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Team championship tattoos: the ultimate sign of fandom - ESPN
HALFWAY THROUGH LAST season's Super Bowl, when Percy Harvin housed an 87-yard kickoff return to put the Seahawks up 29-0, Christopher "Goofy" Kingman realized he had made a mistake. The night before the game, Kingman had gotten a giant tattoo of the Broncos' logo on his back with the words "XLVIII Champs" underneath. "I have a history of bad decisions," says the 29-year-old Tucson native, who also has a tattoo of the Chinese character for "stupid" on his leg. (He thought it said "goofy," like his nickname.) His best friend, a fellow fan who helped him come up with the tattoo, "hates looking at me now," Kingman says with a sigh.

This Is Our Youth: Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck Change the QB Game | Rolling Stone
Deep thoughts and quick slants from Week 3 in the National Football League

Pittsburgh is scrambling to find defensive replacements. | : Kenneth Arthur Article
Even though they easily beat the Carolina Panthers, the Pittsburgh Steelers may need to put their "return to the playoffs" plan on hold after this Sunday. Or at least, they'll need to go to Plan C. The Steelers entered Week 3 as probably the healthiest team in the NFL. They will have to enter Week 4 with three new starters on defense after Ryan Shazier, Jarvis Jones, and Ike Taylor played the hokey-pokey with various body parts and lost.

Manning Up: The countdown for all-time TD record reaches ten - Mile High Report
Peyton Manning needs just ten more touchdown passes to surpass Brett Favre's all-time record. Breaking down the two touchdowns against the Seahawks, which inched him two closer to the record.

A Tale of Two Halves: What Is Going On With the Niners? «
The San Francisco 49ers are a mess. During Jim Harbaugh’s first three seasons as Niners head coach, his team was 22-0 with a lead of more than seven points at halftime. They’ve now blown such leads in consecutive weeks, having given up a 10-point lead1 to the Bears in Week 2 before allowing the Cardinals to come back from an eight-point deficit Sunday.

Why Andrew Luck is clearly better than Russell Wilson - NFL - ESPN
Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris declared Sunday what quite a few Seattle Seahawks fans have been saying for some time, that Russell Wilson is simply better than Andrew Luck, no matter what evaluators thought about them heading into the 2012 NFL draft.

No one in the NFL has an answer for Russell Wilson | For The Win
Russell Wilson is the best quarterback in the NFL today.

Lamarr Houston says Colin Kaepernick used n-word, but more a 'cultural thing' - Niners Nation
Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston was flagged for inappropriate language on Monday. After the game, this gave him an opportunity to talk about Colin Kaepernick's penalty.

Around The NFL's Week 3 winners and losers -
DeMarco Murray, Bruce Arians and a new Austin on the block are some of the big winners from Week 3. Around The NFL's Gregg Rosenthal also details who had a rough past seven days, including the Dolphins.

Tablets: Too Complex for NFL's 'Old' Folks - WSJ
Tablets Have Replaced Playbooks, Which Is a Bit of a Problem for the League's Veterans

Breaking Down the Seahawks' Blueprint for Making Peyton Manning Look Ordinary | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks defense is usually either humbling or humiliating for its opponents. That’s been true for a while now, and we’re at the point where anything less than dominance feels like failure.

Wk 3 What'd We Learn: Seahawks | NFL Now

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 3 DVOA Ratings
This week, the Cincinnati Bengals sit atop the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings for only the second week ever. Yes, that's right: going all the way back to 1989, we find only one other week where Cincinnati topped our DVOA ratings, exactly nine years ago. In Week 3 of 2005, the undefeated Bengals were on top with 69.6% DVOA.

Ricardo Lockette flaunting just how far he has come
Ricardo Lockette’s transformation from a really fast guy who couldn’t play to a player who uses his speed to make big plays was on display in the Seahawks’ overtime victory against the Broncos on Sunday.

Know Your Enemy: NFC West Update on 49ers, Cardinals, Rams - Week 3
A look at how the Seahawks' NFC West rivals fared in Week 3 around the NFL.

What we learned from the Seahawks' win over Denver - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks may not need a break after three weeks, but they're getting one anyway. And after a victory over Denver that was way closer than it had to be, we take stock of the questions that were answered as well as those that are still up for debate. Three things we learned:

Hawk Talk: Live Seahawks chat with Danny O'Neil - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The next edition of "Hawk Talk" with Danny O'Neil comes your way today at noon.

