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McDaniels: Keep adding to Gronk's load
Rob Gronkowski still doesn’t look like the offensive force we have seen in the past, but New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels thinks the tight end is getting there and will continue to see his workload increase as the season progresses.

Cam Newton's postgame style might be a bit too much for Charlotte
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have bigger issues than the length of quarterback Cam Newton's capri-style pants following Sunday night's 37-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Beckham catching actual passes in practice
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For weeks now, when the New York Giants have started their daily practices, rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has scuttled over to a side field and run by himself under the supervision of a trainer.

Bucs rank last in utilizing play-action pass
There have been many things missing from Tampa Bay’s offense in the first three games of the season.But let’s turn to ESPN Stats & Information to isolate one specific area.

The Film Don't Lie: Jets
A weekly look at what the New York Jets must fix:You don't have to be a Bill Walsh disciple to figure out the problem: a glaring lack of production in the red zone.

Undefeated Bengals notice empty seats
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CINCINNATI -- When ESPN's NFL Power Rankings come out later Tuesday afternoon, there's a strong chance the Cincinnati Bengals will be among the top two teams.

The Film Don't Lie: Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A weekly look at what the Jacksonville Jaguars must fix:Among the many problems the Jaguars (0-3) have on defense is the inability to cover tight ends, and that makes Sunday's matchup against host San Diego (2-1) a potential nightmare since the Chargers have one of the league's best tight ends in Antonio Gates.

The Film Don't Lie: Vikings
A weekly look at what the Minnesota Vikings must fix:When they face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon, the Vikings will line up against a team that hasn't had much success getting to the quarterback this season.

The Film Don't Lie: Broncos
A weekly look at what the Denver Broncos must fix:With a bye week, the Broncos get a couple of extra practices to try to regain, or even find, the balance they want on offense.

The Film Don't Lie: Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A weekly look at what the Tennessee Titans must fix.Tight end Delanie Walker seems to be getting away from defenders. But the Titans' wide receivers -- Kendall Wright, Nate Washington and Justin Hunter -- aren’t doing a very good job at putting space between themselves and defensive backs.

Beckham catching actual passes in practice
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For weeks now, when the New York Giants have started their daily practices, rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has scuttled over to a side field and run by himself under the supervision of a trainer.

Eagles off to 3-0 start for first time since '04
Three games, three comebacks, three victories -- and a whole lot of drama. That basically sums up the 3-0 start by the Philadelphia Eagles with victories over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins.

The Film Don't Lie: Cowboys
IRVING, Texas -- A weekly look at what the Dallas Cowboys must fix:The Cowboys have yet to play against a dominant passing game. In the first three games, they have faced Colin Kaepernick, Jake Locker and Austin Davis.

The Film Don't Lie: Eagles
PHILADELPHIA -- A weekly look at what the Philadelphia Eagles must fix:The Eagles will face a San Francisco 49ers team in Week 4 that is 1-2 and on the brink of serious dysfunction this season.

The Film Don't Lie: Redskins
A weekly look at what the Washington Redskins must fix: The Redskins’ defense has done an excellent job stopping the run, especially the past two games when opponents have managed a combined 79 yards on 36 carries.

The Film Don't Lie: Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A weekly look at what the New York Giants must fix:The Giants get only three days to prepare for their next game Thursday against the Washington Redskins, and they're coming off the best all-around game they've played since 2012.

Redskins list 17 on injury report
ASHBURN, Va. -- This is not what the Washington Redskins needed to see one day after losing a game and another starter: 17 players on the injury report.

Polk reaches end zone on 'cruise control'
PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Polk didn’t set any land-speed records. All he did was score a touchdown.But then, Polk has a knack for reaching the end zone.

Washington stopped McCoy, not Eagles
PHILADELPHIA -- If LeSean McCoy was on Chip Kelly’s fantasy team, the coach might be a little bit more concerned about McCoy’s rushing numbers.

Hall's leadership, wisdom will be missed
ASHBURN, Va. -- The loss of Redskins corner DeAngelo Hall will be felt in little moments, in the meeting room, in between plays. That's when Hall dropped nuggets of information on his young teammates, trying to help them learn the position, or the game, even more.

Cardinals offensive snaps: Week 3
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A look at the Arizona Cardinals' offensive snap counts from Sunday’s 23-14 win over the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Film Don't Lie: 49ers
A weekly look at what the 49ers must fix:You knew the San Francisco 49ers' pass rush would suffer early in the season with outside linebacker Aldon Smith serving a nine-game suspension.

The Film Don't Lie: Cardinals
A weekly look at what the Arizona Cardinals must fix:Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been targeted more in the last two weeks after a firestorm erupted in Week 1, but it hasn’t been enough, especially early in games.

