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W2W4: Packers at Buccaneers
Bucs hope Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' struggles in Raymond James Stadium continue.

Roger Goodell's message explains why Chargers staying put in 2015
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Teams considering relocation told they will have to wait until 2016.

Bryan Bulaga upgraded to probable
Green Bay Packers right tackle expected to start against Tampa Bay uccaneers.

How Cardinals can beat Seahawks
There's a fair and strong argument to make for an Arizona Cardinals victory over Seattle Seahawks

Cliff Avril has a special feeling after signing his contract extension
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril is ecstatic about signing a contract extension.

Tony Sparano touches on meaning of potential final home game in Oakland
It is not out of the realm of possibility that the game against the Buffalo Bills could be the Raiders' final game in Oakland.

Russell Okung and Max Unger are out for Sunday
The Seattle Seahawks will be without tackle Russell Okung and center Max Unger for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Ryan Mathews out, Philip Rivers probable for Chargers
Along with Mathews, receiver Keenan Allen (shoulder, ankle) and punter Mike Scifres (shoulder) also were ruled out.

Saints' Kenny Vaccaro, Rob Ryan both prefer Vaccaro in 'ADD' role
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Defensive back says hybrid/nickel role is the best one for both him and the defense.

Cardinals' run game sees boost as Darren Fells plays more
As Darren Fells' snaps have increased last two games, so have Arizona Cardinals' rushing yards

Rashad Jennings officially out for Sunday
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings is officially ruled out for Sunday's game.

Michael Vick would love to play for Redskins
Quarterback can be a free agent after the season, and has history with Washington receiver DeSean Jackson.

Could DeMarco Murray's injury help Tony Romo's MVP case?
Could DeMarco Murrays injury help Tony Romo's MVP case?

Jerry Jones 'pretty positive' DeMarco Murray, Zack Martin will play
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is on the practice field for the third straight day, but the right side of the offensive line -- tackle Doug Free and guard Zack Martin -- isn’t.

Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez lead turnover parade
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QBs Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez are responsible for 24 of the Eaglesâ

For Cowboys, pain matters less than memories
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Why do they do what they do? What is the pull of the game? What is it about that rush from that opening kick that keeps them doing what they do?

What Ben McAdoo has learned in his 'rookie' year
First-year OC Ben McAdoo has learned that there are times when you have to rely on your personnel rather than your plan or your scheme.

Rough starts have plagued Eagles offense
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When the Eagles struggle to get early first downs, they have been unable to overcome deficits.

Jerry Jones: Glad to have Brandon Carr
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Despite giving up some big plays recently, the Dallas Cowboys staff and owner is confident in cornerback Brandon Carr.

Colts vs. Cowboys preview
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The Colts have already clinched a playoff spot; the Cowboys lead the NFC East, but any slipup in the final two games could cost them.

How Cardinals can beat Seahawks
There's a fair and strong argument to make for an Arizona Cardinals victory over Seattle Seahawks

Cliff Avril has a special feeling after signing his contract extension
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril is ecstatic about signing a contract extension.

Russell Okung and Max Unger are out for Sunday
The Seattle Seahawks will be without tackle Russell Okung and center Max Unger for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

49ers status report: Frank Gore questionable
Frank Gore is officially listed as questionable for the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday against the San Diego Chargers.

Bruce Arians: Drew Stanton not starting but could be No. 2
Bruce Arians: Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton won't start could be officially be the No. 2 for Sunday's game.

Rams looking to build toward 2015
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There's an overwhelming feeling that this is a team on the verge of a breakthrough, but they've felt similarly before.

Rams healthy heading into Sunday
The St. Louis Rams are remarkably healthy heading into Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

ESPN expert picks: Cardinals vs. Seahawks
The experts' opinions are in and only one has the Arizona Cardinals beating the Seattle Seahawks.

Frostee Rucker rewards Cardinals' patience with career season
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Now as healthy as he's been all season, Frostee Rucker has been showing what he's capable of the past two games.

Cardinals vs. Seahawks preview
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The Seahawks have allowed just 27 points in their last four games. In comparison, the Cardinals have scored just two touchdowns during that span.

Bryan Bulaga upgraded to probable
Green Bay Packers right tackle expected to start against Tampa Bay uccaneers.

Packers' Bryan Bulaga: 'The league has spoken' on Jerry Hughes' hit
With no fine given to Jerry Hughes, Green Bay Packers OL Bryan Bulaga is done talking about the hit he received from Hughes.

