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SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Seattle Seahawks passes to Kris Durham #84 against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field on September 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 02: Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Seattle Seahawks passes to Kris Durham #84 against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field on September 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, info, interviews, analysis, and more! Big win for the Seahawks last night... well.. maybe not big. But it was nice. Here's what's goin on around the NFL yo. 

Smart Football’s college football viewing guide: opening weekend | Smart Football - After perusing the television listings and gametimes, I’ve set out a rough chart to see how much football I can force upon myself. Games of interest sorted by timeslot.

Carroll: Gallery, Wilkerson questionable for opener | Seahawks Insider - Let’s start with the bad news. The Seattle Seahawks did not escape the game unscathed, with offensive guard Robert Gallery and defensive tackle Jimmy Wilkerson suffering knee sprains that will leave their availability in doubt for the season opener at San Francisco. "Robert Gallery and Jimmy both had knee sprains, and we’ll know more when we see the MRIs tomorrow," Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said. "They are significant enough where we have to be concerned about next week for these guys, then we’ll know." Fullback Dorson Boyce also suffered a shoulder stinger, but should be okay.

Thiel: Really, the Seahawks meant to do this | Seattle Seahawks - As fans begin assuming the cringe position for the fake-game finale at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Clink between the Seahawks and Oakland Raiders, a point apparently overlooked about the greusome play of the Seahawks’ new offensive line should be mentioned now. This has been the plan since the end of the 2010 season. It is not an accident. While losing tight end John Carlson to injury for the season wasn’t in the plan, nor was the poor conditioning of first-round draft pick James Carpenter written down anywhere, and Russell Okung finding more ankles to sprain seemed implausible. But the general theme is unfolding as outlined by coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider.

Let the games begin: Seahawks edge Raiders in preseason finale - - Thomas Clayton and Vai Taua ran for touchdowns to lead the Seahawks to a 20-3 victory over the Raiders in the NFL's preseason finale. Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson completed 5-of-7 passes for 88 yards, and was intercepted once in two series of action. Charlie Whitehurst passed for 140 yards on 9-of-15 completions.

Take your finger off the panic button, Seahawks fans - Seahawks News - - The Seahawks' loss last week to the Denver Broncos by a last minute field goal is certainly nothing to get in a twist over. But the offense's ineptness and specifically the line's inability to protect quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is. Let's face it, it was BAD. Bad football. But before we write off the 2011 season and fill out an entry card for the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, consider a few things: Excuses, excuses ... I know

Pryor watches as Raiders fall to Seattle - Seahawks News - - Terrelle Pryor's night consisted of holding a clipboard, with an earpiece hooked to his left ear and a football tucked under his left arm. So much for Pryor getting any playing time before his five-game suspension kicks in. See ya in October, Terrelle. Thomas Clayton and Vai Taua had short touchdowns runs, Jeff Reed kicked two field goals, and the Seattle Seahawks closed out the preseason with an uninspiring 20-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Friday night.

Seahawks | Tate's golden moment in Seahawks' 20-3 win | Seattle Times Newspaper - The temptation is to say Seattle's final exhibition game turned out to be a Golden opportunity. But that would be corny, and a little misleading. Seahawks receiver Golden Tate has been given plenty of opportunities as a second-round pick. The difference was that in Friday's exhibition game against Oakland, Tate took advantage of just about every one of them.

Seahawks Blog | Robert Gallery, Jimmy Wilkerson suffer knee injuries | Seattle Times Newspaper - Left guard Robert Gallery and defensive lineman Jimmy Wilkerson both left Friday's game after suffering knee injuries. Coach Pete Carroll described the injuries as sprains, and said each will undergo further tests on Saturday.

