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Chicago-ing: The Curious Case of Jay Cutler | Rolling Stone
After another loss, and with frustrations high, can Cutler and the Bears make it work?

Week 7 mailbag: Rams-Seahawks controversy, Brandon Marshall-Jay Cutler | The MMQB with Peter King
Revisiting the controversial fumble late in the Seahawks-Rams game. Plus, answering your questions about the rugby star's NFL dream, Peyton Manning's inflated numbers and the sunshine problem at the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium

Taking Super Bowl stock of the NFL's four remaining one-loss teams | SI.com
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from SI.com

Monday Morning MD | National Football Post
Injuries come in threes.

A Week Eight look at the state of the playoff race | ProFootballTalk
Is Week Eight too early to talk about the NFL playoff race? Probably. But we'll do it anyway. AFC West: First place in the division is on the line Thursday night, when the 5-2 Chargers visit the 5-1 Broncos.

NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals continue ascent; Seahawks sliding - NFL - CBSSports.com
As classic pocket passers like Peyton and Brady continue to dominate the league, not to mention this week's top-10, the Cardinals continue their ascent.

Rookie Watch: Biggest disappointments - NFL.com
Jadeveon Clowney's health has been unfortunate, keeping the top pick off the field for much of 2014. Johnny Manziel can't get a clipboard out of his hands, either. The two lead our list of disappointments.

Andre Ellington performing at historic clip for Cardinals - NFL.com
Andre Ellington hasn't been healthy this season, but this hasn't stopped the running back from performing at a high level for the Arizona Cardinals.

Seahawks appear divided on Harvin issue | HeraldNet.com - Sports
ST. LOUIS — The reasons for Friday's stunning trade of Percy Harvin to the New York Jets include some of what you've already read — but...

Carroll knew Seahawks were taking a risk with Harvin | HeraldNet.com - Sports
RENTON — The Seattle Seahawks were taking a risk when they acquired Percy Harvin in a trade last year, no one knew that more than head coach...

Seahawks’ dormant defense may be blitzing more to address what Pete Carroll says is team’s most pressing issue | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks got back early last night from what coach Pete Carroll today called “a real disappointing trip” to St. Louis. The 28-26 loss in which Seattle fell behind 21-3 in the second quarter leaves the Seahawks 3-3 and in third place in the NFC West. They are a game behind San Francisco and two behind Arizona, each of which they’ve yet to play.

Higher risk: higher reward? Expect more blitzing as Seahawks try to revive pass rush | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seahawks obviously can’t stay the same, not if they want to even have the chance to defend their Super Bowl championship in this season’s playoffs.

Byron Maxwell looks ready to return to secondary for Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks unit that has been hurt by injuries could gain an important body when Byron Maxwell returns from an injury.

The Film Don’t Lie: Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A weekly look at what the Seattle Seahawks must fix:

Banged-up Seahawks' injuries clearing up at cornerback - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon could be back this week after getting knocked out of Sunday's game with an ankle injury, and fellow cornerback Byron Maxwell might also return before the Carolina game. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Slot machine Doug Baldwin back in his familiar spot - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Percy Harvin's departure not only leaves Doug Baldwin as the presumed No. 1 option in Seattle's passing game but it clears the way for his to return to the slot, the position at which he had thrived before moving to split end this season. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Up Next: Carolina Panthers
The teams that had the best records in the NFC last season meet on Sunday in Charlotte for the third consecutive season, but this time the Seahawks are 3-3 as they prepare to face the 3-3-1 Panthers.

True cost of Percy Harvin trade for Seattle Seahawks, Week 7 takeaways - NFL - ESPN
Week 7 takeaways: Harvin deal hurts Seattle's repeat chances; ATL in trouble

Pete Carroll explains Seahawks’ special teams gaffes - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
“Very disappointed at the way we started and the impact of the kicking game in this game,” Carroll said in his Monday press conference. “It reminds you of the hard lessons of how the kicking game is such a vital part. They did a fantastic job, and you have to give them a ton of credit in that regard.”

Divided by the width of a country, Seahawks’ Pete Carroll and the Jets’ Percy Harvin look forward, not back | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and new Jets receiver Percy Harvin didn’t get into any specifics Monday of problems in Seattle.

Week 7 takeaways: Seahawks have a pass rush issue - Sportsnet.ca
Why is Ryan Fitzpatrick still a starting quarterback in the NFL? That’s all that came to mind while the Houston Texas were imploding during Monday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Defense, schedule cause Seattle's decline - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
After opening the season No. 1 in the weekly ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings, the Seahawks have dipped to 11th following back-to-back losses. It’s the first time the Seahawks have been outside the Top 10 since Week 14 of 2012.

New York Times, Post Week-7 (2014): Seahawks Struggling With Target On Back
This week at the New York Times, I look at some of Seattle’s struggles to win as defending champs.

2015 NFL Draft: Each Team's Biggest Need and Best Fit | Bleacher Report
With the NFL season nearing the halfway mark, it is becoming obvious (painfully so in some locker rooms) where each team needs to improve. That's what this list will tackle...

Can a defensive player have the same impact as a star QB? | SportsonEarth.com : Kenneth Arthur Article
On Monday night JJ Watt and the Houston Texans lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-23, but it wasn't really as close as the score indicated (Pittsburgh took control of the game right before the half with an offensive barrage). Watt had to suffer another loss, seeing his team fall to 3-4 and two games back of Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.

Report: Seahawks paid Percy Harvin for game after trade - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News

Dave Boling: Despite loss by Seahawks to Rams, Russell Wilson’s effort worth singing about | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
Doesn’t somebody have to write a song about Russell Wilson at some point?

What we learned from the Seahawks' loss to St. Louis - Danny, Dave and Moore | 710 ESPN Seattle
Three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after the Seahawks fell to 3-3 with a 28-26 loss to the Rams in St. Louis. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

The Seattle Seahawks’ Big Problem - WSJ
A Lack of Defensive-Line Depth Has Weakened the Super Bowl Champs