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Officiating slump coincides with personnel turnover

There are 23 officials with two or fewer years of experience in the NFL. Could that be the reason for the increase in high-profile mistakes?

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Brady hopes Gronk injury is not too serious (0:46)
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Game balls: Who starred in Week 12

Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who is now 4-0 as a starter this season, and Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin are among Sunday's top performers.

Kearse: We left it all out on the field (0:45)
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Four downs: Chiefs can swing fantasy playoffs

Alex Smith is playing like a top-10 fantasy quarterback, his weapons are producing and Kansas City's schedule couldn't be easier for the stretch run.

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Zimmer: This was a big win for us (0:45)


Pats injuries have piled up this season

Injuries have ravaged the Patriots in 2015, and Sunday night's loss to the Broncos was no different as TE Rob Gronkowski and LB Donta Hightower both left with knee ailments. In fact, ESPN's Mike Reiss counts 16 significant injuries to the Pats 53-man roster this season. Next man up?

Not Ray Lewis on stopping Cam's dabbing

"He got your wife dabbing. He got your kids dabbing. He got coach Roy Williams from the Chapel Hill Tar Heels dabbing. Stop this man from dancing!"


Bayless fired up about refs in Pats game

Skip wants to give credit where it's due to a Broncos squad that played a great game but ... "My final score of that game is Refs 30, Tom Brady 24."


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints OT Zach Strief: "Any guy in here is as disappointed in himself as anyone is gonna be toward him. We're more upset about the record than any fan could possibly be. We're the ones that are in here working."

Happy Birthday, Bo Jackson!

Bo turns 53 today, and on this date in 1987, he set the Raiders single-game rushing record by running for 221 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-14 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

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Denver gets Brady back for Facebook post

Before playing the Broncos Sunday night, Tom Brady posted a photo of himself on Facebook riding a bucking bronco. After the Broncos beat the Pats, Denver did a quick edit on Brady's photo. Feel the burn

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Delvin Breaux an easy and deserving choice for Saints' Ed Block Courage Award this year. Made it to the NFL -- and became a starter in his first season -- nine years after breaking his neck in high school.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Third time is not the charm for Ahmad Bradshaw. Colts place him on injured reserve. Bradshaw suffered a wrist injury against Tampa on Sunday. Colts re-sign Zurlon Tipton

Barnwell: Pats still positioned for SB run

The Patriots lost their first game of the season Sunday, and added a few players to an already-packed injury list. But Bill Barnwell isn't giving up on New England. Still SB contenders

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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Geno Atkins was a real force for the Bengals' defensive line vs St. Louis on Sunday. He had a sack, two tackles for loss, four hurries and two QB hits. All of that earned him a plus-6.3 Pro Football Focus grade, the highest among DTs this week.

Doc: Next season in doubt for Graham

Dr. Mark Adickes uses Giants WR Victor Cruz's prolonged recovery from a torn patellar tendon to explain why he's worried about Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham, who suffered the same season-ending injury Sunday.


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions HC Jim Caldwell said QB Matthew Stafford is "who he is," which is a competitor. Stafford playing better lately.

Clock mismanagement hurts Pats in loss

Trent Dilfer breaks down how clock mismanagement contributed to the Patriots' 30-24 loss to the Broncos.


Brady 'pissed' after loss to Broncos

Pats QB Tom Brady was upset about losing TE Rob Gronkowski and some referee calls made down the stretch in the loss to Denver, telling WEEI: "I don't know that I have ever been so pissed off after a loss, and I think everyone felt the same way. ... The way it all played out, I guess I was pretty pissed off ... the final outcome, the way the final 20 minutes of the game played out."

Osweiler joins small group

Quarterbacks to lead 14-point 4th-quarter comeback vs. Patriots since 2001 in which Tom Brady played the entire game:

  • 2009 Peyton Manning
  • 2015 Brock Osweiler


Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

When BALT signed Matt Schaub, it included a $500K roster bonus if he played 5 percent of snaps, $1M for 10 percent. Schaub about to cash in.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins made it official they've fired OC Bill Lazor and promoted QB coach Zac Taylor to OC. Phil McGeoghan also promoted to WR coach.

ICYMI: OBJ with another mind-blowing catch

This diving, one-handed TD grab might be the second most famous catch in Odell Beckham Jr.'s career, but it was still pretty darn good.


James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins were averaging just 15.6 points per game in the past five weeks under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.

Week 12 Top Fantasy Scorers

  • Matthew Stafford: 34 points
  • Russell Wilson: 34 points
  • Doug Baldwin: 32 points
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick: 29 points
  • Adrian Peterson: 29 points

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't look now: AFC South is not NFL's worst division. AFC South: 18-26. NFC East: 17-27.

Dolphins OC Bill Lazor fired

Miami announced today it has relieved Lazor of his duties, less than two years after hiring him as offensive coordinator. The Dolphins have lost four of their last five games and scored 20 or less points in all five. Dolphins QB coach Zac Taylor will replace Lazor.

ICYMI: Jackson takes his sweet time on TD

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson flew past the secondary on this long TD grab, then leisurely strolled into the end zone early in the Redskins' 20-14 win against the Giants.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills were eliminated from AFC East title contention yesterday for the 20th consecutive season. They have not won the division since 1995.

Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

Tom Brady to @WEEI Monday morning (re: optimism with Rob Gronkowski's injury outlook): "He was in decent spirits, so that made me happy."