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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills confirm that safety Aaron Williams went to the hospital during Sunday's game to take a precautionary MRI after taking a hard hit from Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry. Williams is now traveling back to Buffalo with his team.


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

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Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has multiple rushing TD in a game for the 3rd time this season. That's tied with David Johnson for most such games in the NFL.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots would have been 8-of-8 on third down if not for drops by running back Brandon Bolden and receiver Julian Edelman, as they lead the Steelers 14-10 at the half. Both teams have moved the ball on offense, so this has come down to third down and the red zone situations. The Patriots get the ball to open the second half.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Landry Jones came to play. He's got a 98.4 rating on 14-of-19 passing for 179 yards, a score and an interception. Aside from maybe three throws, he's been perfect. Now comes the hard part - Bill Belichick's second-half adjustments.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny says coach Gus Bradley has not lost the locker room, despite the way things unraveled today: "I don't think that's the case. That means I've done a poor job. I have a 'C' on my chest. That's not going to be the case because as players we're not going to allow that."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs overcame a 14-0 deficit to take a 17-14 at halftime. Jameis Winston has had costly mistakes -- he threw an interception and had an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but he atoned for it with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Russell Shepard on third-and-9 with :53 to go in the first half.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has five catches for 107 yards against San Diego's defense and it's only halftime. The Chargers have turned it over twice and look overmatched in this one, Melvin Gordon's two TDs Kept San Diego within shouting distance, trailing 27-17.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Melvin Gordon fantasy owners continue to cash in on deep red zone carries with the Chargers RB. Gordon is averaging only 2.6 yards per carry versus the Falcons, but he just scored his second TD of the day on three-yard run.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Three trips to red zone, seven points for Steelers offense. That won't get it done against New England.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs wide receiver Russell Shepard now has two career touchdown catches and they've both come against Chip Kelly-coached teams. He signed with Kelly's Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He told me this week he always gets amped up to face Kelly.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars DT Malik Jackson and CB Jalen Ramsey, both of whom got ejected in the second half, were already gone from the locker room when it was opened for the media.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo's 38-yard field goal made it 14-10 49ers, but Jameis Winston cost his team a touchdown with that unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing with an official. He has to keep his emotions in check. They could have gone for it on fourth-and-1, but instead, they were pushed back to fourth-and-16.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Landry Jones with two dimes on that drive - a teardrop to Antonio Brown and a shot to Darrius Heyward-Bey in the corner for a 13-yard score. There's a ballgame.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

There is still 6:02 left in the first half and Bucs running back Jacquizz Rodgers already has 102 rushing yards (11 carries) against the 49ers. The Niners gave up 140 rushing yards and three touchdowns last week to LeSean McCoy.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

A feel for the Patriots' TE usage: Rob Gronkowski has played 23 of the first 26 offensive snaps of the game, as the only package he isn't a part of is the 2-WR, 1-TE, 1-FB-1-RB package. In turn, Martellus Bennett has played 13 of the first 26 offensive snaps. He isn't part of the 3-WR, 1-TE, 1-RB package or the 2-WR, 1-TE-2-RB package. The Patriots lead 14-0 with 10:58 remaining in the second quarter.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick just threw his first interception of the season courtesy of a poor decision. Kaepernick had room to run up the middle but tried to force it outside the numbers across his body to TE Vance McDonald. The Niners simply aren't good enough to overcome those kind of costly turnovers and Tampa Bay has a good chance to tie it up here.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins DE Mario Williams said there was no extra good feelings beating the Bills. He's just happy the team got a win.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills C Eric Wood says Aaron Williams left today's Bills game in an ambulance. Williams sustained a head and neck injury on a hit by Jarvis Landry.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Evans returned to action after having his abdomen area checked. Evans has become the focal point of the Bucs' passing game. His 12.4 targets per game are more than any other player in the league.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley: "I know it's going to go right to quarterback but we all need to take responsibility."

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Brad Keselowski is out of the Chase after his engine died with 44 laps left in the race at Talladega. He had led 90 laps before the engine went up in smoke.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi said he had cramps down the stretch because it's the most carries he's had in a long time. He's fine heading into the bye week.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Smart call from the Patriots to get the ball to RB James White on the screen pass for a TD. That breaks some tendencies from a defensive perspective. Third and short. Spread set. There isn't a high-alert for the screen in that situation.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers defense getting decent pressure up front in forcing Tom Brady to use his legs for two third downs. But Pittsburgh is usually better defending the screen - Lawrence Timmons and Robert Golden got cleared out by blocks on that 19-yard, clear-path touchdown for Patriots RB James White.