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RB Shane Vereen not seen at practice
Running back Shane Vereen was not spotted at the start of the Patriotsâ

NFL Nation Week 8 game predictions
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Our NFL Nation writers make their picks for the Week 8 games.

Saints cornerbacks Corey White, Stanley Jean-Baptiste focus ahead
The Saints need to keep the faith moving forward and hope to build off the progress their secondary showed in wins over Minnesota and Tampa Bay.

Has Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill turned the corner?
Although it hasn't gotten much attention, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has quietly been one of the hottest quarterbacks in the NFL in the past 3 weeks.

Bill Belichick deflects questions about Darrelle Revis
Bill Belichick deflects questions about Darrelle Revis and whether he'll play on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Ahmad Bradshaw eyes RB receiving touchdown mark
Indianapolis Colts' Ahmad Bradshaw needs four receiving touchdowns in final nine games of season to surpass Marshall Faulk's mark of nine for an RB

With shoulder injury in past, Carson Palmer moves forward
The Cardinals are seeing a difference in Carson Palmer after his return from injury.

Defensive changes on the horizon for the Giants after their bye week
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Injuries at every level of defense making Giants get creative with personnel

Inside Slant: These NFL games are soooo long ... er, wait, what?
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For all Inside Slant posts, including the weekly Officiating Report, follow this link.Recently, a loyal reader we'll identify as "Brett L." protested an assumed consequence of the NFL's 2014 emphasis on a handful of penalties.

Packers vs. Saints preview
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While the Packers have been among the NFL's hottest teams, the Saints are 2-0 at home this year, and theyÃ

Three things I learned: Dallas Cowboys
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The Cowboys investment in its offensive line -- including spending a 2014 first-round pick on Zach Martin -- has been paying off.

Vikings' Marcus Sherels working to make better fair-catch decisions
Sherels has made a couple decisions to fair-catch punts that would have likely rolled into the end zone for a touchback.

Eagles expect shape-shifting Cards defense
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Chip Kelly expects the Cardinals to be as varied in their defensive approach as they were in 2013.

Defensive changes on the horizon for the Giants after their bye week
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Injuries at every level of defense making Giants get creative with personnel

Cardinals vs. Eagles preview
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The Cardinals' top-ranked run defense will be tested by LeSean McCoy and the Eagles

Redskins vs. Cowboys preview
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NFL Nation reporters John Keim and Todd Archer bring you this week's game preview.

Looking at other Redskins position questions
Quarterback isn't the only position in question for the Washington Redskins.

Injury report: Trevor Reilly, Greg Salas unlikely to play for Jets on Sunday
Rex Ryan said he was confident that the rest of the Jets' roster would be ready to go.

Anthony Spencer limited in practice
Spencer, who has recovered from microfracture surgery, is expected to play in Monday's game against the Washington Redskins.

Eagles' Mychal Kendricks limited in practice
It seems likely that Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks will miss a fifth game Sunday.

With shoulder injury in past, Carson Palmer moves forward
The Cardinals are seeing a difference in Carson Palmer after his return from injury.

Cardinals vs. Eagles preview
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The Cardinals' top-ranked run defense will be tested by LeSean McCoy and the Eagles

Eagles will test Cards' offseason focus on defending tight ends
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The Cardinals figured out why tight ends were a prickly thorn in their side all of 2013, and theyâ

T.J. McDonald returns to Rams practice
McDonald went through the concussion protocol and was cleared to return Thursday.

Rams' special teams plan to stay aggressive
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams special teams coach John Fassel met with the local media Wednesday for the first time since his group's game-changing performance in the Rams' 28-26 win against the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday.

Despite rough return, CB Tramaine Brock key to 49ers secondary
Despite a rough return from his own injury, cornerback Tramaine Brock is key to the San Francisco 49ers banged-up secondary.

Sackless in Seattle, but will it change?
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes it's going to get better for two men the team is counting on to bring pressure.

Seahawks vs. Panthers preview
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NFL Nation reporters Terry Blount and David Newton preview Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers.

Rams vs. Chiefs preview
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 The 3-3 Kansas City Chiefs and 2-4 St. Louis Rams, both coming off big divisional victories, meet for the Governor’s Cup this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Brett Favre's comments on Austin Davis unrealistic
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Brett Favre said Wednesday that St. Louis Rams QB Austin Davis could be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner.

