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Julius Peppers, Dontari Poe share Hoss of the Week honors -
Every week of the season, retired NFL defensive end Stephen White hands out the coveted Hoss of the Week award. This week, it's a tie with Chiefs DT Dontari Poe and Packers LB/DE Julius Peppers taking home the hardware.

The All-22: What happened to Seattle's defense on Denver's last drive? - NFL -
Through the first 59 minutes of their game against the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday afternoon, the Denver Broncos' offense was uncharacteristically conservative and tentative. Peyton Manning didn't test Seattle's defense deep as one might have expected, he was misfiring to open targets in the third quarter, and the run game couldn't really get things going. When Seattle safety Kam Chancellor intercepted a Manning pass intended for Wes Welker with 2:25 left in the game, and Seattle's subsequent field goal put Denver down 20-12 with one minute remaining, the Super Bowl XLVIII rematch appeared to be over. This was Manning and Denver's offense against Seattle's (mostly) great pass defense at home, and few believed the Broncos had a chance.

49ers visited with Chip Kelly to learn read-option concepts -
Chip Kelly's fingerprints were all over the NFL long before he rescued the Philadelphia Eagles. Just ask the 49ers.

The best cornerback in the NFL (for now) is ... -
Let's resolve this complex, entirely relative, and inconsequential debate once and for all.

Week 3 Offensive Line Grades | The Sideline View
Offensive line guru, Lance Zierlein spent all day watching tape and gave run game grades to 18 players in 3 different games.

Matthew Stafford leads list of top 10 strongest arms -
Matthew Stafford leads Around The NFL's ranking of the 10 strongest arms in the league. Find out where Cam Newton and Andrew Luck find themselves on the list.

The Broncos and the Breaks of Bending But Not Breaking, Part One | sports fool
K.J. Wright and Michael Bennett were sure left tackle Ryan Clady did something to draw Bennett off side. But whatever that something was, was invisible from the solitary camera angle provided by CBS. Nor was the play replayed for scrutiny, and so we’ll just settle for the penalty as charged.

Seahawks on Top of AP Pro32 Rankings - ABC News
Russell Wilson's clutch plays in overtime helped the Seattle Seahawks fend off Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. It also put them on top of the latest AP Pro32 power rankings.

ESPN suspends Bill Simmons for three weeks after Roger Goodell comments - Awful Announcing
Bill Simmons dared ESPN to suspend him.  And now the network has took the bait.

Super Bowl champ Russell Wilson could’ve starred as a point guard per his high school coach | USA Today High School Sports
Before Michael Jordan was making Bryon Russell fall with a killer crossover and draining the go ahead jumper to win his sixth NBA title with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan was a skinny, determined athlete dominating the competition at Laney High (Wilmington, N.C.).

What Seahawks learned: Exploding Marshawn Lynch myth and more | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks have learned to keep handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch, to lean on DB Marcus Burley and to depend even more on Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.

Jon Ryan turns in MVP punting performance
From 1991-97, the Seahawks Rick “Bootin’ ” Tuten. Then it was the finesseful touch of Jeff Feagles from 1998-2002. But since 2008, Jon Ryan has proven to be a punter for all seasons, and all reasons.

Carroll: Seahawks' defense was better in rematch than Super Bowl - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
'I thought we played better in this game than we played in the Super Bowl,' coach Pete Carroll said of Seattle' latest defensive effort against Denver. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Russell Wilson sees a positive in his first interception of 2014 - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson shared his thought process during his fourth-quarter interception against Denver, explaining the one positive he took from that mistake. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Hawk Talk highlights: Assessing the Seahawks' defensive line - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Highlights from the latest edition of 'Hawk Talk' with Danny O'Neil, which includes thoughts on how the Seahawks' defensive line has played through three games. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Ricardo Lockette looks locked in - NFC West Blog - ESPN
One of the biggest surprises so far this season for the Seattle Seahawks has to be wide receiver Ricardo Lockette. He’s gone from a player who was in danger of not making the roster in the preseason to one of Russell Wilson's go-to guys for big plays.

Colin Kaepernick struggling in second half - NFC West Blog - ESPN
As Colin Kaepernick goes, so go the San Francisco 49ers?

Seahawks analysis: Hugh Millen breaks down game-winning drive, Kam Chancellor’s pick | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Hugh Millen breaks down three key things that happened in the Seahawks’ victory over+ the Broncos, and awards a game ball.

Seahawks once again Bovada favorites to win the Super Bowl | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Last week, Seattle and Denver were co-favorites from Bovada to win the Super Bowl, each listed at 9-2. But after Seattle’s win over the Broncos Sunday, the Seahawks are now the favorites, listed at 15-4, while Denver has fallen to 5-1.

