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Into the Fire: Rookie Quarterbacks That Could Make an Immediate Impact | Rolling Stone
There's no time like the present for first-year QBs to make their mark in the new NFL.

Richard Sherman Doesn't Need to Cover No. 1 Receivers to Be NFL's Best Corner | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks played the NFL's Thursday night kickoff game, and—surprise—Richard Sherman dominated the headlines on Friday morning.

Seahawks like knowing a team won’t throw to one side | ProFootballTalk
"Obviously we liked the matchup on the other side, and if they wanted to bring [Sherman] over we were going to put him in an uncomfortable spot," Nelson said.  "They stayed with their defense, which I was expecting the whole time.  We made some plays.  I think if we hit the touchdown between Aaron [Rodgers] and I early in the game, it’s a different story."

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on not moving cornerbacks, and some injury updates | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
"It’s just a choice that we make because we believe in the guys’ technique," Carroll said. "But guys could flip, there’s reason to do that ... and that may come up during the season, it just depends. We feel really good about the way our guys play. The routes that they caught on Byron (Maxwell) were routes you can catch on anybody, they were really nicely timed underneath routes, that can happen. There’s no issue at this point and no reason to do anything differently than what we do, but there may come a time. I was really proud of how Maxie played. He did a fine job, got a pick when he had the opportunity, and really stood up to the test. That’s a really good statement. We’ll see how other things do it as we go down the road."

Jeremy Lane to be out a while, Marcus Burley nickel DB for now; Pete Carroll says Earl Thomas is still his punt returner | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Pete Carroll and a decidedly smaller media throng than was here when the national pack was here the last few days for the, um, Packers NFL opener.

SEATTLE: Seahawks’ sacker Michael Bennett dumps Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, dumps on Eddie Lacy | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Apparently, Michael Bennett is tired of "Discount Double-Checks." Or at least the guy who says that on television all the time.

RENTON: Lonely Richard Sherman to stay at left cornerback for Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Richard Sherman is staying put — even though he is somewhat put out by being ignored.

More from Pro Football Focus breaking down Seattle's win over Green Bay | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here is lots more good stuff from ProFootballFocus breaking down Seattle’s 36-16 win over Green Bay Thursday night.

Seahawks Morning After: Jerry Brewer on quicker, more elusive Marshawn Lynch | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch can still punish tacklers, but against Green Bay he showed he’s noticeably quicker than ever before.

Packers give Richard Sherman the no-target treatment - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Richard Sherman has at times seen opposing quarterbacks throw his way as little as possible, but on Thursday night, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers steered clear of Seattle's All-Pro cornerback entirely. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Malcolm Smith, NFL players read mean tweets on 'Jimmy Kimmel' - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
One of the funniest bits on late-night television is when "Jimmy Kimmel Live" shows compilations of celebrities read meaning tweets about themselves.

Richard Sherman’s presence funnels passes Byron Maxwell’s way
In an ultimate tribute to Richard Sherman’s coverage skills, the Green Packers went the entire game on Thursday night without throwing a pass to his side of the field. Instead, they threw at Byron Maxwell, who made them pay for the tactic.

Friday in Hawkville: Jeremy Lane will be ‘down for a while’ because of groin injury
After reinjuring his groin injury in Thursday night’s regular-season opener, nickel back Jeremy Lane will be sidelined for "a while," coach Pete Carroll said on Friday. That means just-acquired Marcus Burley will step into the role for next Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

Seahawks serve early notice they remain NFL’s team to beat - The Washington Post
The Seattle Seahawks wasted no time demonstrating that a repeat Super Bowl title this season is entirely possible, if not probable.

Packers cut the field in half to avoid Richard Sherman | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Cornerback so good, Packers didn’t throw in his direction all night

McCarthy: Packers didn't make conscious decision to avoid Sherman - JSOnline
"I don’t think you ever make a conscious decision not to throw to one side of the field," McCarthy said. "Frankly, it was more of a decision to put Jordy on the left and see if he would come over and play him. They played their defense and obviously they did a heck of a job. I’m sure they feel good about where they are today. "So, it’s just no-huddle, frankly it’s easier for the receivers to stay to one side of the field than the other as far as what we were doing. Our plan was to run our stuff, line up as quick as we can. We had some communication challenges. I thought Aaron did a very good job working through that. It’s more about what we’re doing."

