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The day before the day before.

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.

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

Chargers speak glowingly about Seahawks CB Richard Sherman - ESPN
"Richard's a great player," Royal said. "I don't think the game changed my opinion about him. It made me have that much more respect for him, and the way he competes. He's a physical player. He's a smart player, and I think he's as good as advertised. "He's one of the best in the game, and there's no question about that in anybody's mind."

Seahawks’ Robert Turbin grateful for increased role | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle running back Robert Turbin scored his first NFL touchdown in the Seahawks’ loss to San Diego. Family tragedies remind Turbin how lucky he is to be playing in the NFL.

Denver Broncos play Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII rematch | The MMQB with Peter King
Broncos general manager John Elway centered his offseason around correcting the weaknesses that Seattle exposed during the 43-8 Super Bowl humiliation. The overwhelming majority of Denver's problems started with the offensive line.

Film Study: Antonio Gates' first TD catch vs. Seattle Seahawks - Bolts From The Blue
Frank Reich (with a likely assist from Mike McCoy) rebounds with a strong game against the Seahawks, and this was one of the best plays - with a dash of veteran seasoning from Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates.

Chalk Talk: How Bills Will Use Sammy Watkins to Attack San Diego Defense | Bleacher Report
The Buffalo Bills (2-0) host the San Diego Chargers (1-1) in Week 3, and the Bills will again look to Sammy Watkins to lead their passing game as he did in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins ...

Seahawks Announce Fan Information for Broncos Game on Sunday
The Seattle Seahawks announced today activities for fans attending Sunday's game versus the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field. All gates and Touchdown City, located in the CenturyLink Field Event Center, open at 10 a.m. and kickoff is 1:25 p.m.

Hostile environment 'Just the way we like it'
Terrance Knighton and the Broncos are embracing their trip to raucous CenturyLink Field for their first road game of the season on Sunday.

Fans vote Seahawks CB Richard Sherman as the NFL's most impactful defensive player

Peyton Manning mostly mum on seeking revenge vs. Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Manning doesn’t have much interest in reliving the past. Denver plays at Seattle Sunday.

Players didn’t want Olympic marijuana standard | ProFootballTalk
The new PED policy was unveiled on Wednesday.  The sheet has yet to be pulled on the new substance-abuse policy.

Thiel: What’s different? Seahawks have 1 week | Sportspress Northwest
Seahawks used the two weeks ahead of the Super Bowl to diagnose the Broncos down to Manning’s eye movements. Now it’s one week. 43-14?

Roger Goodell's NFL Commissioner Job Security Is Up to Team Owners - Businessweek
The playbooks dreamed up by offensive co-ordinators in the NFL can be absurdly complex, stretching over hundreds of pages, elucidating the myriad baroque combinations of different players, running in different patterns from different formations, that can be used to attack an opponent’s defense. The playbook for an NFL commissioner, on the other hand, is relatively simple: (1) Help the owners of the league’s teams make lots of money. (2) Serve as the steady, reassuring public face of the sport. (3) Give manly bro hugs to the beaming new prospects onstage during draft night. (4) Don’t do anything to embarrass the league.

Jerry Rice calls on the 49ers to deactivate Ray McDonald | ProFootballTalk
Jerry Rice, the former 49er considered by many to be the greatest player in NFL history, says his old team is wrong to let a player accused of domestic violence to continue to play.

Revealing the best NFL quarterbacks in the two-minute drill | The MMQB with Peter King
Keith Goldner, With 1:52 left to play in the first half, the Packers trailed the Jets, 21-9, in Week 2. Aaron Rodgers then dialed up a 10-play, 97-yard drive that lasted 1:44 and ended with a Randall Cobb touchdown reception with just eight seconds remaining.

Hoss of the Week: Rolando McClain -
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White has some hardware to hand out. This week, a certain Dallas Cowboys linebacker everyone wrote off gets the coveted Hoss of the Week award.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Philip Rivers
Perusing reaction pieces to the San Diego Chargers' victory over the Seattle Seahawks will provide you with many different voices suggesting that the Chargers developed a rigid plan that can expose the Seahawks defense.

Chargers didn't 'expose' Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman - NFL - ESPN
Study of Seahawks' CB reveals few weaknesses. Do Broncos have a chance?

How Seattle Secondary Will Limit Broncos' Offense in Super Bowl Rematch | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks proved to be mortal by losing to the Chargers last week, marking it Seattle's first defeat since week 16 of the regular season last year.

