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Tarvaris Jackson Will Sob Into A Box Of Condoms This Week - The Daily Drip - SB Nation Seattle- This is completely real. I know you're going to think what follows is just made up, but it is a completely legitimate promotion. And it may be the best promotion of all-time, or at least the weirdest.

Epitome of a Practice Squad Player - Jameson Konz already has played half a dozen positions in practice for the Seahawks, making last year's seventh-round draft choice one invaluable member of the practice squad.

Thoughts on Kirk Cousins vs Florida Atlantic " Seahawks Draft Blog - I’ve just watched tape from Michigan State’s blow out victory over Florida Atlantic and took the opportunity to monitor quarterback Kirk Cousins. He’s one of a number of second tier quarterback prospects behind Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley who will battle to be the #3 ranked player.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Cam Newton Grabbed the Headlines, But Don’t Forget About the Winning Performance Turned in by Kevin Kolb - Kevin Kolb joined ESPN Radio with Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo to discuss winning his first start in Arizona, how impressed he’s been with  Patrick Peterson, the challenge of learning a new system, his ability to be mobile in the pocket, the weapons he has around him outside of Larry Fitzgerald, how the Cardinals reacted to how well Newton was playing, and if he watched the Eagles at all on Sunday.

Seahawks Blog | Upon further review: Seattle's fourth-quarter punt | Seattle Times Newspaper - Every Tuesday morning, The Seattle Times will focus on one decision from Sunday's game in an attempt to bring starker relief to coach Pete Carroll's decision-making process. Time: 3:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. Score: San Francisco 26, Seattle 17. Situation: Seahawks ball, fourth-and-17 at their own 13. The Seahawks wound up kicking themselves for their decision to punt, but that's only because Ted Ginn returned Jon Ryan's punt 55 yards for a touchdown, his second special-teams score in the span of 59 seconds.

Week 1 of the BQBL: Really, Donovan McNabb? - The Triangle Blog - The Bad Quarterback League has twisted the lens through which we watch the NFL. Never before has anyone been so excited for Tarvaris Jackson to take the field, or so shocked when Alex Smith repeatedly completed passes to members of his own team. And certainly, never before has anyone ever said: "Can you please put the Titans and Jaguars on the big screen? I need to see this." Blogs " Blog Archive Dolphins taking look at RB Clayton " - Free agent RB Thomas Clayton, who played a total of three games for the Browns and Patriots during the 2010 season, worked out for the Dolphins on Tuesday, according to a league source. Miami has been looking at a lot of running back lately with rookie Daniel Thomas nicked up and struggling. Thomas was declared inactive for the Dolphins’ Monday night loss to the Patriots because of a hamstring injury.

Ginn makes Seahawks pay after his cut in pay | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Maybe the Seahawks will consider cutting the salaries of their special teams players next week. The approach worked well for the San Francisco 49ers, who last week restructured the contract of receiver/returner Ted Ginn Jr. Ginn made the Seahawks pay for it, scoring touchdowns on a 102-yard kickoff return and a 55-yard punt return in a 33-17 win over Seattle on Sunday at Candlestick Park. Both came in the fourth quarter after the Seahawks had cut the lead to 19-17.

Not sold after one week on the Seahawks defense - Blog - - I know it will sound all hater-like to think that the Seahawks won't win their first game until Oct. 30 when they host the Bengals. And I know it sounds especially idiotic to think that they'll be winless for the next month and a half after watching yesterday's 33-17 loss to the 49ers because there were some positive developments in that game.

Seahawks Blog | What we learned: 49ers 33, Seahawks 17 | Seattle Times Newspaper - Seattle's strength from last season is a question mark this year. Special teams was the strength of this team last year whether it was Leon Washington running back three kickoffs for touchdowns in 2010, nearly running a punt back or Seattle consistently shifting field position in its favor through solid coverage units. The Seahawks' special teams won Seattle's Week 3 game against San Diego last season, and while special teams didn't lose the season-opener in San Francisco, it cost the Seahawks a chance to win. Was this an aberration or a sign of dceline among the special-teams units.

