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Brady Henderson ESPN 

Another indication of how much the Seahawks' offensive line has improved under new coach Mike Solari: Duane Brown and Germain Ifedi come in at No. 5 in ESPN's rankings of the NFL's best tackle duos in terms of pass blocking. The rankings are based on ESPN Analytics' New Pass Block Win Rate metric, which uses Next Gen Stats to show how often an offensive lineman can sustain his block for 2.5 seconds or longer. Seattle's No. 5 ranking signals a big shift for a team whose biggest weakness in recent seasons has been its pass blocking.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Carlos Hyde says his running style makes him a perfect fit for what the Jaguars want to do on offense. However, he said he wasn't aware of the offensive struggles until he was on the sideline of Sunday's loss to Houston. "That's new to me. I had no clue. I was prepping for Tampa Bay," Hyde said. "Once I got here, yesterday from the game I saw offensively we couldn't really move the ball and that was hurting this defense. Those three-and-outs, that puts a lot of pressure on the defense right there, and turning the ball over. Definitely if we can get to move the ball in the right direction, convert those third downs, keep the drives alive, give the defense a break, it will be helpful."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he talked to Eric Reid sometime after the game about Reid's pre-game feud with Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins. He said Reid explained his reasons for what happened and he didn't think what happened carried over into the game. “I thought he handled himself on the field during the game the way he needed to,'' Rivera said. “He played very physical as he always has for us so far. In fact, I think he played pretty well.'' Regarding Reid's late interception that was overruled on replay, Rivera said, “I just feel fortunate that we were able to win the game twice. I feel good about that.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers injury update: Defensive end Mario Addison took a hard shot to the lower back and is, in the words of coach Ron Rivera, "pretty stiff.'' Addison will be evaluated as the week goes on regarding his status for Baltimore. Wide receiver Torrey Smith is dealing with a knee injury after hitting the ground hard in the fourth quarter. "I don't think there is any structural damage involved,'' Rivera said. "He's going to see the doctor this afternoon to make sure everything is OK.''


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Sunday's fourth-quarter comeback against Philadelphia was Cam Newton's career 15th, which is more than Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, who has 13. So is Newton underrated: “I think he is,'' coach Ron Rivera said. “He gets overlooked because of his style of play. It's not a prolific style. He's not a pure, pure pocket passer, although there are elements of his game where he plays very well from the pocket. Given the success he's had, the fourth quarter comebacks are a lot about his desire and wanting to win.'' Rivera compared Newton's desire with the game on the line to Michael Jordan's. “Certain guys want the ball. Cam always wants the ball.''

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

The Steelers began the bye week in third place in the AFC North standings. They come out of the bye in first place thanks to losses by the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens. Not a bad off weekend.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

On RB Sony Michel, ESPN's Adam Schefter relayed the following context from a source close to the situation: "Expect it will be a little bit but not overly serious. Won't know until they look at it Monday." Michel is walking without the aid of crutches on Monday morning, and is described by those close to him as being in good spirits.