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Matchups: Climb & Ride Hillis - Matchups - - Every year, fantasy owners across the nation jump to panicked conclusions based on Week 1 statistics. Don't be like that. Integral to fantasy football excellence is the ability to comprehend why players did or did not fare well, and apply that information going forward. This particular column will cater especially to fantasy leaguers with hanging Week 1 questions. I've watched or re-watched games, charting them play by play where necessary. Vincent Jackson isn't a bum, and Scott Chandler isn't necessarily a stud. Lopsided time of possession and game flow heavily and adversely influenced backfields in New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Kansas City, Indianapolis, and New Jersey. Week 1 carry and touch distributions don't always forecast workloads to come. So take a deep breath. Get a big cup of coffee. Bear with me. We're going to talk about it all. And if an opposing owner tries to trade you a Colts player while you're mid-column, confidently hit the reject button. You do not want any of them.

Seahawks at Steelers: 7 Keys to a Seattle Victory | Bleacher Report - The Seahawks head to Pittsburgh in Week 2 for the second game of their two-game road trip to start the season.  In Week 1, Seattle suffered an unfortunate meltdown in the final minutes against San Francisco to lose 33-17. The Steelers got walloped 35-7 opening the season in Baltimore. Both teams are looking to rebound. The Seahawks have started 0-2 15 times in their history and haven't once made the playoffs when that's happened, while they made the playoffs six of 11 times when starting 1-1. No team wants to start the season 0-2, and the young Seahawks are no exception. Here are seven keys to a Seahawks victory. 

Rice out; Gallery, Hawthorne in | Seahawks Insider - Receiver Sidney Rice (shoulder) will miss Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, coach Pete Carroll said after Friday's Seahawks practice. He said Rice got enough work in this week to make him envision a return next week at home against Arizona. Robert Gallery (knee) will start at left guard after missing last week, however, allowing rookie James Carpenter to move back to right tackle. Asked if Carpenter would share some time with Breno Giacomini (who started there last week), Carroll said that would depend on how the game progresses.

49ers vs. Seahawks: Charting Aldon Smith's Snaps - Niners Nation - In terms of fan confidence, Aldon Smith has ridden a roller-coaster since being drafted. Many of us said, "What?!" when the 49ers made him the 7th overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft; believing him to be somewhat of a reach at that spot. Since then, we've heard some very encouraging things from practice reports as well as seeing some excellent play in the preseason. Smith has been making the transition from defensive end in college to outside linebacker in the NFL, something defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has repeatedly said would take some time. As such, he was not the starting OLB on either side for the 49ers opening game against the Seahawks. 

Bill Simmons breaks down the over- and underachievers from Week 1 and makes a new crop of picks - Grantland - JETS (-9) over Jaguars STEELERS (-14) over Seahawks "Wow, you got me a gift? That's so nice … hold on, lemme open it. (Opening present.) Wow, it's Luke McCown and Tarvaris Jackson playing on the road against good defenses! You shouldn't have!"

‘Safety First!’ is the smart call for modern defenses - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports- It's becoming increasingly obvious that the safety position is more important than ever to NFL defenses. Once a positional purgatory for those 'tweener' players not good enough to cover as cornerbacks and not big enough to tackle like linebackers, the modern safety must possess several different skills — sometimes all of them ni the same play. No other player in a defense is asked to crash down on a blitz from 20 yards deep, or fake that blitz to read run or coverage, and all with a sharpshooter's eye and a daredevil's guts. The modern safety could be seen as a new type of defender; one that we haven't seen with consistency before the last few years.

Mac's Football Blog: Chris Spencer To Start At Right Guard For The BearsChicago Bears guard Chris Spencer will replace Lance Louis in the starting lineup this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.

Re-Focused - Seahawks @ 49ers | ProFootballFocus.comPro Football Focus' Tyson Langland takes a look back at the Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers in Week 1.

32 Teams, 32 Observations | - By popular demand, the 32 teams, 32 observations piece is back! . For those who missed it last year, here’s where we offer an interesting bit from each team with some stat you may not have known or some trend you may not have noticed. . If you love football trivia then you’ve come to the right place.

NFP Friday Forecast | National Football Post - Welcome to the "NFP Friday Forecast." Staring today and continuing every week throughout the rest of the 2011 season, our team of special contributors will give you a glimpse at what to expect over the NFL weekend. Impact injuries, the "X-Factor" and something that could surprise you on game day. Real info from the writers that know their teams inside and out....

