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Can The Denver Broncos And Seattle Seahawks Possibly Be As Good As They Were Last Year? | FiveThirtyEight
Last year, the Denver Broncos had one of the greatest passing offenses in NFL history. Peyton Manning set an NFL single-season record for touchdown passes and passing yards, and the Broncos became the first team to score 600 points in a season. Likewise, the 2013 Seattle Seahawks pass defense was one of the best of all time. (The Broncos can attest to that.)

NFL Practices: Getting Geeky - WSJ
Despite workaholic coaches' best efforts, football has always been an inexact science. This time of year, 2½ weeks before the NFL season, teams have 90 players stretched across multiple fields at practice. For coaches, evaluating all that talent has long been part guesswork.

Scary Preseason Stats | The Tailgater
The Eagles defense has allowed 483.5 yards per game through two preseason games. That’s an incredible amount of production allowed: twice as many net yards as the Packers have permitted through two games. It’s a pretty scary stat, until you look a little more carefully.

Strength in numbers: Seahawks have a surplus at linebacker - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
K.J. Wright hasn't exactly been alone at linebacker the past couple of weeks.

Praising DE O’Brien Schofield and S Jeron Johnson, Russell Wilson’s two words of advice for Johnny Manziel; Earl Thomas the punt returner | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Malcolm Smith was all the rage yesterday at practice, his first full one since surgery in the spring to clean out his ankle. His twisting, leaping, one-armed interception was remarkable — even for a Tuesday in August — and that is what I lead with in today’s News Tribune.

RENTON: NFL increases practice squad maximum from 8 players to 10 for this season | Seattle Seahawks
Two more exhibition season Seahawks are going to be regular season Seahawks next month.

Focus on: Percy Harvin
“Explosive” is the term most often used to describe Percy Harvin, but even that oft-repeated tag doesn’t seem to do justice to what the receiver/returner/runner brings to the Seahawks now that he’s healthy.

NFC West preview: Seattle Seahawks battle Cardinals, 49ers, Rams atop NFL's best division - NFL -
In 2013, the NFC West ranked as one of the most competitive divisions in NFL history. Three of the division's four teams -- the Seahawks, 49ers and Cardinals -- won 10 games, and the sole team with a losing record (the 7-9 Rams) may have helped themselves more in the 2014 draft than any other franchise.

DeAngelo Hall on penalty emphasis: Seahawks got their ring, now we have to deal with consequences | ProFootballTalk
“Seahawks got their ring, they did it their way … now we have to pay the consequences,” Hall said, via Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington.

Seattle Looks To Continue Reign In Loaded NFC West « CBS Seattle
Forget about the NFC Worst. Last year proved the NFC West is the deepest division in the NFL.

New England Patriots CB Brandon Browner surprised by number of flags - ESPN Boston
“I think it’s only a three-hour slot and window to play a football game, or else 'The Simpsons' are going to cut in, and the game might just cut off in the third quarter," Browner cracked Wednesday.

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Take our quiz and find out how well you know megalomania.

Green Bay Packers hiding hand signals from Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
If the Seattle Seahawks think they have the Green Bay Packers' no-huddle offense figured out from watching Aaron Rodgers run it last Saturday at the St. Louis Rams, they should think again.

Updated 2014 fantasy football sleepers, busts and breakouts: Jay Cutler, Zach Ertz, Khiry Robinson prominently mentioned - Fantasy Football - ESPN
Earlier in the preseason, a number of our ESPN fantasy analysts offered some of their sleepers, busts and breakouts for the 2014 fantasy football season. Now, after a couple full weeks of preseason games and a ton of practices, we have started to change our tune on some of our choices.

The San Francisco 49ers have the NFL's most balanced passing offense -- NFL - ESPN
There is a saying in the NFL that you can't have too many good pass-rushers. There should be a saying that you can't have too many good pass-catchers.

Seattle Seahawks No. 15 in Forbes' NFL franchise value - ESPN
Winning the Super Bowl in dominant fashion and having some of the most marketable players in the NFL, including cornerback Richard Sherman and quarterback Russell Wilson, wasn't enough to move the Seattle Seahawks into the top 10 on Forbes' list of most valuable NFL franchises.

Seahawks practice report: Harvin feeling healthy as ever | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks are off the field following their Wednesday practice in preparation for Friday's preseason game against the Chicago Bears.

Bears' Jordan Palmer to be second QB against Seahawks - Chicago Tribune
Jordan Palmer will be the first quarterback off the bench behind Jay Cutler in the Chicago Bears' road exhibition game against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, coach Marc Trestman said. Jimmy Clausen will follow Palmer.

Here’s a decent revelation for Seahawks: When was the last time Percy Harvin felt this fast? “Before college” | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
That was Percy Harvin talking about the state of the offense — “We are on schedule, for the most part” — following today’s practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Friday night’s third exhibition game against Chicago.

Forbes: Seahawks games rank second in overpriced beer - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Beer sold at Seattle Seahawks home games is the second-most overpriced in the NFL, according to Forbes.

Tuesday in Hawkville: To Steven Hauschka, longer PATs are ‘a bad idea’
Steven Hauschka was perfect on his longer PATs in the first two preseason games, but the Seahawks’ ridiculously reliable kicker doesn’t think the NFL should turn the experiment into policy.

