Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Tuesday

Sept 16, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) shakes hands with team owner Paul Allen (right) during the final seconds of the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Dallas, 27-7. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Already Tuesday, you guys.

Seattle Seahawks: Tempered Overreactions To A Great Win - SB Nation Seattle
Discussing a few things that contributed to the Seahawks' victory, and whether or not the team can sustain them.

NFC West Has A Banner Day In Week 2 - Niners Nation
We break down the strong Week 2 performances of all four NFC West teams.

Jerry Jones expects Golden Tate to get fined for big hit - NFL.com
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones thinks the league will fine Tate. "I'm sure they will," Jones said via ESPNDallas.com. "We saw the same thing you saw. That's certainly something we know or expect penalties and fines about. They didn't see the helmet hit or they would have called it."

Anthony McCoy has career day in win over Dallas - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
"Something my family told me kinda got to me: Just catch the damn ball, Anthony," he said with a laugh after the Seahawks' 27-7 win over Dallas. "It was that simple for me."

Seahawks continue trend of responding well to tough losses | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
"I think it shows the character of the team," said safety Earl Thomas. "You could tell around the facility everybody was down the first couple of day, but we really focused and we knew we had a chance to win, even if anybody else didn't think so."

The NFC West is no longer the NFL's doormats - NFL.com
Before every season, I look at what divisions face off when making my preseason predictions. Divisional strength can change by the year, but one common theme remained consistent over the last decade: The NFC West was bad.

Monday metatarsal musings
WHAT NEEDS WORK One. First-half offense. Carroll will tell you that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. But the Seahawks do need to start better than they have in the first two games. In 10 first-half possessions, they have generated 231 yards and nine points – compared to 338 yards and 27 points on 11 possessions in the second half.

Seahawks updates on Russell Okung, John Moffitt and Byron Maxwell | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
John Moffit started at right guard, and rookie J.R. Sweezy replaced him at the end of both the first and second halves. The playing time at that position is something that is under consideration. "John did fine," Carroll said. "He got banged up a little bit so J.R. jumped in there, and J.R. got some good play at the end like we had hoped. So we just keep making progress and go. We'll decide that during the week how it's going. But the competition is definitely on there, and John did all right. J.R. played pretty well, too. Neither one of them had really any glaring mistakes that would hurt their cause. Both could play better, but they did a nice job."

So what happened to Kevin Ogletree? The Cowboys receiver explains after loss to Seattle | Dallas Cowboys Blog
"That group out there deserves some credit," he said. "They had a better effort on defense. They’ve got good players on that side of the ball."

Cowboys @ Seahawks 2012 Hawk Highlights - YouTube
The Seahawks dismantle the Cowboys and Golden Tate dismantles Sean Lee during Russell Wilson's home debut.

Replacement refs embarrass the NFL on Monday Night Football | ProFootballTalk
There’s no sugar-coating it: The replacement officials working Monday Night Football are an embarrassment.

Fun at .500: NFL sets record with 19 teams at 1-1 - NFL.com
Parity. A buzz word in league circles for years is now closer to reality than ever before just two weeks into this NFL season.

Joe Staley: Detroit Lions' defensive line overrated - NFL.com
"They didn't want any part of us up front," Staley told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. "Look at the game. We killed them. Every single pressure they got was cheap. It was on a keep or something like that. They weren't beating us one on one. We ran for about 200 yards (148 yards) on the so-called best D-line in all of football."

Injury roundup: Steven Jackson's MRI results are in - NFL.com
Here are a few more injury notes from Monday's press conferences around the NFL:

After debacle in Green Bay, Bears bench guard Chris Spencer | ProFootballTalk
Instead of benching left tackle J’Marcus Webb, the subject of Cutler’s wrath when he was sacked seven times at Lambeau Field, the Bears are benching left guard Chris Spencer and replacing him in the starting lineup with Chilo Rachal.

Shoddy, inconsistent officiating making NFL games hard to enjoy - Peter King - SI.com
11. Seattle (1-1). I've got the feeling that, by November, we'll be talking about the Seahawks as a legit contender with a top-five defense. If they stay this stingy (13.5 points allowed per game), it'll be more than a feeling.

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