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Chandler Jones, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III Among Top 10 Rookies in 2012 NFL Season (Photos) - NFL -
The season is young, but we've seen enough football to see which rookies are already playing at a near-elite NFL level.

Seahawks' innovative defense bucks NFL trend | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
"They play a unique system that's really exclusive to the Seahawks," said Jon Gruden, the Super Bowl-winning coach who is now a "Monday Night Football" analyst, during a recent interview. "They can dominate you on defense if you're not ready. They can hand it to you."

Seahawks' Wilson throwing less, winning more -
Wilson, statistically, is closest to what Matt Ryan accomplished through five games as a rookie with the Atlanta Falcons in 2008. Wilson and Ryan generated identical passer ratings and matching 3-2 records heading into Week 6.

Patriots Today- Belichick brings plays of the week
Bill Belichick joins Scott Zolak on the Belestrator, bringing you an inside look at some of the key plays in the Patriots’ 52-28 victory over the Bills last Sunday.

2012 NFC West defense ranks thru Week 5 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks: Third-down defense improved against Carolina. Note that Seattle leads the NFL in yards allowed and yards per play allowed. Only the 49ers have allowed fewer points, but Seattle's points-allowed figure is inflated by touchdowns scored on a fake field goal and an interception return.

2012 NFC West offense ranks thru Week 5 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks: Seattle has four touchdowns in 14 red-zone possessions, good for a No. 32 ranking in that category. The team had seven touchdowns on 12 such possessions at this point last season, only to score three on its next 11 chances. The No. 7 ranking in rushing yardage gives the offense something to build around. Blog | Brady aims to silence 12th Man on Sunday
"…I think what has more to do with the crowd noise is the fact that they can really play football," said Brady. "They have a really good defense, the best one in the league – statistically, top five in almost every category. They have players and the defensive line is excellent, a very good group of linebackers and certainly the secondary, three of those guys were in the Pro Bowl. They can play defense and they get it going and offensively if we make a bunch of mistakes, I’m sure it will be very loud for us, but hopefully if we get the ball in the end zone it will quiet it down. But I think that’s going to be our challenge. "It’s always nice when you take 53 guys on the road and you say, ‘This is all we’ve got and this is all we need and this is what we have to do.’ And see 70,000 fans, if you can keep them quiet or turn them on their own team. I think that’s an exciting part for road teams, is to see if you can get them booing their own players."

Patriots know how to feast off turnovers | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
As far as NFL coaches are concerned, the No. 1 predictor of a game’s outcome is turnovers – creating them on offense and limiting them on defense. And the Seattle Seahawks’ opponent this week, the New England Patriots, are one of the best in the league in doing both through the first five weeks of this season.

Wes Welker on Seahawks: "They really get after it." | Seahawks Insider
"They really get after it," Welker said. "I think they’re top five in pretty much every category. They fly around to the ball. They tackle really well. They’ve got a bunch of big guys, fast guys and they move around very well. "They’re definitely a team where you have to be on top of everything."

Seahawks Insider podcast — Week 6 | Seahawks Insider
Eric Williams of The News Tribune and Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for discuss the Seattle Seahawks upcoming contest against New England.

Is St. Louis Rams TE Lance Kendricks ready for the spotlight? - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams really need tight end Lance Kendricks to play a bigger role in the offense.

Quick Take: Pats get tough road test in Seattle -
Why this game is intriguing: Even if the Seahawks weren't good -- which they are -- this would be an interesting one to check out. Tom Brady and the Patriots are running a communication-based, quick-strike offense. Sunday afternoon, everyone must be on the same page in the unfriendliest of confines, CenturyLink Field. That's tough enough, considering how those fans threw off the Packers earlier in the year. But Seattle's also got game, with a tough and aggressive front that can disrupt Brady and a physical, ball-hawking secondary. The Patriots already lost to another NFC West team (Arizona), and this game will be more challenging. If they come out of here with a win, look out for a Patriots run.

2013 ‘top heavy’ for defense: How it could benefit Seattle " Seahawks Draft Blog
In the last few years, the first round of the NFL draft has been pretty balanced between offense and defense. Since 1993 (the last time Seattle drafted a quarterback in round one) only three defensive players have been drafted first overall (Dan Wilkinson, Courtney Brown and Mario Williams), but in recent years the top-15 picks have been split evenly. Of the 75 top-15 picks since 2008, 36 have been offensive players and 39 defensive. The 2013 draft will buck the trend.

It's time to open up the playbook for Russell Wilson - Blog -
After this weekend's game against Tom Brady and the Patriots, the Seahawks will have played more than a third of their regular-season schedule. By now, you're keenly aware of the following three realities: • The Seahawks possess what could be a record-setting defense. • They have an above average running game. • Their passing game is woefully behind the pack.

The Top 5 Defensive Tackles for the 2013 NFL Draft | National Football Post
NFP's Scouting Director breaks down the Top 5 DT's.

Scout Talk: Ranking the top Senior WRs | National Football Post
A look at the top senior wide receiver prospects for the 2013 draft.

Week 5 Power Rankings
A good road win for the Seahawks, but until that offense gets more effective, I have my doubts. On the other hand, I don't think I'll drop them below 8 wins even if they lose to the Pats this weekend.

Pass Rushing Productivty: The Story So Far |
Rookie Revelations After the success of Aldon Smith (who is 19th in these rankings) last year, there’s been a renewed emphasis on finding pass rushers even if they may not contribute on every down. Step forward Bruce Irvin who has become a key part of the Seaahwks exceptional nickel and dime packages. Irvin is the highest ranked rookie on the list (8th), with the next best rookie being Chandler Jones in 24th spot.

Jim Harbaugh wants the 49ers to stay paranoid | ProFootballTalk
We got a vintage performance from Tom Coughlin on Wednesday when the coach of the defending Super Bowl champions reached into his well-worn motivational bag of tricks to opine that no one thinks his team can beat the 49ers.

Vernon Davis sees difference between Moss and Owens | ProFootballTalk
Receiver Terrell Owens and Randy Moss have plenty of detractors. But one NFL player is a big fan of one, and apparently isn’t a fan of the other. 49ers tight end Vernon Davis praised Moss on Wednesday, while in turn taking a bit of a shot at T.O.