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Sando: Ranking the NFL's best kickers

Kickers are under more scrutiny than ever, so Mike Sando looked at who is doing the best job over the past few seasons and also picked out the top kicker in the game today.

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Insider Trading: Week 5 fantasy advice

NFL Nation reporters explain why it's time to start Rams RB Todd Gurley, Cardinals WR Michael Floyd and Patriots RB Dion Lewis.

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What you need to know for Week 5 (1:06)
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Week 5 picks: Which teams will win and why

NFL Nation reporters make their picks for the weekend, and they expect the Bengals, Falcons and Patriots -- led by their quarterbacks -- to win.

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Rams' Aaron Donald got an early jump on stardom

After a childhood filled with 4 a.m. weight-lifting sessions, Aaron Donald is on the fast-track to becoming the NFL's most dominant defensive tackle.

The guiding hand who shaped Steelers All-Pro RB Le'Veon Bell (5:26)
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Bowen & Riddick: 10 toughest players to cover

Which NFL receivers would you least want to cover one-on-one? ESPN Insiders -- and former NFL safeties -- Matt Bowen and Louis Riddick rank the league's 10 biggest matchup nightmares.


OTL: Arian Foster's secular beliefs

Off the field, the Texans RB occasionally faces a philosophical challenge of being an openly secular player in a league with a strong religious culture.


Lance Dunbar to undergo surgery today

The Cowboys RB will have knee surgery later Friday, according to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. Dunbar tore the ACL in his left knee in Sunday's loss to the Saints and is out for the season.


Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 5

Eli Manning has been on a hot streak, tossing 7 TDs in his past 3 games. And with the 49ers coming to town, Berry believes it's a recipe for a handful of big plays vs. a team that has allowed the most 20-plus-yard plays this year. Love/Hate Week 5

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Joique Bell, Haloti Ngata and Eric Ebron not working out in open portion of Lions practice Friday. Travis Lewis and Larry Warford returned. DeAndre Levy worked out again.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corners Chris Culliver and DeAngelo Hall and tight end Jordan Reed were not at practice today. Receiver DeSean Jackson has his jersey off and was wearing sneakers. Jackson is not participating in individual drills.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (calf) is participating in positional drills for the second consecutive practice Friday. The Bills will provide his status for Sunday's game by 1 PM.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks, LB Paul Posluszny, TE Julius Thomas are questionable for Sunday. WR Marqise Lee, RB Denard Robinson are out.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Just before Bengals practice Friday, QB Andy Dalton plays catch with a kid who is part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In the foreground is former Cowboys QB and broadcaster Troy Aikman.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Devonta Freeman beat out fellow second-year player Ra'Shede Hageman in the Falcons' version of "Jeopardy!" yesterday. The two were asked to name some of the assistant coaches currently on staff. "It's embarrassing. I don't want to talk about it," Hageman said. "We didn't know everybody's name. He knew some of the coaches, and I didn't." Hageman couldn't recall which coaches he missed on -- or at least he didn't want to say.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have named DeAndre Levy a game captain this week. Lions HC Jim Caldwell, asked if this means he'll play this week: "I assume you can make that assumption."

Arian Foster takes it out on the cooler

The Texans RB was yet another athlete to take out his frustrations on a Gatorade container when he threw it to the ground before heading to the locker room to undergo concussion protocol.


NFL Nation survey: Peers pick Gostkowski

24 NFL kickers were asked which active kicker is the best. The Patriots kicker got top billing. Survey says

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Cowboys must get running game in sync

Dallas won 12 games and the division last season thanks to a dominant running game -- but 2015 has been a different story. What happened?

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NFL rookies ready to take a leap

Everyone knows what Todd Gurley can do, but Field Yates says look out Philly's Nelson Agholor too. "The entire offense has yet to find a rhythm, but when it does, Agholor's numbers will balloon.” Breakout candidates (Insider)

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OTD: Breaking barriers

On this day in 1989, Art Shell became the first black coach in the modern NFL and the first since Fritz Pollard in the 1920s. Also on this day in 1974, Frank Robinson was hired as the Indians manager, becoming the first black manager of an MLB team.


Jaws: Eli Manning, Giants looking great

ESPN's Ron Jaworski watched New York's Week 4 win vs. the Bills and was impressed enough to make a bold proclamation about the team.


Lower expectations for Amari Cooper

Tristan H. Cockcroft says the Broncos cornerbacks have the advantage in the matchup vs. the Raiders. Week 5 over & underachievers (Insider)

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Johnson, Hasselbeck shine in Colts' win

40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck threw two touchdowns to 34-year-old Andre Johnson. There had been only three previous TD passes in NFL history in which the passer was at least 40 years old and the receiver was at least 34 (via Elias).


Something about Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck had a 92.1 Total QBR in Thursday's win over the Texans. The only 40-year old quarterback who had a better QBR with at least 20 pass attempts in the last decade is a man he used to back up: Brett Favre.

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O'Brien unsure who'll start next

For the second time this season, Bill O'Brien is considering a QB change. He hasn't decided who will start for the 1-4 Texans vs. the Jaguars next week, saying he has to watch film first. Brian Hoyer threw for 312 yards in three quarters. He's the first 300-yard passer to come off the bench since Chad Henne in 2012.

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Flacco reads classic book to kids

There's no doubt about it, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is an elite children's book. Here to read it to Baltimore City elementary school students ... is Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Watch it