The Film Don't Lie: Seahawks
A weekly look at what the Seattle Seahawks must fix:Quarterback Russell Wilson is the one player the Seahawks can't afford to lose, but they are in jeopardy of having that happen if they don't show major improvement in their pass blocking on the offensive line.

The Film Don't Lie: Rams
ST. LOUIS -- A weekly look at what the St. Louis Rams must fix:Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles are masters of misdirection but a closer inspection of the numbers would indicate a preference to go right down the middle when it comes to the passing game.

Dockett rewards fan for breaking up brawl
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Throughout Monday, a video of a fight between Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco fans in the upper deck of University of Phoenix Stadium during Sunday’s game went viral.

Wilson's got legs, knows how to use them
Here are a few interesting numbers from ESPN Stats & Information following the Seattle Seahawks 26-20 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos Sunday.

Arians: Hit could've ended Stanton's career
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A day after Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton was rocked while he attempted to slide in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers, coach Bruce Arians felt the hit could’ve been worse than it was.

Harbaugh 'optimistic' on Davis return
The absence of Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis and backup Vance McDonald Sunday was the incentive for the San Francisco 49ers to change their offense against the Arizona Cardinals from a power-running scheme to a pass-happy attack that featured four- and five-wideout sets.

Carroll: Seahawks topped the Super Bowl
This may surprise a few folks considering how dominating the Seattle Seahawks were in last season's Super Bowl, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had this to say Monday morning about his team’s 26-20 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s Super Bowl rematch.

The Film Don't Lie: Vikings
A weekly look at what the Minnesota Vikings must fix:When they face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon, the Vikings will line up against a team that hasn't had much success getting to the quarterback this season.

The Film Don't Lie: Lions
A weekly look at what the Detroit Lions must fix:The New York Jets have one of the top rushing defenses in the NFL and have proven to be able to rush the quarterback well out of its 3-4 defense.

The Film Don't Lie: Packers
A weekly look at what the Green Bay Packers must fix:Some of former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley's biggest games came against the Chicago Bears.

Multiple assists on Kyle Fuller's pick
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kyle Fuller stuffed a Chicago Bears bag full of gear as he rushed to join family outside the locker room following his team’s 27-19 win Monday night over the New York Jets.

Mundy on tone-setting interception: 'He just threw it right to me'
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In 82 NFL games before Monday night, Chicago Bears safety Ryan Mundy had recorded a grand total of two interceptions. So he was as surprised as anyone when New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith hit him between the numbers on the second play of the contest.

Jared Allen's seen lots of double teams
Observed and heard in the locker room after the Chicago Bears' 27-19 victory over the New York Jets:Defensive end Willie Young joked as Jared Allen walked to the showers about the double teams he faced against the Jets.

Rapid Reaction: Chicago Bears
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the Chicago Bears' 27-19 win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.What it means: This is the “backbone” building Marc Trestman always talks about.

McCarthy: Eddie Lacy needs to play better
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy seemed ready to give a full-on assessment of why he thought Eddie Lacy and the running game struggled in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions.

Alex Henery happy to get shot with Lions
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Alex Henery started receiving text messages in his Omaha, Nebraska, home on Sunday afternoon.Nate Freese had missed another field goal for the Detroit Lions.

Questions linger about Aaron Rodgers, Packers' offensive struggles
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers came to the postgame interview following Sunday's 19-7 loss to the Detroit Lions with a buzzword locked and loaded.In eight minutes, he uttered the words "adjust" or "adjustments" at nearly a once-a-minute rate.

Cam Newton's postgame style might be a bit too much for Charlotte
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have bigger issues than the length of quarterback Cam Newton's capri-style pants following Sunday night's 37-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bucs rank last in utilizing play-action pass
There have been many things missing from Tampa Bay’s offense in the first three games of the season.But let’s turn to ESPN Stats & Information to isolate one specific area.

The Film Don't Lie: Panthers
A weekly look at what the Carolina Panthers must fix:The Baltimore Ravens had three runs of 21 yards or more against Cleveland in their most recent outing.

The Film Don't Lie: Saints
METAIRIE, La. -- A weekly look at what the New Orleans Saints must fix:The Saints’ defense showed great improvement in most areas in Week 3. But in order to get their first road win of the season Sunday night at Dallas, they must figure out how to start forcing turnovers.

The Film Don't Lie: Falcons
A weekly look at what the Falcons must fix:It's hard to find much wrong when a team wins 56-14, as the Atlanta Falcons did against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Film Don't Lie: Buccaneers
A weekly look at what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers must fix:Back in the Buccaneers’ glory days, the Tampa Two defense was the root of success.These days, it’s not nearly the same.

Charles Johnson, 0 sacks, still earning keep
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's Tuesday, a day off for the Carolina Panthers -- unless you're left defensive end Charles Johnson.Johnson typically spends at least part of this day working -- often alone -- on his pass-rushing technique against the blocking sled.

