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27mJean-Jacques Taylor

'He was a nobody': Inside Tony Romo's rise

From undrafted free agent to understudy to starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, this is the oral history of the rise of Tony Romo, 10 years after he won the job.

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16hSheil Kapadia

Seahawks' Wilson plans to play through injuries

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said Thursday he plans to play through a right pectoral injury he sustained Sunday night, and he admitted that a previous knee injury affected his performance.


Week 8 NFL predictions: Scores for every game

Russell Wilson's Seahawks are battered and bruised after a 75-minute slugfest with Arizona. Can they hang with the Saints on the road? NFL Nation breaks down each Week 8 matchup.

Murray scores from 14 yards out to increase Titans' lead (0:36)
Is it time for Gus Bradley to go in Jacksonville? (1:00)
There are several running back concerns for Week 8 (3:02)
Falcons' game against Packers crucial for their playoff eligibility (3:22)
McFadden highlights players to watch at trade deadline (0:56)
14hBill Barnwell

Football's dumbest unwritten rules

"You have to take the points here." "Don't go for two until you have to." "Run the ball here because if you don't go anywhere you can just run out the clock." It's time for unwritten rules to go.

Winston aspired to be Griffey Jr. at a young age (0:43)
Ty Montgomery is among Week 8 must-haves on the waiver wire (2:48)
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18hSN Staff

Quiz: How ready are you for NFL Week 8?

With one team ending its championship drought in the 2016 World Series, we want to see how much you know about NFL droughts with this week's quiz.


Mariota connects with Wright for TD

Speedy Titans WR Kendall Wright ran by the Jaguars safeties, and Marcus Mariota floated a pass nicely to him in stride for the score.


Murray gets help from Mariota on TD run

DeMarco Murray's 14-yard TD run in the second quarter was a thing of beauty. He reversed field, then followed a block from QB Marcus Mariota for the score.


Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

A source close to the team says the Jacksonville Jaguars are not firing coach Gus Bradley despite the embarrassing loss to the Tennessee Titans.


Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

There's no more discussion about whether the Tennessee Titans of 2016 are better than last year.


Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarco Murray says his foot is OK. (Mike Mularkey said it's a toe.) "It's hard to run the ball in this league," Murray said of the Titans 214-yard game. "It's definitely hard to run for 200 yards."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Delanie Walker will be wearing this fancy, sparky Saint Laurent jacket home. "I just thought it was a nice jacket," he said. "I think it's a panther or something."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Henry was more involved and scored his first TD. His post game crowd was even bigger than usual.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota stopped for a picture between his press conference and the locker room.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

"We built a rhythm, we ran the ball well. Line played really well." --Marcus Mariota.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans are off until Monday morning. Mike Mularkey let players know that was a possibility but was to be determined by what happened versus Jaguars. "They've absolutely earned it," he said.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans QB Marcus Mariota put together another very efficient night throwing the football. Mariota finished 18-of-22 for 270 yards and two touchdowns. But fantasy owners of the QB need to see more designed runs. Think zone-read here and RPOs (run-pass options) that create opportunities for Mariota to produce numbers on the ground. For his value to rise, the rushing numbers (and red zone carries off QB designed runs), need to be in play.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

I can understand the frustration for fantasy owners of Allen Robinson. The Jaguars WR saw 15 targets tonight. That's a big number. But Robinson finished with just six receptions for 70 yards (11.7 yards per reception). On the season, Robinson has yet to produce a game with over 100-yards receiving and QB Blake Bortles has really struggled with his accuracy and technique in the pocket. That has impacted the overall execution in the Jaguars passing game and has limited the opportunities for Robinson.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Mularkey: Very happy with way guys came out in short week. Response drive in third quarter after Jaguars first touchdown "was more important that you know."

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Gus Bradley said he believes it's still a high-character locker room.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Gus Bradley's response when asked if he expected to be the Jaguars coach when the team plays next Sunday: "Yes."

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he doesn't know what the answer is. Said players had some anxiety but that's not an excuse for way they played.

Derrick Henry rushes for first career TD

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner found an opening on the right for a 6-yard TD, his first in the NFL.


Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota finished with an 81.8 completion percentage (18-22). That is the second-highest by a Titans QB with a minimum of 20 attempts since the franchise moved to Tennessee for the 1997 season. The highest was Steve McNair at 82.6 (19-23) on Dec. 8, 2002 vs the Colts. (ESPN Stats and Info.)

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans beat Jaguars 36-22 to kick off NFL Week 8. The ViewFromVegas is they covered as 3-point home favorites and the game went over the total of 43.5. Season to date; home/away teams are 50-50-6 ATS (50 percent each side); underdogs lead faves 54-46-6 ATS (54 percent after pushes removed); overs lead 57-50-1 ATS (53.3 percent).

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

You were wrong if you thought things couldn't get worse for the Jaguars than last Sunday's loss to Oakland. Really, really wrong. The Jaguars embarrassed themselves on national television Thursday night in a 36-22 loss to Tennessee. The offense was its normal non-functional self but the defense was awful, giving up 354 yards and 27 points in the first half. This was the worst loss in coach Gus Bradley's tenure because it came just three darts after owner Shad Khan spoke to the team to try to get input on why they aren't winning. It may also be the last loss in his career with the Jaguars.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Titans are 4-4 after a resounding 36-22 win over the Jaguars in their lone primetime game. Tennessee never let the Jags come up for air and pulled starting QB Marcus Mariota and running back DeMarco Murray early in the fourth quarter. If the Texans lose to the Lions Sunday, the Titans will share first place in the AFC South (maybe with a Indy too), though the Texans head-to-head win would give them the tie-breaker.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Not many people left at Nissan Stadium, but the ones here just really enjoyed seeing defensive linemen Jurrell Casey, Al Woods and DaQuan Jones on the scoreboards dancing to the song that was playing.