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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 1 DVOA Ratings
You love them when your team is high! You hate them when your team is low! Once again, the famous Football Outsiders DVOA and DAVE ratings return for 2014.
Seattle Seahawks offense still evolving around Percy Harvin, Russell Wilson - NFL - SI.com
After the Seattle Seahawks trounced the Green Bay Packers 36-16 in last Thursday's season-opener, there was a lot of talk about Seattle's offensive gimmickry, especially when Percy Harvin was on the field. Harvin, as he has done since he was a highly-prized high-school recruit (a certain USC head coach named Pete Carroll wanted Harvin badly), created spatial mismatches all over the field, forcing defenders to focus on him to their detriment, and expanding that detriment if they didn't.
Chalk Talk: Ricardo Lockette's 33-yard touchdown - Brock and Salk | 710 ESPN Seattle
Coach Pete Carroll identifies the second half of the 2012 season as the time when the Seahawks' use of the read option was at its most effective.
Seahawks unanimous No. 1 in latest AP Pro32 - US News
The Seattle Seahawks didn't need a "Fail Mary" to beat the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. They sure didn't do anything to lose their spot atop the AP Pro32 rankings.
How former Seahawks fared on opening weekend of NFL season | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Much was made in the off-season about the Seahawks that got away, either via free agency or in salary cap-cutting moves.
Market for Maxwell is set, but will Hawks want to pay $5 million a year? | Find everything that's being said about the Seattle Seahawks
When Byron Maxwell finally made the Packers pay by picking off a pass from Aaron Rodgers in the opener Thursday, the immediate thought was: If teams keep throwing at him like that, he will end up in the Pro Bowl alongside Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
Up next: San Diego Chargers
The team that hosted the NFL season opener on Thursday night (the Seahawks) and team that played on the road in the final game of Kickoff Weekend (the Chargers) meet in San Diego on Sunday.
Focus on: Bobby Wagner
Bobby Wagner opened the 2014 regular season the same way he closed the 2013 postseason – by producing double-digit tackles in the Seahawks’ 36-16 victory over the Packers on Thursday night.
Bobby Wagner sees big things for Seattle Seahawks LBs - ESPN
"I felt like I had a lot of tackles," Wagner said after practice Monday. "Sometimes they don't see all the tackles, but I knew if I had anything less than 10 then something is wrong."
Greg Cosell's Week 1 Analysis: Dolphins' plan shut down New England | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: In Week 1, you'll see some interesting game plans. That's what happens when you have five months to prepare for an opponent. The Miami Dolphins clearly took advantage of the extra time and had an effective game plan for the Patriots, on both sides of the ball.
St. Louis Rams can learn from Minnesota Vikings' sweeps - ESPN
If someone had promised the St. Louis Rams that they would hold Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to 75 yards on 21 carries in the season opener, they probably would have taken it without a second thought.
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington s injury limits mobility in win - ESPN
"I wasn't full speed," he said. "My quickness, I had some quickness going from right to left, but it was a little harder going from left to right."
5 cents worth: Seahawks seek new nickel back for Sunday in San Diego; Chargers blow 11-point lead late last night | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks were in nickel defense — with five defensive backs and two linebackers instead of their base four DBs and three linebackers — on 57 of 62 defensive snaps against Green Bay in the opener. That’s why linebacker Malcolm Smith was a non-factor; he was on the sideline watching nickel back Jeremy Lane play.
Eagles reportedly add Wade Smith to battered O-line - NFL.com
The Philadelphia Eagles are taking action to beef up a paper-thin offensive line by agreeing to terms with Wade Smith. The former Pro Bowl guard had stints with both Houston and Seattle in the past six months.
Rookie Watch: Brandin Cooks on top after Week 1 - NFL.com
Coming out of Week 1, Saints X-factor Brandin Cooks looms as this year's most versatile offensive weapon. The New Orleans wideout tops our "Rookie Watch" list. Who else turned in strong NFL debuts?
Winners and Losers from Week 1 - NFL.com
The NFC East could be just as bad as you expected. That's great news for the Philadelphia Eagles. Find out the other biggest winners and losers from Week 1.
Coach Killers, Week 1: Can the Bears count on Jay Cutler? - CBSSports.com
Coach Killers is your weekly look around the league at those performances, decisions and 'Wait, what did he just do?!' moments that put the guy in charge squarely on the ol' hot seat.
Domestic violence expert: Goodell, NFL need to start all over again | The MMQB with Peter King
An expert who helped Roger Goodell craft the league’s new policy says Ray Rice was a big step back, Ray McDonald should not be playing, and the NFL’s leaders need to speak out, loudly, strongly and immediately
Agent's Take: The Top 12 new deals to know this season & earliest exit points - CBSSports.com
Want to know when the Bengals can cut ties with Andy Dalton? The Bears and Jay Cutler? Joel Corry examines the top offseason deals and highlights the earliest exit points for teams.
NFL Power Rankings: Can Cards make it a 3-team race in tough NFC West? - CBSSports.com
If you believe the Super Bowl goes through the NFC West -- as many do -- the Cardinals are looking to join the party atop the division with the Seahawks and Niners.
Bruce Arians: Targeting a specific receiver is “interceptions waiting to happen” | ProFootballTalk
After Monday night's 18-17 Cardinals win, Larry Fitzgerald Sr. tweeted that we had just seen "the politics and business of football" at work. That's presumably in reference to his son seeing four targets from Carson Palmer during Arizona's win, something that Palmer said the younger Fitzgerald di...
Goodell: I assumed there was another video but didn’t see it | ProFootballTalk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reiterated what the league has been saying repeatedly in the 36 hours since footage of Ray Rice punching his wife first surfaced: The NFL didn't see the video until the rest of the world did.
Allen Hurns and the Best Week 1 Games By Rookie Wide Receivers
Jacksonville’s Allen Hurns led all players in the preseason with 232 receiving yards. The 6’3, 195 receiver had a breakout senior year with Miami(FL) — in fact, he set a school record for receiving yards in a season — but that was not enough to get him selected in May’s draft.
Big Blue Goes Gray: Everything We Learned From the First Two ‘Monday Night Football’ Games «
On Monday, the returns on two new offenses came in with drastically different results. As you can probably tell from the 35-14 final score, the revamped Detroit Lions came through with flying colors. Eli Manning and the New York Giants? Whatever the opposite of flying colors is, that’s what they did. For all the changes they reportedly made during the offseason, on Monday, Big Blue was hopelessly grounded and gray.
Waiver Wire: Week 2's top pickups - Rotoworld.com
Waiver Wire: Week 2's top pickups. Adam Levitan examines the best players to pick up heading into Week 2.
Waiver Wire: Week 2 - Waiver Wired - Rotoworld.com
Adam Levitan has a breakdown of the Ravens' running back situation and notes on 34 players to consider adding to your team in Waiver Wired.
NY Jets must make most of Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory to have chance to beat Packers - NY Daily News
The Packers’ front seven is an awful mess that emanated a foul odor for four quarters in the Pacific Northwest last week. They perfected the fine art of poor tackling, substandard gap discipline and penalties in an embarrassing season-opening loss to the Seahawks, giving the Jets an obvious blueprint to silence the Cheeseheads this weekend.
The Booth Review - 49ers vs. Cowboys: "The only thing that matters is what we do today. Let’s show them who the 49ers are." - Patrick Willis - Niners Nation
Football is finally back and so is 'The Booth Review'! The San Francisco 49ers left the Lone Star State with a convincing 28-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. What did we learn? Read on, Faithful.