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Matt Bowen's NFL Regular-Season Film Preview | Bleacher Report
Former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen previews the start of the 2014 regular season with a focus on scheme and personnel in the film room.

San Francisco 49ers Red Zone Offense
I charted every offensive play the San Francisco 49ers ran in the red zone (25yd-GL), for all 19 of their Regular Season and Playoff games in 2013.  This report of the 2013 49ers’ red zone offense presents some of my charted data and will provide an idea of what the 49ers did, how they did it, and who they did it with in the red zone. The report is broken down in to 5 sections; play calling philosophy, run game, pass game, tendencies by personnel grouping and a conclusion.  Please make note that these stats are based on Kaepernick’s starts.  Therefore, in this report 2012 refers to a 10 game sample size and 2013 refers to a 19 game sample size.

Seahawks standouts: Champs wrap up the preseason - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Let’s face it, Thursday night’s preseason finale was a clunker.

Oakland Raiders' Derek Carr stands out in win over Seattle Seahawks - San Jose Mercury News
Derek Carr needed to be perfect to insert himself into the starting quarterback debate for the Raiders.

Carr's 3 TDs Lead Raiders Past Seahawks 41-31 - ABC News
With a fabulous finish to the preseason, rookie Derek Carr created a big question for the Oakland Raiders heading into the regular season.

Seahawks scored on 11 of 13 drives led by Russell Wilson this preseason | ProFootballTalk
After leading the Seattle Seahawks to their first Super Bowl victory last February, quarterback Russell Wilson appears to have elevated him game significantly entering his third season in the NFL.

Seahawks Fall to Raiders 41-31 in Final Preseason Game
The Seahawks conclude the final preseason game with a 41-31 loss against Oakland.

Seahawks close out preseason on a down note, losing 41-31 to Oakland - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The best thing about Seattle's preseason finale: it's over.

Observation Deck: Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
In the most meaningless of four meaningless games, the Seattle Seahawks gave up five touchdowns in an ugly first half, including four TD passes, to end the preseason with a 41-31 loss to the Oakland Raiders at the Coliseum.

Seahawks stumble in exhibition finale at Oakland | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Oakland rookie Derek Carr throws three touchdown passes as Raiders earn 41-31 victory, the most points the Seahawks have allowed in an exhibition game in Pete Carroll’s tenure.

OAKLAND: Offense shines, defense doesn’t; Pryor a wild card in Seahawks’ 41-31 exhibition loss at Oakland | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Good thing for the Seahawks the only thing this one counts for is individual roster spots – and not the team’s defense of its Super Bowl title.

Five observations from Seahawks' preseason finale | - Sports
That's it. The preseason is now finished for the Seahawks, who lost 41-31 in Oakland Thursday night, so now we can all turn our focus to games that matter, starting with next week's opener against Green Bay.

NFL Network to debut 'America's Game' Seahawks' documentary Wednesday | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
If you are at all like me, then you love the "America’s Game" documentaries on NFL Network, the hour-long shows that profile every Super Bowl champion. I’ve seen every one, and some on multiple occasions.

2014 NFL preseason recap: Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Jurrell Casey | The MMQB with Peter King
There are couple things to keep in mind as the NFL closes out its exhibition season (that’s what it is, not the “preseason” as the NFL prefers) Thursday night. The last exhibition games are about the future and the bottom of the roster, nothing more.

NFL front offices are taking care of final touches before 2014 season | The MMQB with Peter King
We have reached the time of year when NFL teams transition to in-season mode. The long, arduous process of roster assembling will be largely completed by the end of this week.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Cordarrelle Patterson
It's only natural that rookies are the primary focus for those of us who spend time watching preseason NFL games.

Bruce Arians delegates play calling in preseason finale | ProFootballTalk
Be wary of playing poker with the man in the Kangol. Arizona head coach Brian Arians gave play calling duties to offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin in preseason finale against San Diego, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' website reported Thursday night.

Unstable Divisions —
The AFC East was a very stable division over the past two years. The Patriots won 12 games in 2012 and 12 more in 2013. The Bills, with six wins in 2013, also repeated their 2012 win total. Miami won 7 games in 2012, and then 8 last year. And the Jets followed up a 6-10 season in 2012 with an 8-8 season last year. That’s about as stable as a division can get. The four teams saw their win totals move by an aggregate of just three wins, making the 2012-2013 AFC East the most stable division since realignment.

Josh Gordon is a victim of the NFL's discipline delusion -
Games need rules, and leagues need to enforce them. That's not quite what the NFL is doing in upholding its year-long suspension of Josh Gordon.

Michael Sam: I'm very confident I'll be on an NFL roster -
Michael Sam racked up six tackles in the St. Louis Rams' final preseason game. Who stands in the way of the rookie surviving final roster cuts?

Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel show signs of life -
It came against Chicago's backups, but the Browns quarterbacking duo of Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel combined for Cleveland's best night yet against the Bears.

Blake Bortles finishes preseason with long touchdown -
Blake Bortles concluded his preseason with another strong showing. Should the Jaguars rookie quarterback be the Week 1 starter?

Predicting every NFL game: Here's how the season plays out -
Given the information at hand, here are predictions, including final scores, for the entire 2014 NFL season including the playoffs.

Jarrett Boykin has taken next step for Packers -
Coach Mike McCarthy says Jarrett Boykin is coming off an excellent training camp and has clearly "taken the next step." Will the wide receiver help the Packers become the NFL's best offense?