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Patriots no-huddle relies on power of one - Sports - The Boston Globe
Just one word can be powerful. Saying, "Help," lets someone know a person needs assistance. "Sorry," can immediately heal some wounds. "Stop," could save someone from harm. Related Gasper: No-huddle helped doom the Broncos Yes, just one word can be potent. The same holds true for football and the Patriots.

Seattle tops in defense? Meh | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
"It doesn’t mean much right now … it’d be really nice to be No. 1 at the end," Carroll said. "It’s a good statement at the beginning of the season that our guys have gotten off to a great start. … It’s fun for those guys to know – it’s a very prideful group – but does it mean anything? Not really. What we’re going to do this week is what counts."

Bill Belichick: Wes Welker has quite the sense of humor
We speak with the head coach of your New England Patriots Bill Belichick on the Patriots win over the Broncos at Gilette Stadium, and look ahead to a tough week on the road at Seattle.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Bill Belichick: "Wes Welker has a good sense of humor"
Sports Radio Interviews is a streaming independent sports blog which provides analysis on breaking sports news, upcoming games, and sporting events from a sports radio perspective. Sports Radio gets in depth interviews with athletes, coaches, general managers, columnists and beat writers like no other medium.

Team of the Week, Week 5 |
Cornerbacks: Tramon Williams, GB (+4.5) and Richard Sherman, SEA (+3.5) It will surprise some to see Williams, who gave up 92 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. But he was targeted 16 times, only allowed 8 completions and broke up an astonishing 5 passes. Sherman’s route to the team was more conventional in only allowing 7 yards on three balls thrown into his coverage. In the slot rookie Casey Hayward only allowed one completion for one completion for 12 yards while walking away with a pick.

Guest scouting report: Kenny Loth on Margus Hunt " Seahawks Draft Blog
Margus Hunt is a very interesting player. Very very interesting. He’s a world class track and field (well, pretty much just field) athlete who came to the U.S. to be coached in that pursuit. When scholarships were removed for track athletes at SMU, his coach suggested this behemoth of a man take up football. He’s now a starter in SMU’s 3-4 defense.

NFC West Stock Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
3. Breno Giacomini, Seahawks RT. Giacomini doesn't just step over the line separating edgy play from rules violations. He climbs onto the top rope and drops the elbow on it. Or at least he has done so frequently enough in the past for officials to put him under surveillance. The added heat probably contributed to a 15-yard roughness penalty against Giacomini following an 11-yard run by Ben Obomanu. Earlier, a holding call against Giacomini wiped out a 56-yard pass from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate. Coach Pete Carroll benched Giacomini briefly.

Young NFC West pass-rushers making mark - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks (4.5): Irvin collected two sacks while playing 20 snaps against Carolina. His second sack forced a turnover, allowing the Seahawks to run out the clock on their 16-12 victory. Irvin appears increasingly comfortable as he gains experience. He is the only non-starter of the four listed here. Smith was also a situational player as a rookie. He collected 14 sacks in 2011. Irvin is now on pace for that many.

Seattle defense overcomes mistakes - Seahawks News -
"We're just getting better. It feels like we are very, very early in the stages so hopefully we can keep going," Carroll said. Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville: Miller’s receiving catching up to his blocking
"Zach is blocking terrifically and he’s doing a very, very terrific job on the line of scrimmage," Carroll said. But it’s the strides he is showing as a receiver that should help the league’s 31st-ranked passing game. "He’s a big target," Carroll said. "I just like to see him get the ball. It just helps us so much, and we just need more." Blog | Up next: New England Patriots
Unsung hero: Stevan Ridley. Don’t tell anyone, but the pass-crazed Patriots are becoming balanced. OK, more balanced. In their first five games this season, they have run the ball 191 times and passed it 185 times. Last season, it was 438 runs and 612 passes. The main beneficiary in this shift, and one of the main reasons for it, is Ridley. A third-round draft choice last year, the 5-foot-11, 220-pound Ridley already has run for 490 yards, a 4.8-yard average and four touchdowns. But the Patriots also rely on the legs of Brandon Bolden (206 yards, 5.6-yard average) and Danny Woodhead (119 yards, 3.3-yard average) to average 165.4 rushing yards.

Seahawks' Wilson passing less, winning more | Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times
Of all the rookies who began the season as their team's starting quarterback over the past 20 years, only one attempted fewer passes than Russell Wilson through five games. But none had more victories.

Hardcore Football w/ Millen 10-8 - SPORTS RADIO KJR
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Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Initial Thoughts On Patriots Match-Up
Admit it. When the Seahawks schedule was announced this year, you did not think there was any chance the team could go 3-0 versus the Cowboys, Packers and Patriots. Yet, that is exactly what is possible this coming Sunday. As exciting as that would be, the fan base and players would have about an hour to savor it before starting the 49ers in the eye a few days later. You can only beat one team at a time, though, so let's put on our thinking caps and examine what this Sunday might bring.

James Carpenter Proving To Be A Difference Maker - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
It’s been less than 10 months since 2nd year offensive lineman James Carpenter suffered a devastating knee injury, one that usually take over a year to come back from. At best, I expected Carpenter to be place on the PUP list to start the year, and I honestly didn’t think the team would get much of a contribution out of him this year, unless he was able to get on the field as a late season injury replacement. Clearly my expectations were too low.