That Trick Play; Max Unger, Russell Okung and Justin Britt Fail in Sequence | sports fool
The Seahawks have transitioned to more and more zone defense. This as much of the NFL is transitioning to man coverage. The Seahawks were once ahead of the curve. It is yet to be seen if they are again ahead of the curve. So far the defense has struggled, especially in its consistency of coverage, and all indications are that a discomfort and lack of mastery of zone coverage is the primary cause.

The Film Don t Lie: Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
A weekly look at what the Seattle Seahawks must fix:

Russell Wilson's got legs, knows how to use them - ESPN
Here are a few interesting numbers from ESPN Stats & Information following the Seattle Seahawks 26-20 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos Sunday.

Coach Pete Carroll: Seahawks have “grown” during first three weeks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks will take the rest of the week off, following their 26-20 victory over Denver on Sunday. Seattle returns to play at Washington in a Monday Night game, Oct. 6.

This is a season that Seahawks can go down memory lane in the AFC West | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Looking back at the Seahawks rivalries in the AFC West

Seahawks on break; Marshawn Lynch’s 10 great minutes on the radio; snap counts from win over Denver | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
This morning the Seahawks are as far away from the NFL as they can possibly be during the regular season. They have started a seven-day break during their lone bye in the schedule, due back at their headquarters in Renton on Monday to begin preparing for the Oct. 6 game at Washington.

RENTON: Bye, bye: Seahawks begin six-day break, which is especially timely for Kam Chancellor | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Earl Thomas now has time to go on that cruise he said he wouldn’t mind enjoying.

Around The NFL's Week 3 winners and losers -
DeMarco Murray, Bruce Arians and a new Austin on the block are some of the big winners from Week 3. Around The NFL's Gregg Rosenthal also details who had a rough past seven days, including the Dolphins.

Browns' Crowell, West lead 'Rookie Watch' RBs -
This week, Around The NFL's Marc Sessler rates running backs for "Rookie Watch." See where the dynamic Cleveland Browns tandem of Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West end up.

Tyrann Mathieu admits he's still has confidence issues -
The Arizona Cardinals are off to a 3-0 start with little help from Tyrann Mathieu. The safety admits he's lacked confidence coming off an ACL injury. Could he help make the team even better down the road?

Tony Romo: 'Everything was firing' for me in victory -
Tony Romo said he felt like "everything was firing" for him in the Cowboys' Sunday comeback after struggling in the first two weeks. Is there reason to believe Romo is back to 2013 form?

NFL Week 4 picks: Packers over Bears, Chiefs upset Patriots -
If you're wondering which NFL teams are going to win in Week 4, you've come to the right spot.

Goodell meets with former players to discuss conduct policy | ProFootballTalk
As Commissioner Roger Goodell embarks on an overhaul of the personal-conduct policy, he has done something that some players would say he hasn’t done enough — he has asked former players for input.

John Brown unfazed by climb from Pittsburg State to NFL | ProFootballTalk
If Cardinals receiver John Brown were currently where he was a year ago, he'd be preparing to play Fort Hays State.  Instead, Brown's next game will come against the Denver Broncos.  And he doesn't seem to be freaked out by that.

Michigan could be moving closer to making a run at Harbaugh | ProFootballTalk
With the University of Michigan struggling to such a bad start that the program has been forced to give tickets away to anyone who purchased a bottle of Coca-Cola (unless it didn’t), the speculation already has begun regarding the next coach of the Wolverines.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Clutch Encounters: Week 3
The beauty of focusing on the NFL's close games is that I don't have to re-watch the Thursday night bloodbath when Tampa Bay imitated a professional football team in Atlanta. That was easily one of the worst efforts I have ever witnessed, but we thankfully won't be covering that here. This week's classic moment came in the Super Bowl rematch, but we recapped that historical finish in a special Monday edition of this column.

New York Times, Post Week-3 (2014): Arizona Magic
This week at the New York Times, I take a look at the most underrated GM/HC combo in the league: Steve Keim and Bruce Arians. Keim probably should have been the GM of the Year in 2013, while Arians has been dominant against the spread.

Fourth Down Conservatism Rules Week 3
It’s become trendy in this space and many others for stats folks to rail against bad 4th down decisions. It’s even trendier to do it when those conservativ

First Down/Fourth Down: Wilson takes control in Seahawks OT win |
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