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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 6 DVOA Ratings
Are you ready for some upheaval? The New York Giants take their huge win over San Francisco (covered in this week's Any Given Sunday) and ride it up the DVOA charts all the way from number eight to number one. The Giants look even more like the best team in the league if you consider that their Week 1 loss to Dallas now looks like an extreme outlier. The Giants had a -40.9% DVOA for that game, but have over 20% DVOA in every one of their games since (including their narrow Week 4 loss to Philadelphia).

Bill Belichick Deserves More Blame For Patriots' Struggling Pass Defense Than Individual Players - New England Patriots -
Complain about the Patriots' players all you want, but it may not be their fault that New England can't defend the pass.

Seahawks' Bobby Wagner showing speed and more - Blog -
"I don't think we understand just how fast he is," Bradley told "Bob and Groz" on Tuesday. "Some of the plays he makes on tape even jump out at me, and when you see him make the long runs and making plays you're like, 'Whoa.'"

Pete Carroll Show - Podcasts -
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tells "Seattle's Morning News" what he learned from watching the Giants dismantle the 49ers, Seattle's opponent on Thursday night. Carroll also talks about the strong defenses throughout the NFC West.

It’s that time again: Seahawks face the 49ers | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
"You got to hit him hard and hit him early," Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright said. "Let him know that it’s not going to be your day to get a bunch of running yards. We’re going to come out and set the tone, and make sure he doesn’t get rolling."

NFL Run & Shootaround: Sea-fense! - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The day after the Seahawks announced that Russell Wilson would be their Week 1 starter, I was driving to work and listening to someone — I can’t remember whom — lambaste the decision on sports talk radio. His argument was that after dumping a truckload of money off at Matt Flynn’s place, this move didn’t make a lot of sense. The Seahawks, he said, didn’t have a plan. And I nodded along in agreement.

Seahawks Insider podcast — Week 7 | Seahawks Insider
Eric Williams of The New Tribune and Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for, preview Seattle’s Thursday night game against San Francisco.

Philip Rivers' poor play can be pinned on footwork, WR mistrust -
2) His footwork has been poor. What's wrong with Philip Rivers arm strength? That was a question I was asked numerous times following Monday night's game. He floated two deep balls that were picked off and he also had two underneath routes that were undercut for interceptions. However, after studying the tape, I came away more concerned about his feet. He has developed two very poor habits. Most NFL passing plays require the quarterback to release the ball in rhythm (immediately after his third, fifth or seventh step) or with a single hitch step. In this game Rivers double and triple hitched after he completed his drop and he was repeatedly late on throws. Also, he struggled to reset his feet when he was forced to move around inside the pocket to avoid pressure. Until he fixes these two issues, his timing and accuracy will continue to suffer.

Listen to podcast - Pod Player -
Jaws gives his insight on how the Seahawks need to be taken seriously.

Sea Hawk Run!: Lynch, Wilson Haunt Patriots
In the Reader’s Digest version of the Seahawks’ win over the Patriots, Seattle’s stingy defense and rookie Russell Wilson’s big-time passes surprised Tom Brady as the Seahawks’ running game struggled to gain traction. That last part is only true if you measure the running game by yards gained on the ground by actual, living humans. To fully understand how Seattle’s running game helped beat New England, one must look to the paranormal: phantom footsteps, cold breezes, and beasts that appear only to suddenly vanish. Rather than attacking the Seattle offense, Patriots’ defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, was left chasing apparitions, grasping at phantoms, and tackling shadows. Blog | Week 7: Seahawks at 49ers
The Seahawks’ No. 2-ranked run defense vs. 49ers RB Frank Gore: As with the Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch, everything the 49ers do offensively starts with Gore. He moves the chains, as well as the pile. His running sets up the play-action passing game. So the Seahawks cannot allow Gore to get going as he did in rushing for 212 yards against them in 2006 or 207 yards in 2009, when he scored on runs of 80 and 79 yards. But this isn’t the same defense that was Gore-d in the past. To contain him, nose tackle Brandon Mebane, three-tech tackle Alan Branch and 330-pound end Red Bryant have to clog the running lanes, and also keep blockers off the linebacking trio of Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Leroy Hill. The Seahawks are allowing averages of 70 rushing yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry. Gore is averaging 78.3 and 5.4.

Seahawks Game Preview vs. 49ers: Analysis, prediction, TV Info -
Inside stuff: The last time the Seahawks and 49ers met in a primetime game was in November 2007. On Monday Night Football, Seattle pitched a 24-0 shutout against the Alex Smith-led 49ers. The last time the teams met on a Thursday was December 2006, when San Francisco beat the playoff-bound Seahawks 24-14.

Jake Locker practices; Tennessee Titans won't rush QB's return -
Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker practiced for the first time Wednesday since he dislocated his non-throwing shoulder. Titans coach Mike Munchak isn't rushing Locker's return.

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers: Physical battle looms -
Patrick Willis and the 49ers are tough. Are Brandon Browner and the Seahawks tougher? The NFL will find out Thursday night. Bucky Brooks promises a very physical battle and makes his pick.

Can JJ Watt change the common perception? | National Football Post
Scouting reports of certain prospects are laughably predictable.

NFP's Top Five Defensive End Prospects | National Football Post
At the mid-point of the college season NFP breaks down the Top 5 DE's.

Playbook: Sanchez vs. Colts' Cover 1 pressure | National Football Post
'All-22' breakdown of QB's TD pass to Jason Hill.

