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Chuck Klosterman: Remembering Oakland Raiders Owner Al Davis - The Triangle Blog
When I woke up this morning and discovered that Al Davis was dead, I was surprised. Now, how could this be? How could I be surprised by the death of an 82-year-old man who already seemed unhealthy in 1988? Yet I was. It did not seem like Davis was killable.

Hue Jackson wants the NFL to become a running league again | ProFootballTalk
In a season when six different quarterbacks are on pace to break the NFL record for passing yards, running the ball seems like an afterthought. But Raiders coach Hue Jackson thinks that will change soon enough. Jackson says that by the end of this season, passing numbers will come back to earth and the good teams will separate themselves by running the ball.

Advanced NFL Stats: What's Going On With Passing In 2011?
What’s going on with passing? Is it higher completion percentage? Is it deeper passes? Is it simply more pass attempts? Let’s take a closer look at the numbers to get a better idea of what might be causing the dramatic increase.

Q&A With Brian Burke Of Advanced NFL Stats: An Outsider's View Of Arian Foster And Shaun Cody - Battle Red Blog
If statistics were a person, I'd feel really bad for them.  They'd be the weird kid in the corner who knows more than anyone else, but is constantly misunderstood. All the other numbers would make fun of statistics and steal their lunch money.  They'd grow up and constantly be misquoted and getting in trouble, but they're too quiet to be able to stand up for themselves.  Everybody thinks they're a bunch of liars. 

Seahawks Moments In Time - Mike Holmgren's Lambeau Return, NFL History
Let me set the background for you. It’s the 1999 NFL season.  Dennis Erickson is gone and Mike Holmgren is now the Head Coach and GM for the Seattle Seahawks of the AFC West after a historic 7 year stint in Green Bay.  Holmgren brought a dozen or so of his coaching staff from Green Bay to Seattle, leaving a huge hole to fill in Green Bay.

Three to Focus On - Seahawks @ Giants |
Here are three things to keep your eye on in this game:

The Final Matchup week 5: The New York Giants " The Matchups Zone
The Seahawks make another long trip back to the East Coast (1:00 EST, Metlife Stadium) in what could be a disaster, or great kick-start to the second quarter of the Season. After reviewing the film, stats, and various sites (,,, There are a few areas I think the Seahawks can exploit to squeeze out a much-needed victory on the road.

Seahawks head east to take on Manning, red-hot Giants - Seahawks News -
Eli Manning and the New York Giants are surging, and they have beaten the Seattle Seahawks by a combined 72 points over the teams' last two meetings.

Seahawks Blog | Keys to the Game: Seahawks at Giants | Seattle Times Newspaper
1. Create turnovers. Just one would be a start, and better than Seattle has managed in three of its first four games, but if Seattle is going to end a five-game road losing streak, it's going to need a little help. It won't be easy. The Giants have committed only four turnovers this season, tied for fourth-fewest in the league, but this New York team did commit 42 turnovers last season, most in the league. Blog | Seahawks at Giants "
Matchup microscope Seahawks DEs Chris Clemons and Raheem Brock vs. Giants QB Eli Manning: This is actually the Seahawks’ entire defense vs. Manning, who is on a roll with a 105.6 passer rating and eight TD passes compared to two interceptions. In his past two games against the Seahawks, Manning has been even better – with a 130.5 rating while completing 40 of 57 passes for 557 yards with five TDs and no interceptions. The best way to disrupt the Giants’ 13th-ranked passing game is to disrupt Manning. That, of course, starts with Clemons and Brock being able to pressure the Giants’ QB off the edges. Neither had a sack last week, and that needs to change this week.

Seahawks receiver Williams will sit out against N.Y. Giants | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
As if the 3-1 New York Giants – playing at home, in the Eastern Time Zone – didn’t provide enough of a challenge for the 1-3 Seahawks, Seattle will have to shoot for the upset without starting receiver Mike Williams.

Seahawks | Wide receiver Mike Williams out Sunday for Seahawks | Seattle Times Newspaper
Nine different players caught passes for the Seahawks last Sunday. Seven finished with three or more receptions.

Seahawks better prepared minus Williams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Subtracting Mike Williams from the Seattle Seahawks' offense would have meant much more before Sidney Rice arrived as the team's primary target. Williams, declared out for Week 5 with a concussion, was sometimes the Seahawks' only viable option last season. That has changed rather emphatically with Rice becoming available over the last two games and rookie Doug Baldwin emerging as a reliable slot option. Williams is on pace for 32 receptions this season after finishing 2010 with 65.

Dwight Jones is a first round pick " Seahawks Draft Blog - I’ve been promoting Dwight Jones a lot and so far in 2011, he’s justified the attention. This is a player that has battled issues off the field, a lack of consistency and a general difficult situation at North Carolina with suspensions galore and mayhem behind the scenes. All the while Jones has been this raw talent, ready to excel and stamp his authority on the ACC and maybe one day the NFL. It’s finally happening.

Week six as it happens – Oklahoma hammers Texas " Seahawks Draft Blog- I’ve just finished watching Oklahoma vs Texas – a completely one sided game that made it difficult to learn anything new about Landry Jones. He made some pretty throws, particularly on fade routes to the left looking for Kenny Stills, but he also missed a few times and had a lot of unnecessary drops from his receivers. He ended 31/50 for 367 yards and three touchdowns – but I can’t say I learned any more about him against a shambolic Longhorns outfit. The game ended 55-17, but Oklahoma probably should’ve won 70-0.

Trends Call For Giants-Seahawks to Go Over | - The over/under for tomorrow’s Giants-Seahawks game is 43 1/2. According to data provided by, the total score of this game is very likely to exceed that number. In the last seven games these teams faced each other, the over was breached in five of them.

NFL Week 5: Seahawks/Giants Preview | Pro Sports Blogging - Do you believe in trap games? I don’t. I don’t believe that sometimes teams just fall asleep and lose to a team that shouldn’t have any chance to beat them. The concept of "trap games" is a nice story but, more often then not if a team loses a game it wasn’t suppose to there was a reason. Please don’t say the Giants are in a trap game situation this week.

Eli Manning leads NFL in fourth-quarter QB rating - Eli Manning sat out the fourth quarter of last year's game against the Seahawks because the Giants had built a large enough lead. If he's required to play a full game when the two teams meet again Sunday, well, the Giants will be in good hands. The Giants have two comeback wins this year, matching the total that they had in the last two seasons combined. A big reason is the play of Manning, particularly late in games.

NY Giants, who face Seattle Seahawks Sunday, rally around struggling receiver Mario Manningham - He was sitting on the sidelines for long stretches last Sunday, clearly dejected. Victor Cruz had replaced Mario Manningham in two-receiver sets. Even Eli Manning had to console him in the fourth quarter. Manningham, the Giants' starting receiver, finished with just one catch for 10 yards. So, all in all, it was a … a great day?

Giants vs. Seahawks: D.J. Ware gets his shot to be in the running for Giants | - For four seasons, Giants running back D.J. Ware has waited. His opportunities have been scarce, whether because of the depth chart or his own injuries. His production has been acceptable, albeit limited. "Staying strong mentally," Ware said, explaining how he has dealt with a career as a reserve. "I knew my chance would come one day. When it (does), I just got to make sure I’m prepared. I can’t do anything about something I can’t control."

Giants will face the revamped Seahawks - - There seems to be a common feeling among the New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks relating to last year's meeting between the teams. Just forget it. The Giants went to Seattle and did everything right in posting a 41-7 victory in a game that was over by halftime. Nothing is going to change that, so it's time to move on.