Harbaugh offers advice to Steve Smith
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Wide receiver Steve Smith is among the most fiery players in the NFL. Emotions will run especially high Sunday, when Smith plays his former team, the Carolina Panthers.

Lovie Smith: Changes are coming for Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. -- After Thursday night’s 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, coach Lovie Smith said there would be changes with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Receivers, RB Smith sidelined for Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- As the Atlanta Falcons returned to practice Monday, the wide receiver trio of Roddy White, Harry Douglas, and Devin Hester were without helmets coming off injuries.

McDaniels: Keep adding to Gronk's load
Rob Gronkowski still doesn’t look like the offensive force we have seen in the past, but New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels thinks the tight end is getting there and will continue to see his workload increase as the season progresses.

The Film Don't Lie: Jets
A weekly look at what the New York Jets must fix:You don't have to be a Bill Walsh disciple to figure out the problem: a glaring lack of production in the red zone.

The Film Don't Lie: Dolphins
A weekly look at what the Miami Dolphins must fix:The Miami Dolphins have a lot of issues. But one silent killer has been dropped passes by wide receivers and tight ends, and it needs to stop immediately when Miami (1-2) travels to London to play the winless Oakland Raiders (0-3).

The Film Don't Lie: Patriots
A weekly look at what the New England Patriots must fix:The Kansas City Chiefs rank fourth in the NFL in sacks per opponent pass play, which makes this game a bad match for a Patriots team that is struggling to protect quarterback Tom Brady.

The Film Don't Lie: Bills
A weekly look at what the Buffalo Bills must fix:In Week 2, the Bills had issues running the ball in the red zone. In Week 3, they had issues running the ball just about anywhere on the field.

Tom Brady rectifies Kraft's high-five fail
Mr. Kraft, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knows how you feel ... and he's got your back. Robert Kraft took some ribbing on social media on Sunday after CBS cameras showed him reaching for a high five from Mark Wahlberg in his owner's box after a Patriots touchdown and the actor left him hanging, apparently not seeing the owner reaching out.

Underachieving Jets had better refocus before their season slips away from them
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The season is only three games old, but it's time to make like Marty Mornhinweg and signal for a premature timeout to take stock of the New York Jets.

Jets: We were robbed of touchdown
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Last week it was the touchdown that wasn't. This time, it was the fumble recovery that wasn't.The New York Jets were burned by a premature whistle in Monday night's 27-19 loss to the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium -- a blown call that probably cost them a touchdown.

Jets miss wide receiver Eric Decker
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eric Decker was ready to go at game time, but by the time the Jets trailed to the Bears at halftime, he felt a familiar tightness in his hamstring.

Jets lament turnovers, blown call
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Observations from the New York Jets' locker room following their 27-19 loss to the Chicago Bears: Rex Ryan defended quarterback Geno Smith -- well, kind of.

The Film Don't Lie: Broncos
A weekly look at what the Denver Broncos must fix:With a bye week, the Broncos get a couple of extra practices to try to regain, or even find, the balance they want on offense.

The Film Don't Lie: Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A weekly look at what the Chiefs must fix:Despite getting their first victory Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs have a few things to clean up heading into next Monday night’s game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Film Don't Lie: Chargers
SAN DIEGO -- A weekly look at what the San Diego Chargers must fix:When the San Diego Chargers host winless Jacksonville for a Week 4 contest at Qualcomm Stadium, one of the issues San Diego offensive coordinator Frank Reich will attempt to resolve is jump-starting the run game.

The Film Don't Lie: Raiders
A weekly look at what the Oakland Raiders must fix:The Miami Dolphins allowed the Kansas City Chiefs to reach the end zone five times in Week 3. The Raiders would love to see the Dolphins' defense continue that trend Sunday in London.

With fumbles, Chiefs shouldn't trust Davis
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Knile Davis was back to his old habits in Sunday's 34-15 win against the Miami Dolphins. Davis had a big game while replacing the injured Jamaal Charles, rushing for a career-high 132 yards and a touchdown.

Broncos ready to see full lineup on defense
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Three games into the regular season and the Denver Broncos are just now ready to move the defensive plan they made in the offseason from the drawing board to the field.

Broncos look at the good, the bad, the ugly
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- A day after a gritty overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said good isn't good enough and close isn't close enough.

Would Raiders have gone for two?
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- We may have been seconds from being introduced to Riverboat Dennis on Sunday had it not been a for a disputed penalty flag. Now, we will have to wait to see if Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen is a gambling man.

Chiefs finally using best offensive players
One of the keys to offensive success for the Kansas City Chiefs is utilizing their best skill players. Sounds like a no-brainer, but the Chiefs in the first two games hadn't been giving the most work to their best receivers and running backs.

