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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.

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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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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.

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.

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The guiding hand who shaped Steelers All-Pro RB Le'Veon Bell (5:26)
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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.


What's up with Houston's defense?

A season ago, the Texans' defense was able to sack the quarterback on 7.4 percent of dropbacks without blitzing, which was the 2nd-best rate in the league. This year, they're sacking quarterbacks on just 1.2 percent of their non-blitz dropbacks (31st in the NFL).

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay said some of his best friends in the business are on Atlanta's staff, notably offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur. McVay told them, "there's nothing wrong with going 15-1."

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney briefly exited Thursday's game with what appeared to be an ankle injury. On Friday he wore a walking boot on his right foot. It's not clear if the injury is serious, but Clowney did return to the game afterward. He played 52 percent of the Texans defensive snaps.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

LeSean McCoy says he has a Grade 2 pull of his hamstring and team told him after Week 3 (at MIA) that it's a 3-4 week injury.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears receivers Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal are questionable to face the Chiefs on Sunday. Jeffery did not practice on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. Royal missed the entire week with an ankle injury.

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Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (ribs) will return to action this week. Still all-in on Devonta Freeman this Sunday - my #5 RB.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Bowl free safety Tashaun Gipson will miss Sunday's game against the Ravens with an ankle injury. CB Joe Haden is listed as questionable. Mike Pettine said he and Haden will have a conversation Saturday about whether Haden can play.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said WR Steve Smith (back) is making progress and he’s optimistic that he’ll return after Sunday’s game.

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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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins: "I don't know whether I'm going to play or not, but if it's an emergency, if I need to play, I think I'll play."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Karlos Williams (concussion) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) have both been ruled out for the Bills for Sunday's game vs. Titans.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins (calf) is officially questionable for the Bills' game Sunday vs. Tennessee. Watkins was limited in practice Friday.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said four starters will not play Sunday: tight end Jordan Reed (concussion), receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring), corner Chris Culliver (knee) and corner DeAngelo Hall (toe).

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Didn't see LB Justin Durant on the practice field today for the Falcons. Been absent all week with an elbow injury and was supposed to see the doctor yesterday. RB Tevin Coleman doesn't have black no-contact jersey on as the last two days. Appears ready to return from fractured rib.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens WR Steve Smith (back) and TE Crockett Gillmore (calf) remain sidelined Friday. They have combined for 29 catches and four TDs this season.

OTL: Arian Foster's secular beliefs

Off the field, the Texans RB occasionally faces a philosophical challenge of being an openly secular player in a league with a strong religious culture.


Lance Dunbar to undergo surgery today

The Cowboys RB will have knee surgery later Friday, according to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. Dunbar tore the ACL in his left knee in Sunday's loss to the Saints and is out for the season.


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Joique Bell, Haloti Ngata and Eric Ebron not working out in open portion of Lions practice Friday. Travis Lewis and Larry Warford returned. DeAndre Levy worked out again.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corners Chris Culliver and DeAngelo Hall and tight end Jordan Reed were not at practice today. Receiver DeSean Jackson has his jersey off and was wearing sneakers. Jackson is not participating in individual drills.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (calf) is participating in positional drills for the second consecutive practice Friday. The Bills will provide his status for Sunday's game by 1 PM.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks, LB Paul Posluszny, TE Julius Thomas are questionable for Sunday. WR Marqise Lee, RB Denard Robinson are out.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Just before Bengals practice Friday, QB Andy Dalton plays catch with a kid who is part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In the foreground is former Cowboys QB and broadcaster Troy Aikman.