Grant Cohn: Colin Kaepernick’s reads aren’t right (w/video) | The Press Democrat
Without anyone prompting him or pressing him, Kaepernick said, “They had Cover 3, we got the look we wanted, we just have to make that play.” Coverages again. He didn’t need to go there. And he shouldn’t have, because he was wrong, dead wrong. The Bears were playing Cover 1.

Imagining Football in a Non-NFL World «
There’s probably going to be professional football in 30 years. I just don’t know if that product will be presented to you by the National Football League.

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman gets a laugh out of on-field challenges and off-field insults | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
“It’s really funny,” Sherman says of chatter after the loss at San Diego, when Keenan Allen caught five passes. “Especially when you have little guys like the Chargers guys talking about how they exposed something.”

Seahawks vs. Broncos: Battle of NFL-Worst Third-Down Defenses | Bleacher Report
Super Bowl teams usually sweat the details. Winning championships is less about flashy highlights, and more about attention to those details in critical situations like third down. How each team performs in those moments this Sunday will go a long way toward deciding the outcome. Neither team can be happy about how their defenses are performing on third downs so far.

Seahawks have serious attitude this week - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had a three-word answer Wednesday when asked about the mood of his players heading into Sunday’s Super Bowl rematch with the Denver Broncos.

Person of Interest: Denver's Peyton Manning - Danny, Dave and Moore | 710 ESPN Seattle
A closer look at Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, a person of interest in the Seahawks' Week-3 matchup against Denver. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

RENTON: Expect more Marshawn Lynch against Denver, after “crazy game” of him mostly idling in San Diego | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Signs — and sense — are pointing to the Seahawks unleashing Marshawn Lynch on the Broncos this weekend.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Bears Upset 49ers
Last Sunday night the Bears came back from double digits to beat San Francisco on the road. It was a big win for Chicago, which needed a win after dropping the opener at home to Buffalo and got a memorable performance from Brandon Marshall. But of course, we're here to talk about what happened up front for Chicago.

Official Richard Sherman 25
The key to our team’s success has always been in maintaining a short-term memory.

Common to rare Seahawks losses recently: third-down generosity; Richard Sherman and a llama; expect more Marshawn Lynch | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Pete Carroll doesn’t get too wrapped around statistics, other than the bottom line of the final score. But there are two stats that he plays closer attention to than others.

Referee for Seahawks-Broncos game is Bill Vinovich | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Vinovich’s crew did Seattle’s 42-13 home win over the 49ers in 2012 and the 45-17 win at home against Jacksonville and the 33-10 win at Atlanta last season. So, that’s Seattle 120, opponents 40 in the three Seahawks’ games that Vinovich’s crew has handled the last two years. Vinovich’s crew last year was near the bottom in penalties called per game.

NFL Week 3 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds | FiveThirtyEight
It’s been hard for me to escape the feeling that something’s off about NFL games this year. But that may be the league’s off-field problems coloring my perception of the on-field play — or the inevitable consequence of living in New York City and having the Jets and Giants force-fed into my living room. Statistically, everything has been pretty normal. Through the first two weeks of the season, the average margin of victory has been 12 points — exactly in line with the historical average. There have been a number of upsets, but not any more or fewer than usually occur early in the year.

NFL owners also deserve blame currently being heaped on Roger Goodell | The MMQB with Peter King
The blame game for the missteps surrounding the Ray Rice discipline spans far and wide, certainly beyond the reach of the NFL (Atlantic City’s District Attorney has been criticized for allowing Rice to be placed into a pre-trial diversion program).

A tour of the NFL's Loudest Stadiums -
The Seahawks' CenturyLink Field and its "12th Man" top our rankings of the NFL's loudest stadiums.

Russell Wilson preparing for a very different Denver D | ProFootballTalk
“Their defense, they have DeMarcus Ware now, Von Miller is out there, they have some other players too like T.J. Ward that they signed, and Talib. They’re great football players. It will be a battle all the way to the end, we believe,” Wilson said.

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman was mistaken about no reporters approaching him Sunday. |
Sherman was standing in his dressing stall. His response came to a direct question from my colleague Stefanie Loh. I was next to Loh. We heard him clearly. Sherman was polite about it. We respected his words and moved on.

Wednesday draft notes — Marcus Mariota & Jameis Winston | Seahawks Draft Blog
Greg Bedard at has written a feature on Marcus Mariota’s pro-prospects. The headline for the piece is ‘Everything’s There But the Fire‘.

Focus on: Kevin Norwood
Kevin Norwood is doing everything he can on the practice field to show he’s game ready, but the rookie wide receiver continues to wait his turn to be among the Seahawks’ active players on game day.

