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What we learned (and didn't learn) in Week 13: Just how good is the AFC West?

As the Raiders and Chiefs prepare to square off Thursday, it's worth noting there's a chance the AFC West could end up being the league's best division since 2002. Here are Week 13's lessons.

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2hField Yates

Free-agent finds for Week 14

We help you make your Week 14 waiver claims with the top free agents available in most ESPN leagues, including key players who could lead you to a title down the stretch.

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M. Henry gets cancer diagnosis after NFL cut

Tight end Mitchell Henry, who was released from the Ravens' practice squad last month and has spent time with the Packers and Broncos, has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

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Cruz thinks OBJ gets bad rap from media (2:05)
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The Big Story for every NFL team

Could the Lions be legitimate contenders in the NFC? Can the Seahawks overcome Earl Thomas' injury? A look at the top storylines for all 32 NFL teams heading into Week 14.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The assistant DA is beginning his opening statements in the trial of Will Smith's shooter, Cardell Hayes. He said Smith's wife Racquel -- who was also shot in the legs on that April night -- will be one of the first to testify. The assistant DA, Jason Napoli, came right out and talked about Smith's role with the Saints and said, "We knew Will for defense. Ironically he died in completely the opposite way. He died defenseless. He died unarmed."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets defensive snap count (based on 73): DL -- L. Williams 69, Wilkerson 62, Richardson 44, Simon 39, Johnson 7; LB -- Harris 73, Lee 73, Catapano 63, Jenkins 48, Stanford 8; DB -- Miles 73, Gilchrist 73, Revis 73, Skrine 68, Roberts 23. The story here is Richardson. He didn't play much in the second half and finished with his lowest snap pct. of the season. It probably was performance-related; he wasn't credited with a single tackle. Simon, a developing player, played a career-high in snaps.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Kennard Backman, waived injured by the Packers in late August, is scheduled to work out for the team today in Green Bay. The tight end underwent arthroscopic knee surgery shortly after he reached an injury settlement with the team. He was a sixth-round pick by the Packers in 2015 and spent all of last year on the active roster.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets offensive snap counts (based on 52): QB -- Bryce Petty 27, Ryan Fitzpatrick 25; RB -- Bilal Powell 28, Matt Forte 24, C.J. Spiller 10; WR -- Brandon Marshall 48, Quincy Enunwa 48, Robby Anderson 42, Charone Peake 17 TE -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins 19, Brandon Bostick 14, Eric Tomlinson 10. C Nick Mangold aggravated his ankle injury and missed the last seven plays. That bears watching.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Will Smith's former Saints teammates Deuce McAllister and Roman Harper arrive to support Smith's family as opening statements get underway in the trial of his shooter, Cardell Hayes, in New Orleans on Tuesday morning.

Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

#Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson says it is an honor to play in KC-Oakland rivalry and calls this week's game the biggest among those in his 12 yr

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin hasn't played in a month because of a groin strain. I'm told he's likely to practice today and if all goes well he should play Thursday vs Oakland.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Ed Hochuli has been assigned as referee for the Ravens-at-Patriots game on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" on Dec. 12. This is Hochuli's first Patriots game of the season. Given the recent history between the teams, with the Patriots using eligible receivers as ineligible to spark them to victory, the referee assignment for this game has some added meaning.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the themes that emerged from the Jets' post-game locker room was the issue of effort. DE Mo Wilkerson said, "Guys have to play harder. We played like s---." Coach Todd Bowles said, "I don't think we had a lot of effort." Whoa, that's a harsh assessment. A fed up Bowles added, "We're going to see who wants to play. We're going to fight and play until the end and play the guys that want to play." Look for some lineup changes other that the QB switch.

Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

Eli Manning on Shephard/Cruz being targeted enough: "I'm not in the targeting business. It's my job to go through progressions and reads.''

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Interesting side note heading into Thursday's Chiefs-Raiders showdown: Derek Carr made his first pro bowl last season and wound up playing in Hawaii for Andy Reid and his Chiefs staff. Reid said it was a chance to "get to know (Carr) and how he's wired". I was there and saw Reid spend quite a bit of time working with the quarterbacks (i.e. gathering intel). By the way, Carr's lowest QBR this season? Week 6 vs Kansas City.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford one of three nominees for the FedEx Air Player of the Week after his 30 of 42, 341-yard, two touchdown performance against the Saints.