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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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Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

NFL continues to examine Qualcomm Stadium clock malfunction this morning. Expecting some reaction today. Outcome of game fortunately unaffected, but consecutive gaffes under glare of Monday Night Football games is troubling.

Marshawn Lynch expected back Sunday

The Seahawks RB has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury but is likely to play Sunday against Carolina. Said coach Pete Carroll: "[Lynch] had a good workout [Monday] and he should be on track [to return to practice on] Thursday."

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Ranking the NFL's six unbeaten teams

The biggest decision comes at No. 1, where there's a close call between the Packers and Patriots. The superb 6 (Insider)

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has been cleared from the concussion protocol to practice today, a league source told Kuechly has been out since suffering a concussion late in the first half of the Sept. 13 opener.

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.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The retiring Steve Spurrier didn't last long in the NFL, but it was long enough to create bad blood with the Jets. In 2003, the Redskins were dubbed the "Jetskins" after signing 4 of their free agents, including Laveranues Coles. Spurrier and Jets assistant Mike Westhoff had a heated exchange at a Miami restaurant when Spurrier bragged he was going to steal more free agents from New York.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux noted how close the games in the Falcons-Saints rivalry have been over the years. Seven of the last 11 matchups between the rivals have been decided by four points or less, including three overtime games. We'll see if that trend continues Thursday night.

'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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Bell scores TD, wins game as time expires

With 5 seconds left on the clock, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell took the direct snap, seemed stopped, but with a second effort, he extended the ball over the goal line for the game-winning TD with the clock at 0s.


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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Ravens coach: No coaching changes

Baltimore is 1-4 this season, and gave up over 500 yards of offense to the Browns on Sunday, but John Harbaugh won't switch up his staff: "Our coaches are doing a great job. We've just got to collectively find a way to finish games and get the job done. We've got tough challenges that we're facing, but we've got just the men for the job right here."

Vick on winning drive: 'It's how you finish'

Steelers QB Michael Vick tells us what was going through his mind before Le'Veon Bell's game-winning, 1-yard TD to give his team the 24-20 win vs. the Chargers.


Is Andy Dalton the NFL MVP so far?

Andy Dalton's red-hot start has propelled the Bengals to a 5-0 start, but whether he has a case as the MVP so far is a question answered by our NFL Live team.


Carroll optimistic on Lynch (hamstring)

Pete Carroll is optimistic that Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will return this week, although he stopped short of making any guarantees. "Supposed to be back," Carroll said. "He had a good workout today, and he should be on track for Thursday." Lynch (hamstring) missed back-to-back games for the first time since joining the Seahawks.


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

More than half Michael Vick's passing yards came in the fourth quarter (116 of 203). "Fourth quarter, we were just throwing everything out there that they had in the book."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Le'Veon Bell: "I wanted to end the game right there, and I'm glad I did."

Bell's TD as time expires lifts Steelers

Antonio Gates returned to score two TDs, including the 100th of his career, but Le'Veon Bell's score in the final seconds pushed the Steelers to a 24-20 win over the Chargers.


Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

NFL declining immediate comment on the 4th quarter clock error at Qualcomm. About 18 seconds ran off clock after touchback. Steelers got ball at 2:38 when should have been 2:56.

Falcons not sure Jones can go Thursday

The Falcons are uncertain whether WR Julio Jones will play Thursday night because of a hamstring injury, a league source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jones did not practice today.