9/15: Give Tarvaris Jackson a chance - Blog - - In Thursday's Wrap Up, Brock and Salk say one week is way too early to judge quarterback Tarvaris Jackson's ability to lead the Seahawks. Blog | Thursday in Hawkville " - PLAYER WATCH Sidney Rice. It was difficult to keep your eyes off him during today’s 105-minute practice, because the Pro Bowl receiver who was added in free agency took a limited part in drills for the first time since the week before the third preseason games. Rice has been sidelined with a sore shoulder. Whether today’s next-step progression means he’ll play in Sunday’s game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh remains to be seen, but QB Tarvaris Jackson was among those glad to see Rice out there and doing his thing. "It was nice," Jackson said when asked about Rice returning to team drills after he was limited to individual drills on Wednesday. "That’s a comfort zone for me. I know Sid well as a player." That’s because they played together with the Minnesota Vikings the past four seasons. "I don’t know his status for this weekend, but we’re going to keep plugging away," Jackson said. "I know he’s going to do his best to get out there."

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Blueprint For Seahawks Win In Pittsburgh - Guess what? The Steelers have not won a damn game yet. In fact, they got their asses kicked far worse than the Seahawks last week. They got run over, passed by, and an offense led by Tarvaris Jackson outscored one led by Ben Roethlisberger by 10 points. They are a proud franchise that was in the Super Bowl as recently as last season, but they bleed just the same. Ask 1000 NFL fans in any city, including Seattle, which team will win on Sunday, and 99% of them will tell you the Steelers are locks to embarrass the Seahawks. Look a little closer, and there is reason to think the Seahawks may have what it takes to shock the NFL nation this weekend.

Seahawks | Pete Carroll tries time travel to get Seahawks ready | Seattle Times Newspaper - This week started early for the Seahawks. That's true for their practice times and their alarm clocks as they prepare to play in Pittsburgh on Sunday. "We're on schedule with the wake-up call for Sunday morning, which is going to come at 6 a.m. our time," coach Pete Carroll said. "So we've just adjusted to make sure that we're doing what we can to compete for a level of comfort at that time frame." Better try something. The Seahawks are bigger underdogs than they've been in any game since 1992, and they're playing in the home opener for the Steelers, who pitched a shutout the last time Seattle was in town, in 2007.

Will Big Branch help club Big Ben? | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Seek and destroy. After four years in Arizona playing as a read-and-react defensive end, Alan Branch signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks this season, and they are turning him loose to be a disruptive force as a pass-rushing defensive tackle. So far, so good for Branch. He was one of the key contributors who helped hold San Francisco to 2.7 rushing yards per attempt last week.

Seahawks, Steelers eager to bounce back | Washington - Oregon - Idaho - The Pittsburgh Steelers insist they don't have a panic button. An erase button? Absolutely. The defending AFC champions see their baffling -- not to mention decisive -- 35-7 loss to rival Baltimore last week as something a little control/alt/delete can't fix. "I forgot about that game already," said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Good idea. - Seahawks' special teams need lift - It wouldn't be right to get too worked up after the Seattle special teams' wretched Week One effort, considering how big a strength the unit was in Pete Carroll's first season. But team insiders believe there's certainly cause for concern, primarily due to the ankle injuries that could keep special-teams co-captain Michael Robinson and rookie Byron Maxwell, who excelled on special teams in the preseason, out of the mix for a while.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks Tom Cable: 'We're going to have speed bumps' | Seattle Times Newspaper - Tom Cable saw the same thing you did in the first half on Sunday in San Francisco, and he was as you'd expect an offensive line coach to be. "That first half was really unacceptable if we're going to win football games," Cable said. But that half isn't the final judgment. Not on this line, and not in this game. "We didn't do anything different in the second half," Cable said. "And that was really the point at halftime. We came out, executed plays at a little faster pace. And that's a little faster pace. It was good to see them come out after halftime and have some successes. We have a long way to go, but if we'll continue to grow each quarter, each series, each half like that, we'll be fine here in a short time."

Seahawks-Steelers Preview - Sep. 14, 2011 - NFL - Game Preview - The Pittsburgh Steelers made few offseason changes to a roster that was good enough to get to Super Bowl XLV, but in their season opener they looked like a team that was introduced shortly before kickoff. Hosting the Seattle Seahawks could help them rediscover a bit of continuity. Seven turnovers doomed the Steelers in their most lopsided loss in 14 years, one they'll be eager to put behind them Sunday at Heinz Field against a Seahawks team that has plenty of its own issues.

The Cover 3 Awards Week 1: The Seahawk Defense | The Matchups Zone - For years it seemed like we would never hear the end of the "finesse" talk. Season after season we would be over-matched physically, and even in victory opposing players would give interviews describing their disdain for being beaten by smaller guys. I personally prefer a large defense to the smaller, built for leads types. You must be able to physically dominate your match up or at least let them know it’s going to be an all day battle. Thank you Pete Carroll for bringing that feel to the Seahawks.

