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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: Splitting Seconds - When it comes to sacks, quarterbacks often get a free pass. Unless you're Ben Roethlisberger, few quarterbacks ever get blamed for their tendency to hold the ball too long -- the offensive line takes the heat.

Three to Focus on - Seahawks @ Steelers | -  2) Tarvaris Jackson Under Pressure . After being sacked five times, hit six times, and pressured an additional 10 times, it is unlikely thatJacksonis looking forward to facing the Steelers this week. Though, the Steelers weren’t exactly world-beaters in their first game–they only had one sack, one hit, and seven pressures–but against the Seahawks’ offensive line those numbers will be higher.. . After particularly bad performances from rookie guard James Carpenter (-3.9) and right tackle Breno Giacomini (-6.3), expect James Harrison, Lamarr Woodley, and company to come out looking to send a message. Why is that particularly bad news for the Seahawks? WhenJackson was under pressure last week, he only completed 50% of his passes for 3.8 yards per attempt and a whopping total passer rating of 24.7. 

NFL Sunday: Five things to watch | National Football Post - Falcons’ run game: What type of team do the Falcons want to be on offense? They have the talent at the skill positions to spread the field, but if they want to keep Michael Vick and the Eagles on the sidelines, I would ride RB Michael Turner in the game plan. Get back to running the football, moving the sticks and setting up the deep play action game to WRs Roddy White and Julio Jones. This offense can be productive if they lead with the run game.

Seahawks vs Steelers Preview | The Matchups Zone - An interesting and somewhat depressing take from’s Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz  on our upcoming game in Pittsburgh. I really think the lazy national media is completely discounting the strength of our defense. What are your thoughts on their comments?

Don't blame travel if Seahawks struggle in Pittsburgh - Seahawks News - - The Seattle Seahawks will definitely have their hands full with the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, but if they lose, I'm not buying the time zone excuse or the travel excuse. One excuse I will buy however is that the Steelers embarrassed themselves last weekend in Baltimore against the Ravens and will be motivated to redeem their reputation against the 0-1 Seahawks. That Steelers "rep" is built on three things that turned against them last Sunday:

NFL Football Scouting - National Football League - ESPN - 5. Matchup to watch: Seahawks LT Russell Okung vs. Steelers ROLB James Harrison: Harrison has not looked healthy during any point of this young season, and he bruised his knee in Week 1. Okung, however, has battled an ankle injury. But when these two are right, this is a premier matchup. It won't be long before Okung is among the best players at his position; Harrison is already at that point. But if Harrison is not 100 percent, expect to see a lot of the impressive second-year backup, Jason Worilds

Seahawks at Steelers: 5 things to watch | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - - Picking up the Blitz-burgh Tarvaris Jackson knows full well what the first priority of the Seahawks’ offense will be against the Steelers on Sunday. "We’ve got to take care of the football first," Jackson said. "Make sure we take care of the football. They’re going to bring different blitzes and stuff at us." Yes, they are. The Steelers have earned a reputation across the league as an aggressive, hard-hitting defense full of experience and a whole bunch of dudes who don’t mind picking up a personal foul or a fine here or there. And that doesn’t bode particularly well for a Seahawks offensive line that allowed five sacks of Jackson by the San Francisco 49ers in the season opener. 

Seahawks Blog | What to watch for: Seahawks at Steelers | Seattle Times Newspaper - 1. Protect the passer. Seattle allowed five sacks last week, tied for the most of any team in Week 1. While the Steelers had only one sack in Baltimore, no one is under any illusions that Pittsburgh's pass rush is suddenly toothless. Pittsburgh's defense has ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the league in sacks each of the three previous seasons. Blog | Seahawks at Steelers " - Matchup microscope The Seahawks offense vs. the Steelers’ blitzes: They don’t just call this place Blitzburgh; the Steelers have continued to earn that nickname by ranking either first or second in the NFL in sacks the past four seasons. And this isn’t one player or even one side of the line for the Seahawks, because the way the Steelers come after the quarterback with their zone blitzes will force everyone to deal with it – from rookie right tackle James Carpenter, to veteran tight end Zach Miller, to whoever is kept in to help protect Tarvaris Jackson, to the Seahawks’ QB who was sacked five times by the 49ers last week. 

Sando's best guesses: Week 2 predictions - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Seattle at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. ET: The Steelers' age on defense works in their favor against the Seahawks' inexperienced offense. Seattle is building for the long term, not for a Week 2 matchup against the defending AFC champion. After allowing two return touchdowns in Week 1, the Seahawks need to score one of their own. It's tough to envision their offense scoring enough points to prevail. The Steelers' past three regular-season home opponents -- Carolina, Cincinnati and Oakland -- combined for 13 points. My best guess: Steelers 24, Seahawks 9. 

Mailbag: Carroll's approach to building - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Scott from Gunma, Japan cited the Seattle Seahawks' approach to rebuilding when reading Mike Wilbon's column about poor pass defense in the NFL. Scott sees the Seahawks emphasizing the run by focusing on offensive linemen in the 2011 draft, a year after the team acquired running backs Marshawn Lynch and Leon Washington. He wonders whether the team was addressing chronic weak areas or putting in place a questionable run-oriented strategy.

Updated: NFC West roided-out rosters - NFC West Blog - ESPN - The Seattle Seahawks were one of three teams in the league carrying more than nine offensive linemen on their 53-man roster as the week came to a close. They had 10. With only two tight ends on the roster, the Seahawks have been using unbalanced lines with tackle Tyler Polumbus coming into the game. Signing Eddie Williams as a short-term replacement for injured fullback Michael Robinson led the team to release tight end Dominique Byrd.

Seattle Seahawks place DE Dexter Davis on IR with injured hip - The Seattle Seahawks have placed defensive end Dexter Davis on injured reserve and re-signed cornerback Kennard Cox. Davis had been suffering from a hip injury that kept him sidelined periodically throughout training camp. He played in the team's opener in San Francisco last weekend but didn't practice all week. Coach Pete Carroll hinted on Friday the injury might be a potentially serious one.

Seahawks | Seahawks will have their hands full against Pittsburgh's vaunted defense | Seattle Times Newspaper-  The Steelers' nickname reflects this city's industrial history. The city's nickname reflects the team's defense. Welcome to Blitzburgh, a town where the linebackers eat meat, floss with opposing quarterbacks and the crowd's devotion to its defense unites generations. "They love their team with a deep connection," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "They show it when they play."

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