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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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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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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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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

After the Chiefs won in Oakland in October, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio used the word "gimmicky" to describe Kansas City's offense. Alex Smith prefers to call it "versatile" and told me they take pride in "not being cookie cutter." You could argue this is the most talented group of playmakers the Chiefs have had in years with the emergence of Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce on a run of three straight 100 yard games, and Jeremy Maclin back.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"You've got to go to the next guys. We've got a good group of receivers. We've got a number of guys on this roster, and a bunch of guys we believe in. Other guys stepped it up all year. (I) expect them to do the same on Sunday if they need to be." Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan on possibility of being without Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu on Sunday.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals injury report: No A.J. Green again today, or Gilberry, Kirkpatrick (illness), Derron Smith, Uzomah or Wright. Boling, Iloka (groin) and Harris were limited. Iloka is new on the injury report.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

DE Jadeveon Clowney (wrist/elbow), who returned to practice today, said he will play Sunday against the Colts.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden Tate said he wouldn't change anything about his slow start to the season because "it lit a fire under me." Wouldn't say if it has been the best football of his career, though.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton got a bit philosophical today. Here's one example: "If I was trying to impress every single person that thought I was an a--hole, then I would be drained. I'm me.''

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Another eyewitness testifies in the Will Smith murder trial. He said he saw the altercations leading up to the shooting. Agreed that Smith's passenger Richard Hernandez was acting "ridiculous" and being physical with his own wife, shoving her in face to move her away from him while he was arguing aggressively with Kevin O'Neal. The witness, Justin Ross, said he did not see Will Smith acting the same way toward his own wife. "Not at all," Ross said, and he said Racquel Smith had appeared to restrain Will Smith. Ross testified that he laughed at Hernandez because he found his behavior humorous as an overreaction to a fender bender. And he testified that O'Neal was the only one he heard mentioning a gun, saying, "Back off, back down, I have a gun." Ross said he was turned away when the shots were fired, though.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers turns 35 years old today.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter: "I never really told anyone this, but I used a lot of New Orleans cut-ups to install our offense in Jacksonville." He studied a ton of Saints tape when he first got into the league. "I have respect for both sides of the ball but their offensive numbers speak for themselves. They're off the charts. I've admired what they've done since I came into the league."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarco Murray on his toe: "Doing a lot better." Back-to-back hard practices have been good.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

DC Steve Spagnuolo on life without JPP: "I don't think we'll change that much. We are who we are."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said Adam Humphries and Demar Dotson are both still in the concussion protocol. Humphries did practice today, though. Koetter said he has "extreme confidence" in Gosder Cherilus if Dotson can't go.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on all the rumors going around about the reason he was suspended for the first series of Sunday's game: "I violated the wardrobe, and that's it. You don't have to dig into certain stories that violated curfew, was out at a club, somebody was calling the room. I still stand by coach Rivera's decision, and that's just a warning for everybody. At no point in time – or even still – do I think I'm above the law. I never thought that. I'm not that type of player.''