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26mBill Barnwell

When do you know a QB is good? Solving the Wentz and Prescott question

The rookie QBs for the Eagles and Cowboys actually have shown signs of stardom just by not failing miserably. Really. But the other hurdles to becoming a true star now stand in the way.

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Super Bowl halftime show to feature Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga will headline February's Super Bowl halftime show. An NFL spokesperson said Lady Gaga did not pay the league to perform, nor did the league pay her.

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54mEric Karabell

What to watch in Week 4: London, tight ends

Eric Karabell reveals his weekend watch list, including surprising tight ends from Week 3 and a running back whose value is about to change.

Affleck, Damon fight over who's better friends with Brady (4:05)
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3hScott Kacsmar

Are the Broncos actually better this year?

The Broncos are 3-0 despite playing a tough early-season schedule. But does Denver have the pedigree to be better than last year's Super Bowl-winning team? Scott Kacsmar examines the numbers.

Should the Broncos look to trade Siemian? (1:04)
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Week 4 NFL predictions: Scores for every game

Eli Manning and the Giants are coming off their first loss, while the Vikings, led by Sam Bradford, seek their first 4-0 start since 2009. NFL Nation predicts the score for each Week 4 matchup.

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7mNFL Vegas Experts

Best bets for every Week 4 NFL game

What is the best bet for all 13 of Sunday's Week 3 NFL games? Chalk's Vegas experts give their take on all of the action, including ATS picks and projections for all the matchups.

Stephen A. doesn't think Gordon will see an NFL field again (1:53)
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9hKatherine Terrell

A.J. Green runs wild in win over Dolphins

A.J. Green caught 10 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown, as the Bengals beat the Dolphins to pull themselves back to .500.

Green breaks a tackle for easy TD (0:21)
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Answering Week 4's biggest fantasy questions

NFL Nation reporters answer the top fantasy questions across the league for Week 4, including whether Rob Gronkowski will see the field more and whether Julio Jones will have a bounce-back game.

Stephen A. calls Rex Ryan 'mentally weak' (1:46)
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20hMatthew Berry

Love, hate and celebrity

Matthew Berry offers the players he loves and hates for Week 4 and reveals the celebrity he picked to teach fantasy football this season in his quest to get every man, woman and child to play.

NFL 60-second preview for Week 4 (1:03)
Russillo says Sherman is doing a 'disservice to his player's union' (2:33)


Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs wide receiver Cecil Shorts III was on the practice field for the end of practice, when reporters came back onto the field after the closed viewing portion was over. He actually jogged off the field. That's encouraging.

trey wingo @wingoz

What's wrong with @steelers defense? Let's put it this way. They have 1 sack on the season. Every other team has at least 3

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Somebody new must be in charge of the warmup music for the Panthers. Today Cam Newton seemed to enjoy dancing to "Your Love is Lifting me Higher" followed by James Brown's "I Got You." Earlier this week "Brown Eyed Girl" was on the playlist.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Marcus Mariota had a 3.6 Total QBR against the Raiders on Sunday despite a decent-looking stat line: 17-of-33 for 214 passing yards. But Mariota struggled mightily on third downs, converting first downs on two of his 12 plays (he also was flagged for a false start on a third-and-9 in the red zone, which affected his rating). Looking only at his third-down play, Mariota's QBR was a 1.3.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers packed for short road trip to Atlanta for Sunday's key NFC South matchup.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs center Joe Hawley is snapping the ball to Jameis Winston in practice today, which is a good sign. He suffered an ankle injury and missed practice Wednesday. He returned but was limited on Thursday. If he cannot go, the team has Evan Smith as a backup.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

No sign of tight end Luke Stocker (ankle), running back Doug Martin (hamstring) or wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (hamstring) at Bucs practice.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end Robert Ayers is out at practice today but is on the sideline, chatting with assistants Jay Hayes and Paul Spicer. It's the first time all week I've seen him on the practice field. He had a cast removed from his ankle earlier this week. No limp.

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets practice underway here in Florham Park. WR Eric Decker (shoulder) is out here for warmups but wearing a baseball cap, no helmet. Looks like he's a no-go again today.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Is it trusting one another or the system that has caused so many breakdowns for the Bucs defense? "It's trusting each other within the system," said Gerald McCoy. Each player can't be concerned with what the guy next to him is doing.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

LeGarrette Blount is averaging 25 carries per game, so would Bill Belichick like to see that number reduced? "I'd like to see us win. That's what I'd like to see," Belichick answered Friday. "It's not about individual stats. It's about the team winning. That's what is important to me and that's what is important to the team."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Sammy Watkins is not on the field for Friday's practice. WR Greg Salas (groin) also sitting out a second straight day. Bills could be down two wideouts again Sunday.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

DC Ray Horton started his media availability by saying a few words to honor Arnold Palmer. Horton met Palmer when he coached in Pittsburgh. "(Palmer) had, I think, an uncommon touch of spending an uncommon amount of time with people who are ordinary people and make you feel very, very special."

Who has the more meaningful bromance?

Actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon fling insults at each other over which guy Tom Brady is better friends with (it's all part of a charity campaign for the fundraising group Omaze).


Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles on the amount of Jaguars fans that attended Friday's walkthrough and the support he feels from them despite 0-3 start: "I think if you are a Jaguars fan in London you've got to be pretty damn loyal."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

A very odd moment during Andrew Luck's presser: A reporter delivered Luck a plate of German schnitzel during the middle of the press conference. Luck lived in Germany for seven years as a kid.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts QB Andrew Luck did not throw today in practice. That's been part of the Colts plan all season. He said it helps him stay fresh on Fridays before games.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie: "Our goal is to be the best running team in ball, the best executing team in ball and one of the most physical teams in ball."

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos head trainer Steve Antonopulos will be inducted into the University of Northern Colorado Hall of Fame today. Known as "Greek" by one and all with the franchise and most in the league, Antonopulos is in his 40th year with the franchise and they makes him the longest tenured employee in team history.

Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

Criticism of Tannehill valid. But #Dolphins on road vs quality opp on short week, without their center and LT. Lost every matchup up front