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Thank goodness it's TGIF!

Special teams roundtable: Discussing the future of kickoffs, PATs, more |
Week 7 provided a vivid reminder of the power of special teams: the St. Louis Rams upset the Seattle Seahawks thanks to not one, but two spectacular special teams plays. The first, a decoy punt return that yielded a 90-yard return for a touchdown, set the stage for the Rams’ surprising win; the second, a fake punt pass from punter Johnny Hekker on 4th-and-3, sealed the victory for St. Louis.

Week 7 (2014) Game Scripts: Packers Lead the Way
For the second straight week, a pair of blowouts registered Game Scripts of at least +17.0 points. This time, two 2013 NFC playoff teams were on the losing side of things, as the Packers (+22.8) crushed the Panthers in the afternoon before the Broncos obliterated the 49ers (+18.0) at night. Aaron Rodgers was his absurdly hyper efficient self, completing 19 of 22 passes for 255 yards and 3 touchdowns. Peyton Manning, in addition to setting the career passing touchdowns record, threw for a first down on 14 of his 28 dropbacks. That’s pretty darn good.1

Talk persists of an NFL team moving to London | ProFootballTalk
If one or two NFL teams move to Los Angeles, the NFL will need a new potential destination to which an owner can threaten to move his franchise if/when efforts to finance a new stadium with public money fail. Playing the role of Los Angeles once the NFL returns there could be London.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Sen'Derrick Marks
Blake Bortles got the first victory of his career last weekend. In the fourth start of the rookie quarterback's season, his Jacksonville Jaguars overcame the Cleveland Browns by a score of 24-6.

QB Index: Andrew Luck, Tony Romo get more support -
Andrew Luck is starting to look like a top-tier QB thanks to the growth of those around him. Tony Romo, on the other hand, is doing more with less this season. That, and more, in this week's QB Index.

Sidney Rice: Seahawks trading Harvin was right move -
Former Seahawks and Vikings teammate Sidney Rice believes Seattle did not err in trading Percy Harvin. Is that due to Harvin's fit in the locker room or on the field?

VJax wants to remain a Buccaneer amid trade talk -
Vincent Jackson has become a hot commodity on the trade market, Ian Rapoport reports. Though the Buccaneers receiver is grateful for his would-be suitors, he wants to remain in Tampa and build a winning team.

Jake Locker no longer in Tennessee Titans' plans -
Now that rookie Zach Mettenberger is taking over as the Titans' quarterback, Jake Locker is likely done in Tennessee. Where does Locker's career go in 2015?

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray may not get paid in free agency | The MMQB with Peter King
DeMarco Murray is one of the pleasant surprises of the season’s first half, with an astounding 913 yards gained. He’s also fodder for an interesting discussion in the business of football.

Former NFL QB Kevin Kolb battles concussion symptoms in retirement | The MMQB with Peter King
On Sept. 14, 2014, Kevin Kolb was vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, when Hurricane Odile came straight at the Hilton where he, his wife, Whitney, and friends were staying.

Doug Baldwin asserts himself; Richard Sherman on Seahawks: “The team is fine” | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

Doug Baldwin benefits from move back to slot position | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, who played mostly outside to make room for Percy Harvin, was back in the slot against the Rams after Harvin’s trade. Baldwin caught seven passes for 123 yards at St. Louis.

So why are the Seahawks playing at Carolina for the third straight year? | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
One question I’ve gotten this week — one that I figured was worth answering on the blog, as well — is why the Seahawks are playing at Carolina for the third straight year.

Sackless in Seattle, but will it change for Bennett and Avril? - ESPN
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes it's going to get better for two men the team is counting on to bring pressure.