Lions DC Teryl Austin could be up for head coaching jobs
Based on how successful his defense has been this season, Teryl Austin may get some interest in the offseason for heading coaching jobs.

Vikings won't have Charlie Johnson or Anthony Barr on Sunday
The Minnesota Vikings will be without rookie linebacker Anthony Barr and guard Charlie Johnson on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Bears scaling back game plan for Jimmy Clausen
The Chicago Bears are scaling back their game plan for new starting quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who makes his debut against the Detroit Lions.

Chris Conte, Robbie Gould out for Lions-Bears
The Chicago Bears will be without Chris Conte and Robbie Gould for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Big plays come at home for Jordy Nelson
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- They're the plays you've become accustomed to seeing from Jordy Nelson this season. The 80-yarder for a touchdown against the New York Jets.

Most Bears informed of Jay Cutler benching through social media
"We'd like for everything to come from in-house first, but at the end of the day, it didn't work out like that," said left tackle Jermon Bushrod.

Lions vs. Bears preview
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Lions can clinch playoff berth with road victory as reeling Bears try to finish on a high note in their final home game.

'Very blind' Eddie Lacy won't use goggles
The Green Bay Packers running back has an irritated left eye, but says he won't take on the Eric Dickerson look on Sunday against the Bucs.

W2W4: Saints must win back home crowd
Far and away, the biggest stunner of New Orleans' 2014 season has been the current four-game home losing streak.

W2W4: Packers at Buccaneers
Bucs hope Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' struggles in Raymond James Stadium continue.

Saints' Kenny Vaccaro, Rob Ryan both prefer Vaccaro in 'ADD' role
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Defensive back says hybrid/nickel role is the best one for both him and the defense.

Saints injuries: Junior Galette expects limited role, Akiem Hicks returns to practice
New Orleans Saints defensive end Junior Galette expects to have a limited role again this week due to injury.

Cam Newton has chance to set standard for Heisman quarterback matchups
Cam Newton has chance to set standard for Heisman quarterback matchups with a win against Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland browns.

Julio Jones (hip) absent from start of practice again
Falcons WR Julio Jones, recovering from a hip injury, was not on the field for the start of Friday's practice.

William Moore to Keenan Lewis: 'I put my money on our offense'
There has been plenty of trash-talking leading up to Sunday's Falcons-Saints matchup that has playoff implications.

Greg Olsen, Kelvin Benjamin set to accomplish rare Panthers feat
Don't look now, but the Panthers are on the verge of having two 1,000-yard receivers for only the second time in team history.

Falcons vs. Saints preview
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Records aren't pretty and defenses have been downright disastrous, but stakes remain as high as ever for New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons

Philosophical Cam Newton admits he's a changed man
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Ron Rivera said there's been a series of things that have gone on this season that have helped Cam Newton and "us all mature and grow."

W2W4: Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills (8-6) will travel cross-country to meet the Oakland Raiders (2-12) on Sunday at O.co Coliseum (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS).

Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson questionable for Patriots game
New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson questionable for game against New England Patriots.

Bills activating C.J. Spiller to 53-man roster
Running back expected to play against Oakland Raiders.

Under the spotlight: Geno Smith and Calvin Pryor
Each week we select two players on the New York Jets who figure to play a key role in the upcoming game.

Bills vs. Raiders preview
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When: 4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland TV: CBSThe Buffalo Bills have the longest playoff drought in the NFL. It’s been 15 years since this franchise has tasted the postseason.

Percy Harvin 'tough as boot leather'
New York Jets receiver hobbled by ankle injury, expects to play against New England Patriots.

Rob Gronkowski: 'I grew up a lot'
Gronkowski's maturity has been noted by quarterback Tom Brady in recent weeks.

Lamar Miller aiming for first 1,000-yard season
Tailback Lamar Miller has thrived in first-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor's new scheme.

Dante Scarnecchia talks Patriots' O-line
Dante Scarnecchia talks about the development and improvement of the Patriots' offensive line.

Patriots vs. Jets preview
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Back in the day, it was called the Border War. This time itÃ

Roger Goodell's message explains why Chargers staying put in 2015
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Teams considering relocation told they will have to wait until 2016.

Tony Sparano touches on meaning of potential final home game in Oakland
It is not out of the realm of possibility that the game against the Buffalo Bills could be the Raiders' final game in Oakland.

