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Packers vs Seahawks: Tale of the Tape from Season Opener | Bleacher Report
Throughout the 2014 regular season, former defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you an X’s and O’s look at the NFL. Here are his three keys plays from the Seattle Seahawks 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers on opening night.

Thursday night wrap-up: Seahawks dominant on offense | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks won a championship with defense. But their offense showed enough signs Thursday night that they're going to be able to carry more of the load this season as teams try to adjust.

Packers' flaws exposed by Seahawks in NFL Kickoff - NFL.com
The Seattle Seahawks exposed pass protection and run defense as fundamental flaws for the Green Bay Packers in a 36-16 blowout Thursday night. What else do you need to know from the 2014 NFL Kickoff?

Seahawks hammer Packers 36-16 in season opener - Sept. 4, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
If heavy is the head that wears the crown, the Seattle Seahawks showed Thursday they have the broad shoulders to carry it.

Grades: Harvin fuels Seahawks to A+ effort in opener - CBSSports.com
The Seahawks are known for their suffocating defense. It's time to fear their offense, too. Percy Harvin makes his presence felt in Seattle's impressive season opener. The sky's the limit for the defending champs so long as their playmaker stays healthy.

Packers' flaws exposed by Seahawks in NFL Kickoff - NFL.com
The Seattle Seahawks exposed pass protection and run defense as fundamental flaws for the Green Bay Packers in a 36-16 blowout Thursday night. What else do you need to know from the 2014 NFL Kickoff?

Seahawks hammer Packers 36-16 in season opener - Sept. 4, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
If heavy is the head that wears the crown, the Seattle Seahawks showed Thursday they have the broad shoulders to carry it.

Seahawks standouts: Seattle upends Green Bay in opener - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Need any more convincing that the Seattle Seahawks are poised to contend for a repeat Super Bowl title? Well you shouldn’t after Thursday’s 36-16 rout of the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field that should have football fans nationwide bracing for another NFL season full of Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and the 12th Man.

Packers Replay: Thursday game report
PLAYER OF THE GAME He loathes the media, loves Skittles and is still cranked into full-on Beast Mode as a running back. Nearing 2,000 carries for his career, Marshawn Lynch ran over, around and through the Packers' defense for 110 yards on 20 attempts. Part of the reason may be the lack of 320-, 330-pound bodies up front on the defensive line. The absence of B.J. Raji was sorely evident in this one. Part of the reason was poor inside linebacker play. Brad Jones was walled out of plays, and others missed several tackles. On Lynch's 9- and 3-yard touchdown runs, he danced through into the end zone untouched. The Packers were bullied up front, sure. But Lynch reminded young Eddie Lacy who the true workhorse in the NFC is under the national spotlight.

Packers' Daniels laments loss to Seahawks - seattlepi.com
Defensive lineman Mike Daniels lingered in the Green Bay locker room, seething.

Seahawks 36, Packers 16: First impressions | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
First impressions from our coverage team after the Seahawks’ 36-16 victory over the Packers at CenturyLink Field:

Marshawn Lynch, Percy Harvin form unbeatable one-two Seahawks punch | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch bulls his way for two touchdowns and is complemented by Percy Harvin’s explosiveness in beating the Packers.

No living in the past: Seahawks prove they’re looking for more | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks didn’t spend much time Thursday night celebrating their Super Bowl victory. Instead, they dominated a good Green Bay team, proving they’re hungry for more success.

Seahawks open title defense with 36-16 win over Packers - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks unveiled a banner on Thursday night. They also planted a flag when it comes to defending their championship. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seattle: Mike McCarthy's post-game press conference - JSOnline
“Congratulations to Seattle. I thought they played very well, really, in a nutshell. As far as coming in here and playing this style of football game … we started with running the football – and we’re not quite where we needed to be there. And definitely did not stop the run. So our fundamental inconsistencies throughout the game coincides with untimely penalties.

What We Heard: Soundgarden & Pharrell Williams
Check out what songs Soundgarden and Pharrell Williams played during Thursday night's pregame concert at CenturyLink Field.

NFL Week 1 takeaways: Seahawks look unstoppable vs. Packers - CBSSports.com
The Seahawks offense has caught up to the Seahawks defense and that's bad news for the rest of the NFL.

