves."

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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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Players returning this week from 4-game suspensions include Greg Hardy, Rolando McClain, Sheldon Richardson, Antonio Gates, Martavis Bryant.

The magic of James Jones

ESPN's Matt Bowen examines what's behind the hot start for Jones, who went from not making the Giants' 53-man roster to tearing up the league with Green Bay. Closer look (Insider)


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Jeremy Hill on 4-0 start: "We can understate it all we want, but it's big ... you always want to start fast." Added, he knows it's early.

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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This was the first time since Week 1 that Jeremy Hill had more snaps than Giovani Bernard. Obviously production, lack of turnovers was why.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones, who had four catches for 38 yards against the Texans, ended up playing just 55 percent of the snaps with the blowout win. He played 39 of 71 offensive snaps. Leonard Hankerson and Roddy White both played 48. Jones said he didn't care about reaching 100 yards or scoring a TD. Just wanted the win.

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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Foster doesn't reward patience

Arian Foster failed to live up to the hype in his much-anticipated season debut. The back ended up with just one fantasy point, disappointing owners who had patiently awaited his return. Fantasy winners and losers

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The Bills have a combined 13 unnecessary roughness, unsportsmanlike conduct or taunting penalties. No other team has more than 6 such flags.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Strange, but true: Ryan Fitzpatrick's 91.4 QBR was only the third 90+ QBR for the Jets over the last three seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The previous two, both by Geno Smith, also came against Miami on the road.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Putting the Jets' fast start into perspective: They're 3-1 for the first time since 2010. Yesterday was their third win by at least 13 points; they had two such wins in the previous two seasons. As for Chris Ivory's 166 rushing yards, it was the most by a Jet since Thomas Jones ran for 210 in Week 6 of 2009.

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

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)


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.”


Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

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.