Because of injuries, Hawks might look at Kentwood grad | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said fullback Mike Robinson and cornerback Byron Maxwell both have second-degree ankle sprains and will not be available this week. Carroll said because of Robinson’s absence, the Seahawks may look to add a fullback.

Steelers will be motivated for Hawks | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - You remember when the Seahawks and the Steelers met in the Super Bowl? When they were the best in the NFL? When they were just clobbering teams? You remember. Yeah … good times. Well, Sunday’s matchup isn’t anything like that. Blog | Monday in Hawkville " - FOCUS ON Finishing. As in playing 60 minutes – the full 60, from start to finish. That was a point of emphasis today when the coaches met with the players in the wake of Sunday’s 33-17 loss to the 49ers in the Seahawks’ season opener in San Francisco. "It really is, it’s 60 minutes," coach Pete Carroll said during his weekly day-after news conference. "You can play real well and it doesn’t matter, it’s how it ends up and how you finish. And our finish was not right yesterday."

Mood swings: NFC West game changers - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Win probability is a statistical marvel that can be a little confusing if viewed from too close. The basic premise goes like this: Every play in a football game affects the likely outcome to some degree. By looking at how similar plays have affected thousands of games previously, we can track a team's chances for winning on a play-by-play basis. Peter Keating covered the concept for ESPN The Magazine back in January. Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats has been using it for some time with the expectation that win probability will become a mainstream stat affecting decisions teams make.

Jerry Brewer | Keep your eyes covered: Seahawks might look ugly for a while | Seattle Times Newspaper - One game into a season that arrived too soon, the Seahawks are burdened already with a no-win predicament: Even when they find something to praise, it reveals a sobering truth. In pursuit of positives, which is akin to chasing wild geese right now, coach Pete Carroll mentioned quarterback Tarvaris Jackson's toughness Monday afternoon. Unfortunately, his words also came with an allusion to the fact that the offensive line's problems are so great that Jackson might have to keep acting like Rocky Balboa indefinitely.

Looks like a pretty bad time for the Seahawks to come to Heinz Field - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Las Vegas oddsmakers are often maddeningly close when it comes to predicting the outcome of games. And they've established the Steelers as 14-point favorites Sunday, a whopping number considering this is the NFL and that the Steelers played their worst game of the Mike Tomlin era in losing 35-7 to the Ravens. But Vegas recognizes, along with a lot of other people, that the Seattle Seahawks could not be visiting Pittsburgh at a worse time.

Seahawks lament missed chance in loss to Niners - NFL - ESPN - Across the backs of numerous shirts printed up since Pete Carroll took over in Seattle is the word "finish," a reference to making sure his Seahawks close strong in every game. Instead of finishing, the Seahawks flopped in their season opener. A combination of an absent offense and a late special teams meltdown had Carroll's club lamenting a missed opportunity on Monday after falling 33-17 to San Francisco.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Play Rewind: Matt McCoy Goes Airborne - Matt McCoy made a spectacular leaping tackle of Frank Gore in yesterday's game for a loss of two yards. The Seahawks were trailing 16-10 at that point, and had just finished holding the 49ers to a FG after they had a 1st and Goal from the 8-yard-line. A silly penalty call on the field goal attempt gave the 49ers the ball back with a 1st down at the 1-yard-line. Give an NFL team a 1st down from the 1-yard-line, and they are going to score a TD nearly every time. Give it to them immediately after the defense spent a ton of energy stuffing the last goal-line effort? That is a touchdown 99 out of 100 times. The 1 out of 100 came on Sunday.

NFL Power Rankings Week 2: Packers Remain Supreme; Ravens, Bears Move Up - - SB Nation's second set of NFL power rankings are here. The Packers remain on top while the Colts take a major tumble.