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11mESPN NFL Insiders

NFL Insiders Predict: Week 4's upsets, fantasy sleepers, more

Are C.J. Anderson's Broncos the best 3-0 team? Will Ben Roethlisberger bounce back against the Chiefs? Our NFL Insiders make their predictions for Week 4.

Belichick indifferent to Rex Ryan's antics (0:38)
Gruden says playing Watt would be a tough call (1:11)
Kellerman: The J.J. Watt era is over (2:01)
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31mBill Barnwell

Breakout picks from small-sample-size studs

Lions RB Theo Riddick and Broncos pass-rusher Shane Ray have shined in limited snaps. Which other part-time standouts could grow into larger roles? Bill Barnwell breaks it down.

Did Watt come back too soon? (1:54)
Will Burfict be effective upon return? (0:57)
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1dTim Fiorvanti

Latest Super Bowl LI odds

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

20hDan Graziano

What we learned, and didn't learn, in Week 3

Ryan Fitzpatrick's six-interception day masked other issues. Did the Jets peak last year? Meanwhile, what's Jared Goff thinking about while other rookie QBs star? Here are Week 3's lessons.

Stephen A. says Romo gets the 'moderate' respect he deserves (1:53)
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2dMike Sando

Ranking NFL's surprise teams by sustainability

The Broncos are 3-0 with Trevor Siemian at QB. The Vikings are 3-0 after trading for Sam Bradford. Mike Sando ranks which surprise teams have the best chance of maintaining their success.


Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on whether opposing quarterbacks might start avoiding Chiefs CB Marcus Peters: "That's easier said than done. If you have a guy that eliminates one side of the field, as an offense you're kind of stuck. You have to pick and choose your battles."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton has high praise for undrafted rookie CB Ken Crawley, even though he knows there will be "some bumps along the way." "Man, I know this, it's not too big for him, and I like that," Payton said. ... He said Crawley has good ball skills and was in good position on the big catch late in New York, even though Victor Cruz made the catch. Payton said he liked the cornerback play in general in Monday's loss to Falcons.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Patriots not making injured QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett available for the regular Wednesday news conference for the starting quarterback, TE Rob Gronkowski will take their place (11:45 a.m. ET).

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on Chiefs CB Marcus Peters: "He catches every ball that's thrown his way. Offensive guys always make fun of defensive players, that they play defense for a reason, because they can't catch. Well, he can catch everything. If it hits him in the hands, he catches it. If it bounces up in the air, he catches it. What a tremendous talent."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton on Saints' run defense Monday: "It's one of those tapes you want to make sure there's not a lot of copies of out there, because it wasn't pretty." Payton said the issues were mental and physical. "We're late, we're behind blocks, we're on the ground more, we're reaching more. Alignments were poor. In general we didn't play well at all at linebacker. And in the front, we were average at best."

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens rookie RB Kenneth Dixon practiced off to the side during Wednesday's practice. Dixon, Baltimore's most impressive back this summer, hasn't played in the regular season after spraining his knee in the third preseason game.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have signed wide receiver Jonathan Krause to the practice squad. He was with the team during the preseason.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens chartered a plane so players and coaches could attend Tuesday's wake and Wednesday's funeral for former defensive line coach Clarence Brooks in Massachusetts. WR Steve Smith, G Marshal Yanda and C Jeremy Zuttah were excused from Wednesday's practice to attend the funeral.

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Which is more challenging: Replacing JJ Watt or becoming 1st team Super Bowl Era to reach postseason with 4 different winning starting QBs?

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans have announced they placed DE J.J. Watt on injured reserve and signed free agent DE Antonio Smith to the active roster. Watt will have to miss at least eight games before he is eligible to return to the field.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is a stickler for keeping the grounds at Bank Of America Stadium filled with fresh flowers. The grounds crew plants between 15,000 and 20,000 a year. Maybe more. It's not a stat that will help protect quarterback Cam Newton, but if you are into landscaping ....

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots punter Ryan Allen was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Allen punted seven times for 333 yards (47.6 average) and placed six of his punts inside the opponent 20-yard line in a 27-0 win over Houston.