Q&A and the Game Against the Steelers | September - Sorry guys, it’s been a slow week in Seahawks land.  Aside from the inevitable rehashes of a painful week one loss to the 49ers that few fans want to revisit, the only Seahawks-related activity as of late was the cutting of third string TE Dominique Byrd to make room for FB Eddie Williams, who was signed off of Cleveland’s practice squad to replace FB Michael Robinson while he recovers from an ankle injury.  In other words, we’ve hit a patch of early season doldrums.  Well, that’s not exactly true -- here at Seahawk Addicts, we’ve hit the doldrums in every place but one.  Those of you who regularly follow the discussion threads for each post already know this, but we’ve had a pretty lively question and answer session going for the last few weeks, due in no small part to a series of great questions from SA reader lazer hawk (seriously, take a bow, man).

Brock and Salk - Blu - Podcasts - - Will Zach Miller get more targets on Sunday? Will Washington's tight ends help them run the ball more effectively against Nebraska? Should the Seahawks' game plan take more advantage of Tarvaris Jackson's mobility?

2011 Seattle Seahawks Need A Fullback - Seahawks Gossip, News, player updates - When you think of the prototypical NFL fullback, what comes to mind?  A big, bruising, blocking back than can hold his own against lineman and blitzing linebackers, right? Apparently, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has a different vision. After Seahawk fullback Michael Robinson went down with an injury in the week 1 loss to the 49ers, the Seahawks signed Eddie Williams from the Cleveland Browns practice squad. Here’s the gripe about the situation.  Eddie Williams is not a Fullback.  Neither is Michael Robinson.

Seahawks will have Robert Gallery against Steelers - Seahawks News - - The Seattle Seahawks' beleaguered offensive line is getting some welcome news. Veteran Robert Gallery will start at left guard in Sunday's game at Pittsburgh.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks haven't been a bigger underdog since 1992 | Seattle Times Newspaper - This information was researched by Gary Dougherty, who went back to 1985 and researched when the Seahawks got the most points from bookmakers. The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently favored by 14 points -- 14.5 in some -- making the Seahawks the second-largest underdog they've been going back to 1985. Seattle is 1-21 when it is a double-digit underdog on the road, the only straight-up victory coming in 1989 at Cincinnati.

Seahawks slowed up Niners' Gore in Week 1 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Seattle couldn't jump-start its running game against San Francisco on Sunday, but the Seahawks' defense countered by limiting the 49ers to 2.7 yards per carry. The Seahawks put a stranglehold on Frank Gore, holding him to 59 yards on 22 attempts. "I don't read much into the numbers," said coach Mike Tomlin, whose Steelers had only 66 rushing yards against Baltimore. "A one-game body of work doesn't tell you much. The reality is that during the early portion of the season, we better respect whatever every opponent is capable of, and this week it happens to be Seattle."

Steelers look to exploit Seahawks' special teams - NFL - - Antonio Brown didn't need to verbalize the answer. It was written all over his face. When asked if his eyes light up knowing, as the Pittsburgh Steelers' return man, he'll face a team on Sunday that allowed a kickoff and a punt return for touchdowns last week, his eyes, well, simply lit up. "Definitely, man,'' Brown said.

Seahawks | Seahawks hurting more ways than one on the special teams | Seattle Times Newspaper - The Seahawks will find themselves short-handed in Pittsburgh on Sunday, and not just because 6-foot-4 receiver Sidney Rice will miss his second consecutive game because of a shoulder injury. Seattle already ruled out three primary special-teams players. Fullback Michael Robinson and cornerback Byron Maxwell are out with ankle injuries, while defensive end Dexter Davis has a hip injury that will keep him out Sunday and perhaps much longer.

Steelers seeking rebound in home clash with Seahawks - - Expected to contend for another Super Bowl championship, the Pittsburgh Steelers hardly looked like the defending AFC champions last weekend. The Seattle Seahawks didn't open defense of their NFC West title much better. Blog | Friday in Hawkville "A quick recap of the day’s events at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, because we’ve got a plane to catch: FOCUS ON Feet. Say what? That’s what coach Pete Carroll said was the main emphasis for the offensive linemen this week as they strived to improve on their opening-day perform in Sunday’s game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. "Tom (Cable, the line coach) really struck a note with the fellas about finishing at the line of scrimmage better than we had," Carroll said after the team’s 90-minute practice. "Physically, we needed to play more technique sound, and he did a couple things guys understood. And it absolutely showed up on the practice field this week." For example? "It’s about finishing and working their feet the way they have to properly," Carroll said. "I’m really anxious to see of that generates something different for us." Robert Gallery is back, so that should help. He’ll step back in at left guard after sitting out the opener against the 49ers, allowing rookie James Carpenter to move back to right tackle.

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