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Patriots, Seahawks preside over Week 8 Power Rankings

The ballots are in. New England, the incumbent No. 1, maintains its position at the top and Seattle shows a tie can actually improve one's standing in this week's rankings.

Tie doesn't hurt Seahawks, Cards in Power Rankings (1:02)
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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.

Broncos back up smack talk of Osweiler after MNF showdown (1:36)
Can Osweiler live up to his paycheck? (0:52)
Moss better at kicking field goals than rest of Countdown crew (1:40)
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Every NFL Team is Flawed

No NFL team ranks in the top 10 of both offensive and defensive efficiency this season. Which teams are most complete and which are most unbalanced?

Why Matthew Berry isn't surprised by RBs Ajayi, Gordon or Rodgers (1:51)
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Players recall how the biggest plays of Week 7 went down

Ryan Fitzpatrick leaves the bench to become a hero; Adam Vinatieri adds another record to his legacy; A.J. Green makes a miracle catch; Damien Williams gets a little help from his Dolphins into the end zone. Listen to the stars describe the big moments.


Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Monday night's game in Denver was the NFL's 11th primetime game (of 22) to be decided by at least 14 points, per ESPN Stats & Information. Context: In 2015, there were 11 games decided by at least 14 points all season. There have been a lot of opinions thrown around about the NFL's TV ratings slide, but this represents some actual data to help explain it: Demonstrably less competitive games in the most high-profile broadcast slots.

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After missing past six games with shoulder injury, Colts WR Donte Moncrief returning to practice this week.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jaguars announce that NT Roy Miller tore his right Achilles' tendon and will miss the remainder of the season. Miller will undergo surgery later in the week.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos players presented coach Gary Kubiak with the game ball after Monday night's 27-9 victory over the Houston Texans. Cornerback Aqib Talib handed Kubiak the ball in the locker room following the game. "Coaches get game balls when players play good, I'll tell you that," Kubiak said.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Brock Osweiler's return to Denver was not a happy one for the Texans.


Broncos stifle Osweiler, Texans in win

C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker combine for 190 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos' 27-9 victory over Houston on Monday Night Football.


Osweiler booed in return to Denver

Fans in Denver greet Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler with boos when the former Bronco jogs onto the field for the first drive of the game.


Can they kick it?

The NFL Countdown crew took turns kicking field goals before Monday night's Texans-Broncos game, and it was apparent that Randy Moss was much better than the rest of the group.


Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

DeAndre Hopkins said he thought Brock Osweiler handled his return to Denver well. "On the sideline he was composed the whole time and on the field," Hopkins said. "We never saw him get rattled."

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak had nice things to say about Brock Osweiler after the game. "He's a great kid," Kubiak said. "I talked to him after the game … This team thinks the world of him, these guys were in the same locker room with him for a long time. We won a championship with him, (leaving) is part of football."

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

A return did matter Monday night for the Broncos and it was Gary Kubiak's. After a week away from the team, per doctors' orders, Kubiak demanded in recent days the Broncos fix the little things and play with more fire. They did all that in a 27-9 win over the Houston Texans Monday night.


Ian O'Connor ESPN Senior Writer 

Aqib Talib on Brock Osweiler: "We know he looked up at those passing yards in the fourth quarter. And maybe it wouldn't have looked like that if he had stayed."