Ryan Mathews out, Philip Rivers probable for Chargers
Along with Mathews, receiver Keenan Allen (shoulder, ankle) and punter Mike Scifres (shoulder) also were ruled out.

Six Raiders ruled out for Bills' game
Oakland has 13 players on injured reserve and six additional players were ruled out for Sunday's home finale against Buffalo.

Peyton Manning does more, but still limited Friday
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was officially listed as limited in Friday’s practice because of a right thigh injury, but Manning threw more than he did in Thursday’s practice as the Broncos close in on Monday night’s game in Cincinnati.

Jamaal Charles hasn't started career decline
Kansas City Chiefs running back averaging more yards per carry than during his relatively healthy 2013 season.

Broncos vs. Bengals preview
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Both teams chasing AFC playoff position in prime-time matchup.

Bills vs. Raiders preview
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When: 4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland TV: CBSThe Buffalo Bills have the longest playoff drought in the NFL. It’s been 15 years since this franchise has tasted the postseason.

Chiefs must hold Cairo Santos accountable for missed FGs
The Chiefs might have gone too far this week by blaming long snapper Thomas Gafford for two missed field goals in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

Despite success, rookie Khalil Mack still looking to improve
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Khalil Mack might be a strong candidate for defensive rookie of the year honors, but the Oakland Raiders' outside linebacker is far from a polished product.

Annual Pro Bowl snub Andrew Whitworth deserves pick this season
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Andrew Whitworth is used to being a Pro Bowl snub, but it would be especially brutal if the Cincinnati Bengals' OT was passed over this season.

Tough love for Johnny Manziel, Hall of Fame pace for Joe Thomas
The Cleveland Browns aren't pulling any punches coaching up Johnny Manziel, and Joe Thomas finds himself in prestigious company.

Stop the run to stop Peyton Manning
The Bengals believe if they can stop the run and force Peyton Manning to pass, they will have a chance Monday night.

Torrey Smith named Ravens' Man of the Year nominee
Wide receiver Torrey Smith was officially recognized Friday as the Baltimore Ravensâ

AFC North going for rare trifecta
If the top three teams in the AFC North all win this week, they would make some history.

Pittsburgh Steelers finally have some depth at outside linebacker
The Steelers will have a four-man rotation at outside linebacker on Sunday against the visiting Chiefs if the coaches decide to go that route.

Bengals' rushing success may hinge on Russell Bodine
Any success the Bengals have in the running game could hinge on how well Russell Bodine plays vs. Denver.

Dick LeBeau says Ryan Shazier could play more this Sunday
The Pittsburgh Steelers hope to see more of rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier on Sunday.

Why Joe Flacco is enjoying career year under Gary Kubiak
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In his first season under Gary Kubiak, Joe Flacco is enjoying the best regular season of his seven-year NFL career.

Broncos vs. Bengals preview
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Both teams chasing AFC playoff position in prime-time matchup.

Jacksonville Jaguars mailbag
Got questions about the Jacksonville Jaguars? I’ll try to answer a representative selection of them every Saturday. Submit your questions via Twitter to @ESPNdirocco.

Colts could be using ninth different starting lineup on the O-line vs. Dallas
Three linemen have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Tracing the Titans' route to the No. 1 pick
Strength of schedule is the tiebreaker. The team that played the weaker schedule gets the higher pick at the top of the first round.

Colts should sit T.Y. Hilton against Dallas
The Indianapolis Colts shouldn't risk T.Y. Hilton and his injured hamstring on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Ryan Mallett wants to help the team, will think of his future later
Ryan Mallett might be on injured reserve, but he's far from scarce around the team's facility and practices lately.

Colts vs. Cowboys preview
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The Colts have already clinched a playoff spot; the Cowboys lead the NFC East, but any slipup in the final two games could cost them.

Blake Bortles delivers gritty performance in win
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His passing stats didn't pop off the page, but Blake Bortles' adept running and leadership led the Jacksonville Jaguars to victory.

Leon Washington impresses despite another Titans loss
Leon Washington made the most of his increased action in the Tennessee Titans' loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.

Rapid Reaction: Jacksonville Jaguars
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A few thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars' 21-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field.What it means: The Jaguars' offense finally showed some life Thursday night, and it was a long time coming.

Rapid Reaction: Tennessee Titans
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A few thoughts on the Tennessee Titans' 21-13 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field:What it means: The Titans lost their ninth straight game and split with the Jaguars for the sixth consecutive season.


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