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Matthew Berry's Love/Hate for Week 5: Expect Mannings to deliver

Matthew Berry believes both Peyton and Eli Manning are poised for success in Week 5. Plus, why the Chiefs' Alex Smith could be a sleeper and more.

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Rams' Aaron Donald got an early jump on stardom

After a childhood filled with 4 a.m. weight-lifting sessions, Aaron Donald is on the fast-track to becoming the NFL's most dominant defensive tackle.

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What you need to know for Week 5 (1:06)
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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.

The guiding hand who shaped Steelers All-Pro RB Le'Veon Bell (5:26)
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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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Dolphins up intensity with 'Oklahoma drill'

Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell, who vows to "change the culture" in Miami, had his players take part in the "Oklahoma drill" during Wednesday's practice.

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Kiper: Paxton Lynch on latest Big Board

A handful of new names dot Mel Kiper's latest Big Board, but Paxton Lynch of Memphis is the biggest mover. A quarterback with good size, he could end up as a first-round pick someday.

Hardy must temper expectation in Cowboys' debut (1:10)
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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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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.


Flacco reads classic book to kids

There's no doubt about it, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is an elite children's book. Here to read it to Baltimore City elementary school students... is Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Watch it


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Ravens WR Steve Smith, who has micro fractures in his back, said, "I'm feeling good today" as he walked to a meeting. Smith said he would talk to reporters Friday. He didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday.

Hasselbeck has been better than Luck

At least in a small sample size. Matt Hasselbeck posted a Total QBR of 63.7 last week vs. Jacksonville, a considerably higher number than Andrew Luck posted in any of his three starts this season (38.7 was his highest of any start).

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger jogged off the practice field today, guard Ramon Foster confirmed. Teammates teased him, 'don't do that, 7.' Michael Vick said it was good to see Roethlisberger toss the football around, too

Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Eli Manning has been on a hot streak, tossing 7 TDs in his last 3 games. And with the 49ers coming to town, Berry believes it's a recipe for a handful of big plays vs. a team that has allowed the most 20-plus-yard plays this year. Love/Hate Week 5

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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals' Thursday injury report: DID NOT PRACTICE: Wallace Gilberry (calf). LIMITED PARTICIPATION: Jeremy Hill (knee), George Iloka (ankle), Adam Jones (groin). FULL PARTICIPATION: Reggie Nelson (hamstring).

Cowboys speak to Hardy about comments

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett spoke with DE Greg Hardy about his comments about returning "guns blazing," and about the wife of Tom Brady. Said Garrett: "We just addressed it immediately. That's not how we want to operate as an organization. Players and coaches in our organization understand that. We want to distinguish ourselves with our play, not with what we say."

Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Berry can't get enough of the rookie who ran all over the Cardinals a week ago. With the Packers on the docket, who allow the third-most yards before contact and yards per rush, Todd Gurley could go off on Sunday. Love/Hate Week 5

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Cutler says it's been challenging dealing with all the injuries on offense, especially on offensive line. Bears may have to start rookie Hroniss Grasu at center on Sunday in Kansas City. Cutler says Grasu would be the youngest center he's ever worked with.

LB Ahmad Brooks out Sunday (family death)

Niners linebacker will not play Sunday against the Giants after his 40-year-old sister, Casandra, died from lupus, Brooks' agent said.

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How to slow down Aaron Rodgers

Herm Edwards' advice to the Rams: Keep Rodgers off the field as long as possible. And when he's not on the sideline, make sure to keep him in the pocket.


Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Victor Cruz says he can feel a difference already from PRP to calf. He has to wait 10 days after PRP before he can even talk to doctors about what he can do next. But he he's convinced he will play this season and play at a high level again.

Stephen A. shocked by Chip Kelly's comments

Chip Kelly said he has to do a better job play calling. Stephen A. Smith thinks it shows that he's not always robotic. Skip Bayless thinks it comes off as desperate.


James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins have fired defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle Thursday, a league source confirmed.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Something you don't often see in regular season: Two Ravens -- backup safety Anthony Levine and practice squad player Charles James -- got into a little skirmish on punt coverage during media viewing portion of Thursday's practice.

Who does Matthew Berry love in Week 5?

Berry runs through the QB, WR, TE and RB you need to be starting this weekend.


Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Today is the 10-year anniversary of the Chicago Bears signing place kicker Robbie Gould. The 7th most accurate kicker in NFL history, Gould is the franchise record holder for career field goals made (252) and career field goals of 50-yards or more (19).

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan wearing a Sabres jersey to Thursday's practice. Sabres holding their home opener tonight. Rex will be there.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said an MRI showed no damage to Chris Culliver's left knee. Gruden said, "it's something he has to deal with from a pain standpoint." Gruden said he's not sure yet about his chances to play Sunday at Atlanta.

Fisher playing Macarena, annoying players

In preparation for Aaron Rodgers who has a tendency to draw defenders offsides, Rams coach Jeff Fisher has played loud, obnoxious music at practice and scared them with air horns. Said DE William Hayes: "We were in there looking at film and he brings the air horn in there. I was in the boots, getting my legs right, and he comes in there and the first thing I did was I jumped offside." Message (incredibly) loud and clear

What you need to know for NFL's Week 5

Dan Graziano runs through the biggest storylines heading into this weekend, with five unbeaten teams in action and a few playoff contenders in need of a win.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

With Bryan Bulaga in pads for the first time since his knee injury three weeks ago, the Packers have their starting O-line intact for first time since the opener.

Williams, Mariota atop Rookie Rankings

Mel Kiper Jr. gives Leonard Williams bonus points for stepping up due to the Sheldon Richardson injury and the Jets DE gets the edge over Titans QB Marcus Mariota. Top 15 (Insider)

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Roddy White said he just has to be patient and his opportunities will come. Said his talk with Dan Quinn went well and he will do whatever is best for the team in his role.

Phil Sheridan ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles tackles Lane Johnson (65, left) and Jason Peters stretch before Thursday's practice. What they are able to do will determine their availability for Sunday's game against New Orleans, Chip Kelly said.