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Contender kryptonite: Big weaknesses on the top 15 teams

The pass rush in Dallas and New England. The run defense in Oakland and Washington. A new injury in Seattle. The NFL's likely playoff field is full of holes.


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.

Earl Thomas out for the season following scary collision (0:46)
Cam's fashion statement goes awry (1:17)
Stephen A. supports Rivera's decision to bench Newton (1:50)
Matthew Berry needs some answers (1:51)
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Players recall how the biggest plays of Week 13 went down

Antonio Brown rewards Big Ben's trust; the Chiefs find creative ways to get in the end zone; Tom Brady hits a career milestone; the Bears and 49ers struggle with the forward pass. Listen to the stars describe the big moments.

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Biggest NFL injuries of Week 13

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was carted to the locker room with a left leg injury. Here are some other big names who got nicked up this week.

Brown, Beckham exchange jerseys (0:25)


Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs safety Keith Tandy breaks down his touchdown-saving interception at the 2-yard line that preserved the Bucs' 28-21 win over the Chargers.


Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles coach Doug Pederson expects both running back Ryan Mathews and receiver Jordan Matthews back at practice this week. Dorial Green-Beckham will be held out Wednesday with an oblique contusion.

Mike Clay ESPN Writer 

NFL receiving yardage leaders among players yet to catch a touchdown: Jermaine Kearse: 422 Duke Johnson: 420 Tyler Lockett: 388 Chris Conley: 380 Quinton Patton: 374

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Since 2001, Steelers have most December home wins with 30, one more than the Patriots and Packers.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Witten, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin break out some dance moves while visiting kids at Children's Medical Center in Dallas as part of the Cowboys' holiday visits.


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

If the playoffs started today, the Seahawks (8-3-1) would have a first-round bye. Their most likely opponent for a home game in the divisional round (in order) would be: the Lions, Falcons or Giants. The path to the Super Bowl would include one potential road game: the NFC championship in Dallas against the Cowboys.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Christine Michael played more than James Starks and considering Starks' ineffectiveness (four carries, 1 yard), that could be the way it goes the rest of the season. Here are the Packers' offense snap counts from Sunday's 21-13 win over the Texans:

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Julius Peppers now has sacks in three straight games to reach 6.5 for the season and 142.5 for his career, which moved him past Michael Strahan into fifth on the all-time list. Peppers played an extensive role in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Texans. Here's the full defensive snap-count list:


Which player should be named ESPN's NFL Insiders "Idol" for Sunday's top performer?

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How has the Steelers Defense turned it around? Pressure: 13 sacks in their last 3 games. They had 13 total thru first 10 games.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings announced Mike Zimmer is back at work and is expected to travel with the team to Jacksonville this weekend. Zimmer had another operation on his right eye on Friday morning, after he missed the Vikings Thursday game against the Dallas Cowboys with a detached retina.