Say what? Both teams react to Seahawks 20-3 win over Raiders | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - - Coach Pete Carroll (On whether to go another series with Jackson…) We talked about it, but we felt we had enough done. I really feel good about Tarvaris, we know what he can do, we’ve seen him again on the practice field.   He’s got terrific potential to make plays and he’s running the offense really well and he did a classic thing of trying to do a little bit more on that first drive and jamming it in, but it’s probably a good thing.  We don’t need him to play like that, we just need him to play with the system and not try too hard, and he’s going to do fine for us.

Injury report: Robert Gallery, Jimmy Wilkerson suffer sprained knees | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - - The news wasn’t all good for the Seattle Seahawks on Friday after they beat Oakland in their preseason finale. Coach Pete Carroll said afterward that starting left guard Robert Gallery and defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson each suffered knee sprains that could leave their status in doubt heading into next week’s regular season opener at San Francisco. Carroll said they are awaiting the results of MRI exams on each player. "They are significant enough where we have to be concerned about next week for these guys," Carroll said. "Then we’ll know."

The Matchups Zone - Now that the Seahawks pre-season is coming to a close, it’s time for the Match Ups Zone to take a really hard and honest look at the Seahawks projected defensive starters as we transition into the regular season. I’m going to break this up into two articles and really dig deep into the strengths and weaknesses of our team. After reviewing each pre-season game several times, here is my take on what we have on the defensive side of the ball for 2011.

9/2: Seahawks LB Leroy Hill has manned up - Blog - - Mike Salk gives this week's Miller Lite Man Up Award to Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill, who has been one of the surprises of training camp after missing most of last year with an injury. 

Bill Barnwell on the Bills, Bears, Jaguars and the rest of the NFL teams set to disappoint - Grantland - We, at Grantland, are pleased to offer the first installment of our four-part preview of the 2011 NFL season. For those of you who just eyed up the scroll bar and planned to kill a few trees, that's right: It's a four-parter. Today we'll cover the eight teams we think have no shot of competing this season. When Grantland returns on Tuesday after commemorating Labor Day, we'll get to the eight teams we expect will decline in 2011. On Wednesday, we'll cover the eight teams we expect will improve. On Thursday, we will look at the eight teams that have the best shot at winning Super Bowl XLVI. So get started now and come back for more next week.

PFF Preview 2011 - St Louis Rams | - From 1-15 to 7-9, the Rams couldn’t have been more of a surprise in 2010. Rookie of the year Sam Bradford played above and beyond expectations, while the defense found a nice groove to keep things competitive. There’s no doubt they took advantage of one of the easiest schedules the NFL had to offer and 2011 will not be so kind. St. Louis is now on everyone’s radar and will not be taken lightly. Playing the Eagles, Giants, Ravens, Redskins, Packers, Cowboys and Saints all in the first half of the season will be a true test to see if they are contenders or pretenders. news: Report: Bengals owner met with Palmer before start of camp - It wasn't enough to pull him out of retirement, but quarterback Carson Palmer had a face-to-face meeting with Bengals owner Mike Brown in late July, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday, citing league sources. The team also placed a call to Palmer's representatives last week, before cutting the quarterback's brother, Jordan, a backup passer.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Cover-2: Misplaced Assets - When new Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips had Bruce Smith as a 3-4 end in Buffalo, it was easy to make that work. But what if the all-time leader in sacks was rushing the passer as an outside linebacker in that same 3-4 concept? That's the challenge presented to (ex-?) defensive lineman Mario Williams, who's been rushing from outside the ends in Phillips' newly adopted system. news: Who will pick first in the 2012 NFL Draft? - Panthers worst, but Seahawks will get Lucky The winner of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes -- assuming that he comes out after this year -- will be none other than the Carolina Panthers who will give up on their second quarterback in as many years leaving them with a roster of Luck, Jimmy Clausen and Cam Newton. Yes, I am just kidding, but barely. But the Panthers will be the worst team in the league, which means the team with the second pick will get a chance at Luck. That team will be the Seahawks. Coach Pete Carroll was not in the running for Luck in 2008 when he signed with Stanford, but something tells me Carroll won't let him get away this time.

