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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Film Don’t Lie: Jets

A weekly look at what the New York Jets must fix: The Jets are into the "Missiles of October" portion of their schedule, as they face Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in an 11-day span. Unfortunately for the Jets, they're hitting this stretch with a defense that doesn't scare quarterbacks. Oh sure, the Jets' defensive front will gets its share of sacks, but when it comes to making game-changing plays -- forcing turnovers -- its useless.

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The Film Don’t Lie: Saints

A weekly look at what the New Orleans Saints must fix: Nobody needs the backing of the Dome crowd more than the New Orleans Saints’ pass rushers when they return home in Week 5 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints’ pass rush went from disappointing to disappearing in this past Sunday’s 38-17 loss at Dallas. Ends Junior Galette and Cameron Jordan were held at bay all night, with New Orleans’ only sack coming from safety Kenny Vaccaro.

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The Film Don't Lie: Lions

A weekly look at what the Detroit Lions must fix: Matthew Stafford is once again playing well at the start of the season, but for the Lions to have success against the Buffalo Bills and the rest of the year, he must receive better protection from his offensive line. Stafford has been sacked 11 times, hit seven other times and hurried 31 times in four games, according to Pro Football Focus. Those numbers are all on pace to be far worse than last season, when the Lions were one of the best teams in the league at protecting their quarterback, allowing only 23 sacks.

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The Film Don’t Lie: Raiders

A weekly look at what the Oakland Raiders must fix: Philip Rivers has been the picture of quarterback efficiency this season. His completion percentage was 69.5 last season and it is 70.1 this season. That could be a big issue for the Oakland Raiders when they return from their bye on Oct. 12 against Rivers and the San Diego Chargers at home. Oakland has been picked apart in the passing game defensively. In four games, opposing quarterbacks have completed a combined 72.

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The Film Don't Lie: Chiefs

A weekly look at what the Kansas City Chiefs must fix: A two-play sequence from Monday night’s game shows a defensive problem for the Kansas City Chiefs and how they can correct it in next week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs are playing well against the pass, but their run defense has shown more than a few leaks. They allow 5 yards per opponent's rushing attempt, which ranks 27th in the NFL. They have allowed 15 running plays of 10 yards or more, the fifth-highest total in the league.

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The Film Don't Lie: Panthers

A weekly look at what the Carolina Panthers must fix: The Panthers have the NFL's worst red zone offense, scoring only three touchdowns in 10 trips inside their opponent's 20-yard line. They were 0-for-3 in Sunday's 38-10 loss at Baltimore. Next up is Chicago with the sixth-best defense in red zone efficiency, allowing touchdowns only 45 percent of the time. The film shows Carolina's ineptness comes from mistakes and the inability to consistently create third-and-short.

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The Film Don’t Lie: 49ers

A weekly look at what the San Francisco 49ers must fix. Rather than fixing something that is not broken -- as the Niners seemingly did in the first three weeks of the season by changing their offensive identity -- they must stay the course by continuing to pound the ball and stretch their runs against the Kansas City Chiefs, who will roll into Santa Clara this weekend after blowing out the New England Patriots on "Monday Night Football." During the season's first three games, the 49ers floated away from their identity as a smashmouth, power-running team.

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VIDEO: Tony Sparano looks to be the favorite to become the Raiders' interim coach (ESPN)

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Inside Slant: NFL Week 4 QB Report

Let's take our weekly deep dive into the Sunday performance of five NFL quarterbacks, using data supplied by analyst Jacob Nitzberg via ESPN Stats & Information. After all, the numbers don't always speak for themselves.

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What would it take to bring back Jon Gruden to Raiders?

The Oakland Raiders head coaching job comes up a lot. It's the eighth time it has been open since 2002, the year the Raiders traded Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay. And as usual, Gruden's name has surfaced to fill this vacancy. Many in the Bay Area would like to see Gruden return. Gruden clearly would be the top choice of the franchise and the fan base. The Raiders haven’t been the same since he was traded to the Buccaneers. Gruden, who is a “Monday Night Football” analyst for ESPN, is still a mythical figure to the Raiders’ fan base.

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The Film Don't Lie: Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A weekly look at what the Tennessee Titans must fix. All sorts of circumstances have prevented the Titans from running the ball often early in games this season. As they prepare for the Cleveland Browns' visit to LP Field on Sunday, the team should examine its rushing offense. The Titans have been falling behind, and they haven’t had the ball much. Per ESPN Stats & Information, they’ve run the ball just 19 times in the first quarters of their four games combined.

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READ: NFL says Husain Abdullah shouldn't have received penalty for dropping to knees, bowing in prayer (ESPN)

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Rivera to defense: 'Stick to your job'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera counted 14 plays during Sunday's 38-10 loss at Baltimore on which at least two defensive players were out of position. Those are mistakes that have led to Carolina's defense dropping from fifth in the NFL after two games to 23rd after four. Those are mistakes that have led a unit that gave up only 21 points in the first two games to give up 75 in the past two. Those are mistakes that have taken Carolina from one of the NFL's best run defenses to one of the worst, 27th with 140.

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Dennis Allen still has a chance for success

It is clear that Dennis Allen’s tenure as the Oakland Raiders' head coach was a failure. The Raiders were 8-28 under Allen and have lost 10 straight games, the longest current losing streak in the league. The Raiders were clearly justified in relieving Allen of his duties Monday night. However, I hardly believe this is the end of Allen in the NFL. He will resurface. Allen, who Oakland hired in 2012 after one season as the Denver Broncos' defensive coordinator, is just 42.

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NFL Nation TV analyzes season's first quarter

Join us today at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT for ESPN’s NFL Nation TV’s Spreecast as episode No. 25 will take a look at the first quarter of the season. Host Paul Gutierrez (San Francisco 49ers reporter), co-host Coley Harvey (Cincinnati Bengals reporter) and new regular Mike Wells (Indianapolis Colts reporter) are joined by Todd Archer (Dallas Cowboys reporter), Josh Weinfuss (Arizona Cardinals reporter), Mike Triplett (New Orleans Saints reporter) and Scott Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers reporter) to talk biggest surprises and disappointments thus far.

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Time for Patriots coaches to reassess

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There are many places one could start when assessing the embarrassing performance turned in by the New England Patriots in their 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. It's all fair game, from quarterback Tom Brady to the overmatched defense. But we're starting on the sidelines with Bill Belichick and his coaching staff. This is what Belichick said in his pregame radio interview on the Sports Hub: "I think our guys are ready to go.

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Jamaal Charles-Knile Davis rotation is effective for Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andy Reid started rattling off the things the Kansas City Chiefs did well in their Monday night thrashing of the New England Patriots and didn't really know where to stop. There were that many things the Chiefs did well in their 41-14 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. Reid lingered a little longer in one area, and that was a pretty strong hint about his feelings. The Chiefs got 199 yards rushing, 28 more receiving, plus three touchdowns from running backs Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis, and this seemed to please Reid as much or more than anything.

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