Packers vs. Saints preview
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While the Packers have been among the NFL's hottest teams, the Saints are 2-0 at home this year, and theyÃ

Bears vs. Patriots preview
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It's been eight years since the Bears and Patriots played at New England.

Brian Urlacher said what we already know about Jay Cutler
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When it comes to producing at an elite level on the field, Jay Cutler falls short of the truly elite signal-callers around the NFL.

Bears CB Kyle Fuller limited at practice
Chicago Bears rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller (hand, hip) returned to practice on Thursday wearing a protective brace on his fractured right hand.

Vikings' John Sullivan clears concussion protocol, should play Sunday
Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan has passed the NFL's concussion protocol and is in line to play Sunday, coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday.

Is pressure 'ruining' Teddy Bridgewater? Probably not
Teddy Bridgewater has been feeling the heat in his starts. Is it beginning to weigh on the Vikings' QB?

Nick Fairley sometimes wonders what could have been with Lions
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For the first three seasons of his career, Fairley was inconsistent and unable to stay on the field for long stretches.

London trip allows Ezekiel Ansah to see sister for first time in six years
Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah surprised his sister at her home during off-time in London.

Eddie Lacy looks forward to return home
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Packers running back Eddie Lacy, a native of Louisiana, will face the New Orleans Saints this week, then spend his bye week in Louisiana with family.

The secrets of the back-shoulder fade
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Green Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers adept at executing pass that is tough to defend

How things have changed for Nos. 1 and 2 defenses at Seattle, Carolina
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ron Rivera turned on the film and liked what he saw. Players were swarming to the runner and pressuring the quarterback. They were making crisp, physical tackles and maintaining containment.

Saints cornerbacks Corey White, Stanley Jean-Baptiste focus ahead
The Saints need to keep the faith moving forward and hope to build off the progress their secondary showed in wins over Minnesota and Tampa Bay.

Packers vs. Saints preview
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While the Packers have been among the NFL's hottest teams, the Saints are 2-0 at home this year, and theyÃ

Russell Wilson would have been lost backing up Cam Newton
The Carolina Panthers took a look at the quarterback it will face on Sunday as a potential backup.

Luke Kuechly 'happy' league didn't fine him for ejection
Carolina Panthers linebacker says he didn't get an apology from the NFL, which has admitted the mistake.

Saints receivers re-emerge in 'pick your poison' offense
If Marques Colston's and Kenny Stills' performances against Detroit are any indication, the Saintsâ

Bryan Cox on Falcons' D-line: 'We have a job to do'
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The Falcons have to do a better job collectively, both the coaches and the players, according to Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox.

Eric Olsen glad to be back with Saints
Offensive lineman back with team to provide depth

Vincent Jackson doesn't want to be traded
Vincent Jackson is reportedly getting interest from around the league, but the Tampa Bay receiver says he's happy where he's at.

Cam Newton won't avoid Richard Sherman, but he also won't be an 'idiot'
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Quarterbacks have successfully thrown to the right side of the formation where Sherman plays more this season.

RB Shane Vereen not seen at practice
Running back Shane Vereen was not spotted at the start of the Patriotsâ

Has Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill turned the corner?
Although it hasn't gotten much attention, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has quietly been one of the hottest quarterbacks in the NFL in the past 3 weeks.

Bill Belichick deflects questions about Darrelle Revis
Bill Belichick deflects questions about Darrelle Revis and whether he'll play on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Bills vs. Jets preview
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ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini and Bills reporter Mike Rodak discuss Sunday's matchup.

Bears vs. Patriots preview
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It's been eight years since the Bears and Patriots played at New England.

Jets make plan for Bills' defensive front
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The 1-6 Jets havenÃ

Rex Ryan says Calvin Pryor 'hasn't had the impact' they expected
Hard-hitting safety Calvin Pryor got blindsided Thursday by his own coach.

Jets' Antonio Allen on 'roller coaster'
Defensive back has played all over secondary as Jets grapple with injury issues

Vince Wilfork: Can't miss tackles against Matt Forte
Vince Wilfork sees tackling -- an area he feels the defense has struggled with -- as the key to slowing down Matt Forte and the Bearsâ

Bills have 2nd-ranked defense in Bruschi index
The Buffalo Bills' defense ranks No. 2 behind only the Detroit Lions in Tedy Bruschi's defensive index.

