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Andrew Luck wasn't the biggest failure on Monday night. | : Kenneth Arthur Article
It's easy to boil down NFL wins or losses to one key play or unusual moment because it makes for dramatic and interesting theater, but football is more complicated than that -- the scapegoats and heroes aren't always so obvious. Here's how we saw things shake out in Week 2.

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Seahawks participation report: Lynch, Chancellor, Miller all sit out | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Three new — and big — names were included on Seattle’s injury list Wednesday.

Pete Carroll: Seahawks defense "anxious to bounce back"
Key takeaways from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll's Wednesday meeting with the media.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: 'I don't think we felt like we played like we can' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll met the media today at the VMAC for his regular Wednesday press conference in advance of Sunday’s Super Bowl rematch with the Denver Broncos.

One Seahawks’ advantage against Peyton Manning’s Broncos is the same one they had in Super Bowl: noise | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks are back on the practice field today at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton after yesterday’s hiatus. We talk to Denver coach John Fox and a Broncos players, presumably Peyton Manning, just after noon on a conference call. Then Pete Carroll holds his weekly Wednesday press conference, the locker room is open for interviews and Richard Sherman is scheduled to speak before practice early this afternoon.

A bunch of Seattle-Denver odds | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
You want some odds and betting props on the NFL and the Seattle-Denver game Sunday? Well, Bovada’s got ‘em, and we’re passing them along:

San Francisco 49ers bounce back after loss under Jim Harbaugh - ESPN
In three years under Jim Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers are 37-12-1 in the regular season, a .755 winning percentage.

Was Seahawks CB Richard Sherman exposed at San Diego? - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman disputed the idea that he was exposed in the 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Was he?

Seahawks making their way through an early quarterback gauntlet - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
'This is as hard as it can get,' Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said about beginning the season against three of the NFL's most prolific quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Focus on: Bobby Wagner
Bobby Wagner plays the spot that is supposed to lead the defense in tackles, but with the Seahawks’ third-year middle linebacker, it’s more the way he plays the position that is leading to so many tackles.

Staying on Schedule: The Chargers’ Ball-Control Success "
If you want to be an offensive coordinator, you should know that a prerequisite for the job is using the phrase "stay on schedule" as often as possible. It refers to a widely held notion that what teams do on first and second down directly plays into what they can do on third down.

Road Worriers – The Seattle Seahawks Have Yet To Master Away Games - Oregon Sports News
Well that was a bit of a head scratcher. The defending world champion Seattle Seahawks sourly dropped a lop-sided road game in San Diego on Sunday to the tune of 30 – 21. Coming off of their season-opening thrashing of the Green Bay Packers, Seattle took their talents on the road to southern California and shriveled like raisins in the heat.

Broncos, Seahawks each will have new look in rematch
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Barely seven months have passed since the Super Bowl, yet the teams that will meet Sunday at CenturyLink Field for the first regular-season Super Bowl rematch since 1996 will look

Former Seahawks Holmgren, Knox, Alexander among 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Three coaches and four players with ties to the Seahawks were on the list of nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015, which was revealed tonight.

San Diego Chargers offer blueprint for beating Seattle Seahawks -
How did the Chargers crack the code? That's the question I asked myself after witnessing the San Diego Chargers' 30-21 win over the Seattle Seahawks from my press box seat in Qualcomm Stadium. While I wasn't completely surprised the Chargers were able to take down the Seahawks on their home field, I never anticipated Philip Rivers and Co. rolling up 377 yards of total offense and scoring 30 points on a defense that's been nearly impenetrable for the past two seasons.

Report: Broncos will get Wes Welker back for Seahawks - Mile High Report
Wes Welker's suspension is finally... you know the drill.

NFL picks, Week 3: Can the Bills and Texans stay undefeated? -
Is it possible that the Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans can stay undefeated this week? Sure it is, and a few members of SB Nation's "expert" panel think they will. Our panel weighs in on those two games and the rest of the Week 3 action.

Absurd Power Rankings: NFL defensive coordinators' babysitting ability -
Rob Ryan is not the worst option, somehow!

Thoughts on Robert Quinn's Contract Extension with the Rams | Over the Cap
The numbers are now in for the Rams star Defensive End Robert Quinn and it’s a very interesting contract that I think benefits both sides. First let us go over the particulars of the contract. Quinn receives a signing bonus worth $4,776,774 to go along with a guaranteed base salary of $608,608 (prorated from a base rate of $646,646) and a guaranteed roster bonus in 2015 of $10,233,201. That brings Quinn’s full guarantee to $15,618,583. The reason for the small bonus and salary in 2014 is likely to maintain a near identical salary cap charge as the Rams are right up against the salary cap this year, though in general the Rams are not a team big on the signing bonus.

Cave-in or How to Score a Touchdown Under Constant Duress | sports fool
People, Seahawks fans that is, do not want Russell Okung to be bad. I do not want Russell Okung to be bad. Some people, like myself, once upon a time invested that petty, fragile thing reputation into propping, pimping and eventually defending Okung–but, jeez Louise, who cares now? We Seahawks fans do not want Russell Okung to be bad because we want the Seahawks to be good, and as a left tackle, and as Pro Bowl left tackle, if now years removed, Okung is supposed to be important if not vital to the Seahawks success. Join that perception to the fear that maybe this defense will not repeat as league’s best, and an increased burden falls on Okung and the Seahawks offense.

Richard Sherman Week 3 Press Conference
Seahawks corner back Richard Sherman talks with the media as the team prepares to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field.

Pete Carroll Week 3 Wednesday Press Conference
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks with the media as the team gets back to practice and begin preparing for their match up with the Broncos.

NFL Power Rankings Week 3: Bengals on top for first time ... ever |
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New PED policy reinstates only three players (and not Dion Jordan) | ProFootballTalk
Yes, the NFL and NFLPA finally have worked out a new drug policy.  Yes, players who tested positive in the offseason for stimulants banned under the PED policy will be reinstated.

It's time for Roger Goodell, NFL to answer domestic violence criticism | The MMQB with Peter King
NEW YORK—A source with knowledge of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s mindset this week said something today that is very bad news for the 2014 playing status of Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy: "Roger has determined that he will be a leader in the domestic-violence space.

NFL team owners and Roger Goodell failing to be leaders in tough times | The MMQB with Peter King
Upon further review, maybe Mark Cuban had it right. Not that the NFL is headed for implosion in another 10 years, or that oversaturating the game on TV will prove to be the league’s big misstep looming on the horizon. That kind of doomsday scenario is far from likely.

Despite Carson Palmer's uncertain status, Cardinals won't add QB -
Drew Stanton, who started the Cardinals' Week 2 road win over the Giants, is scheduled to start Sunday vs. the 49ers

What is the Exempt List? -
Adrian Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List on Wednesday. That led to the question: What exactly is the Exempt List?

Nine things to watch on 'Thursday Night Football' -
Matt Ryan followed up maybe his best career performance with a lackluster one Sunday. Josh McCown is still looking for traction in Tampa Bay. Who faces more pressure going into 'Thursday Night Football'?