Updated: NFC West roided-out rosters - NFC West Blog - ESPN - NFC West teams must clear a combined 108 roster spots by Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. In the meantime, I'll make available for download a new, improved Excel file featuring 26 columns of information for every current player in the division, plus hundreds more players no longer active with NFC West teams. The term "roided-out" reflects these rosters' impressive bulk, not their actual composition. Downloading a copy will not produce a positive test result, in other words. These rosters will be familiar to longer-tenured visitors to the NFC West blog. I've made a few changes and will continue to make more. Among the features you might find useful:

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Episode 5 "Purgatory" - Seahawks Hard Knocks With WR Chris Carter - EPISODE V - "Purgatory" Monday, August 29th, 2011 9:10AM Being tapped on the shoulder was not a surprise for Chris Carter. He had just finished showering after getting treatment for his rehabilitating right shoulder. Playing time had gone from scarce to nonexistent. His cleats never crossed the sideline in Denver for the Seahawks third exhibition game. Everyone in the building knew the grim reaper was coming. Teams needed to cut 10 players in order to reach the league-mandated 80-man roster limit by Tuesday afternoon. Most teams try to make their cuts as soon as they know who they plan to let go, both as a courtesy to the player and to further concentrate the practice reps for the remaining players. Carter didn't know the name of the assistant who played the role of the reaper on Monday, but he knew his mission just the same.

Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy suddenly has bigger role - Blog - - Normally, a season-ending injury to an incumbent starter would be devasting news for a football team. But the severity of the loss of tight end John Carlson is mitigated not only by the addition of Pro Bowler Zach Miller, but the depth the Seahawks have with backups Anthony McCoy and Dominique Byrd. McCoy, a sixth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2010, joined "Bob & Groz" on Thursday and said that while his role figures to increase after Carlson's injury, his approach hasn't.

Pete Carroll: Raiders game 'crucial' for players on cusp - Blog - - The Seahawks face the Raiders Friday night at CenturyLink Field to officially wrap the 2011 preseason. "This is it, this is the end of camp," head coach Pete Carroll said Thursday afternoon following practice. "It seems crucial to us to see a lot of stuff to make the evaluations we need to make in a number of areas, not just the ones that you’re going to put on the roster and not put on the roster, but also schematically we’ve got things that we’re still growing and learning about. "It’s a really important event for us and hopefully we’ll find out a bunch of stuff that’ll help go into next week."

Locker steps up for Titans in battle of backups - NFL News - - Tennessee's rookie quarterback Jake Locker added a bit of sparkle to an otherwise lackluster game Thursday night, leading the Titans to a 32-9 victory over the New Orleans Saints. The Titans' first-round pick, who is expected to press Matt Hasselbeck for the starting job at some point this season, completed 15 of 17 for 132 yards and a touchdown. He had a 118.6 quarterback rating, playing just over three quarters. Locker also ran 22 yards to score.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks' 53-man roster looks Golden | Seattle Times Newspaper - For the second straight year, Golden Tate entered training camp to expectations that he would be put in a position to star. For the second straight year, his August has not been nearly as productive as the Seahawks -- and Tate -- hoped. He was benched for a quarter in Seattle's second exhibition game, he didn't appear until the fourth quarter of Saturday's game in Denver and now all of a sudden it's possible to talk yourself into the idea that he might not make this team. No way. Not going to happen. Golden Tate is not getting cut.

All eyes on the rookies - The Seahawks' preseason finale against the Raiders on Friday night gives the coaches one last chance to evaluate players before Saturday's roster cut to 53 – including those remaining from the rookie free agent class.

Things haven’t been great for Tate, but WR says wait | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Some folks would have you believe that with roster cut downs looming, Golden Tate has one foot out the door of the Seattle Seahawks’ facility But don’t bet on it. The Seahawks have to cut down from 80 players to the team’s final, 53-man roster for the opening of the regular season by 3 p.m. Saturday.