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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?

1hSharon Katz

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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Chargers TE Gates is 9th to reach 100 TD catches

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates became the ninth player in NFL history to catch 100 touchdowns with a 12-yard reception in the first quarter of Monday's 24-20 loss to the Steelers.

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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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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.

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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Charles Tillman really likes peanuts

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


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

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.

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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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

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.”


Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens cut pass rusher Jason Babin and CB Rashaan Melvin and promote CBs Asa Jackson and Charles James from the practice squad. Baltimore is shaking up the roster a bit after first 1-4 start in Ravens history.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (hamstring/toe) went through walk through today and he anticipates Jones playing Thursday night vs. Saints.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly appears to be doing everything. First up to hit the sled. No sign of DE Jared Allen, who pinched a nerve in lower back against Tampa Bay. Ron Rivera didn't seem concerned last week.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

NFL released statement on MNF clock malfunction. Said side judge responsible for catching error and did not. Clock operator and game officials to be reviewed per standard procedure. Case closed.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have signed QB Josh Johnson, which indicates that the Bills might have some concern about the health of Tyrod Taylor. Rex Ryan said Tuesday that Taylor was "banged up" and "sore." The Bills cut K Billy Cundiff to make room for Johnson.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly returning to practice for the first time since suffering a concussion late in the first half of the Sept. 13 opener at Jacksonville.

Riddick is Lions RB to own in fantasy

Eric Karabell says of Lions RB Theo Riddick: "He's doing a really great job catching passes, getting into the end zone on occasion. ... Is he a flex option even in standard leagues? Yes he is."


'Boys should use bye to say bye-bye to QB

The Cowboys need something better than what QB Brandon Weeden has given them, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor. Which is why Garrett, Jones and virtually everybody else at the club's Valley Ranch training complex understands it's time to give Matt Cassel a chance to play. Time to go

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From The Mag: How Ray Lewis got his name

Ray Lewis never questioned most things in his life growing up. They just were. But, as he writes in his autobiography, there was one piece he questioned: His name. "Messed up" family tree

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Stephen A. pleasantly surprised with Vick

On First Take, Stephen A. Smith said of Michael Vick's performance in the Steelers' Monday night win: "This was a really big moment for him, so I was happy for him ... I think he showed us a little something."


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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