Why each undefeated team is a Super Bowl contender

NFL Nation reporters take a closer look at the six unbeaten teams across the league and examine reasons to be excited and reasons to be concerned about their potential Super Bowl runs.

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2hMike Sando

Sando: Seattle's offense will get better

The Seahawks' offense hasn't looked good so far, but recent history tells us Pete Carroll's team gets better on offense as the season goes along, and that would make sense with this group.


DraftKings: No unfair advantage for prizewinner

DraftKings and FanDuel continued to defend their integrity after the disclosure that a DraftKings employee won $350,000 with information used in a way that some have likened to insider trading.

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Power Rankings: Rewarded for big wins?

The Rams shot up our hierarchy after winning in Arizona. The Ravens and Giants also rose as a result of road victories, but not as much as you might have guessed.

1hDave Tuley

Tuley: Week 5 NFL Vegas Power Rankings

Which team is the NFL's best in Las Vegas' eyes? Dave Tuley and two Vegas handicappers give their power ratings for every NFL team heading into Week 5.

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12hKevin Seifert

False alarm? Field goal pct. nearly same in '15

A weekend of hand-wringing over NFL place-kicking has left the league right where it started -- with a conversion rate nearly identical to last season's through four weeks of play.

Vick, Steelers looking to bounce back in San Diego (1:55)
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20hJohn Clayton

Clayton: The golden age of Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan is now 30, but he could just be entering his prime, with weapons to throw to, a running game to fall back on, and a coaching staff eager to maximize his talent.

This is the year for Andy Dalton (1:28)
Jaworski: Eagles use of Murray inexcusable (1:30)
22hDave Tuley

Tuley: Week 5 early line moves

ESPN Chalk's Dave Tuley provides his analysis on the early Week 5 pro football line moves, including which teams the wiseguys are on early.

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1dMatt Bowen

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.


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons wide receiver/return specialist Devin Hester, who hasn't played yet this season due to turf toe in his right foot, now won't be able to play in a game until Week 13 (Tampa Bay) after being placed on IR with a designation to return. Hester can't practice for six weeks and can't play for eight weeks. Eric Weems has handled returns with Hester out of the lineup.

Free-agent finds for Week 5

Four teams are on bye this week which means you may need some helps off the waivers. Field Yates says WR Leonard Hankerson is an under-the-radar player to target because he's surpassed Roddy White's production in Atlanta. Players to target

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Luck has partial shoulder subluxation

Colts QB Andrew Luck, who missed Sunday's OT win over Jacksonville, suffered a partial shoulder subluxation, according to multiple reports. The injury was discovered during an MRI, according to reports, and is not considered serious enough to keep Luck from playing Thursday night in Houston.

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ICYMI: Controversial MNF ending

Kam Chancellor saved the game for the Seahawks when he stripped Calvin Johnson just inches from the goal line with less than two minutes left. However, K.J. Wright batted the ball out of the back of the end zone for a touchback that should've been a penalty.


Giants put Fells on IR with staph infection

The Giants have scrubbed their locker room and training room following news of TE Daniel Fells' season-ending staph infection. A Giants' spokesman said: "We are working with infectious disease specialists, and we have defined protocols that we are following in consultation with the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network and local infectious disease specialists. Those protocols are being followed carefully."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he prefers applying pressure with four defenders up front - Thursday's loss to the Ravens was a departure from that, with the game plan calling for more blitzes, resulting in big plays (five sacks, three turnovers) but nearly 200 rushing yards allowed.

Alfred Morris still the Redskins RB to own

He may be off to a disappointing start as he faces increased competition in the Redskins backfield but Eric Karabell says Morris is still the one to play in fantasy.


Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants TE Daniel Fells is being treated for MRSA, and the team's locker room, other facilities have been scrubbed as a precaution.

Burke: Bad call was dramatic in many ways

It wasn’t the Fail Mary, but in terms of blown calls, it’s hard to shift a game result more than what happened last night, writes Brian Burke. Dramatic win probability shift

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Fantasy free-agents for Week 5

Field Yates scours the waivers so you can target the best players for your teams. RB Boobie Dixon could be a fascinating fill-in starter for Buffalo in Week 5. Free-agent finds

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NFL Week 4 in emojis

Sarina Morales breaks down the struggles of the NFL kicker in Week 4.


Bennett: Chancellor needs to get paid

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett videobombed teammate Kam Chancellor's interview by yelling "Pay him!"


Caldwell: 'We're not going to cry about it'

Lions coach Jim Caldwell on the ref's missed call after Seahawks LB K.J. Wright's batted ball was incorrectly ruled a touchback and possession for Seattle: "I mean what can you do? You know what I mean? We're not going to cry about it."


NFL Power Rankings

The Packers are up to No. 2 behind the idle Patriots as the AFC has three of the top five teams. All 32 teams

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Karabell: Stick with Tannehill in fantasy

Eric Karabell recommends being patient with QB Ryan Tannehill and the rest of the Dolphins' offense as their schedule lightens up.


Reactions to controversial ending

  • SEA coach Pete Carroll: "We were fortunate."
  • DET coach Jim Caldwell: "We're not going to cry about it."
  • SEA LB K.J. Wright: "I wanted to just knock it out of bounds and not try to catch it and fumble it."


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman doesn't buy into the argument that Carolina is the worst of the undefeated teams. He says on ESPN's First Take: "The most dangerous thing you can have is 53 guys believing in each other. Right now we have 53 guys believing we are the best in the NFL."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

More on Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman from ESPN's First take. Asked how Carolina is 4-0 he said, "We have a great team. We have a great culture. We've got good character. We all count on each other."

Jeff Daniels: 'You feel cursed'

The actor is a huge Lions fan and he is not happy about the controversial ending to the Detroit-Seattle game. Said Daniels: "It's just painful."


What in the world is an illegal bat?

What happened last night in the Seahawks-Lions game? What's the controversy? Who ever heard of an "illegal bat"? And what SHOULD have happened? You've got questions, we've got answers. FAQ

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Fans will remember 'bat-out-of-hell' play

First Take's Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith agree that the controversial ending to the Lions vs. Seahawks Monday night game was a bad look. Said Bayless: "This is a terrible look for the NFL."


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills are working out RBs Trent Richardson (per Fox Sports), Boom Herron (per NFL Network), and Alfonso Smith (per AP) on Tuesday, after RB Karlos Williams was diagnosed with a concussion. The Bills are also signing WR Walt Powell to their practice squad, a source said.

How the Stars (and Stripes) saved Seattle

Grantland's Bill Barnwell writes that the officials gifting Seattle possession at the end of Monday's game is only a tiny bit less significant than it was for the Patriots to get Tom Brady back for the first four games of 2015. Kinda a big deal