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Officiating slump coincides with personnel turnover

There are 23 officials with two or fewer years of experience in the NFL. Could that be the reason for the increase in high-profile mistakes?

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Brady hopes Gronk injury is not too serious (0:46)
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Game balls: Who starred in Week 12

Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who is now 4-0 as a starter this season, and Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin are among Sunday's top performers.

Kearse: We left it all out on the field (0:45)
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Four downs: Chiefs can swing fantasy playoffs

Alex Smith is playing like a top-10 fantasy quarterback, his weapons are producing and Kansas City's schedule couldn't be easier for the stretch run.

Winston disappointed in game, not situation (0:43)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtland Finnegan will wear No. 26 for the Panthers. "I got Rod Woodson," Finnegan said.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets CB Marcus Williams is week-to-week with an MCL sprain, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan. Amazing stat on Williams: He has a team-high five interceptions despite having played only 242 defensive snaps (roughly the equivalent of four full games). No wonder his teammates call him "The Playmaker."

Why to watch Ravens-Browns on MNF

The Ravens and Browns may be a combined 5-15 this season, but that doesn't mean their Monday night matchup will be a dud. All 10 of the Ravens' games have been decided by 8 points or less, including a 33-30 loss to the Browns in Week 5. Lots of close MNF games

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Not Ray Lewis on stopping Cam's dabbing

"He got your wife dabbing. He got your kids dabbing. He got coach Roy Williams from the Chapel Hill Tar Heels dabbing. Stop this man from dancing!"


Russell Wilson has a happy birthday

Wilson put up 34 ESPN standard fantasy points on Sunday, his 27th birthday. It's the third-best fantasy performance by a player on his birthday since 1960. Week 12 fantasy fallout

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears did not release any injury information on Monday, but tight end Martellus Bennett (ribs) participated in the open portion of practice. Wide receiver Eddie Royal (knee) did not.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Never seen this before: For the first time since he signed with the Packers in 2014, Julius Peppers is not practicing and presumably will appear on the injury report for the first time since he's been in Green Bay.

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Rex Ryan says he feels the frustration from fans about 15-year playoff drought. Says he takes full responsibility for ending it.

Clock mismanagement hurts Pats in loss

Trent Dilfer breaks down how clock mismanagement contributed to the Patriots' 30-24 loss to the Broncos.


Barnwell: Pats still positioned for SB run

The Patriots lost their first game of the season Sunday, and added a few players to an already-packed injury list. But Bill Barnwell isn't giving up on New England. Still SB contenders

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton after third straight loss, an ugly 24-6 dud at Houston: So now for us, as tough a pill as it is to swallow yesterday, and its tough for every one of us, by the time tomorrow comes around weve gotta get ourselves backup off the mat and prepare for a real good football team thats coming in here (the 11-0 Carolina Panthers). November is a month where oftentimes division races, playoff ramifications, all of those things get a little bit more clear. And we didnt play as well as we would have liked to play in that month.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Gus Bradley says he's not sure when the point comes when Blake Bortles should stop making stupid mistakes. Hopes it is soon. Has to be beyond throwing beyond LOS twice in a game or throwing bad INTs to give Jaguars best chance to win.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan says Alex Carrington (quad) is likely out for the season. Adds it doesn't look great for Nigel Bradham (ankle) to play this week. Up in air whether Karlos Williams (shoulder) will be ready.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan says challenge process broke down, failed for Bills in yesterday's game. Says he had no idea Jeremy Maclin's catch was in question until media asked about it.

Phil Sheridan ESPN Staff Writer 

Chip Kelly says he did not talk to USC about its coaching job. He was not in Philadelphia Friday, he said. "I've never been involved" with another job since joining Eagles, Kelly said.

Uni Watch: 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

NHL onesies, Tecmo Bowl NFL t-shirts, college-themed sneakers and painted baseballs are among Paul Lukas' top options for those fans who are looking beyond the usual hats and jerseys. Shop 'til you drop

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Bayless fired up about refs in Pats game

Skip wants to give credit where it's due to a Broncos squad that played a great game but ... "My final score of that game is Refs 30, Tom Brady 24."


Happy Birthday, Bo Jackson!

Bo turns 53 today, and on this date in 1987, he set the Raiders single-game rushing record by running for 221 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-14 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

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Denver gets Brady back for Facebook post

Before playing the Broncos Sunday night, Tom Brady posted a photo of himself on Facebook riding a bucking bronco. After the Broncos beat the Pats, Denver did a quick edit on Brady's photo. Feel the burn

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Belichick really not happy with question

A reporter dared to ask Bill Belichick his emotions after seeing Rob Gronkowski down on the field. Note: Do not ask Bill Belichick about his emotions.


How might Heisman contenders fare in NFL?

NFL Insiders Mel Kiper and Todd McShay huddled up to pick their top 4 for the Heisman race (spoiler: Derrick Henry tops both lists.) But how might those candidates perform in the NFL draft? Predictions (Insider)

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

In the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, with the Seahawks needing to keep up with Ben Roethlisberger, QB Russell Wilson went 7 for 9 for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson battled flu-like symptoms and took three IVs during the game, he said. But he came up huge for the Seahawks on his 27th birthday.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers are throwing tight end Andrew Quarless right into a full-pads practice on Monday for his first action since his Week 3 knee injury. I think Andrew being in pads today will benefit as much as anybody. More so than anybody, coach Mike McCarthy said. How he fares in practice will determine if he has any chance to play on Thursday at Detroit.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott says he's ready to become a head coach, but his complete focus is on beating New Orleans on Sunday to get to 12-0. McDermott interviewed with Washington in 2013 after Carolina finished second in the NFL in total defense. His current defense is No. 2.