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NFL evaluators predict Ravens-Pats upset, plus other Week 14 picks

One insider said the Ravens are "not the type of team that gets intimidated by anybody." Could they really upset the Patriots in Foxborough? Here are big-game picks from experts in the league.

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Brady expecting 'big challenge' from Ravens (0:48)
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NFL's top 25 players under 25

We have some fresh faces atop our annual list of the best young players in the NFL, starting with a wide receiver who one evaluator said has done "Jerry Rice-type stuff" in his young career.

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Prescott, Elliott set for rematch against Giants (0:42)
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How the 2014 NFL draft revitalized the Raiders franchise (1:28)
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Stephen A. thinks Marvin Lewis' job security compromises future black coaches (1:54)
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Stephen A. says 'there's nothing elite about RG III' (0:54)
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Biggest NFL injury questions for Week 14

NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries across the league, including updates on Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett.

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Stephen A. reveals the origin of his disdain for the Cowboys (2:25)

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins end Chris Baker (foot) is not practicing again today. He's been the Redskins most effective defensive lineman this season and Sunday's opponent, Philadelphia, has had issues with its offensive line.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets DC Kacy Rodgers on what went wrong on the first two drives against the Colts: "A lot a lot of mental mistakes ... Very disappointing ... total lapse on our part."

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Right now a corner of the field at Arrowhead is icy, but the field should be in great shape by kickoff. Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos told me the surface here is "fantastic" and said the grounds crew is the best in the business. Plus no one has played on this field in 18 days.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Guard Shawn Lauvao (groin) and tackle Ty Nsekhe (ankle) aren't practicing again today. Arie Kouandjio will work in Lauvao's place in the lineup.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (turf toe) will work on side today after participating in walk through. No team reps for Jones today.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Travis Swanson missed practice for the second straight day while dealing with a concussion. Lions coach Jim Caldwell declined to give any information as to when Swanson suffered the concussion but he played every snap Sunday against New Orleans. Ezekiel Ansah and Theo Riddick returned to practice.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Defense attorney John Fuller said we've heard about all the great things Will Smith has done but asks Kevin O'Neal, "Was he acting like a great man that night?" O'Neal says no. Fuller then asks if roles were reversed and facts were the same, would Will Smith be sitting at the table charged with murder. O'Neal says, "I doubt it."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry said Eagles QB Carson Wentz remains impressive because of both his arm and his feet. "(A QB) that creates when things break down, that's what makes him special," Barry said.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Defense attorney John Fuller pointing out through Cardell Hayes' friend Kevin O'Neal that Hayes never shot Will Smith even while he was being charged and attacked and verbally threatened. O'Neal testifies that Smith repeatedly threw his wife Racquel off of him and others who were trying to restrain Smith. Fuller said "the woman I love can't stop me" and points out that nobody had to restrain Hayes or plead with him to stop and think of his son C.J.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

DT Johnathan Hankins (quad) returned to practice. Nat Berhe, JPP and Dwayne Harris didn't practice. Harris worked on the side with a trainer,

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry said the third downs have been frustrating but that points are the bottom line. "That's the goal that was not reached," he said. "(But) it's crucial to win the matchups and right now we're not."

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Robert Griffin III being named the Cleveland Browns starter for Sunday's game has had no appreciable impact on the line against Cincy in Vegas. Still Bengals -5.5/-6 around town.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is missing practice with a sore back. He was limited in Wednesday's practice with an issue that had bothered him most of the season. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick returned to practice after missing Wednesday following the death of a family member.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins MLB Kiko Alonso (thumb/hamstring) is working on the side with a trainer. This will be the second practice he's missed. Mike Hull is the backup.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Defense attorney John Fuller pointing out through witness Kevin O'Neal that his friend Cardell Hayes did not intentionally ram Will Smith's car and didn't exit the car shooting or attacking -- which is how he would be acting if he was guilty of second-degree murder.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy: "I've been running into people all the time out in public just saying, 'Thank you for giving us something to believe in.'"

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins LB Jelani Jenkins is on the bike today during the media portion of practice.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry (No. 14) is back in practice after yesterday's excused absence.