First and 10: Approaching the quarter pole

Week 4 marks the end of the first quarter of the season, a significant landmark for most coaches, and that means a lot of teams will have their first-quarter “grade” on the line when they take the field this weekend, says NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan. Get ready for all this weekend’s contests with NFL.com’s exclusive Game Center.

Here’s what else is on tap for Friday:

  • Former Redskins quarterback and NFL Network analyst Joe Theismann has some harsh words for Bears wide receiver Roy Williams in the latest episode of “No Huddle.”
  • Congress has invited NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the NFLPA’s DeMaurice Smith and the chief executive of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to Capitol Hill for a discussion on human growth hormone.
  • Quarterback stability and the presence of strong playmakers have done wonders for the Raiders’ pirate crew. Jason La Canfora breaks down the factors that have brought the swagger back to Oakland.
  • In his latest Pick Six, Adam Rank offers an alternative to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for players who feel slighted about not making it to Canton.
  • Most of the attention going into games is on the stars, but lesser-known players often end up being difference-makers. Bucky Brooks looks at guys to watch in Week 4.

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