Broncos, Ball struggle in run game
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SEATTLE -- The search for some semblance of balance has the Denver Broncos' offense a bit out of whack.Three games into the season and the Broncos are averaging just 3.

Steelers' Shazier to miss at least one game
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers got a measure of good news on the injury front when they learned that rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier sprained his right knee but avoided a more serious injury after teammate Lawrence Timmons rolled onto his lower leg in a 37-19 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Undefeated Bengals notice empty seats
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CINCINNATI -- When ESPN's NFL Power Rankings come out later Tuesday afternoon, there's a strong chance the Cincinnati Bengals will be among the top two teams.

The Film Don't Lie: Browns
A weekly look at what the Cleveland Browns must fix:The number, as they say, does not lie. The Browns' run defense is giving up 157.3 yards per game.

The Film Don't Lie: Bengals
CINCINNATI -- A weekly look at what the Cincinnati Bengals must fix:For the second straight week, I'm scratching my head a little as I try to figure out what exactly it is that the undefeated Bengals need to fix.

The Film Don't Lie: Steelers
PITTSBURGH -- A weekly look at what the Steelers must fix:Penalties continue to plague the Steelers, and they have to be more disciplined if they want to challenge for supremacy in the AFC -- or even just the AFC North, where the Bengals are off to a 3-0 start and playing as well as any team in the NFL.

The Film Don't Lie: Ravens
A weekly look at what the Baltimore Ravens must fix:Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been one of the worst deep passers in the league this season, but he'll be tempted to stretch the field against the Baltimore Ravens' struggling secondary.

Burfict's words give Rey lift in Bengals win
CINCINNATI -- Hours before Sunday's game, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict let Vincent Rey in on his secret to success: get to the ball on the first play.

Brett Keisel: Steelers work well as underdogs
PITTSBURGH – The same player who told his teammates to just go out and have fun in the second half Sunday night at Bank of America Stadium had a different message after that fun produced a resounding 37-19 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Harbaugh offers advice to Steve Smith
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Wide receiver Steve Smith is among the most fiery players in the NFL. Emotions will run especially high Sunday, when Smith plays his former team, the Carolina Panthers.

James Harrison finally right fit with Steelers
PITTSBURGH -- Just as with defensive end Brett Keisel a month ago, it makes perfect sense right now for the Steelers to bring back James Harrison for one more season.

The Film Don't Lie: Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A weekly look at what the Jacksonville Jaguars must fix:Among the many problems the Jaguars (0-3) have on defense is the inability to cover tight ends, and that makes Sunday's matchup against host San Diego (2-1) a potential nightmare since the Chargers have one of the league's best tight ends in Antonio Gates.

The Film Don't Lie: Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A weekly look at what the Tennessee Titans must fix.Tight end Delanie Walker seems to be getting away from defenders. But the Titans' wide receivers -- Kendall Wright, Nate Washington and Justin Hunter -- aren’t doing a very good job at putting space between themselves and defensive backs.

The Film Don't Lie: Colts
INDIANAPOLIS -- A weekly look at what the Indianapolis Colts must fix:Quarterback Andrew Luck did his part against the Jacksonville Jaguars, completing 31 of 39 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns.

The Film Don't Lie: Texans
A weekly look at what the Houston Texans must fix.As the Texans prepare to play the Buffalo Bills, they are focused on fixing some of the problems that bit them in their 30-17 loss to the New York Giants.

Colts' O-line has finally come together
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INDIANAPOLIS – It's the group that was the supposed to be the weak link of the offense for the Indianapolis Colts. The group that included a rookie and second-year player at guard and a player signed a week before the season began to start at center.

No, Locker shouldn't have been sitting late
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Several Twitter followers and radio callers have shared their feeling that Jake Locker shouldn’t have been playing late in the loss at Cincinnati.

Whiz clarifies why Greene ran outside
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans and Ken Whisenhunt have spoken a great deal about finding plays and situations that line up to the specific strengths of players.

T.Y. Hilton's ankle injury is not severe
INDIANAPOLIS -- It doesn't appear that an ankle injury to Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton will cause him to miss any significant time.Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Monday that Hilton's ankle is "not that bad" and he may be limited during practice this week.

After first loss, how do Texans respond?
HOUSTON -- This version of the Houston Texans suffered its first loss of the season Sunday. Their most important questions going forward will be about how they respond and if they'll cure what ailed them against the New York Giants.

Prosinski out 2-4 weeks; other Jags healing
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars came out of Sunday’s 44-17 loss to Indianapolis with only one somewhat significant injury. Safety Chris Prosinski, one of the team’s top special-teams players, suffered an elbow/triceps strain and will miss two to four weeks.


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