Greg Roman on San Francisco 49ers' offense: 'Not good' - ESPN
On their first offensive drive of the preseason, the San Francisco 49ers went 66 yards in seven plays against the Baltimore Ravens and Phil Dawson kicked a 25-yard field goal.

Kris Richard, the man behind the Legion of Boom, prepares his unit for latest challenge | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Seahawks defensive backs coach Kris Richard, just 34 years old, quickly converted from a player to a valuable assistant.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson: 'The passing game is already improving' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson met the media after practice today and said he expects to play into the third quarter Friday night against Chicago.

Seahawks vs. Bears: Who needs Jared Allen when you have O'Brien Schofield? - Seattle Seattle Seahawks |
When the Seahawks and Bears get together Friday night in Chicago, it will be the rubber match between franchises that already have clashed twice this year.

Chicago Bears injury update - Windy City Gridiron
The Chicago Bears will kick off their third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks in just two more days. Which injured Bears' players will be return and which will be held out?

Seahawks WR Percy Harvin, fully healthy, now able to a lot “that I wasn't able to do before” | - Seattle Sidelines
Here’s a scary thought for opposing NFL defenses: what if the Percy Harvin who was an MVP candidate halfway through the 2012 season, and the Percy Harvin who returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the Super Bowl last year wasn’t the best version of the receiver? What if he’s even faster and more elusive than the player who was already one of the most explosive athletes in the NFL?

Notes from Seahawks coordinators Darrell Bevell and Dan Quinn | - Seattle Sidelines
Pete Carroll did not talk to the media Tuesday, so no injury/personnel updates, but both offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn did, so here are a few highlights from their media sessions.

Photo Gallery - "No Repeat Friday" on Wednesday
With the Seahawks readying to face the Chicago Bears on Friday night at CenturyLink Field, Wednesday's workout at Virginia Mason Athletic Center turned into "No Repeat Friday" on the Pete-Carroll practice calendar.

Seattle looks to continue reign in loaded NFC West | Pro32: Head to Head
Forget about the NFC Worst. Last year proved the NFC West is the deepest division in the NFL.

Colts trade Cody Parkey to Eagles for David Fluellen -
The Colts traded kicker Cody Parkey to the Eagles for running back David Fluellen on Wednesday. Can Fluellen provide depth behind Trent Richardson?

Robert Griffin III vows to 'get better' at sliding -
Robert Griffin III says he's taking a focused approach to improving his sliding after taking a few too many hits on Monday night. Is coach Jay Gruden concerned about his quarterback's playing style?

5 myths of the NFL agent business | National Football Post
An NFL agent of 28 years breaks down the realities behind the agent business.

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Video: Peter King's Five Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers | The MMQB with Peter King
Peter King’s impressions after his MMQB Tour visit to Santa Clara

Five Questions: St. Louis Rams | ProFootballTalk
In a loaded NFC West, the St. Louis Rams have been quietly going about their business. The Rams have watched their division rivals deal with season-ending injuries (Darnell Dockett, Kendall Hunter), contract disputes (Marshawn Lynch, Alex Boone) and off-field issues (Aldon Smith, Daryl Washington).

Cardinals keep bolstering defensive line, add Ryan McBean | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals aren't done trying to bolster their defensive line. In addition to bringing in veteran defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga, the Cardinals have also agreed to terms with veteran defensive lineman Ryan McBean, a league source tells PFT.

Cardinals find some defensive line depth with Isaac Sopoaga | ProFootballTalk
If at first you don't succeed, try to find a defensive tackle who played on the other end of Pennsylvania. According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals are signing veteran lineman Isaac Sopoaga after working him out this afternoon.

Report: Broncos lose Jordan Norwood to torn ACL | ProFootballTalk
Word from Denver was that wide receiver Jordan Norwood had done enough this summer to have a firm grip on a roster spot as the team's punt returner and sixth wideout, but that status changed on Wednesday.

Rams waive-injured Isaiah Pead after torn ACL | ProFootballTalk
If any of the 31 teams not in St. Louis want to stash running back Isaiah Pead on their roster while he recovers from a torn ACL, they’ll have their chance.

Colts, Eagles swap players they were planning to waive | ProFootballTalk
Well, this is interesting. The Eagles announced Wednesday they had traded rookie tailback David Fluellen to the Colts for rookie placekicker Cody Parkey. Earlier Wednesday, the Eagles said they were waiving Fluellen, a Toledo product.

Top Injury Risks - Draft Analysis -
One of the most important aspects of fantasy football—and one of the most challenging to forecast—is injuries. There’s so much variance with injuries that it becomes really difficult to 1) understand when a player is likely to get injured and 2) use that information in any sort of predictive, quantifiable manner.

Breaking Down Teddy Bridgewater’s Game-Winning Touchdown Drive and Dispelling the ‘It Factor’ Idea | Pre Snap Reads
‘It factor’ It’s a term that is used to describe the indescribable. Something that supposedly every quarterback in the NFL needs to be a strong leader and effective player. It’s also a term that doesn’t need to can’t be explained. That’s the beauty of using the term ‘It factor’, you don’t need to do any work and you don’t need to hold any accountability when confronted with specifics.