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The Big Story for every NFL team

Could the Lions be legitimate contenders in the NFC? Can the Seahawks overcome Earl Thomas' injury? A look at the top storylines for all 32 NFL teams heading into Week 14.

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9hEric Karabell

Bears' Howard emerges as RB1

Eric Karabell sums up a busy Week 13 Sunday, with the Bears' Jordan Howard continuing his rise while other rookies await their chances.

Earl Thomas leaves game with leg injury (0:46)
Golic doesn't believe Thomas is contemplating retirement (1:06)
Cam's fashion statement goes awry (1:17)
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10hTristan H. Cockcroft

Week 13 fantasy football winners and losers

Which fantasy players shined in Week 13, and which left their fantasy owners wanting more? Take a look at Sunday's best and worst with a historical perspective.

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Players recall how the biggest plays of Week 13 went down

Antonio Brown rewards Big Ben's trust; the Chiefs find creative ways to get in the end zone; Tom Brady hits a career milestone; the Bears and 49ers struggle with the forward pass. Listen to the stars describe the big moments.

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Biggest NFL injuries of Week 13

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was carted to the locker room with a left leg injury. Here are some other big names who got nicked up this week.

Brown, Beckham exchange jerseys (0:25)
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18hNFL Vegas Experts

How to bet Indianapolis-New York

Where does the betting value lie in the Monday night matchup between Indianapolis and New York? Our experts provide their picks for the spread, total and prop bets.


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahwks RB Thomas Rawls and WR Tyler Lockett look like they're going to give opposing defenses problems down the stretch.


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

I asked Richard Sherman what Earl Thomas said when he was laying on the field with a fractured lower leg. "He said, ‘That was a hell of a break by me,' " Sherman said. "And it was. It was a perfect break. He said, ‘I read that.' That's Earl being Earl. He wasn't talking about the injury at all. He said he read that play. He was waiting on that. And he made a play."

Cam: I have to abide by coach's rules

Cam Newton says he was benched for the Panthers' first series for not wearing a tie and he understands why Ron Rivera made the decision he made.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

A lot will be made of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton being benched for the opening series of Sunday night's 40-7 loss at Seattle because he didn't wear a tie on the team flight Saturday. But Carolina has a lot more problems than a fashion blunder.


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Ron Rivera said Cam Newton committed a "dress code violation" and he treated him "like I do all the other players": es.pn/2h4t46o

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he didn't have a tie to wear Saturday on the flight here from San Jose, Calif. to Seattle. He reminded that players sent much of their clothes home on Friday. He wore the outfit he is wearing here. Also said the tie didn't cost Carolina the game.

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Cam Newton took responsibility for failing to meet dress code, attributing to miscommunication on his part. Well handled by him IMO

Lockett turns on the jets for 75-yard TD

Seattle's Tyler Lockett gets the handoff and runs past the Panthers' defense for a 75-yard touchdown.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he violated the team dress code for not wearing a tie. Said in a way he met the team down. He also said he has worn a turtleneck before before and not been penalized.

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Seahawks clinch their 5th straight winning season. Their only other streak of at least 5 straight is 2003 to 2007.

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Carolina players basically not addressing Cam Newton being benched for violating the team travel dress code.

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Ron Rivera said Cam Newton held out for travel dress code violation because he wants to treat him like everyone else on the team

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The Seahawks are 18-3-1 in prime time games since Pete Carroll took over as head coach. That's the best record in the NFL in that span.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Tight end Greg Olsen said the Panthers simply aren't playing good football now.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he will play eacb game to win the rest of the season. Playing for pride.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the loss was about a lack of discipline. Said the team didn't practice that way all week.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the way the team played was disappointing.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said it was his decision to bench Cam Newton for the opening series for violating a travel dress code policy.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The best news for the Seahawks coming out of their 40-7 win over the Panthers is that RB Thomas Rawls and WR Tyler Lockett look like they're going to be factors down the stretch. Rawls ran 15 times for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns vs. Carolina. Lockett had five catches for 63 yards to go along with a 75-yard TD run. The defense has questions to answer after safety Earl Thomas suffered a lower leg fracture, but the offense is back on track after a hiccup last week in Tampa.