A Numerical Look At A Seattle Seahawk Victory - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The good thing is that someone else has already spent the time and energy to figure it all out, so I didn’t have to. The guys over at Advanced NFL Stats already did all the work, and quite awesomely put all the results on the web. The even auto-generate some pretty awesome graphs of all the data too, and do so fairly close to real time. Take a look:

Ben Roethlisberger remains underrated; Andrew Luck's clutch -
After watching the Pittsburgh Steelers squeak by the Philadelphia Eagles, 16-14, on Sunday afternoon, I was reminded of something one league executive told me prior to the start of the season: "Ben Roethlisberger is the most underrated player in the NFL."

Robert Griffin III, Mike Shanahan cook up ever-evolving offense -
"You gotta go through generations," the Redskins coach said from his office on Monday. "Look at what we did with Steve Young, what he did, (John) Elway or (Joe) Montana, Brian Griese or Jake Plummer -- every offense should cater to the strengths of the quarterback. If you don't do that, you can't win. A quarterback like Elway was different than Young. Steve loved three- and five-step drops, Elway didn't. Elway loved the (shotgun), Montana would drop the snap intentionally in practice so they wouldn't run it. "Get a guy like Robert or Cam, and people see a different type of quarterback, and scheme, they say, 'Oh my God.' "

Playbook: Drew Brees' record-setting TD pass | National Football Post
On Sunday night, Drew Brees hit WR Devery Henderson on the double-move (Out and Up) to break the record of QB Johnny Unitas for consecutive games with a TD pass. Today, let’s go back to the "All-22" tape, look at the route scheme, focus on the 5-Man zone pressure from San Diego and get into some coaching points.

NFC West Practice Squad Breakdown - Part 2 | National Football Post
Mike Person: After impressing me on Montana State film I have been surprised that Person has not developed quicker. A very quick footed athlete with the flexibility to bend knees and sink hips to block with base, Person’s ability to slide out to protect the corner and to re-direct and slide to adjust to quick pass rush moves is impressive. However, Person is not a big lineman and is somewhat of a "tweener" in that he has the athleticism to play tackle, but has short arms which limit his ability to consistently block edge rushers. Then when he has lined up at guard his lack of bulk limits his ability to play strong vs. NFL defensive tackles. While it is unlikely that Person will ever become a starter, his athleticism, versatility and competitiveness give him the tools to be a five position backup whose best chance at developing into a starter may well be at center.

T.O. tweets out desire to join Jets | National Football Post
Receiver sent message out during New York's loss to Texans Monday night.

TO wants to be a Jet? Now, more than ever, just say 'No,' Rex -
One day after their latest loss, the New York Jets are a team perilously close to going from a struggling franchise in search of a victory to a struggling franchise in search of a clue. But that's where we are, folks, with coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday refusing to shut the door on ... I can't believe I'm saying this ... the addition of Terrell Frickin' Owens. When asked about taking on the free-agent wide receiver, Ryan told reporters that, "You never say never" ... except in this case you do. Because you must.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Crashing the Nickel
After one quarter of the 49ers-Jets game on Sunday I was already getting excited about breaking down San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick package. But as the early games on Sunday developed, another story piqued my interest as well: the Patriots were running all over the Bills’ vaunted defensive line. By the time the game was over, New England had gained 247 yards rushing and 19 first downs on the ground, which is the same number of first downs Buffalo had for the whole game.

Inside an NFL Practice: What Teams and Players Do to Prepare for the Week Ahead | Bleacher Report
Tapping the snooze button on the alarm clock is an unthinkable option. Dawn slowly emerges to greet you, and an NFL practice awaits.

49ers pairing powerful, diverse offense with stout defense for Super Bowl mix - Kerry J. Byrne -
Throw out any notion of a stoic "game-management" offense in San Francisco, pigskin peeps. The 49ers are deadly right now on both sides of the ball. They combine the league's best defense with an offense that possesses a very rare combination of high efficiency in the passing game and historic explosiveness on the ground.

ReFo: Seahawks @ Panthers, Week 5 |
Given the similarities between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers, it made sense to expect a tight defensive struggle at Bank of America Stadium. Both teams use a strong running game to ease the development of a young, mobile quarterback. Both have deep defensive lines with a cornerstone defensive end and rookie pass-rush specialists. Both are full of optimism for the future. The difference on Sunday, however, was the Seattle defense, which harassed and held the Panthers’ playmakers to just three points on offense. With a gritty 16-12 win, the Seahawks are again above .500, while the Panthers spiral further towards a nightmare season. Let’s take a look back at the biggest takeaways from the game.

NFL - San Francisco 49ers running game producing at profound pace - ESPN
The 2011 San Francisco 49ers went 13-3, won the NFC West and came within an overtime field goal of playing in the Super Bowl. For all that success, though, they were not a complete team. They were second in the league in scoring defense, but their scoring offense of 23.8 points per game ranked outside the top 10. They were a one-dimensional squad that had to win games through field position and ball security. This season, they have an offense that's nearly as good at scoring points as their defense is at preventing them.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 5
Aaron Schatz: I think The Asterisk is still our man in the long run, but listen, I told people before the season that rookies are usually rookies and they have rookie problems for a reason, and you don't see those issues in the preseason because opponents aren't specifically game-planning to confuse them in their glorious rookieness. So yes, I think Flynn gives them a better chance to make the postseason *this year* but I think it makes sense to believe in Wilson long-term. - Lions' problems much deeper than awful special teams
"We’ve got two weeks to get it right," Lions veteran PK Jason Hanson said early in the team’s bye week in advance of a daunting five-game stretch that will include four games on the road. "We can’t do what we’re supposed to. I’m saying everyone."

The top 15 team/position needs in the NFL - Grantland
Why is it that some NFL teams just can't seem to fill certain positions?