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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21mBrian Burke | ESPN Stats & Information

Burke: Blown call shifted win odds dramatically

The blown call at the end of the Seattle-Detroit game shifted the win odds about as much as a single play can, writes analytics expert Brian Burke. It wasn't the "Fail Mary," but it was close.

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10hKevin 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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18hJohn 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)
19hDave Tuley

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.

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Game balls: Who starred in Week 4

Running back Chris Ivory, who rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' win over the Dolphins in London, is one of Sunday's top performers.


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.


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.


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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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."


Barth back with Bucs

Bucs are re-signing kicker Connor Barth, according to ESPN and multiple reports. They cut Kyle Brindza Monday after the rookie missed three kicks in a loss to the Panthers. Barth was with Tampa Bay from 2009-12.

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."


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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Report: Bears center out for season

Will Montgomery suffered a fractured left tibia in Sunday's game and will miss the rest of the season, according to the Chicago Tribune. The 32-year-old center left early in the game when teammate Charles Leno fell on him. The Tribune reports he will require surgery and will be placed on IR.

Report: Saints to try out kickers, punters

The Saints will try out kickers and punters today, according to Fox Sports. Punter Thomas Morstead (strained quad) was injured during a kickoff on Sunday night and kicker Zach Hocker shanked a 30-yard field goal.

Gerry Austin: Wright play was illegal

Former NFL referee Gerry Austin explains why K.J. Wright's batting the ball out of the end zone for a touchback was actually an illegal play.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills general manager Doug Whaley told WGR 500 on Tuesday that Bills running back Karlos Williams sustained a concussion in the Bills' loss to the Giants. His status is uncertain for Sunday's game against Tennessee.

Explanation from the officiating crew

NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino, after speaking to the officiating crew at Monday night's Seahawks-Lions game: "I have spoken to the referee [Tony Corrente]. He did not see that part of the play because that is not his area. The back judge [Greg Wilson] felt it was not an intentional act, that it was inadvertent."


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks LB K.J. Wright left no doubt about his intentions on the fumble in the end zone. "I wanted to just knock it out of bounds and not try to catch it and fumble it," he said. "...You can't intentionally, I guess, knock it out. But at the time I wasn't thinking that. I was just trying to not mess up the game. So I know now."