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Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Thank goodness it's TGIF!

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Changing Seahawks Passing Attack
When Pete Carroll publicly stated his goal for Russell Wilson this season was to complete 70% of his passes, my first thought was the coach was looking for that improvement to come from his young quarterback maturing and making better, quicker decisions within the offense.

Seahawks' Wilson thriving under new passer-friendly rules | - Sports
Remember when Seahawks fans fretted that the NFL's new points of emphasis on pass interference and illegal contact would cripple Seattle's physical secondary?

Ricardo Lockette’s increased prominence in the offense; Seahawks’ run-pass splits in four years with OC Darrell Bevell | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Ricardo Lockette is what happens when speed grows up.

A few thoughts on the Seahawks and bye weeks | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
As the Seahawks get into the heart of their bye week, I thought I’d address a c0uple common questions about byes (I’d say answer, but I’ll admit up front I’m not sure I have those in any definitive manner):

E:60 to feature Richard Sherman; and Sherman to be a guest analyst on NFL Network | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks may be off this weekend. But you’ll be able to see Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman in a couple of different spots over the next few days.

Reviewing the Pro Football Focus grades of the Seahawk players after three weeks | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s our weekly look at what Pro Football Focus has to say about some of the Seahawks’ key players.

Robert Turbin's work ethic stems from example set forth by father
In Week 2 against the San Diego Chargers, Robert Turbin scored his first NFL touchdown. He delivered the ball to his father, Ronald, who has been instrumental in shaping the Seahawks running back's relentless work ethic.

Chiefs fans trying to break Seahawks' Guinness Record for loudest stadium -
If your goal in life is to set a Guinness World Record, then you need to be in Kansas City on Monday because that's when Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium will try and break the world record for loudest stadium.

Grading Seattle Seahawks' offense after three games - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks have the earliest bye week this season, coming after only three games. It means they will have to grind it out for the final 13 weeks of the regular season, including seven roads games.

Peyton Manning Brings Broncos Back with a Touchdown to Jacob Tamme, Two Point Conversion to Demaryius Thomas | The Big Lead
Denver just went the length of the field, a minute remaining, no timeouts left. Oh, and it was against the Seattle Seahawks, the team that mauled Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl.

Reflecting on the Denver game, CFB week four thoughts | Seahawks Draft Blog
Are the Seahawks weaker than last year? That was the question debated on ‘First Take’ this week. The answer, resoundingly, is ‘no’.

5 things to watch during the Seahawks’ bye week | Q13 FOX News
What? The season just started. Now we have to deal with a bye week.

Tyrann Mathieu needs to trust himself, Alameda Ta'amu 'needs to pick it up' - Revenge of the Birds
The two players coming back from knee surgery are not quite where they expected to be.

The Rams Aren’t Playing to Their Strengths - Turf Show Times
In 2013, it became evident the Rams were going to win by relying on Zac Stacy running the football, and the fierce pass rush of their defense. That hasn’t been the case thus far in 2014...

Here's another view of Wilson looking left from the south end zone camera. Notice that Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung (76) has sealed off Broncos lineman Derek Wolfe (95) to the inside, which helps Wilson make his next decision.
The Seattle Seahawks emerged with a 26-20 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday in a game that truly was decided by a matter of inches.

Amid tangled feelings, USC Trojans to honor former coach Pete Carroll - ESPN
Pete Carroll won't be at USC on Saturday when he will be one of 16 former Trojans inducted into the university's Hall of Fame class, but it's not too difficult to wax nostalgic imagining his name again reverberating in the Coliseum where he helped establish a college football dynasty. It also will be impossible not to recall that he bolted shortly before NCAA sanctions sent a wrecking ball through the program he constructed.

How Percy Harvin makes Seahawks’ offense go without ever touching the ball | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The threat of unleashing Seahawk Percy Harvin’s speed freezes defenders and opens up space for Marshawn Lynch inside runs. That’s why he can’t be evaluated on his own statistics.

The Browns worked really hard to lose -
The Cleveland Browns lost to the Baltimore Ravens by two points last week, despite multiple chances for Cleveland to put the game away. It takes a lot of effort to fail like that.

Eagle Eye: How To Attack The 49ers
A lot has been made of the San Francisco 49ers' 1-2 start this season. They’ve lost a number of pieces for a variety of reasons on the defensive side of the football, with starters NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Tramaine Brock and Glenn Dorsey all out of the lineup. Those losses have led to a unit that is last in the league on third down, has struggled to generate a consistent pass rush and has allowed over 22 points a game (18th in the NFL). Offensively, they rank in the bottom half of the league in points, rushing, passing and total yards. Is this a different team than the one that has been to three straight NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl? I say no, and here’s why.

San Diego Chargers' Dwight Freeney on film study, mental preparation | The MMQB with Peter King
First in a series of stories, in which The MMQB goes to school with an NFL player or coach and finds out he studies tape, what he looks at and how such study helps him navigate a complicated game.

The Rise and Fall of the 2012 NFL Draft «
What happened to the top of the 2012 NFL draft? While the 2011 NFL draft is rapidly going down as arguably the best defensive draft in NFL history, the 2013 class was supposed to be mediocre (and it has been) because so much talent left college football during 2012’s draft. That very well might have been the case, but whatever talent and promise shone through at the NCAA level has hardly translated into professional success. The top 10 picks of the 2012 draft, some exceptions aside, have been a mess in the pros. In fact, a couple of those players have seen their stock drop notably this very week.

One-on-One With Todd Bowles, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator | The MMQB with Peter King

NFL addresses logistical challenges of moving a team to London | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL gets ready to stage one of three 2014 regular-season games in London, the man in charge of the league's efforts to grow the game in other countries addressed the challenges of moving a team to London permanently. Mark Waller, the new executive V.P.

Chip Kelly says he doesn’t look at games from first half/second half perspective | ProFootballTalk
The Eagles, who have done very well in the second halves of games this season, face the 49ers, who haven’t, on Sunday.  But Philly coach Chip Kelly claims coaches don’t view games that way.

Fan in 49ers-Cardinals brawl gets reward from Darnell Dockett -
Darnell Dockett rewarded a fan who came to the aid of a security guard during a violent brawl at the 49ers-Cardinals game on Sunday.

Around The NFL's power picks: Week 4 -
A shootout is expected when Drew Brees and the Saints visit Tony Romo and the Cowboys on Sunday, but who'll ring up the most points? Around The NFL picks that and all of Week 4's games.

Eddie Lacy, Khalil Mack players to watch in Week 4 -
The Packers' Eddie Lacy and Raiders rookie Khalil Mack are among the players we're excited to watch in Week 4. Find out who else is impressing us on Game Rewind.

QB Index: Tom Brady under attack -
Tom Brady is struggling to throw the ball deep, but his biggest problem is the poor play of the Patriots' offensive line each week. Which other quarterbacks are struggling? Which are on the rise?

Jake Locker misses practice; will Whitehurst start? -
Titans quarterback Jake Locker missed practice Thursday, opening the door perhaps for Charlie Whitehurst to get a start Sunday. Ken Whisenhunt says Saturday will be key in determining Locker's availability.

Eagles-49ers pits NFL's best, worst 4th-quarter teams -
Chip Kelly and Jim Harbaugh have bounced offensive concepts off each other for a while, but their teams offer a stark contrast in fourth quarter performance.