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2hDan Graziano

What we learned (and didn't learn) in Week 7

The Dolphins have found a diamond in the rough at running back. The Chiefs are good and are only going to get better. Here are Week 7's lessons.

McFadden highlights players to watch at trade deadline (0:56)
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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20hSharon Katz

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?

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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.


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions signed OL Matt Rotheram to the practice squad, releasing RB Mike James. Rotherham was on Philadelphia's practice squad this year and Green Bay's last year. Rotheram played college ball at Pitt, where he played right guard.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers coach Mike McCarthy on Falcons WR Julio Jones: "His numbers are outrageous. He has the whole package – size, strength, speed. He beat you deep, on the back-shoulder throw, he can go up and high point the football. He's an accomplished route runner. He had a big day against us a few years ago right here at Lambeau."

Scott T. Miller ESPN.com 

Is Cam Newton really off to a worse start than last season? The stats from his first five starts look pretty similar. But he's no longer getting elite-level support from his defense, so his record (and thus the narrative) has shifted.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that CB Damarious Randall had surgery. "He will be out this week," McCarthy said. "That's about the extent of the injury report that I will get into."

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens WR Breshad Perriman ranks fifth on team with 14 catches for 183 yards. "I expect the most and best out of myself," he said. "I know what I'm capable of."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ladarius Green talks about skying for a Ben Roethlisberger pass and the relief of finally practicing for the Steelers.


Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he learned at a young age that fans don't like players, they like winning. Says when you win fans want autographs and love you, when you don't they boo. That's the way things are in this day and age.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles says he needs to continue to do what he's doing, "but do it better."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Calvin Johnson said on SportsCenter that Julio Jones is "unstoppable" when he's healthy. Jones has come closest to breaking Johnson's single-season receiving yards record.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Calvin Johnson said he misses "the guys in the locker room" from football. But he reiterates on SportsCenter how much his body was beat up and that the recovery wasn't happening like it had in the past. Last night on Dancing with the Stars he said he couldn't stand on tiptoes last year.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyrod Taylor has a 75.3 QBR in the first three quarters of games, fifth-best in the NFL. In fourth quarters, he ranks 29th with a 24.9 QBR.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Eight days after knee surgery, Ben Roethlisberger is throwing on the Steelers' practice field.