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SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 25: Running back Chester Taylor #29 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes against Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 25, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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Kam Chancellor's hit and Roger Goodell's miss - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.com
We're quickly arriving at the point where it will be easier for the NFL to tell players what they can do rather than what they can't do. In Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals, Kam Chancellor was penalized during a play that was negated by another penalty for unnecessary roughness. It killed the momentum that the big hit created and sent the entire Arizona sideline into a bizarre reaction that never should've been, and never would've happened just a year ago.

9/26: How much can Seahawks offense improve? - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
In Monday's Wrap Up video, Brock and Salk discuss the performance by the Seahawks offense in their Week 3 win over the Cardinals and whether expectations for that unit should be elevated going forward.

Seattle Seahawks: Is Tarvaris Jackson Running out of Time? | Bleacher Report
In three games as Seattle’s starting quarterback, Tarvaris Jackson has thrown two touchdowns, rushed for one and has four turnovers. The team is averaging 10 points a game, 30th in the league.   Seattle is 1-2, ranked towards the bottom of many offensive categories and pundits are wondering why Charlie Whitehurst hasn't gotten his chance to compete for the starting job. Based on Carroll's comments, it appears the wondering will continue for now.

Talent and Production: The Great Emotional Divide " The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
This is my seventh year studying the on-field performance of football players. I can say unequivocally that I know more about the techniques and strategy of the game than I knew when I began. I’m also beginning to realize that I have learned just as much about player evaluation during the four months I have spent creating content for this blog. However, much of what I have learned from my interviews of colleagues has less to do with technique, strategy, or what to physically seek from a player and more to do with what none of us know.

9/27: Seahawks made right move with Matt Hasselbeck - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
In Tuesday's Wrap Up video, Brock Huard explains why the Seahawks' decision to not re-sign quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the offseason is starting to make more sense.

Williams MIA from Seahawks’ offense | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
After six weeks of practice and three regular season games, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and receiver Mike Williams have yet to get on the same page. Williams finished as Seattle’s leading receiver last season, earning a three-year, $11.2 million contract. But through three games this season, Williams is tied for fifth on the team with five catches for 43 yards. And while Sidney Rice led the team with eight catches for 109 yards in his regular-season debut in Seattle’s 13-10 win over Arizona on Sunday, Williams was targeted just once. It was early in the game, and he finished without a catch.

Carroll on Tarvaris Jackson criticism: ‘They need to give him a chance’ | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - seattlepi.com
Pete Carroll knows his quarterback has been criticized ever since the Seahawks signed him. Perhaps Carroll’s most interesting comments during his Monday press conference concerned Tarvaris Jackson, and the fact that he’s already taken such direct, harsh judgment from Seahawks fans despite playing only three games. Jackson said after Sunday’s game — during which he was booed in the first half — that he wasn’t bothered by it. Carroll echoed that, though he’s certainly seen and heard the barbs.

Seahawks.com Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville "
FOCUS ON Chris Clemons. His performance against the Arizona Cardinals looked as good on video as it did on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. We examined the against-all-odds efforts of the Seahawks’ "Leo" defensive end in our "Monday Metatarsal Musings," and the coaches’ review showed that Clemons was all that and more. "He had a great game," coach Pete Carroll said. "When we went back over it, Clem was the big point-getter for the day with the knockdown and also contributing to Leroy’s sack. It was right to credit Leroy (Hill), but Clem’s rush; he was the first guy there.

2011 Seahawks Week 3: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Tarvaris Jackson is no Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks have ample offensive weapons now that Sidney Rice is back from a shoulder injury. Jackson's ability to make use of those weapons will determine whether the Seahawks outperform almost universally low outside expectations for them. Seattle is keeping things conservative from a scheming standpoint. Jackson obviously trusts Rice more than his other receivers, notably Mike Williams, after playing with Rice in Minnesota. Watching this game and then watching Hasselbeck play for Tennessee, I kept thinking the Seahawks would have won this game by double digits had their former quarterback been behind center. Then again, Jackson has weathered the physical punishment better than I suspect Hasselbeck would have. In addition to surviving teeth-chattering sacks from Calais Campbell, Jackson ran into and through Adrian Wilson at the goal line on his 11-yard touchdown run.

Seahawks Blog | By the Numbers; Tarvaris Jackson | Seattle Times Newspaper
Tarvaris Jackson outplayed the man he replaced in one respect. The offense scored a touchdown in Jackson's first home start as Seahawks quarterback. That's something Seattle didn't manage 10 years ago in Hasselbeck's first home start for the Seahawks, which took place at Husky Stadium.

Seahawks.com Blog | Photoblog: A Welcome Home Win. "
The Seahawks returned home to play their first regular season game at the renamed CenturyLink Field, hoping to turn around an 0-2 start to the season.

2011 Week 3: NFC West game changers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' chances were already slim -- about 36 percent, according to the statistical record -- when they came to the line of scrimmage with 1:15 remaining against Seattle in Week 3. [+] Enlarge AP Photo/Elaine Thompson Kam Chancellor's fourth quarter interception was the biggest game-changer this week in the NFC West. Trailing 13-10 and facing third-and-12 from the Seahawks' 36-yard line, the Cardinals needed another 10 yards or so to feel good about entrusting kicker Jay Feely with the tying attempt. Feely had missed wide left from 51 yards and come up short from 49 on this windy, rainy day at CenturyLink Field. What happened next stands as the most pivotal play involving an NFC West team in Week 3.

