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What's trending in the NFL: Raiders assessing Las Vegas; Browns owner discusses Johnny Manziel

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Raiders owner to scout in Las Vegas (2:41)

ESPN NFL Nation reporter Paul Gutierrez discusses Raiders owner Mark Davis impending trip to Las Vegas and the viability of a team in Sin City. (2:41)

Here are the top stories from Thursday:

ESPN.com continued its look at #SuperBowl50Rank on Thursday, unveiling the 50 best players in Super Bowl history. Here are links to Nos. 50-1:

  • 10-1, led by quarterbacks Tom Brady and Troy Aikman

  • 30-11, featuring running back Marcus Allen and quarterback Bart Starr

  • 50-31, featuring running back Thurman Thomas and quarterback Doug Williams

Sources: Raiders owner Mark Davis to scout potential stadium sites in Las Vegas (by Paul Gutierrez)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning relaxed in talking HGH report, "last rodeo" comments (by Jeff Legwold)

From Mike Sando's ranking of the Super Bowl MVPs, in which Joe Montana's performance in Super Bowl XXIV is No. 1: "Montana and the 49ers came about as close to perfection as a team could come during their 55-10 victory over the Denver Broncos, who had led the NFL in points allowed that season. Montana had five touchdown passes on 29 attempts before heading to the sideline for the game's final 11 minutes."

Panthers cornerback Josh Norman praises Peyton Manning, willing to bow to him after interception (by Jeremy Fowler)

Browns owner: Quarterback Johnny Manziel's got to live up to expectations (by Pat McManamon)

From Matt Bowen's story on the five most underrated players in Super Bowl 50Insider: "The Broncos have legit talent -- and speed -- on the edge of their defensive front, and Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware are the names we're most familiar with. But don't forget about [Derek] Wolfe's impact as a defensive end in the Broncos' base front and as an interior rusher in Phillips' sub packages."

Did Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson Google his Instagram description of Ciara? (by Sheil Kapadia)

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce to have his own reality TV dating series (by Adam Teicher)


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From ESPN Stats & Information research: The Broncos are the 12th team to reach the Super Bowl after leading the league in total defense in the regular season. Those previous 11 teams are 9-2 in the Super Bowl.