Up by 1, after scoring a late touchdown, should teams go for two?
I’m always interested in creative ways to maximize your team’s chances of winning. A few weeks ago, I wrote that when trailing by 14 or 15 points, teams should go for two if they score a touchdown. A different scenario came up during the Ravens-Cowboys game, as Baltimore was up 24-23 with just under five minutes to go when Ray Rice went in for a one-yard score. At that point, some clamored that Baltimore should have gone for two and essentially put the game away. A conversion would have given the Ravens a 9-point lead, while a miss would still leave Baltimore a touchdown. On the surface, it might sound like a risk-free proposition, where even if the gamble fails, you’re still in good shape.

ReFo: Patriots @ Seahawks, Week 6 |
The Patriots got some big performances, but ultimately they couldn't overcome Russell Wilson and co. Nathaniel Peters-Kroll explains.

Analysis Notebook Week 6, 2012 |
Our Analyst Sam Monson takes a look at just how dominant J.J. Watt is, and how the Packers tried to contain him on Sunday Night Football.

Snapshot: PBE, Offensive Tackles |
Last week I took a special look at the league's most productive pass rushers, and this week I’m giving equal time to inspect the most (and least) efficient pass-blocking offensive tackles.

32 Observations: Week 6 |
Seattle Seahawks: Last year James Carpenter struggled at right tackle, and allowed a pressure on one in every 9.5 pass plays. This year he has moved to left guard and now allows a pressure on only one in every 18.8 pass plays.

Updated 2013 mock draft: 17th October " Seahawks Draft Blog
The more I look into this draft class, the more I feel like I underestimated it. There’s maybe a lesson to be learnt there. Prospects have emerged, as they always do. But the blossoming strength of this draft comes in its depth. It’s not top heavy, in fact I think it’s going to be one of those years where there’s not a great deal of difference between the #1 pick and the #25 pick. Blog | Wednesday in Hawkville: Saturday comes very early this week
Chris Clemons now has seven sacks, which ranks third in the league behind the Texans’ J.J. Watt (9.5) and the Packers’ Clay Matthews (8). Clemons was credited with half-a-sack against the Panthers two weeks ago, but now gets the full sack on Cam Newton. In Sunday’s game against the Patriots, Clemons has been credited with the sack of Tom Brady on New England’s final possession. Clemons had 11 sacks in each of his first two seasons with the Seahawks, but is on pace for 18.5 this season. The franchise single-season record is 16.5 by Michael Sinclair in 1998. Jacob Green, the club’s all-time leader in sacks, had 16 in 1983.

Not bringing Mike Holmgren back gave Seahawks a chance to start fresh | Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times
Three years ago, the Seahawks were negotiating with Mike Holmgren to bring him back to the team as general manager, a year after he had stepped down as coach. The negotiations fell apart and the Seahawks brought in Pete Carroll and started over.

Seahawks, 49ers ready for battle of 'fortitude and will' | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
San Francisco is more than a team Seattle wants to beat. The 49ers are the team the Seahawks want to be — from the unyielding defense to the relentless running game to the sticky-fingered propensity for taking the ball away from opponents. It's a blueprint the 49ers embodied as they won the division at 13-3 last year, and it's also the format the Seahawks have used in winning four of their first six games.

Richard Sherman on Tom Brady situation: 'Now it's done.' | - Seattle Sidelines
"It was exactly what it should have been," Sherman said of Brady's response. "He’s a great player, he did what he did, he said what he said, and now it’s done."

Seahawks vs. 49ers: 3 Key Matchups to Watch for San Francisco | Bleacher Report
A Thursday Night Football victory will keep the 49ers atop the NFC West at 5-2, butt a loss will surely knock them out of that top spot...

Russell Wilson Shows Progress - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Tomorrow night, the Seahawks will face the 2nd toughest defense they’ll face all year. (The toughest being the one the face in practice every day). The 49ers defense has talent at every level. They disguise their coverages well, and they can get after the QB as good as almost anyone. This game will be a huge test to see how far Russell Wilson has come in is development.

How the Seahawks Measure Up: Week 6 Edition | October
There were no surprises in the game versus New England. The Patriots are the top-ranked offense in the NFL, and they were able to move the chains against the Seahawks’ defense. But despite all the yardage they gained, they had difficulty finishing off drives with touchdowns. Through their first five games, New England averaged 33 points a game. Seattle held them to 23 – that is a major accomplishment.

Is This Real? The Niners Get Blown Out - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Teams that win consecutive games by 30 points don't come around often. When the San Francisco 49ers did just that in Week 5 and Week 6, they became the 16th team to pull off the feat since 1990. Five of the previous 15 teams did exactly what the Niners did in Week 7: lose. The 49ers were vanquished by the New York Giants — the team that's served as their most notable rival during Jim Harbaugh's brief reign. The Giants have spent 2012 oscillating between elite quarters or halves and middling ones. The same team that just rolled the 49ers in Candlestick, 26-3, already has losses to the Cowboys and Eagles on their résumé, and it took a miraculous fourth-quarter comeback to keep them from losing at home to the Bucs. Even the most fervent Giants apologist wouldn't pretend to say that the Giants are consistently great; instead, they would probably argue that the Giants are great when it counts.

B.S. Report: Mike Lombardi - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Mike Lombardi and Bill Simmons discuss the bizarre coaching strategies and necessary adjustments from Week 6 of the NFL season.

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