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Sept. 9, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks players sit on the bench during the game against Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE
Sept. 9, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks players sit on the bench during the game against Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

College gameday; one day until NFL gameday. Not shabby.

Seahawks know they have to give Russell Wilson better protection | Notebook | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
"They bring different types of pressure just like Arizona did," Wilson said. "We just have to be prepared for it, and when we have that opportunity to block it up, there's a lot of green grass behind it so we have to capitalize on it."

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Alternative Theories to "Darell Bevell Is An Idiot"
When it comes to football, there's usually more than one interpretation for almost everything. On Sunday against Arizona, Seahawks fans saw offensive struggles that are being popularly chalked up to poor planning. Offensive coordinator Darell Bevell is getting a lot of flak for this (and a generous sprinkling of insults), but that's pretty easy. Good game plans can look bad when executed poorly. Whether Bevell cooked up an inadequate game plan is difficult to tell, because the lurking factor is Seattle's roughshod execution in every facet of the offense except the running game.

Listen: Pete Carroll says Seahawks will better protect Wilson - Seahawks News -
"That was a frustrating game because we had it right there we came right down the field ready to win the football game and then we couldn't just get that last play done. So that did hit us. Our expectations were that we would win that football game. So we've worked hard to get back on track which we've done," Carroll says.

2012 NFL Consensus Power Rankings: Week 2 - Bolts From The Blue
With the first week of the NFL in the books, we take a look to see how all the teams shifted this week.

NFL Preview - Dallas (1-0) at Seattle (0-1) (ET) | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
"I do think his mindset of taking the next step -- we really saw him elevate his game the next year and put himself in a category of elite quarterback -- that's when it started," Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said of Romo when recalling the 2006 playoff defeat. "Finishing that (2006 season) that way really fueled him. I think we've seen how he's handled it and pushed himself. I think he remembers those adverse situations."

Seahawks - Seattle's live and local sports station
"I think the biggest thing is that that we have to capitalize down there no matter what the situation is," Wilson said. "Whether it’s a run or a pass we want to get seven, not three points. That’s one are that we have to keep growing and improving in."

Week 2 - Bradley Press Conference
Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley talks with the media as the Seahawks continue to prepare for the Cowboys.

Week 2 - Wilson Press Conference
Russell Wilson talks with the media as the Seahawks prepare to face the Cowboys. Blog | Thursday in Hawkville: Be it Hebron or Hepeloni, by any name Fangupo is a load
Fangupo, who had been with the Texans, was signed on Tuesday. In the first two practices with his new team, he has been a two-fer addition – playing nose tackle on defense and center on offense. "Whatever they need me to do, I’ve got to do," he said. "Just trying to feed my baby and wife.

Analyzing the Enemy: Seattle Seahawks - Blogging The Boys
With one week in the books, the Cowboys are riding high following a stirring road win over a division foe. The Seahawks came out worse in a similar test, dropping their first game to the lowly(?) Cardinals. Can Dallas give Seattle residents another reason to stay depressed while improving to 2-0?

Cowboys could be coming - Seahawks - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports
"That would be probably the smart thing to do," Bevell said. "If you watched that game, whenever you leave yourself open for things like that, as we always say, it’s a copycat league. And until you prove you can stop it, then somebody’s going to continue to (try to do) that. "So it just falls right back on us to make sure we’re right with our communication, and all the things we’re trying to do to go along with that."

After missing opener, Golden Tate hopes to boost Seahawks offense - Blog -
"Yeah, obviously just me being a competitor and me wanting to be out there so bad and the camp I had," Tate said Thursday. "I felt like – we all would have felt like – I would have made the catch, or some of those catches."

Russell Wilson earns high praise for initial play - Blog -
"I thought for a rookie quarterback in that atmosphere in his first start he was exceptional." Huard says many rookies in the same situation would panic and throw at least a bunch of interceptions. Wilson was 18/34 for 153 yards with one touchdown and one interception. "They brought some pressure, they brought some heat, he had some guys in his face and took some big hits. But he gave the team a chance to win in the fourth quarter and guys had to make some plays for him and they didn't."