Seahawks' Bruce Irvin sorry for 'boneheaded mistake' - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Bruce Irvin is a little lighter in the wallet thanks to a personal-foul penalty that he called a 'boneheaded mistake.' - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Darrell Bevell knows it's a different Denver Broncos defense - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell knows the worst thing he could do this week is formulate a game plan based on what the Seattle Seahawks did in carving up the Denver Broncos' defense in the Super Bowl.

Seahawks have serious attitude this week - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had a three-word answer Wednesday when asked about the mood of his players heading into Sunday’s Super Bowl rematch with the Denver Broncos. "Serious, really serious," Carroll said.

Pass rush from defensive line is key for Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks want to put pressure on the quarterback without blitzing. They weren’t able to get to San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers often on Sunday and now face another QB who gets rid of the ball quickly, Denver’s Peyton Manning on Sunday.

Video: Earl Thomas says 'I love when we have something to prove' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
“We are ready to play right now,” Thomas said. “I love when we have something to prove.”

What the Denver Broncos are saying about facing the Seahawks | - Seattle Sidelines
Are you wondering what folks in Denver are saying about this week's matchup with the Seahawks? Well thanks to the fine folks in the Broncos' media relations department, we've got some comments from Broncos coach John Fox and a handfull of players. Here you go:

Richard Sherman laughs off 'little' Chargers' remarks -
Richard Sherman was on the other end of trash talk after the Seattle Seahawks' loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. The All-Pro cornerback offered up his verbal retort on Wednesday.

Patriots' Rob Gronkowski leads Week 3 snap report -
Rob Gronkowski's snap count is lower than blocking specialist Michael Hoomanawanui's through two games. What else stands out about playing time in this week's snap report?

Is it time to start worrying about Carson Palmer? -
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is working day and night to repair a nerve issue that has left him unable to throw the ball with his usual velocity. Could the issue sideline him indefinitely?

Arizona Cardinals place Jonathan Dwyer on NFI list -
Jonathan Dwyer's season is over. The Arizona Cardinals announced Thursday that the running back has been placed on the team's reserve/non-football illness list.

Broncos are not same team that lost Super Bowl XLVIII -
The Denver Broncos were embarrassed in Super Bowl XLVIII, but they're practically a new team this season. How have offseason additions like DeMarcus Ware helped to rebuild the team?

QB Index: Early season awards -
Andrew Luck is fun to watch. He's also misunderstood. Our early QB awards look at Luck's streakiness, Josh McCown's ugly picks, Tony Romo's shaky start and the guys who are the hardest to decipher.

Drew Stanton on track to start for Cardinals vs. 49ers -
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians acknowledged Wednesday that backup Drew Stanton is on track to start versus the 49ers. Could Carson Palmer miss up to a month with his shoulder injury?

After Further Review: Examining why the Saints defense stinks -
Everybody's marching on the Saints this season. Here's why.

Six for Sunday: Super rematch could be shootout; must-wins for 0-2 teams -
There should be plenty of offense is Sunday's Super Bowl rematch but defense will likely have the final say. Elsewhere, the Colts and Saints face must-win games.

Under new substance-abuse policy, six strikes results in a one-year banishment | ProFootballTalk
With the new PED policy introduced on Wednesday, the new substance-abuse policy still isn't official.  Once it is, a new penalty formula will apply. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, six violations of the policy will result in a one-year suspension.

Kelly bristles at questions about Maclin’s size | ProFootballTalk
“You can’t get everybody to be 6‑5,” Kelly said. “Everybody ideally would like a Megatron‑type guy, but you can’t get all of those guys. You have to make a decision on the direction you’re going and that’s the decision we made. . . . The weight part is the biggest thing for a lot of us in terms of what we are looking at too.”

San Jose police not saying much about McDonald case | ProFootballTalk
With Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy clumsily placed on an exempt list that wasn’t really intended to provide teams with a way to, as a practical matter, suspend players with pay, the 49ers continue to refuse to take action of any kind with defensive end Ray McDonald.

Broadcasters are using Washington team name a lot less | ProFootballTalk
Plenty of fans, media, and league officials are longing for the good old days, when the NFL's biggest controversy centered on the inevitability that the Washington franchise will, at some point, have a new name.

Peyton Manning unplugged on young QBs, retirement, pizza, golf, more | The MMQB with Peter King
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The challenge of interviewing Peyton Manning is coming up with something new to ask. He might be the most interviewed athlete of this generation. Over the past few years, I’ve struggled to find something—anything—that he hasn’t talked about in a while. Or ever.

Matt Bowen's Week 3 NFL Film Study | Bleacher Report
Every Thursday, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen brings you his film study: a breakdown of the league from multiple angles.