Seattle Seahawks, Shaun Alexander And Delta Team Up To Fly 12th Man To A Few Road Games
The Seattle Seahawks kick off the 2014 National Football League season with a Thursday night game against the Green Bay Packers.  As always, the “12th Man,” a phrase used to symbolize the rabid Seahawks fan base will be of vital importance as the Seahawks play host on the first game of the team’s campaign to become back-to-back Super Bowl champions.  The concept of the 12th Man has become such an integral part of the Seahawks franchise that it has expanded beyond the stadium and into promotions involving the team and even its former players.  Such is the case with a brand new marketing effort involving Delta Air Lines

Seahawks pick up where they left off with a 36-16 win over Packers - LA Times
This time, no Hail Mary was required. Seven months after winning their first Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks picked up where they left off with a 36-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFL’s Kickoff Opener at CenturyLink Field.

That first Seahawks touchdown looked familiar, isn't that right Auburn? | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
The NFL is often called a copycat league but let's be real, everyone copies from everyone at all levels of football.

Seahawks starts season with 36-16 win against Packers
Highlights and quarterly recaps of tonight's 36-16 Seahawks victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Seahawks unveil Super Bowl banner before game | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks officially unveiled their Super Bowl championship banner before Thursday night’s game against the Packers at CenturyLink Field. There was plenty of pomp and circumstance befitting the franchise’s first Super Bowl title.

Packers vs. Seahawks 2014 final score: 3 things we learned in Seattle's 36-16 win - SBNation.com
The NFL season picked up right where it left off, with the Seattle Seahawks crushing a quality opponent. This time it was the Green Bay Packers in a one-sided 36-16 win that has a lot of people feeling just fine about their Super Bowl picks already.

Packers vs. Seahawks 2014 final score: 3 things we learned in Seattle's 36-16 win - SBNation.com
The NFL season picked up right where it left off, with the Seattle Seahawks crushing a quality opponent. This time it was the Green Bay Packers in a one-sided 36-16 win that has a lot of people feeling just fine about their Super Bowl picks already.

Seahawks drum Packers to open title defense
The Seahawks unfurled their Super Bowl banner and then took the first step towards getting another, riding the inside-outside attack of Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin and exploiting the Packers' undermanned offensive line in pulling away for a 36-16 victory in the NFL's season opener.

Seahawks dominate Green Bay 36-16 to begin 2014 - seattlepi.com
Russell Wilson made sure everyone knew Percy Harvin was healthy. Marshawn Lynch bullied his way to another 100-yard rushing performance.

Aaron Rodgers' post-game press conference in Seattle - JSOnline
“I wasn’t really surprised by the way they played. … They always tackle well in the secondary. Both the safeties do and the cornerbacks are athletic. Linebackers are range-y. When you try to run the ball in those situations, there’s going to be a free hat, whether it is at the line of scrimmage or five yards down. Past the line of scrimmage, those guys come up and make tackles. We didn’t break a lot of tackles. We didn’t have a lot of explosive gains in the passing game or the running game.   And we had too many penalties.”

Instant Reaction: Seahawks pound the Packers | Seahawks Draft Blog
This was a rout. One of those games with a deceptive scoreline — even at 36-16. The quick-tempo offense Green Bay installed played right into Seattle’s hands. Pete Carroll wants to avoid conceding explosive plays and force turnovers. Chipping away on short passes he’ll take every time. Bend but don’t break. The scheme helped convert a few 3rd and 5′s but they never truly tested the secondary.

Mike McCarthy: Packers RB Eddie Lacy diagnosed with concussion - CBSSports.com
Packers running back Eddie Lacy was taken out of the game in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks on Thursday because he suffered a concussion, coach Mike McCarthy confirmed in his postgame press conference.

Grading the game: Passing marks for Seahawks in season opener | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Plenty of good grades to hand Thursday out after Seahawks opened the season with a 36-16 victory over the Packers at CenturyLink Field.

Larry Fitzgerald, Cards will have to address contract - NFL.com
Larry Fitzgerald acknowledged Thursday that his 2015 salary-cap number will have to be addressed in the offseason. Is there a chance he will leave the Cardinals for the Patriots or Steelers?

Seahawks’ Pete Carroll still hungry for more success | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
For Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, winning a Super Bowl wasn’t validation or redemption. As he begins his team’s back-to-back quest, he’s ready for more success.

Russell Wilson promised Eagles a title pre-draft - NFL.com
"I can tell you a bunch of stories about my communication with him during that process," Jeremiah said. "For example, I interviewed him at the Senior Bowl. At the end of the interview, you always ask for players' numbers so you can get in touch with them -- he asked for my number. And then I would get text messages from him periodically saying, 'If the Eagles draft me, I will lead the Eagles to championships.' You know he would send me these text messages. "... So leading up, even the day of the draft, the first day of the draft: 'If the Eagles draft me I will lead them to championships.' He was sending me these text messages," Jeremiah said. "Well, we really liked him, and I thought there was a very real chance he was going to end up being a Philadelphia Eagle there. And then of course, Seattle ends up taking him."

