Brand new week, gang.
Week eight review: McCarron/Barkley hit form, Smith struggles " Seahawks Draft Blog
Two weeks ago West Virginia were National Championship contenders and Geno Smith favourite for the Heisman. Nobody predicted what happened next.
Rams in the midst of Rodgers' greatness - NFC West Blog - ESPN
This was more action flick than horror movie for the St. Louis Rams. They were mere extras in Aaron Rodgers' latest production, and what a production it was. Rodgers' greatness on this Sunday does not excuse the Rams' many transgressions during a 30-20 defeat to the Green Bay Packers in the Edward Jones Dome.
Rapid Reaction: Packers 30, Rams 20 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What it means: The Rams fell to 3-4 with their second consecutive defeat. The tough stretch could continue thanks to the schedule. St. Louis faces New England in London, then San Francisco on the road following a bye. Three of the Rams' four remaining division games are on the road. No one said Jeff Fisher's first season would be easy.
Wrap-up: Vikings 21, Cardinals 14 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What it means: The Cardinals fell to 4-3 with their third consecutive defeat. They've got San Francisco, Green Bay (road) and Atlanta (road) on the schedule from here. The team will need better play from quarterback John Skelton to avoid dropping to 4-6. It's fair to wonder whether the Cardinals will see rookie Ryan Lindley at quarterback at some point over the next few weeks, either through injury or Skelton's poor performance. (Update: Skelton finished strong, completing 11 of 14 passes with a touchdown in the fourth quarter).
Don't feel too bad about the Seahawks' loss, 4-3 record - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.com
As much as it pains me, I have to give credit to the 49ers' coaching staff for their 13-6 win over the Seahawks on Thursday night. Yes, that includes the "Merry bleeping Christmas" guy, too. One of the 49ers' coaches, reportedly offensive coordinator Greg Roman, shouted out a rude Christmas greeting last season after their Dec. 24 win over the Seahawks in Seattle.
Notes on Wilson, Gore and the Seahawks' defense - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Gore up the gut. San Francisco's Frank Gore did all of his damage on inside rushes. He had 16 carries, all between the tackles. According to ESPN Stats & Information, his 131 yards on those between-the-tackles runs are fifth-most of any running back this season. In six previous games, Gore had averaged 14.5 carries, with 10.8 of them going between the tackles. The 49ers stuck with what was working Thursday night.
Seahawks learn some lessons the hard way in San Francisco | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Some lessons are more painful than others, but Thursday's game at San Francisco left plenty of marks on this Seahawks' team that lost its fifth consecutive divisional game and fell to 4-3:
A Phinsider Breakdown of the Miami Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill Touchdown Pass to Marlon Moore - The Phinsider
Last weekend, the Miami Dolphins beat the St. Louis Rams 17-14. The Dolphins were clearly struggling in the game, but had only given up two early field goals before a 29 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Marlon Moore.
X's & O's: Another Week, Another New Wrinkle In Redskins Offense - Hogs Haven
Every week that goes by, we see a new wrinkle in the Redskins option offense. This week was no different. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has been getting pretty creative and it's catching defenses off-guard.
Bringing Stafford to the ground - A Look at the sacks on Matthew Stafford - Windy City Gridiron
In advance of the Monday Night Matchup between the Bears and Lions, we take a look at the variety of ways Matt Stafford has been sacked by other teams.
Film Study: Broncos Defense v. Antonio Gates - Mile High Report
There's a reason why Gates was so effective in the 1st half and not so much in the 2nd half.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Fred Davis, London Fletcher headline Week 7′s injury roundup | Shutdown Corner
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (left shoulder) and running back Maurice Jones-Drew (left foot) were injured in Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders. Jones-Drew, a Bay Area native, was injured on just his second carry of the game and took a cart ride from the sidelines to the locker room. Jones-Drew was on crutches on the sidelines during the second half. Also, cornerback Rashean Mathis tweaked his groin on Sunday.
PFF Rookie Update: NFC South | ProFootballFocus.com
There's as big a discrepancy between these teams when it comes to the use of rookies as there is in the standings -- the class of the win-now Falcons has just 25 combined snaps.
PFF Rookie Update: NFC North | ProFootballFocus.com
Things are a lot closer than many expected in the NFC North this year, and the influx of rookies could be one of the main reasons why.
Free Agent Dividends | ProFootballFocus.com
Hundreds of players were signed and re-signed by teams this offseason. With six weeks in the books, let’s highlight some players who have rewarded their teams so far, and some who haven’t.
FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 7
Seattle Seahawks 6 at San Francisco 49ers 13 Tom Gower: I've watched the whole thing, but have had a hard time getting into it. Overall it's been pretty much how I thought the game would be: bad offenses playing against good defenses don't tend to have much success, and that's the way both teams are. The interesting things are the more micro-level complexity I don't pick up live, like exactly how the the one surprise this game, Frank Gore's success running up the middle, has happened.