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Otto Greule Jr

Thank goodness it's TGIF, everyone.

Uffsides: Week 2 NFL picks and predictions - SBNation.com
Matt Ufford and the crew preview and pick favorites for Steelers-Ravens, Patriots-Vikings, Falcons-Bengals, Bears-49ers, and Eagles-Colts. Also, someone wears a wig, and we stumble upon a Super...

49ers 101: The smash concept - Niners Nation
We begin our series on the 49ers' most commonly used offensive concepts by looking at their preferred way to pick-up big chunks of yards in the passing game.

Broncos & Seahawks Week 1 All-22 Film Breakdown | Jim Light Football
Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season is in the books. The conference champions from last season got off to great starts in their opening games. I’m going to breakdown plays from the Seahawks and Broncos games that were key in leading those teams to week 1 victories.

Earl Thomas accepts loss of punt return duties, but doesn't necessarily agree with decision | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
“It’s not about me, it’s about the team,” Thomas said. “So I just took it that way. I’m all in, no matter what the situation is. B-Walt, he’s a great returner, he deserves it, he’s been working hard. It doesn’t always happen like you want it to, but I know I’m still up as far as situationally. I’m always going to be prepared. I know I’m going to impact this team as far as punt returns in a positive way. I have full faith in my capability, and I’m not worried about anything.”

Rams QB Spray Charts: Where were Hill & Davis throwing the most? - Turf Show Times
Let's take a look not at who the Rams QB were targeting but where they were throwing.

Rams Rookie Report: Who Shined and Who Disappointed? - Turf Show Times
Six rookies played for the Rams in the season opener. Who outplayed their draft status? Who failed to live up to the hype thus far?

Larry Fitzgerald's knee limited him vs. Chargers - Revenge of the Birds
His use and playing time can be explained some by the injury.

People are scared to throw footballs at Richard Sherman, so they throw shade instead | For The Win
There’s one simple test that determines whether a defender is a shutdown corner: If an opponent throws passes his way, he’s not. If an opponent avoids his side of the field entirely, he is.

Will Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin pray for Chargers backup center? - ESPN
Last week when Green Bay Packers rookie center Corey Linsley had to make his first NFL start at CenturyLink Field against the Seahawks, Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin said he would pray for him.

NFL Week 2 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds | FiveThirtyEight
It’s a cliche: Every game counts in a league that plays just 16 of them. But Benjamin Morris’s findings in his debut Skeptical Football column were nevertheless striking: A Week 1 or Week 2 game can affect an NFL team’s chances of making the playoffs by as much as 20 or 30 percent.

Earl Thomas: 'I know I could be one of the best returners in the league' - Danny O'Neil | 710 ESPN Seattle
Earl Thomas didn't try to talk coach Pete Carroll out of the decision to change punt returners.

Philip Rivers plans to throw in Richard Sherman’s direction | ProFootballTalk
The Packers avoided throwing to Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's side of the field in last Thursday nights loss, choosing to put Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb on the other side and letting Sherman have the left side of the field to himself.

Person of Interest: San Diego's Philip Rivers - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
A closer look at Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, a person of interest in the Seahawks' Week-2 matchup against San Diego. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Earl Thomas Shares Seattle Seahawks' Formula for a Super Bowl Repeat | Bleacher Report
Where there's a will, there's a way.

Heat awaits Seahawks in San Diego | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Not only will the Seahawks have to play in front of a hostile crowd in San Diego Sunday, but they will also be greeted by a pretty hot day — Weather.com is calling for 92 degrees on Sunday, with some other forecasts predicting it could be even a little bit warmer.

An extraordinary day at Seahawks headquarters, and in the NFL | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Wednesday is the busiest non-game day of the NFL week. In Renton Pete Carroll has his weekly press conference. The opposing coach and star player have a teleconference with the Seattle-area media. Usually at about the same time all that is going on the locker room is open for interviews for the only half hour of the day, before a practice and then interview periods with assistant coaches.

NFL Preview - Seattle (1-0) at San Diego (0-1) (ET) | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Forgive the swagger but the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will arrive in San Diego for their road opener with some added confidence.

NFP power rankings | National Football Post
The defending champs claim the top spot following their dismantling of the Green Bay Packers.

Le'Veon Bell, Devin Hester players to watch in Week 2 - NFL.com
Devin Hester and Chris Johnson are among the players we are excited to watch in Week 2. Find out who else made the list after jumping off the Game Rewind film in Week 1.

Weekend flashback | National Football Post
Breaking down the big NFL and college football stories from this past weekend.

Cardinals GM: Andre Ellington like Jamaal Charles, CJ2K - NFL.com
General manager Steve Keim told the "Move The Sticks Podcast" on Wednesday that Andre Ellington can be the Cardinals' version of Jamaal Charles or Chris Johnson. Is that a reasonable comparison?

New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers share problems on defense | The MMQB with Peter King
Two perennial playoff contenders, the Patriots and Packers, both laid eggs in their season openers, most notably on the defensive side of the ball. Green Bay surrendered 36 points and 398 yards (207 rushing) to the Seahawks in front of a national television audience.

Grading Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin, Allen Hurns and Isaiah Crowell | The MMQB with Peter King
By Keith Goldner, numberFire.com Kevin Ogletree. Julius Thomas. Frisman Jackson. Every year we see a few players explode with huge performances in Week 1. A lot of times, they’re highly touted rookies—players such as Adrian Peterson, Ladainian Tomlinson and Chris Johnson.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Saints' Defensive Schemes
In 2012, the New Orleans Saints had the worst defense in the NFL by DVOA. That defense was severely limited by a secondary that lacked athleticism, versatility and technique

Betting Bad: Thinking About Uncertainty in Prediction
Barack Obama was not the only winner in the 2012 presidential election. Nate Silver, now founder and editor in chief of Five Thirty Eight, and other stats-y election forecasters basked in the praise that came when the returns matched their predictions.

NFL's worst contracts by position | NFL | Sporting News
When looking at bad contracts, it’s best to focus on a few categories. How much a player was overvalued at the time of signing, how flexible the contract is for the team to reduce salary, and what type of protection the player has from the “dead money” (money already paid but unaccounted for on the salary cap) that helps prevent his release are all factors. So here are the worst contracts at every position in the NFL.