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Sherman, Revis, Peterson, Prime Time and the Myth of the 'Shutdown Cornerback' | Bleacher Report
Richard Sherman is having a tremendous season. This may come as a shocking revelation during a week when the vulnerability of the Seahawks defense is the official big story.

Tyron Smith heads for MRI after ankle trouble in practice | ProFootballTalk
Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith became the first offensive lineman in many moons to win a conference offensive player of the week when he was honored for his work in helping the Cowboys beat the Seahawks last Sunday, but his status for Week Seven is unclear.

Colin Kaepernick: “I don’t know what I’m being fined for” | ProFootballTalk
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was given a 15-yard penalty and a fine of $11,025 after an official said he used a racial slur on the field. Kaepernick insisted he had said no such thing, appealed the fine, and today won the appeal -- sort of.

Panthers, Bengals tie game doesn't mean NFL rules need to change | The MMQB with Peter King
The critics are back again, and in the predictable full-throated uproar. It came a little early this year, but as it turns out, this is the week where the lonely NFL tie is dismissed as an anachronism and comes under assault from the fix-everything-now crowd who want it banished.

NFL Week 7 Game Rankings: High-scoring Colts face stingy Bengals - CBSSports.com
Andrew Luck and the high-scoring Colts square off against a Bengals team that's built to control the clock and keep guys like Luck off the field.

Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers top list of cornerstones - NFL.com
This week, we turn our attention to the top franchise cornerstones (Note: This one goes to 11). In other words, the player would you choose as the foundation around which to build your franchise.

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Pete Carroll answers queries about Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne’s visit to Seahawks | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
An superstar in Australian rugby — not the fact the Seahawks have began the defense of their Super Bowl title at 3-2, or that Marshawn Lynch had seven fewer carries last weekend than Cam Newton — was what coach Pete Carroll was talking about most at the start of his weekly Wednesday press conference this afternoon.

Stars have yet to align for Seahawks offense | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Trying to get all the offensive talent working smoothly not going so smoothly just yet

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin: 'We are not as good as we think we are' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
“People are not in our locker room,” Baldwin said. “They don’t know what goes in our meeting rooms, they don’t know what goes on on the football field and they don’t know what happens in that conversation between me and Russell. I wasn’t yelling at Russell. I was voicing frustration as a whole with the offense. I told him ‘we are too good for this, that we should be putting up 40 points, that we have to much talent to not be going out there and not playing the way we are capable of.’ I wasn’t yelling at Russell in any negative way. He knows I’m a fiery guy and that’s just how I am. I’m passionate about the game of football.”

NFL Week 7 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds | FiveThirtyEight
The Seattle Seahawks, No. 1 in our NFL Elo ratings since the start of the season, have relinquished that position after losing 30-23 at home against the Dallas Cowboys. The new Elo No. 1 probably won’t cause much controversy: It’s the Denver Broncos, who are also the betting favorite to win the Super Bowl and the top-rated team in ESPN’s panel of experts. But after that, there’s more disagreement. Should Dallas — now 5-1 and having won against Seattle head-to-head — rank ahead of the 3-2 Seahawks?

Tyron Smith, Joe Flacco headline Players of the Week - NFL.com
Cowboys star left tackle Tyron Smith became the first offensive lineman to receive player of the week honors since Brian Waters won it while with Kansas City in 2004. Who else earned recognition?

Injury roundup: Megatron still dealing with ankle pain - NFL.com
Calvin Johnson says he's still dealing with pain in his injured ankle, but the Lions' wideout hasn't given up on playing against the Saints on Sunday. That and more in Wednesday's injury roundup.

Film Room: How Cowboys shut down Percy Harvin - NFL.com
How did the upstart Cowboys shut down Percy Harvin and the Seahawks on their home turf? Marc Sessler tapped into the Game Rewind footage to tell you, plus seven more takeaways from Week 6.

Cardinals vs. Redskins: How did the 2012-2014 draft picks play? - Revenge of the Birds
How good can this team be if the Cardinals recent draft classes continue to play well?

Rams-49ers: Key Stats Analysis - Week 6 - Turf Show Times
Throughout the 2014 season, I'll be keeping track of four key team statistical measures, and how they affect the outcome of every Rams game: Turnover Differential, Big Play Differential, Points Per Drive Differential, and Team Penalty Yards Differential. In addition, I'll keep track of the score at half-time. Is there a correlation between these statistics and the Rams' win/loss record?

Rams-49ers: Which Rams Are Just Getting Their Season Started? - Turf Show Times
Taking a look back from week one through week six to see who's getting more playing time and who's headed to the bench.

RENTON: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: “Whenever we’re running the ball, we’re fine” | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Marshawn Lynch sprinted down the right sideline untouched, into and out of the end zone.

Passing game is lacking for the Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
When you look at the numbers, it’s easy to see why Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin went on a frustration-based rant after the 30-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday.

St. Louis Rams' Austin Davis disappointed in performance against 49ers - ESPN
Moments after his team's 31-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis had no interest in finger pointing or passing out blame for the Rams' shortcomings.

Seahawks' offense has been facing long odds on third down - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The third-down problem has been more than a third-down problem for Seattle's offense, a paradox that makes sense when you consider the average distance the Seahawks have needed in order to stay on the field. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Dimitri Patterson Reportedly Declines Opportunity to Play with Seattle Seahawks | Bleacher Report
Veteran cornerback Dimitri Patterson has remained a free agent since the New York Jets released him in late August. Even though there's been interest, including a workout offer from the reigning champion Seattle Seahawks, he reportedly continues to hold out for a more lucrative opportunity.

Seahawks-Cowboys game most-watched TV program since Academy Awards | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Put the defending Super Bowl champs against America’s Team, and the result is a pretty unbeatable combination for television.

NFLPA pushes for due process in personal conduct policy - SBNation.com
NFL, NFLPA met for four hours Tuesday to discuss potential changes to the personal conduct policy.

DeMarco Murray is so good he's lapping the rest of the NFL - SBNation.com
This chart proves he's this season's best running back — by far.