Seahawks' John Schneider, Packers' Ted Thompson cut from same cloth | The MMQB with Peter King
The 2014 NFL season begins tonight with a matchup of two heavyweights, the Packers and the Seahawks. Behind the impressive array of talent on the field—including A-listers such as Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman—are the two men most responsible for assembling suc...

NFL Season Predictions, Part 3: The Rising "
After the grimness of spring and summer, real professional football is finally back. For this sunny, happy day, it’s only appropriate to provide a rosier outlook during today’s installment of the NFL preview. With the eight worst teams in football and the eight declining teams out of the way, we’re on our way to looking at the eight teams that should improve in 2014. Sure, they may not necessarily be Super Bowl favorites, and some of them might only make marginal improvements that get canceled out by bad luck, but these are teams with reasons to be hopeful!

Projections: 2014 Awards — FootballPerspective.com
Starting in 2004, the NFL now schedules the defending Super Bowl champion to take the field for the league’s opening night kickoff game.  For the first eight seasons, the defending champion hosted each of these Thursday night games, and won all eight times.  In 2012, the Giants lost the opening game to the Cowboys on a Wednesday night, as  President Barack Obama was speaking the following night at the Democratic National Convention.  And last year, a conflict with the Baltimore Orioles led to the Ravens/Broncos matchup moving to Denver, which the Broncos won, 49-27.

Chip Kelly sees a trickle-up effect as fast-paced football proliferates | ProFootballTalk
"I think it’s probably a trickle‑up effect," Kelly said. "It’s kind of started at a lower level and moved up."

Troy Vincent says preseason enforcement of defensive fouls won’t change | ProFootballTalk
As the 2014 regular season gets started, new NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent really gets started in his current job.

Winston addresses reports of progress toward new drug policies | ProFootballTalk
“On Wednesday night, PFT reported (and several others thereafter did, too) that the NFL and NFLPA had made considerable progress toward crafting comprehensive new drug policies, including hGH testing.  One source told PFT that a deal was "very close.

Michael Crabtree says he’s fine for Sunday | ProFootballTalk
49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree missed practice on Wednesday because of a calf injury, but it doesn't look like he's at risk of missing the date with the Cowboys. Crabtree said Thursday that the injury isn't serious and that he'll return to practice with his teammates.

NFL teams set to rise or fall: Falcons, Jets, Packers, Chiefs, Colts | The MMQB with Peter King
In their debut piece for The MMQB, numberFire uses efficiency analytics to figure out which teams are most likely to rise or fall in 2014

Breaking down PEDs vs. substances of abuse | National Football Post
An inside look at how the NFL’s testing and punishment policies work.

Impact rookies: NFC | National Football Post
10 first-year players to keep an eye on early in the season.

C.J. Spiller to be Buffalo Bills' lead kick returner - NFL.com
C.J. Spiller will return kicks for the Buffalo Bills for the first time since 2011. With a struggling defense, the Bills want to get the dynamic runner on the field as much as possible.

Sheldon Richardson: Practices were harder than games - NFL.com
Sheldon Richardson doesn't lack for confidence. Last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year acknowledged this week: "When I see myself on film, I pat myself on the back."

Adrian Peterson headlines top 20 running backs - NFL.com
Adrian Peterson remains atop Around The NFL's running-back rankings. Find out where young back such as Eddie Lacy and Andre Ellington rank entering the season.

Five intriguing running backs from the preseason - NFL.com
After listing the league's top 20 running backs, Around The NFL keeps tabs on a handful of rushers who flashed strong play during the preseason, including the Jacksonville Jaguars' Toby Gerhart.

People vs. the NFL: After an offseason where the NFL got almost everything wrong, a lifelong fan reflects on shame, love, fatherhood, and the future of the league. - SBNation.com
After an offseason where the NFL got almost everything wrong, a lifelong fan reflects on shame, love, fatherhood, and the future of the league.

Is This Where the Seahawks Era Starts? "
The Seahawks are not normal.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Staff Predictions 2014
This is one of our favorite features to write every year. It is also one of our most hated pieces to write every year.

2014 NFL must-follow Twitter list - NFL - Sporting News
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