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3hMike Sando

NFL evaluators predict Week 4's best games

Who has the edge in the Chiefs-Steelers showdown? Mike Sando polled NFL insiders for their predictions on five of the biggest games of Week 4.

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Stephen A. calls Rex Ryan 'mentally weak' (1:46)
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How does Bryant being absent from team facilities impact Cowboys? (2:02)
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Playoff predictor likes Wentz-led Eagles (0:58)
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1dJohn Clayton

NFL executives predict Jay Cutler's future

The clock is ticking on Jay Cutler's time in Chicago. The Bears can release the QB this offseason with minimal impact on their future cap. They don't, however, have a ready-made replacement.

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Why has Osweiler struggled this season? (1:49)
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Billick raves about Vikings' great defense (1:28)
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1dBill 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.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Why is ESPN's FPI not totally buying into the Baltimore Ravens (3-0)? One reason: They have played the fifth-easiest schedule in the NFL, according to FPI SOS rankings. Even an average NFL team would be expected to win about two games against that schedule.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets WR Eric Decker (shoulder) is not practicing. He's at the field, but he didn't even participate in stretching.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Deion Jones joined Matt Ryan in earning an NFL honor. The second round draft pick from LSU was named the NFC's Defensive Rookie of the Month, punctuated by Jones' 90-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 45-32 win over his hometown New Orleans Saints. Ryan, who is tied for the league lead with a passer rating of 119.0, was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets have placed rookie DL Lawrence Thomas (torn labrum) on IR. Tough break for promising player.

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Bengals trying to avoid a 3rd straight loss tonight, and their worst start since 2008

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints rookie CB De'Vante Harris on his costly special teams blunder last week: "Yeah, it's hard to watch. But at the same time, you want it to motivate you. You want to be able to look at that play and never want to feel that feeling again." Harris crashed into punt returner Tommylee Lewis in the first quarter against the Falcons, then compounded the problem by trying to scoop up the ball and fumbled it away.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets are re-signing WR/PR Jeremy Ross, source confirmed. Replaces Jalin Marshall (torn labrum). CBS first reported.

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The New England Patriots lead the NFL in special teams efficiency and are adding nearly twice as many expected points per game on kickoffs (2.9) than any other team. The Patriots have two fumble recoveries on kickoffs, and their opponents have the worst average starting field position after kickoffs in the NFL.

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Dalton: sacked 12 times this season, tied for most in NFL (Cam Newton). Dalton was sacked 11 times during Bengals' 8-0 start last season.

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Bengals host Dolphins on Thursday Night Football tonight. Andy Dalton is 4-9 with a 36 QBR in primetime games

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was named AFC special teams player of the month for September after converting all nine of his FGs, including three from 50 yards. His three career Player of the Month Awards are tied with Ed Reed and Matt Stover for the most in Ravens history.