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Power Rankings: Sizing up the underachievers

After five weeks, there's no shortage of big-name teams struggling to meet expectations. Are the Cowboys, Seahawks and Eagles becoming afterthoughts in our hierarchy?

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Broncos overrated per FPI

Which teams are too high and too low in ESPN's Week 6 Power Rankings? ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) examines the Broncos, Eagles and others.

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Why Brady, Rodgers, Dalton are leading MVP candidates

Two QBs have combined for four MVP awards and five Super Bowl titles. One QB has never won a playoff game. But this season is all that matters in the MVP race, and here are the early front-runners.

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Twitter suspends accounts after NFL complaints

Twitter accounts for the websites Deadspin and SB Nation were suspended by the social media platform Monday night, after the NFL filed notices related to use of copyrighted video highlights.

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Who's up, who's down after Week 5

Among the players trending up: QB Josh McCown, who led the Browns to a win. Lions QB Matthew Stafford and Falcons QB Matt Ryan, on the other hand, struggled Sunday.

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Cassel to start over Weeden after bye

Brandon Weeden has been informed by Cowboys coaches that the team will start Matt Cassel after the bye week vs. the Giants, according to ESPN and media reports.

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Steelers Super Bowl contenders?

The NFL Insiders crew thinks Pittsburgh will be great once QB Ben Roethlisberger returns from injury. "They’ve got a great passing game with Ben there. They’re a bonafide challenger when he’s back."


Charles Tillman really likes peanuts

The Panthers CB, who stopped by ESPN on his bye week, probably knows more about peanuts than you do.


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More from Saints DC Rob Ryan: "Hell, we're probably last in the league in every single category. ... We plan on getting better, we know who we're playing this week (the 5-0 Falcons). And it's gonna be a hell of a challenge and our guys will be up for it."

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"(Colin) Kaepernick remains the same; he's a threat, played well (Sunday) night. They're trying to find what he does well with the guys around him now, and they're starting to find their way that way a little bit. Obviously, they have a great back in Carlos Hyde, three really good tight ends and the receivers (Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin)...guys that we know well. It's a dangerous group." - Ravens coach John Harbaugh, on facing the 49ers this weekend at Levi's Stadium.

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Saints G Jahri Evans said he will play Thursday vs Falcons. He missed the last three games with a knee injury.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton on Falcons QB Matt Ryan, "No. 1, he's extremely competitive. He's always played some of his best football, it seems, in the fourth quarter. And then he's accurate. He's got enough escapability that he can extend the play, find the receiver down the field. When you start putting together all the things you're looking for from a skillset, the leadership; he's durable as well. He's doing a great job of playing the position and obviously playing it effectively late in the game. What's most important is winning, and he's doing a good job with that."

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

With a rash of injuries along the O-line, Chargers HC Mike McCoy was asked if the team should have drafted an offensive lineman in the first round instead of a running back: "We are very pleased with who we picked. Melvin Gordon is a special player."

5 reasons why Andy Dalton could win MVP

Scoff if you like. But the Cincinnati QB is one of three quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for more than 1,500 yards and have a TD-to-INT ratio better than 5-to-1 through their teams' first five games. The other two, Peyton Manning in 2013 and Aaron Rodgers in 2011, went on to win the MVP award. 4 more reasons

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NFL Power Rankings: Muddle in the middle

Did you see the Seahawks starting 2-3? How about the Cowboys? Or Eagles? Overall, 10 teams stand at 2-3. Do we see potential in anyone among this mediocre tier? Full rankings

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NFL won't let Williams wear pink all year

The NFL has players wear pink accessories in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but DeAngelo Williams -- who lost his mother to breast cancer -- wanted to wear them all season. However, the league told him no, saying there are no exceptions to the uniform policy. Story

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera admitted he thought "what if" when he saw wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in the locker room today. Benjamin was lost for the season with a knee injury in training camp. Rivera said nobody is having to remind Benjamin to eat "clean" after concerns with weight during the offseason.

Daniel Fells' MRSA recovery good so far

Said ESPN's Dan Graziano: "There are still more surgical procedures that await. Their hope is that he continues to respond well to the mixture of antibiotics they have him on."


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly obviously is thrilled to be out of the concussion protocol. Here's what he said about when the injury occurred.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers DE Jared Allen didn't practice today because of a pinched nerve. Said it is hard to feel his foot. Here's what he said when asked if he could play Sunday against Seattle.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers DE Jared Allen was trying to explain explain how to chase Russell Wilson when he said you have to "shoot your gun," then caught himself and said he probably shouldn't have said it that way. He eventually got to take your shot" to be politically correct. He jokingly reminded he is an avid hunter. It was a funny moment.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams had first bye week practice Tuesday with emphasis on making corrections and self-scouting. They'll get a head start on preparations for week 7 against Cleveland this week but for now their focus is on improving within. That means more reps for young players and some down time for veterans like James Laurinaitis, Robert Quinn and others.

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Julio Jones on the practice field today participating while dealing with hamstring and toe injuries. He expects to play Thursday night against the rival Saints, and Coach Dan Quinn anticipates the same.

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Falcons WR Julio Jones said history shows he's played through a lot of injuries, like a broken foot and numerous hamstring injuries. Jones said his leg would have to be cut off or something for him not to play. Coach Dan Quinn said he anticipates Jones (hamstring/toe) facing the Saints on Thursday night after he participated in Tuesday's walkthrough.

Field Yates' free-agent finds

OK, so you have to replace injured Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles. Have you considered Charcandrick West, owned in just 0.3 percent of leagues? Other top options

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NFL Week 5 in emojis

Sarina Morales recaps the week with the help of her trusty emojis and says it's a really bad idea to make Tom Brady angry.


DeMarcus Ware out Sunday vs. Browns

ESPN's Bill Polian said Wade Phillips and the Broncos will need to fill that void: "They are going to have to be able to create some blitzes that create pressure that Ware would otherwise get.”