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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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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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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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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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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.


Week 5 fantasy football RB ranks

Devonta Freeman is a near-universal pick as a top-5 RB to start this week. RB ranks

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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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Ryan Tannehill ripped scout squad

The Dolphins QB admitted he made disparaging remarks to his scout-team defense during last weekend's practice in London. Regrets actions

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Garrett hopeful Hardy can play vs. Pats

DE Greg Hardy returns from his four-game suspension this week and Cowboys coach Jason Garrett shared his plan for Hardy leading up to Sunday.


Week 5 fantasy football WR ranks

Calvin Johnson was a controversial pick this week as our experts have him ranging between the second best WR this week and the 11th best. WR ranks

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'What were you, on SnapFace there?'

Bill Belichick will notice if a reporter is paying a little too much attention to his or her phone. And he did so today using one of his favorite jokes.


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons rookie running back Tevin Coleman (26) returned to practice Wednesday after suffering a fractured rib in Week 2 against the New York Giants. Guess is he will be limited.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked during our conference call if he understands the psychology of kickers, now that his team is on a second kicker in Chris Boswell: "No, if I did I would be writing books."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback plans to spend the rest of the bye week getting his body rested and attending his brother's high school game in Atlanta. Has a strategy so he won't be mobbed at the game.

Kelly responds to his running back

Eagles coach Chip Kelly on DeMarco Murray's comments that he's not getting enough touches: "It’s tough to be productive when you’re not on the field."


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said they have to gauge tight end Jordan Reed every day after his concussion. "Safety first," Gruden said. "We have to make sure he's right and go from there."

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.

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.