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The MMBM: Rise of the lunch pail players -
It was a rough Sunday in the NFL, with stars like RG3, Ryan Mathews and others getting hurt. PFT Commenter celebrates the lunch pail players who took over.

SAN DIEGO: Hurry-up jolts mostly idled Seahawks’ offense to (brief) life; how often will it return? | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Will the Seattle Seahawks make next week’s Super Bowl rematch be almost completely huddle-free?

Tale of the Tape for NFL Week 2 | Bleacher Report
Throughout the 2014 regular season, former defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you an X's and O's look at the pro game. Here are his five key plays from the Week 2 Sunday NFL schedule.

Jim Harbaugh gives Levi's crowd lukewarm review -
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters on Monday that the crowd at new Levi's Stadium "could be improved" after the team's home opener loss to the Chicago Bears.

NFL Week 2: It's like old times as Chargers stun Seahawks - LA Times
Unfazed by the challenge of knocking off the defending Super Bowl champions, the San Diego Chargers leaned on a nostalgic combination to beat the Seattle Seahawks, 30-21, before a raucous, sun-splashed crowd at Qualcomm Stadium. Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates. Times three.

Chargers turn Seahawks’ swagger to stagger | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks’ loss on a sweltering day in San Diego drives home one point: Seattle will get every opponent’s best shot.

Philip Rivers’ performance puts Seahawks defense in redemption mode
Monday metatarsal musings: What Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates were able to do on Sunday just doesn’t happen to the Seahawks’ defense, which now must take steps to insure it doesn’t happen again.

Jim Harbaugh reacts to plea of California official to sit Ray McDonald - ESPN
"There’s been a lot of public speculation and people weighing in with their opinion, whether it’s a public figure or people through social media," Harbaugh said in his weekly news conference. "Our response would be, we have two principles at play here and one is respect for due process and we’re not going to flinch based on public speculation."

Morning After: Seahawks next face Broncos, ready for revenge | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
If the Seahawks thought San Diego was fired up, they haven’t seen anything yet. Here comes a Denver Broncos team fuming from their embarrassing Super Bowl loss.

Hugh Millen analysis: 4 key things I saw in the Seahawks’ loss | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Kam Chancellor’s struggles, Antonio Gates’ alignment, Philip Rivers’ quick checkdowns, and the fly sweep’s ineffectiveness all contributed to the Seahawks’ struggles against San Diego.

Quotes from Denver coach John Fox | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s what Denver coach John Fox had to say when he met the media today, talking about his team’s 24-17 win over Kansas City Sunday and looking ahead to the game at Seattle this Sunday:

Pro Football Focus reviews the game | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
—  As PFF details.when Seattle chose not to blitz, Philip Rivers had his way, going 24 of 27 for 234 yards and a +6.3 rating. — Seattle simply couldn’t get the ball enough to Marshawn Lynch. As PFF writes, Lynch "continued his dominant running inside with a +3.1 grade with runs between the guards."

Seahawks second toughts | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are five more notes, quotes and thoughts on the game that was Sunday in San Diego as the Chargers beat the Seahawks 30-31:

Was Seahawks' Richard Sherman really 'exposed' in Sunday's loss? | - Seattle Sidelines
While Sherman did himself no favors by blowing off the media in San Diego—if a player is going to be brash and talk a little (or a lot) of good-natured trash, a trait of Sherman’s I’ve repeatedly defended, for what it’s worth, then he shouldn’t clam up after a rare loss—to say he was exposed is a bit of a reach. The Chargers never tested him deep, let alone beat him down field, and pretty much every catch on him was an underneath route. The way the Seahawks play defense, their cornerbacks are generally supposed to funnel receivers towards the middle of the field where linebackers and safeties can clean up, and not giving up big plays in priority No. 1.

AFC North now the NFL's toughest division? -
Opening with three straight games inside the AFC North, John Harbaugh knows what he's up against. "We may be in the best division in football," the Ravens coach said Monday. Is he right?

Jim Harbaugh gives Levi's crowd lukewarm review -
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters on Monday that the crowd at new Levi's Stadium "could be improved" after the team's home opener loss to the Chicago Bears.

Bruce Arians: John Abraham returning to Cardinals -
John Abraham has decided to stick with the game. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that the veteran pass rusher will rejoin the team Tuesday after taking a leave from the team.

Seven plays that explain Week 2 -
Each week, the Around The NFL crew will choose the plays that defined Sunday. Week 2's action included heroics from Antonio Gates, Rolando McClain and Cam Newton. Who else made an impact?

NFL QB | Longform -
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Injury roundup: Ryan Mathews out 4-5 weeks -
Chargers runner Ryan Mathews was carted off against the Seahawks with a knee injury and did not return. The early diagnosis is he sprained his MCL. Here's some other injury news from a busy Monday.

Monday notes — about PFF, Shawn Oakman, Eric Striker & more | Seahawks Draft Blog
Pro Football Focus received a lot of attention this summer when broadcaster Cris Collinsworth bought a stake in it. In many ways it further legitimised the product. We’re going to be hearing even more about PFF’s grades as a consequence. Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times dedicated a lengthy blog post to their breakdown of the defeat in San Diego.

Report: Tavon Austin could miss two weeks with MCL sprain | ProFootballTalk
The Rams could be without Tavon Austin for the rest of September. The good news? It's possible he may miss just one game. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports Austin, the Rams' 2013 first-round pick, is expected to miss "roughly two weeks" with a sprained MCL suffered in Sunday's win at Tampa Bay...

49ers’ respect for due process is inconsistent | ProFootballTalk
As we continue to parse what NFL teams mean when they say they'll afford players "due process" before taking disciplinary action, the case of 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald is drawing increased scrutiny.

Giants lose Walter Thurmond for season with torn pectoral | ProFootballTalk
A bad start to the season for the Giants just got worse.

Checkdowns: Quarterback-Receiver Touchdown Pairings
A good article today from our pal Neil Paine, who asks whether Antonio Gates is the second best tight end in NFL history. I won’t weigh in on that subject, but after catching three touchdowns against the Seahawks on Sunday, Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates have now connected on 63 touchdown passes.

The Overlooked Career Of Antonio Gates, The Second-Best Tight End Ever | FiveThirtyEight
The Seattle Seahawks rarely have a hard time stopping any opposing offensive player. During last year’s playoffs alone, over the course of three successive games they shut down New Orleans’ star tight end Jimmy Graham, short-circuited San Francisco’s entire passing game, and humiliated Denver’s Peyton Manning (arguably the best quarterback ever). But on Sunday, the "Legion of Boom" had no answers for San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who caught three touchdown passes in an upset victory over the defending Super Bowl champs.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 2
Each Sunday, the FO staff sends around e-mails about the games that each of us are watching. We share information about the games that the rest of the group might not be watching, ask questions, and keep everyone else informed about which games they might want to turn into (if they can).

Monday Morning MD | National Football Post
The new NFL drug testing policy is not what it appears to be.

NFL Week 2 Wrap: A Tale of Two Cities "
Week 2 showed why you shouldn’t jump to conclusions after one week of football. Five teams won by 15 points or more in Week 1, and on Sunday, four of them — the Vikings, Lions, Seahawks, and Titans — lost their second game by an average of more than 16 points. (The fifth, Philadelphia, plays tonight at Indianapolis.) Austin Davis, Drew Stanton, and Kirk Cousins each won games as their team’s primary passer. Two of the top six scoring running backs in fantasy football were Knile Davis and Bobby Rainey. Whatever that was in San Francisco last night happened. And I’ll have to check my records, but I’m pretty sure every single player on every single fantasy football team in America got injured.