Cowboys Vs. Seahawks: Breaking Down The Matchups - SB Nation Dallas
Dallas will come off a late summer break of 11 days to take on the Seattle in an afternoon tilt on Sunday that may not prove to be much of a challenge.

A reception of an interception
"It definitely helps in situations like that," Sherman said this week, when the Seahawks have been preparing for Sunday’s home opener against the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field. "I guess it’s a body-control thing that you get used to from catching the ball for so long, running routes for so long. You just get used to being in those positions. "It’s just like riding a bike."

Week three preview " Seahawks Draft Blog
This weekend I’ll be watching the following games: Washington State vs UNLV, California vs Ohio State, Alabama vs Arkansas and Wake Forest vs Florida State. I’ve also got Texas at Ole Miss and Notre Dame against Michigan State saved for later in the week. I’ve highlighted some of the things I’m going to be looking for in each game.

Sando's best guesses: Week 2 predictions - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 ET. Last week, I let the Cardinals' problems on the offensive line talk me out of picking them to win a home game. Wrong call. This week, the Seahawks' line problems are tempting me to make a similar decision. Not this time. The matchups favor Dallas, but Seattle needs to win this one at home. Sando's best guess: Seahawks 20, Cowboys 19 Blog | Friday in Hawkville: Okung practices; status remains game-day decision
"He got some work today," Carroll said. "We’ll see how he goes tomorrow and how he feels after the work today. We’ll go all the way to game time on that one."

Seahawks notes: Rice, Okung practice - Seahawks News -
Receiver Sidney Rice participated in Friday's practice, and will be ready to play according to coach Pete Carroll. Rice missed some of the drills this week with a sore knee. While Tight end Zach Miller rested a sore foot, Carroll is confident he will also be ready to face the Cowboys.

Okung a game-time decision | Seahawks Insider
"Zach will be fine," Carroll said. "He practiced a couple days ago, and got some stuff done yesterday. We just want to make sure that he’s going to be right. So he’ll play also."

DeMarcus Ware: Seahawks will use ‘con look’ to protect rookie QB Russell Wilson | Dallas Cowboys Blog
"They call it the con look, the way they’ll have two tight ends in the game to block him up," Ware said Thursday. Wait, con? Like convict? like ex-con? "Two tight ends like ex-con," Ware confirmed with a laugh. "Two guys in there to make sure everybody’s blocked up."

Biggest NFL games of Week 2 -- John Clayton's First & 10 - ESPN
Offense won the first week of the NFL season. Will the trend continue? Probably. The return of Peyton Manning and the debuts of Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck only add to the idea that the NFL is a quarterback-driven league. Recent rule changes for safety have given receivers more freedom to roam into the middle of the field. Tight ends create impossible matchups for defenders.

Cowboys vs. Seahawks: Sketching out a Gameplan for Seattle | Bleacher Report
Heading into Week 1, I was drinking the Russell Wilson Kool-Aid just like everyone else. I didn't think there was a way the Arizona Cardinals would knock off the Seahawks, especially after the preseason Seattle had.

3TFO: Cowboys @ Seahawks, Week 2 |
The Cowboys and Seahawks each came into 2012 as NFC teams looking to find a few more wins than last year and a ticket to the playoffs, but they took very different steps in Week 1.

NFL details key officiating issues from Week One | ProFootballTalk
NFL Network has unfortunately discontinued the "Official Review" segment that used to be one of its most enlightening segments of the week, with the league’s head of officiating (previously Mike Pereira and now Carl Johnson) going over some controversial or unusual calls from the previous week’s games. Fortunately, the league has replaced "Official Review" with a weekly video, narrated by Johnson, that will detail the key calls from the previous week.

Everything you need to know about the Friday injury report | ProFootballTalk
We’re trying something a little different with the Friday injury report this week.