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3hMike Sando

NFL evaluators predict upset in Packers-Falcons, plus other Week 8 picks

"Rodgers will not turn the ball over, but Green Bay desperately needs a running game. They are putting way too much on Rodgers," one NFL insider said. Will it come back to bite the Packers?

Is Cam Newton the Shaq of the NFL? (1:50)
4hBill Barnwell

Time to toss out football's 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.

How would adding Aldon Smith impact the Raiders' defense? (1:44)
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)
Better RB to start: Jeremy Hill or Giovani Bernard? (1:42)
McFadden highlights players to watch at trade deadline (0:56)
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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.

An unwritten rule worth following: no more cheap hits (1:14)

Eagles/Cowboys game, Bills /Patriots, more

Wendi Nix, Bill Polian, Jarrett Bell and Adam Caplan discuss the Carson Wentz-Dak Prescott rookie QB matchup, Bills- Patriots rematch, buyer's remorse or reward and Russell Wilson's opinion on overtime ties.


Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

For Broncos today center Matt Paradis (hip), cornerback Aqib Talib (back) and linebacker Brandon Marshall (hamstring) are not practicing. Nose tackle Sylvester Williams (ankle) is in uniform and did some individual drills, but he looked as if he was going to be limited.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Whitworth was limited in practice today (concussion), Vontaze Burfict got a veteran's day off. James Wright (knee) did not practice. Clint Boling, Marquis Flowers and Dre Kirkpatrick practiced fully.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerick McKinnon, Cordarrelle Patterson, Andrew Sendejo and Sharrif Floyd were sitting out practice as the Vikings began preparations for the Bears on Thursday.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Given the knee injury to Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, the fantasy value of rookie Devontae Booker is obviously going to rise. Booker is a good fit for the Broncos zone schemes, he hits the hole with speed and his finishing power really shows up on the tape. Owners should have confidence that Booker can step into the No.1 role and handle the increase in carries. With the very favorable upcoming matchups on the Broncos schedule, expect Booker to produce numbers.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Well, Jack Del Rio DID say he wanted the get the tight ends more involved this weekend against the Buccaneers. Here TE coach Bobby Johnson gives some practice tips.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers cornerback Robert McClain just sold this piece of art he painted to quarterback Cam Newton. McClain was asking $140 and the NFL MVP gave him $200. Pays to bring your hobby to the locker room.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos do not yet know what C.J. Anderson's recovery time will be since today's arthroscopic surgery on his right knee will help determine if Anderson has a full or partial tear of the meniscus in the knee.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

If you thought Panthers cornerback Robert McClain just painted shoes, think again. Here are two of his paintings.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The first time Bucs rookie cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III ever shadowed a receiver in college was Amari Cooper in 2014. Cooper had 201 receiving yards and three touchdowns that day. "That was the first time I ever went up against someone who was better than me," Hargreaves said. "He really got me better that day."


Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Khalil Mack works on beating the double team.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Taiwan Jones has returned to practice for the Raiders here at the IMG Academy, though DL Stacy McGee is not seen.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan said Thursday, "I don't think there's any doubt there's long-term concerns" with Aaron Williams' neck injury, the result of the Bills safety taking an illegal hit from Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry. Asked if Williams will miss several weeks, Ryan said, "I think you guys can figure that out. I think we all know the answer to that one."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on Marcell Dareus saying Wednesday that he will play Sunday: "I hope he's right." Dareus has missed the past three games with a hamstring injury after missing the first four games because of a suspension.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on LeSean McCoy, who missed practice Thursday: "Not sure. Probably similar to last week. We'll see how he progresses the next couple of days."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan says opponents not running through pregame drills is an "unwritten thing," but insists it's "no big deal" for Sunday's game against Patriots. Bills players said Wednesday they will retaliate if Patriots players run through their pregame drills again, as they said happened in Week 4.


Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts DC Ted Monachino brought something different to the podium when talking about LB Josh McNary, who was called for unnecessary roughness against Tennessee in Week 7: "Josh is a little bit of a blind dog in a meat house at times."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive tackle Vernon Butler didn't sound as optimistic about his return after experiencing soreness in the ankle sprain that has sidelined him the past three weeks.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Randall Cobb and Clay Matthews (both with hamstrings) went through the stretching period only. They watched the lengthy jog-through session and then didn't do any individual drills. WR/RB Ty Montgomery (illness) didn't seem to do much, either.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

T.J. Lang (hip) didn't practice on Thursday. He missed part of last week's game against the Bears. Others who didn't practice were CB Damarious Randal (groin), CB Quinten Rollins (groin), RB James Starks (knee), TE Jared Cook.