Seahawks relying on Malcolm Smith in Bobby Wagner's absence - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
'When he's on the field, special things happen,' Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. told 'Danny, Dave and Moore' about Malcolm Smith, who has been promoted to a starter with Bobby Wagner sidelined. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Person of Interest: Carolina's Cam Newton - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
A closer look at Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, a person of interest in Seattle's Week-8 matchup with Carolina. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Rams' special teams plan to stay aggressive - NFC West Blog - ESPN
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams special teams coach John Fassel met with the local media Wednesday for the first time since his group's game-changin

Seahawks All Access - Robert Turbin 1 on 1
Jen Mueller talks 1 on 1 with Robert Turbin about his stint filling is at fullback following the injury of Derrick Coleman.

That story about Marshawn Lynch pouting over Seahawks’ Percy Harvin trade? Beast Mode’s agent says, ‘bogus’ - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
When news broke Friday that the Seahawks were trading receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets, there was no dearth of rumors about Harvin’s inability to fit in Seattle’s locker room. One of the juicier reports was that running back Marshawn Lynch was slow to get on the team bus because he was pouting over Harvin’s departure.

A day in Harbaugh’s life starts with trash cans, work gloves, pleated khakis | ProFootballTalk
Strange days in San Francisco continue with a somewhat strange "day in the life" look at coach Jim Harbaugh, courtesy of the team's official website. Crafted against lingering (but never mentioned) tension and uncertainty regarding Harbaugh's tenure with the franchise beyond 2014, the photo-drive...

Seattle Seahawks hog 3 of top 5 most-watched NFL games - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Of the top five most-watched NFL games on television, the Seahawks have been a part of three of them.

Richard Sherman on lack of Seahawks turnovers: "We'll find our rhythm and we'll be fine"
The Seahawks have generated just two picks in six games after recording nine interceptions through their first six games a season ago.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers preview - ESPN
NFL Nation reporters Terry Blount and David Newton preview Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers.

Baldwin optimistic about Seahawks moving forward

Seattle Seahawks' Wilson, Chancellor and Thomas: No division in locker room | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Three of the most high-profile Seattle Seahawks — quarterback Russell Wilson and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor — met the media today prior to practice (for Wilson and Thomas it was simply their regular day to talk to the press).

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Rams' Big Win
The Rams pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year last Sunday when they beat the defending champion Seattle Seahawks thanks in large part to special teams chicanery. The trick punt return and the fake punt got most of the headlines, but a much talked about subplot was that the Rams' offensive line might have pushed around the Seattle front seven. I could see where someone would make that case, but I think that's distorting the truth. I think the Rams' line played well, and certainly held their own up front. I just don't think all the rushing yards they racked up were a direct result of an overpowering unit.

Former Washington Huskies QB Jake Locker’s future with Tennessee Titans not looking great - Seattle PI Sports Blog
Since he was named the starter to begin the 2013 NFL season, former Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Locker has struggled to stay healthy for the Tennessee Titans. Now in the final year of his rookie contract, his time in Nashville may be running out.

QB Index: Andrew Luck, Tony Romo getting more support -
Andrew Luck is starting to look like a top-tier QB thanks to the growth of those around him. Tony Romo, on the other hand, is doing more with less this season. That, and more, in this week's QB Index.

Carroll on Seattle's Struggles and Coveting Benjamin - BBR
“At this time last year we had 17 or so turnovers. We’re way behind schedule on that. For the most part, we’re doing a lot of the other things. We play the running game okay, and we’re not allowing a lot of yards rushing. The passing game has not been as sharp on defense, and those turnovers are so crucial and make such a difference in the game. We’re doing an excellent job on the other side. We’re +1 for the year right now because we’ve been so stingy about it on the offensive side. But, without those turnovers and the big plays that come out of that, it makes the margins so much slimmer. We’ve had some close games. We’ve been in every one of them. We could have won all of our games, and we would be talking much different. But we still would be focused on the fact that we’re not getting the football away from our opponents like we have in the past.”

Harvin’s Seahawks void has eager candidates | Sportspress Northwest
“I was like, ‘Thank you, Jesus!’” he said. “Let’s go!” He meant no ill will toward Harvin. “I was very excited — I started praying,” he said. “It’s my turn now. I started to get into the playbook making sure I’m getting it right.”