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Seifert: Signs point to Dalton breakthrough

Is Andy Dalton finally ready to take Cincinnati on a deep playoff run? When you consider how he's progressed and how the Bengals have evolved as a team, the outlook is promising.

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Kacsmar: Most aggressive, conservative QBs

Which QBs push the envelope on third down -- and which are comfortable playing it safe? Scott Kacsmar digs into Football Outsiders' data vault to find out.

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2hMatt Bowen and Louis Riddick

Bowen & Riddick: 10 toughest players to cover

Which NFL receivers would you least want to cover one-on-one? ESPN Insiders -- and former NFL safeties -- Matt Bowen and Louis Riddick rank the league's 10 biggest matchup nightmares.

Hardy must temper expectation in Cowboys' debut (1:10)
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numberFire: Best Week 5 Eliminator picks

Need to know the best selections for your Eliminator pool for Week 5? NumberFire is here to help, projecting the safest plays for helping you survive and advance.

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NFL approves international games through '25

NFL owners have approved more international games through 2025, including ones in places other than England, as Germany and Mexico have shown interest.

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Power Rankings: Rewarded for big wins?

The Rams made major headway after winning in Arizona. The Ravens and Giants also rose in the wake of road victories, but not as much as you might have guessed.

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Tuley: Week 5 NFL Vegas Power Rankings

Which team is the NFL's best in Las Vegas' eyes? Dave Tuley and two Vegas handicappers give their power ratings for every NFL team heading into Week 5.

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1dMike Sando

Sando: Seattle's offense will get better

The Seahawks' offense hasn't looked good so far, but recent history tells us Pete Carroll's team gets better on offense as the season goes along, and that would make sense with this group.

Dynamic Duo: Austin and Gurley (1:00)

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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2dJohn 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.

Vick, Steelers looking to bounce back in San Diego (1:55)


Arians: Batting call would hospitalize me

Bruce Arians said he’d still be in the hospital with high blood pressure if his team had been victimized by the Monday Night Football batted ball fiasco, which he said he identified as an illegal play immediately. Arians: NFL needs full-time refs

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Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

"We do have room to improve," Andy Reid said of Chiefs' defensive problems. "We've played some good offenses." The Chiefs have allowed 30-plus points in each of their last three games.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says quarterback Cam Newton is playing his "best complete football."

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars TE Julius Thomas says he'll still wear something on his fractured hand for protection but no cast. He has been cleared to start catching passes in individual drills.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly still hasn't met with the independent neuro specialist that has to clear him from the concussion protocol. He appears optimistic enough that will happen that he told reports he will talk to us next week.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys LB Rolando McClain is on the practice field for the first time since last season ended. He's expected to play Sunday against New England but can be be a full time contributor?

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Pettine said any criticism of CB Joe Haden for his decision not to play Sunday vs. San Diego is unwarranted and unfair. Pettine said much of the criticism falls on the way he explained the situation. Said Haden “wanted to be out there” but felt he’d hurt team to play with injury.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he has not spoken to Roddy White yet regarding White's desire for more touches but said they would speak once White comes back in town after being excused for personal reasons. Quinn reiterated what he said Monday about White being an important part of the team moving forward.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

By the way, the podium that was for former head coach Joe Philbin is too small and too short for new interim head coach Dan Campbell, who has to crouch down to get through his press conference.

These teams have their priorities in order

Some players on these "Mighty Mites" teams stopped what they were doing to dance when "Watch Me Whip" came on -- while the rest of their teammates continued to play. Watch them 'Whip'

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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Lewis believes the uptick in penalties league-wide stems from teams/refs adjusting to changes in rules and offensive schemes. Says so many penalties can affect a team's rhythm, but his focus is on getting his players to cut down on dumb penalties like personal fouls.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Roddy White won't participate in practice today. Not injury related

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Lewis, on Seahawks S Kam Chancellor's heads up play punching the football out of Calvin Johnson's hands Monday: "It's what he does. It's what their whole defense does." Lewis credited Seattle's knack for getting trying to get turnovers.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill confirmed he said something about a "scout team and trophy." He talked to those players later and cleared the air, Tannehill said.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Blake Bortles has his right ankle taped, as did LB Paul Posluszny. Looks like Poz has a good chance of playing for Jaguars Sunday.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said he got upset in practice and said some things but did not say anything about a paycheck.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers coach Mike McCarthy on Aaron Rodgers’ zero interceptions this year: “It's always been a focus, and he's doing the best job he's done.”

Week 5 fantasy football rankings: QBs

Our experts still think Drew Brees is elite for his game with the Eagles Sunday. Quarterback rankings

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady talks about how he will spend some extra time before Sunday's game getting acclimated to AT&T Stadium in Dallas, where he has never played.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins players spoke about the increased energy in practice today. Veteran Branden Albert says the key is players buying in to new interim coach Dan Campbell and says they are.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions QB Matthew Stafford said there has been an effort to get the ball out quick the past couple weeks -- in part due to the defenses the are playing and Arizona is no different.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson is going through individual drills for the first time since hurting his hamstring in the season opener. Tight end Jordan Resd is not practicing. He suffered a concussion against the Eagles.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Calvin Johnson said he didn't know the batted ball rule, but saw the ball going out of the end zone. If he had to do play over, he would do the same thing.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly asked trainer Ryan Vermillion for permission to hit the blocking dummy. He got the thumbs up to do that even though he is not in pads. When he gets the thumbs up to practice after being in the concussion protocol for almost a month remains to be seen.