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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26mMike 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.

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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.

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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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11hKevin 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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19hJohn 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)
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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.


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."


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.


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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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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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."


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."


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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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.

NFL Week 4 in emojis

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


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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Bennett: Chancellor needs to get paid

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


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

Would Bill Belichick have known the rule?

The non-call Monday night sparked a flurry of discussion on social media, with former Patriots linebacker Rosevelt Colvin reflecting on how the Patriots once practiced illegal bat situations.


DraftKings: No unfair edge in data dump

Following an internal investigation, online fantasy sports site DraftKings contends there was no wrongdoing by an employee who won $350K on rival site FanDuel. A DraftKings staff member inadvertently released data before Week 3 that could be considered insider trading, the New York Times reports. Story

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Drew Brees told me he will incorporate exercises from visit to Dr James Andrews facility into daily program and increase arm strength weekly

Graziano: NFL's L.A. talks 'could get ugly'

NFL owners are meeting today in Los Angeles to discuss, among other things, a big fat relocation fee for 1 or 2 teams to move to L.A. by 2016.


Green Bay still tops updated title odds

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook updated its odds to win the pro football championship and still has Green Bay as the favorite at 5-2. Notably falling is Dallas from 30-1 to 50-1. Every team's odds

Reports: Bills bring in Trent Richardson

The Bills will work out Trent Richardson Tuesday, according to multiple media reports. LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (concussion) are dealing with injuries. Richardson, 25, was released by the Raiders at the end of preseason and has struggled since his breakout 2012 rookie season.

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