Raiders vs. Browns preview
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The Browns are trying to prove they can handle weaker teams; the Raiders are looking for their first win of the season.

Emmanuel Sanders takes his turn for touchdowns
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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning can drop back and pick a number, any number, and dial up touchdowns. Thursday it was Emmanuel Sanders' turn.

Chris Harris Jr. kicks off 'great weekend'
Denver Broncos' Chris Harris Jr. had good start to what he said would be "great weekend" when he nabbed his second interception of season

Execution, not effort, lacking for Chargers
SAN DIEGO -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the San Diego Chargers' 35-21 loss to the Denver Broncos: San Diego players indicated that the team played hard against the Broncos but just did not execute during the critical moments of the game.

Rapid Reaction: San Diego Chargers
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DENVER -- A few thoughts on the San Diego Chargers' 35-21 loss to the Denver Broncos in this Week 8 contest at Sports Authority Field on Thursday night.

Raiders go with youth to replace Lamarr Woodley
Now that LaMarr Woodley is out for the long term and will likely go on the injured reserve, the Raiders are looking to young players to fill his role.

Rookie WR Cody Latimer active for Chargers game
For the first time since the season opener when Cody Latimer played 10 plays on special teams, the rookie is slated to be in uniform for a game.

Chiefs need the help return game is capable of providing
The Kansas City Chiefs last year set an NFL record for kickoff return average, but this year, they're ranked toward the bottom of the league.

May be time for Brice Butler to get more action
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Brice Butler played 11 snaps Sunday and he has seven catches this season.Yet, he has gotten the attention of the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, who face Butler and the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Don't look for a rivalry when Chiefs meet Rams
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Teams don't play often enough for fans to get riled up about rivalry

Colts vs. Steelers preview
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Slowing down sizzling Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is the top priority for Pittsburgh

Raiders vs. Browns preview
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The Browns are trying to prove they can handle weaker teams; the Raiders are looking for their first win of the season.

Coach confident Steelers will start getting return on investment in Dri Archer
Dri Archer's world-class speed has yet to translate into any significant kickoff returns.

Kyle Shanahan eager for one Browns RB to 'separate himself'
Coordinator hoping Ben Tate, Terrance West or Isaiah Crowell can take control of starting job

Pro Football Focus: Antonio Brown is the best wide receiver in the NFL
Pittsburgh Steelers star has continued to produce after breakout season in 2013

Ravens' Kelechi Osemele, Eugene Monroe practice for second straight day
The starting left side of the Baltimore Ravens' offensive line fully participated in practice Thursday.

Gary Kubiak: Injured tight end Owen Daniels 'is fine'
Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels missed his second straight practice on Thursday and had his left knee heavily wrapped in the locker room.

Browns need improved rushing defense in worst way
Injuries to defensive line have hindered Browns' front seven on defense

Beyonce, Sam Smith tunes ease Bengals on practice fields
The Bengals are desperate to change the mostly bad vibes that exist around them this week.

Mutual respect, admiration between Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lavished praise on the player who will be his counterpart Sunday at Heinz Field.

How the Titans supporting cast ranks
How the Tennessee Titans' supporting cast ranks: The news is not good for a well-paid offensive line.

Colts vs. Steelers preview
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Slowing down sizzling Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is the top priority for Pittsburgh

Dolphins vs. Jaguars preview
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The Jaguars-Dolphins matchup features two teams coming off big victories and searching for something neither has had in a while: a winning streak.

Texans vs. Titans preview
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They are two teams with new head coaches trying to install big changes.The Houston Texans are only 3-4, but it’s a mark that has them in second place in the AFC South.

Ron Rivera: Greg Hardy hasn't been 'asked to stay away' from the stadium
Rivera has maintained optimism that the Panthers' 2013 sack leader will be reinstated once his domestic violence case is heard.

Jaguars unsure how carries will be split
Denard Robinson might have more touches in Sunday's game against Miami. Or fewer.

MRI shows no damage to Reggie Wayne's elbow
The MRI done on Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne's left elbow didn't show significant damage.

Zane Beadles thanks Peyton Manning
The Jacksonville Jaguars' Zane Beadles said Peyton Manning helped his career while playing together in Denver.

Allen Robinson finally gets first TD
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie receiver Allen Robinson knew his first touchdown catch would come eventually.

The Film Don't Lie: Texans
A weekly review of what the Houston Texans must fix following their Week 7 game.


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