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Seifert: Signs point to Dalton breakthrough

Is Andy Dalton finally ready to take Cincinnati on a deep playoff run? When you consider how he's progressed and how the Bengals have evolved as a team, the outlook is promising.

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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.

Hardy must temper expectation in Cowboys' debut (1:10)
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numberFire: Best Week 5 Eliminator picks

Need to know the best selections for your Eliminator pool for Week 5? NumberFire is here to help, projecting the safest plays for helping you survive and advance.

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Power Rankings: Rewarded for big wins?

The Rams made major headway after winning in Arizona. The Ravens and Giants also rose in the wake 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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40mPaul Gutierrez

49ers' Brooks leaves team for 'family reasons'

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks is away from the team for "family reasons," coach Jim Tomsula announced Wednesday morning.

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NFL approves international games through '25

NFL owners have approved more international games through 2025, including ones in places other than England, as Germany and Mexico have shown interest.

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1dMike 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.

Dynamic Duo: Austin and Gurley (1:00)

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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2dJohn 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.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers when asked if he could go all year without an interception: "It's Week 5. That's a tough one to answer. I don't know if it's possible. I don't think it is, but I enjoy the streak."

Cowboys, Dez still eyeing Week 7 return

Owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday that Week 7 vs. the Giants continues to be the Cowboys' target date for WR Dez Bryant's return from a broken foot. Bryant hasn't played since a Week 1 win vs. the Giants.

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Julius Thomas makes step toward return

The Jaguars' tight end practiced without a cast for the first time since breaking his hand Aug. 14 during Jacksonville's preseason opener. Thomas, who caught 12 TDs last season with Denver, isn't sure of when he will return: "It's going to be a continuous process working with the doctors. It's not going to be just you cross one hurdle off and go play with the rest of the kids."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan has a Nashville-area home in same gated neighborhood as Ken Whisenhunt. Whiz said he's not seen Ryan. "Maybe I've just not been there that much." Joked he wasn't invited to neighborhood pot luck but that the two could "compare notes, share some info."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith said they call top cornerback Desmond Trufant "Sticky Man" for the way he covers and shuts down one side of the field.

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Odell Beckham: These are grown men out here. I don’t think anybody should be talking about what happened after they lost a game.”

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio considers himself a good luck charm for the Chicago Cubs. Fangio tells us he was in San Francisco when the Giants won two of their World Series titles. Fangio even said he was the Texans defensive coordinator in 2005 when the Astros reached the World Series.

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Odell Beckham says he'll appeal his fine. "I get punched every single game. I get hit in my face every single game."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs QB Jameis Winston on Falcons RB, former Florida State teammate Devonta Freeman leading the league in scoring (42 points), "I'm not surprised at all, man. He's a baller. Anything you ask him to do, he's going to handle it."

Stallworth: Brady paid per interception

With the story of Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill expressing his frustration with practice-squad players last week, it sparked chatter on social media among former players. Donte' Stallworth, for example, tweeted that he recalled Pats QB Tom Brady taking a different approach with practice squad players. Giving back?

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees said he's fine, he's full with his shoulder injury. Made every throw in practice. He told the team to take him off the injury report because he doesn't like being on there.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"I don't play for job security." - Colin Kaepernick

'What were you, on SnapFace there?'

Bill Belichick will notice if a reporter is paying a little too much attention to his or her phone. And he did so today using one of his favorite jokes.


Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell on the batted ball controversy at the end of Monday night's Lions-Seahawks game: “After a certain point, you’ve just got to stop talking about it. After the game was over with, it was done, and we moved on. Nothing you can do about it. It doesn’t help you to lament or anything of that nature. It may make you feel good for a moment, but it doesn’t make any difference in the grand scheme of things. So it makes sense to move on quickly.”

Berry's Flex rankings for Week 5

Matthew Berry's in an Atlanta state of mind for Week 5. RB Devonta Freeman is No. 9 overall and his teammate, Julio Jones, remains at No. 1 overall. Top 200

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Kelly responds to his running back

Eagles coach Chip Kelly on DeMarco Murray's comments that he's not getting enough touches: "It’s tough to be productive when you’re not on the field."


Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

This is standard around the Giants' building and has been for some time. As I understand, it's standard around the league.

Is Roddy White being selfish?

His & Hers hosts Michael Smith and Jemele Hill differ on whether the Falcons WR should be criticized for saying he wants the ball more.


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees was participating in the early portion of Saints practice that was open to the media Wednesday, but LT Terron Armstead was not. Armstead played through an unspecified leg injury in last Sunday’s game. It’s too early in the week to predict if he is in jeopardy of missing this week’s game at the Philadelphia Eagles. If so, rookie first-round draft pick Andrus Peat would take his place.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

For Broncos today tackle Ty Sambrailo (shoulder) not practicing, but was on the field working with strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson so is making progress toward returning to lineup and wide receiver Cody Latimer (groin) was not practicing. Quarterback Peyton Manning looked to be sticking to the usual Wednesday schedule -- on field but not throwing in drills. Louis Vasquez, Evan Mathis and DeMarcus Ware held out largely as rest days.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Percy Harvin says Bills coaches started having players doing push-ups today at practice if they committed a penalty. Bills are the NFL's most-penalized team.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins tells me he'll test his calf injury tomorrow and the Bills will make a decision from there. But nothing set right now on his status for Sunday vs. Titans.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson said he's "trying to be" optimistic about playing Sunday against the Falcons. Jackson was limited in practice but said he felt good and said he'll have a much better idea about Sunday after the next two days of practice.

Week 5 fantasy football RB ranks

Devonta Freeman is a near-universal pick as a top-5 RB to start this week. RB ranks

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These teams have their priorities in order

Some players on these "Mighty Mites" teams stopped what they were doing to dance when "Watch Me Whip" came on -- while the rest of their teammates continued to play. Watch them 'Whip'

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