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Best-case, worst-case scenarios for all 32 teams

Cam Newton and the Panthers soar to 16-0. Chip Kelly and the Eagles continue their free fall. Here are the best- and worst-case scenarios for each NFL team.

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Five things to know about David Johnson

David Johnson leads all rookie running backs and receivers with eight total touchdowns -- four rushing, three receiving and one return touchdown.

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The numbers point to Carson Palmer as NFL MVP (1:39)
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Rankings: A new No. 1 -- finally

The Patriots' reign, which spanned 11 consecutive weeks, is over (at least for now). The top spot in our hierarchy now belongs to Carolina -- the NFL's last unbeaten team. What else has changed?

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Hill: 'I was praying for a block' (0:45)
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Barnwell: Patriots still positioned for Super Bowl run

The Patriots suffered a loss Sunday night, but not the worst kind, given encouraging news on Gronk. The focus now should be on getting in position for January, writes Bill Barnwell.

Broncos O-line steps up, Seahawks should be feared (3:04)
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Denver's Osweiler used time on sidelines wisely

After waiting 43 months, Broncos QB Brock Osweiler has made the most of his opportunity. In the process, he's won over teammates with his confidence and maturity, writes Jeff Legwold.


NFL Power Rankings: A new No. 1

For the first time since Week 2, the NFL Power Rankings feature a new king: the still undefeated Panthers. But how much did the Pats' loss to the Broncos hurt their positioning? Full rankings

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Chris Johnson goes on short-term IR

The Cardinals RB has a fractured tibia and will be eligible to return in eight weeks, just in time for Super Bowl 50, should the team make it that far. Johnson is fourth in the NFL with 814 rushing yards this season.


NFL moves Morelli's crew off Sunday night

Referee Pete Morelli's crew, which was heavily criticized after working Sunday's Cardinals-49ers game, was moved off the Sunday night Colts-Steelers game and instead will work the Eagles-Patriots contest.

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Sport Science: Ravens kick-6

On Monday night, the Ravens' special teams unit scored two touchdowns, including a blocked field goal as time expired.


Top tight ends to target on waiver wire

The Fantasy Football Kickoff crew says if you need to replace Rob Gronkowski in your lineup, some potential options include the Bears' Zach Miller and the Falcons' Jacob Tamme.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

In an unusual twist, the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski released the following statement Tuesday regarding Gronkowski's right knee: "During Sunday nights game, Rob Gronkowski sustained a bone bruise/sprain of his right knee. His status will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis and listed accordingly on the practice participation and injury reports. There is no timetable for his readiness to return, which will be determined in the days or hours prior to the appropriate game. Any timetable reported prior to that final determination would be speculative.

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Cardinals RB Chris Johnson actually would not be eligible to return until Super Bowl. So Cardinals and CJ holding out hope they can make it.

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Cardinals announced they placed RB Chris Johnson on IR designated to return, meaning he is out a minimum of six weeks.

Barnwell: Biggest games left in the NFL

It's Dec. 1. There are 80 total games left in the NFL's regular season, and Bill Barnwell has circled the ones that will decide the playoffs -- and perhaps the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft. Big games

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Calvin Johnson, Matt Prater and Lance Moore were among the Lions who didn't practice Tuesday. As far as Johnson, you should still expect him to be ready to go Thursday against Green Bay.

Devon Still confirms Leah is cancer-free

The former NFL player posted on Instagram last week: "Thanks for all the support and prayers! Just got the phone call that her scans showed NED (no evidence of disease)! #LeahStrong #StillKickinCancersAss." Leah was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in June 2014.

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Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Julius Peppers' first ever stint on the Packers injury report lasted one day. He was removed from it on Tuesday after coach Mike McCarthy gave him a day off for rest.

Jones insists Tony Romo has '4-5 years' left

A fiesty Jerry Jones believes the Cowboys QB has plenty of years left, telling 105.3 The Fan's K&C Masterpiece: "This is not a damn debate, guys. ... [Y]ou're asking me what I think and I think we've got [an] outstanding quarterback ahead of us for the next four or five years."


Who should start at QB for Browns?

With Josh McCown out for the season, the NFL Insiders crew agrees Cleveland needs to start Johnny Manziel to find out if he is the long-term answer at quarterback.


McCown done for year, starter unknown

Mike Pettine said that QB Josh McCown is out for the season with a broken collarbone, but the Browns coach did not announce if Johnny Manziel or Austin Davis would start against the Bengals on Sunday.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton says he "could care less" that the Panthers are the only undefeated team now that New England has lost. "I know it's only ink just for the media," he said. "We can't make it bigger than what it is. Nothing's changed as for our preparation. It's about becoming 1-0 by the end of Sunday."

Test shows Big Ben suffered concussion

The results of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's Impact concussion test showed that Roethlisberger did suffer a concussion, a team official told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Roethlisberger will be in the protocol this week, and the Steelers do not know yet whether he will be able to play Sunday night.

Johnson among top waiver-wire picks

With two Cardinals RBs injured, rookie David Johnson becomes a popular option this week with the fantasy playoffs on the horizon. Free-agent finds

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton isn't sure he will go to see Steph Curry and the unbeaten Golden State Warriors tomorrow at Time Warner Arena. On which team will lose first, Carolina or GS, he said "you know what I am going to say."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton breaking Wednesday tradition and speaking today.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Funny thing, when Panthers cornerback Josh Norman said Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones "completes me" during Sunday's ESPN Countdown Show he wasn't aware that was a famous line from the "Jerry Maguire" movie. But he knows the "show me the money" line.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Roman Harper wishes New England hadn't lost because now all the focus is on Carolina.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei says the ankle he rolled at Dallas is good to go and he will play on Sunday at New Orleans.