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1hBobby Greenhalgh

Ranking the NFL Week 8 matchups from best to worst

The ESPN Football Power Index ranks the matchup quality of every Week 8 game, led by a showdown between AFC East rivals.

Gronk goes undercover to give passengers surprise of a lifetime (2:50)
Ty Montgomery is among Week 8 must-haves on the waiver wire (2:48)
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5hTim Fiorvanti

Latest Super Bowl 51 odds

Chalk presents the latest odds for every NFL team to win Super Bowl 51, courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Has the NFL lost its 'cool' factor? (2:04)
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Chase Stuart

There are no great NFL teams this year

After Minnesota's loss on Sunday to Philadelphia, there are no remaining undefeated teams. For reference, this time last year, there were five undefeated teams.

McFadden highlights players to watch at trade deadline (0:56)
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The Undefeated: Kaepernick answers what's next

Colin Kaepernick's pregame protests have made waves. Now he is looking to bring his message to the next level, into the boardrooms and executive suites, writes William C. Rhoden.


Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware is participating in practice today for the Broncos. It's the first time he's been in drills during the open period of practice since he suffered a fractured forearm in Broncos' Week 2 win over the Colts.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals promoted WR Chris Hubert from the practice squad to the active roster today. He fills Jaron Brown's roster spot after he was put on IR because of an ACL injury.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end Robert Ayers (red shorts, red socks) returned to practice today for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in Week 2 against the Cardinals. He's not in full pads like the rest of his teammates but he is participating in a few drills, and he did put his hand in the dirt a couple of times.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

"David Johnson's getting better, if that's possible." -- Panthers LB Luke Kuechly. Johnson had 128 yards from scrimmage in last year's NFC Championship Game loss to Carolina. Johnson has had more than 100 yards from scrimmage in every game this season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB Sterling Moore is expected to miss his second straight start Sunday with an abdomen injury, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. The Saints are hoping to get No. 1 CB Delvin Breaux back from a broken fibula soon, though it's too soon to tell if he has a chance to play this week.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Willie Brown offers up some bump-and-run advice to All-Pro DE/OLB Khalil Mack...unless they're talking about something else.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Welcome to the IMG Academy...and the Raiders' Florida practice.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Chiefs QB Alex Smith and Colts RB Frank Gore joined the 49ers as rookie teammates in 2005. The two will be opponents for the first time on Sunday in Indianapolis. Smith said he's not surprised Gore is still going strong. "Not at all," Smith said. "A tremendous football player, a great, great teammate. Hopefully we get the best of him on Sunday but he's a guy I'm still close with and root for from afar."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Early look-in at Jets practice: This is a banged-up team. The biggest concern is C Nick Mangold (ankle), who wasn't spotted at practice -- never an encouraging sign. Others that won't practice: DE Mo Wilkerson (ankle), LB Darron Lee (ankle), TE Kellen Davis (undisclosed), RB Bilal Powell (undisclosed) and CB Buster Skrine (undisclosed). DE Sheldon Richardson wasn't spotted, but he may be excused for a personal reason. His uncle was killed last week.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh McCown left the decision and announcement on whether he would play this weekend to coach Hue Jackson, but said his broken left collarbone feels better every week. McCown has been out since Sept. 18.


Next Wednesday on NFL Live we're hosting a midseason awards ceremony. We're giving fans a chance to cast their votes in a series of polls.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Thomas was happy when he heard that Hue Jackson said he would not be traded. Thomas wants to finish his career in Cleveland, and here explains why.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Matthews spent the early portion of Wednesday's practice on the elliptical machine. Others not practicing: CB Damarious Randall, CB Quinten Rollins, RB James Starks; TE Jared Cook.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger throws a rugby ball, kicks a rugby ball with his injured right knee, then throws a football.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Dion Lewis and G Tre' Jackson, both of whom opened the season on the PUP list, were not at Patriots practice Wednesday.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Both Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins were on the sideline during Wednesday's practice. Looks like it will be LaDarius Gunter and Demetri Goodson at cornerback again Sunday at Atlanta.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Don Jackson practiced with a glove on his left hand but appeared to take part in all drills, at least on a limited basis.

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As Tony Romo inches his way toward potential return, keep in mind he's not taken a regular-season snap in 48 weeks, last Thanksgiving

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly acquired Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy was still adjusting to his surroundings at practice. He wasn't sure whether to stay with the LBs or go to a special-team's drill. After running to special teams, he was told to turn around and re-join the LBs.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins received another good sign as tight end Jordan Reed returned to practice after missing two games with a concussion.