Wilson tops in passer ratings; Hawks return to No. 1 in (some) power polls | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
As NFL quarterbacks enjoy a record-setting start of the season, Russell Wilson leads the league with a 108.9 passer rating. With the addition of a healthy Percy Harvin and some of the offensive tweaks he would allow, it was predicted here at the Insider that Wilson would hit 70 percent of his pass completions this season. Well, he’s at 69 percent after three games, and with six touchdowns and only one interception (his first in seven games, since Game 15 of 2013), he  edges Peyton Manning at 108.5 and Philip Rivers at 108.3.

Seahawks S Kam Chancellor named NFC Defensive Player of the Week | - Seattle Sidelines
When the Seahawks began preparation for their Week 3 game against Denver, they weren’t confident they would have Kam Chancellor on the field. The Pro Bowl safety’s ankle “was on fire” the previous weekend in a loss to San Diego because of bone spurs, Pete Carroll said, and the Seahawks, “Didn’t have a great outlook going into the week” on Chancellor’s availability for Week 3.

Russell Wilson, Percy Harvin, more Seahawks star in new Microsoft Surface ad - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks take center stage in a TV commercial released Wednesday for Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

Niners met with Chip Kelly to learn read-option -
Chip Kelly's fingerprints were all over the NFL long before he rescued the Philadelphia Eagles. Just ask the 49ers, who met with him multiple times while he led the football program at Oregon.

Cardinals' Carson Palmer plans to play against Broncos -
Sidelined by a mysterious nerve issue in his throwing shoulder, Carson Palmer is optimistic that he will play after the Arizona Cardinal's bye week.

Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck lead Week 3 Players of Week -
Matt Ryan's dominant passing performance against Tampa Bay earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Andrew Luck put up career-best numbers to win the award in the AFC.

The World According to Carp - Twitter
Seahawks offensive guard Jame Carpenter is a quiet individual but in a new series we get his take on the world, this week, his thoughts on Twitter.

Seahawks give tryout look to “Fail Mary” safety M.D. Jennings | ProFootballTalk
The Seattle Seahawks brought in a handful of defensive backs for tryouts on Tuesday. Included in the group was a player forever tied to the Seahawks for being on the wrong end of one of the league’s most controversial ending.

Brees applauds looming reduction in Goodell’s power | ProFootballTalk
“I think this has been a long time coming,” Brees said Wednesday, via Nick Underhill of the Baton Rouge Advocate.  “It’s really unfortunate that all of this had to happen for this to transpire, for this to become evident.  I think that a lot of us on the Players Association side have known for a long time and have pushed for a long time.  Now the public knows, now the fan community knows.  It’s the right thing.”

Bill Simmons provokes ESPN to suspend him, they oblige | ProFootballTalk
ESPN pontificator Bill Simmons called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a liar, and dared his bosses to call him on it. So they did. ESPN put out a statement saying Simmons was suspended three weeks for his profane tirade against Goodell.

Frank Gore: I was frustrated by loss, not by role | ProFootballTalk
“For me, I feel whatever works, I’m with it,” Gore said, via “If it’s passing, it’s passing. If it’s running, then we’re running. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to win. If we got to go out there and do the spread again, I’m with it. That’s what type of player I am. I just want to win. I was frustrated. If we’d gotten the win, I’m happy. I’m happy.”

Poll finds fans still love the NFL, but are sick of Goodell | ProFootballTalk
NFL fans still love their football. They don't love the man who runs the league. That's the word from a poll of football fans taken by Marketing & Research Resources for Sports Illustrated.

Are Kickers Faring Worse In 2014?
Does it feel like kicking accuracy is down so far in 2014? Detroit rookie Nate Freese was just 3/7 before the Lions cut him on Monday, with all four misses coming in the 40-to-49 range. Bengals kicker Mike Nugent has also missed four attempts so far this year; for him, a 38-yarder balances out his 55-yard miss, to go along with a pair of unsuccessful tries in the 40-to-49 range.

Week 3 (2014) Game Scripts: The Falcons Are Off the Charts
In 2013, the largest Game Script was 23.8, courtesy of the Chiefs 45-10 blowout in Washington. But that game was child’s play compared to the NSFW game that was Atlanta/Tampa Bay on Thursday Night.

Getting Defensive: Week 4 - Three And Out -
After three weeks and 48 games, we’re now entering the bye week gauntlet. It’s this part of the season that separates the champs from the chumps. Before this point, everyone in your league is solid, but now the flaws are going to start to show.