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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 09:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants reacts against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium on October 9, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.Seahawks defeated the Giants 36-25.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 09: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants reacts against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium on October 9, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.Seahawks defeated the Giants 36-25. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, info, interviews, analysis --  from around the interwebs.

Seahawks Bye Week Review - SB Nation Seattle
If you're dying to find out how the Seahawks are doing, you might want to read this post. Keep in mind I said 'might' there.

Draw It Up: The 49ers and the 'Wham' Play - The Triangle Blog
While much of the news out of the San Francisco 49ers 25-19 win over the Detroit Lions centers around the Jim Harbaugh-Jim Schwartz handshake-of-doom, there is another storyline to consider: The 49ers' close win.

Harbaugh, Schwartz and the first-quarter play that started it all? - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Jim Harbaugh says his much-discussed confrontation with Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz was due to an exuberant handshake. Schwartz claims he chased after the San Francisco 49ers coach because he didn't expect to get jostled nor be exposed to profanity during their postgame handshake.

Bill Barnwell on the winners and losers in Week 6 in the NFL, plus a breakdown of playoff and regular-season foes - Grantland
Benching your starting quarterback usually means your team has much bigger problems. Plus, we celebrate the rest of the winners and losers from yet another busy Sunday.

Mac's Football Blog: Rams Release WR Mike Sims-Walker
After acquiring wide receiver Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in 2012, the St. Louis Rams have released veteran wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker, Jim Thoma s of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Brandon Lloyd says he’s ready to help the Rams get back on track - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
The move had to be a surprise to many — just as the Denver Broncos were making the switch from Kyle Orton(notes) to Tim Tebow(notes), they started floating the word that Tebow's best potential receiver, veteran Brandon Lloyd(notes), was available on the trade market. The St. Louis Rams took the bait, picking Lloyd up on Monday in exchange for a 2012 sixth-round pick that could turn into a conditional fifth if Lloyd catches at least 30 passes for the Rams this season.  

Re-Focused: Rams @ Packers, Week 6 |
Taking care of business. That was the theme of this game for the Green Bay Packers, and while this game won’t be remembered next to some of their other victories already this season, the Packers got what they needed from it: a sixth straight victory.

Re-Focused: 49ers @ Lions, Week 6 |
It was never going to be as easy as people made out.  You see the 49ers, for all their flaws on offense, have got one heck of a talented defense.  The Lions offense?  Patchy.  And so it proved as the 49ers picked up a big win, even if the talking point after the game was two coaches getting very caught up in the moment.

Prospect of the day: Clemson DE Andre Branch | National Football Post
Clemson once again has some talent on the D-line.

Michigan's Denard Robinson quandary | National Football Post
Denard Robinson is undoubtedly one of the most exciting players in college football. The Michigan quarterback has thrilled Wolverine fans the last two seasons with his dynamic playmaking ability, often turning dead plays into huge gains.

Scout’s corner: A sleeper emerges from the QB class | National Football Post
Plus, a rundown of some of the top prospect performances from this past weekend. news: College Stock Watch: Tannehill's ability second only to Luck's - There are several great college quarterback prospects. While Andrew Luck* is the nation's top signal-caller, the second spot isn't as clear.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Trufant To IR, Richard Sherman and Roy Lewis In Spotlight - News broke today that Marcus Trufant was put on injured reserve, ending his season due to a back injury. Given Trufant's age, injury history, and contract status, it is safe to assume he will not pull on a Seahawks uniform again. Trufant has been a very solid Seahawk, and deserves a feature looking back on his career, but this is not that post. Fans will hear a bunch about Walter Thurmond this week as he officially takes over for Trufant as the starter, but Thurmond is not the guy to watch.

Seahawks place CB Marcus Trufant on injured reserve - Blog - - "It was a very unusual lower back situation -- not the same one he had before, it’s different than the issue he had before," head coach Pete Carroll said of Trufant during last Monday's press conference. "But he sustained a bruised sacrum, which is kind of hard to even get to it. That had some impact on him. He was just all cramped up and couldn’t move at all, so we don’t know how soon that goes away or what that’s going to be like, but he could not tie his shoelaces yesterday. He couldn’t really get dressed for the game."

Monday metatarsal musings - Or footnotes: With the Seahawks off on Sunday because of their bye week, we take a look at what Jim Harbaugh is doing in his first season as coach of the NFC West rival 49ers.

Hargrove’s no longer a hard case | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Anthony Hargrove shot through a gap in the line with surprising quickness, and absolutely flattened Giants running back D.J. Ware for a safety.

Seahawks Blog | Back to business: Seahawks return from the bye | Seattle Times Newspaper - Two years ago, the Seahawks came out of the bye at 2-4 and the postseason possibilities fairly sunk. Seattle returns to work Monday at 2-3, but the glass appearing at least half full. The records may not be all that different, but the circumstances are. Blog | Trufant placed on IR " - The back injury that caused Marcus Trufant to sit out the Seahawks’ pre-bye game against the Giants will force the veteran cornerback to miss the rest of the season.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: To Suck, Or Not To Suck Part I: Where Super Bowl Winning QBs Are Drafted - To Suck, Or Not To Suck is a series exploring whether franchises have a better chance of winning a Super Bowl by suffering through some terrible seasons to get higher draft choices, or whether winning begets more winning. Each article will look at this question from a different angle. All will be based on quantifiable data. Varying interpretations and debate are highly encouraged!

Breakdown: Aaron Curry to the weak side | Raiders Blog - The Raiders obviously believe Curry was miscast as a strong-side linebacker in the 4-3 and flipped him over the weak side. What’s the difference between the two positions in the Raiders 4-3? The weak-side linebacker in the Raiders defensive scheme is responsible for basically three things.

Thoughts on Rams' trade for Brandon Lloyd - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Adding receiver Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos does not instantly transform the St. Louis Rams' offense. Lloyd It has to help, though.

A few notes on Rams' newest receiver - NFC West Blog - ESPN - A few Brandon Lloyd-related notes from John McTigue of ESPN Stats & Information after the St. Louis Rams acquired the veteran receiver from Denver:

Week seven as it happens " Seahawks Draft Blog - Ryan Tannehill (QB, Texas A&M) met Robert Griffin III (QB, Baylor) in a game seemingly played without either defense taking the field. Tannehill won the day (55-28) with six touchdown passes and an interception, to go along with 415 yards passing (25/37). Griffin went 28/40 for 430 yards three touchdowns and a pick.