On illegal hits: Heap shot no cheap shot? - NFC West Blog - ESPN

Kam Chancellor's huge hit on Arizona Cardinals tight end Todd Heap during the Seattle Seahawks' 13-10 victory Sunday drew a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. "It was as clean a hit as you can get," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters Monday. I've been going through the rulebook and replaying the hit before making a judgment. I've also watched again the video NFL officials showed to players differentiating between illegal hits on defensive players and hits delivered within the rules. Carroll appears to be right. I can't imagine what officials could have instructed Chancellor to do differently.

Cardinals/Seahawks Rewind: Was TD Throw A Good Play By Kolb? - Revenge of the BirdsOne of the only highlights of the Sunday matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks was the touchdown pass on the second quarter from Kevin Kolb to Larry Fitzgerald. It gave the Cardinals the lead and it also gave Fitz the Cardinals' all-time record for touchdown receptions.  However, in the moment, many people felt that the throw was ill-advised and perhaps should have been an interception that turned into a lucky play.  Let's take a look and decide.

NFC West Stock Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Sidney Rice provided a spark for the Seahawks' passing attack in his first game of the season, catching eight passes for 109 yards. 1. Sidney Rice, Seahawks receiver: Not long ago, reports of a torn labrum raised questions about whether Rice might be headed for season-ending surgery. Those fears were misplaced. Rice caught eight passes for 109 yards in his Seahawks debut. His shoulder proved strong enough to prevent the Cardinals' Adrian Wilson from wresting the ball away after an early reception. Seattle will have to open up its offense to compete with better teams. That would be impossible without Rice.

Seahawks.com Blog | Up next: Atlanta Falcons "- When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m., CenturyLink Field Record: 1-2 after Sunday’s 16-13 loss to the Buccaneers in Tampa Where they rank: No. 19 on offense (19th rushing, 18th passing); No. 22 on defense (20th rushing, 22nd passing) Series: Seahawks lead 8-4, but the Falcons have won the past two meetings – including a 34-18 victory in Seattle in Week 15 last season Star power: Tony Gonzalez. There are plenty of candidates on this team that posted the best record in the NFC last season, but the Falcons’ Pro Bowl tight end continues to get it done at 35 and in his 14th NFL season. He leads the team with three touchdown catches among his 14 receptions. The Seahawks already have faced the 49ersVernon Davis (five catches for 47 yards), the Steelers’ Heather Miller (one for 16) and the Cardinals’ Todd Heap (six for 61), but they’re trying to get where Gonzalez already has been – 11 Pro Bowl selections and eight All-Pro berths. Oh, and he holds the NFL records by a tight end for career receptions (1,069), receiving yards (12,463), touchdown catches (88), 100-yard games (27) and 1,000-yard seasons (four).

Browner much improved in Seahawks win " Kitsap SunAs the Seattle Seahawks prepared for Arizona last week, cornerback Brandon Browner remained confident. And that was no small feat for the former CFL standout who was coming off a rough game in his second-career NFL start. Not only had Browner struggled in his team's loss in Pittsburgh, but he also knew his next game would feature a steady dose of Larry Fitzgerald, one of the best receivers in the game. "Those are guys that you get up for," Browner said last week. "You get up every week, but being a cornerback, when you get guys like Larry Fitzgerald, you get a little more amped about the game."

Offense stumbles in Cardinals' second road loss - Houston Chronicle - For the second week in a row, the Arizona Cardinals blew a chance to win late on the road. This time, the offense shoulders the biggest share of the blame. Coach Ken Whisenhunt called the performance of quarterback Kevin Kolb "uneven" in Sunday's 13-10 loss at Seattle. The Cardinals were driving for a potential game-winning TD or at least a game-tying field goal and were at the Seahawks 36-yard line when Kolb's pass was intercepted by Kam Chancellor at the Seattle 25 with 1:04 to play.

Seahawks | Despite first win, Seahawks offense remains a big concern | Seattle Times Newspaper - The first victory in Pete Carroll's second season as Seahawks coach wasn't very pretty, and it was a long way from perfect. Just don't call it ugly. There's no such thing for a coach with a defensive pedigree like Carroll, and he wasn't about to turn up his nose after his team's 13-10 victory over Arizona on Sunday. "That was a hard-fought, tough win," Carroll said. "Sometimes you screw it up. We played pretty solid for the most part."

Thoughts on Ryan Tannehill vs Oklahoma State " Seahawks Draft Blog - JMPasq has supplied us with the tape (see above) for Ryan Tannehill’s performance against Oklahoma State. I’ll have more on this game later in the week and also some thoughts on UNC vs Georgia Tech that I’ve just finished watching. This really was a contrasting performance from Tannehill. It was interesting to see on Twitter how people were climbing over each other to jump on the Tannehill bandwagon. In the second half, the masses fell silent. The only noise you could hear was a distant choking in the background, emanating from the television screen showing the game.

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