After years of struggle, Seattle is atop the sports world. | SportsonEarth.com : Doug Miller Article
On July 31, 2013, Forbes, the business publication that analyzes trends, tells you which stocks to buy, and culls together heady lists and charts and statistical evaluations, made a bold sports declaration.

Richard Sherman Confronts Aaron Rodgers: ‘You avoided me, didn’t you?’ | The Big Lead
Richard Sherman is the best cornerback in the NFL, that’s undeniable, and at this juncture in his career, he’s performing at such a high level that opponents are fearful of throwing to his side of the field.

On 49ers: Alcohol is players’ biggest enemy - 49ers - The Sacramento Bee
Neighbors say there are perhaps a half-dozen of them a year: House parties so loud that the bass from the speakers rattles their windows well into the early-morning hours.

Bob McGinn - Seahawks 36, Packers 16 - Packers outplayed on both sides of ball
Throughout downtown Seattle, you'll see huge blue banners and flags emblazoned with "12."

SEATTLE: Seahawks play like champs in opener, roll Packers, 36-16 | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Marshawn Lynch stomped into the end zone for another touchdown like someone had just stolen his favorite hoodie and turned off his stereo.

Takeaways from Seahawks 36-16 win over Packers - Sept. 4, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
The Seattle Seahawks opened up their title defense in remarkable fashion with a convincing 36-16 thrashing of the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.

Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch silences critics with big night - NFL.com
Marshawn Lynch reaffirmed his value to the Seahawks on Thursday, blasting his way to 110 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Silver examines why reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated.

Seattle's Legion of Boom Beginning to Make Argument for Best Defense Ever | Bleacher Report
What we're seeing with the Seattle Seahawks isn't them making a case for best defense of the week. Or month. Or even season. What we are seeing with this team—despite some stinging but smart criticism Thursday night from a potential Hall of Famer—is a defense pulverizing, obliterating, punishing and pounding its way into the best-ever conversation.

A healthy Percy Harvin proves he's key to Seattle Seahawks' quest for a repeat championship - NFL - SI.com
Sometimes, Percy Harvin lined up at receiver, and sometimes he lined up in the backfield, and other times he returned kickoffs on Thursday night. He played, as Harvin does when healthy, multiple positions, and he played them all well enough to remind the NFL that he should not be classified as a receiver. His position should read: SPEED. Or, simply: THREAT.

Seahawks’ defense could be even better — especially if it only has to keep covering just 2/3rd of the field | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Normally I would lead with a video slice of what coach Pete Carroll said following a game. But Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was far, far better. He wasn’t bad on the field tonight, either.

Richard Sherman: We didn't prove anything tonight
Stacey Dales catches up with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman after their 36-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

NFL 2014 Season Viewing Guide: CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN and NFL Network | The MMQB with Peter King
At the beginning of any NFL season, whether they’re spinning for public consumption or believing it with fiber and soul, sports network executives will praise the NFL schedule-makers for setting them up with a great slate of games.

How will it all shake down? | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel gives you his predictions for the 2014 season.

Jim Harbaugh: DL Ray McDonald will play despite domestic violence arrest - CBSSports.com
49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald will be on the field in Dallas for San Francisco's season-opener on Sunday.

St. Louis Rams might ride 'hot hand' at running back - NFL.com
Rams general manager Les Snead noted that the team may go with the "hot hand" at running back, potentially opening the door for Benny Cunningham. Is the St. Louis runner worthy of a fantasy pickup?

Jonathan Martin set to start for 49ers in Dallas - NFL.com
Jonathan Martin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in March. An injury to starting right tackle Anthony Davis moves Martin into the starting lineup Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Game Rewind Film Room: Mingo, Tate set to go off? - NFL.com
With Sunday just a couple days away, we're more than ready to ship this year's preseason footage into hyperspace. Before we go, let's take a look at a handful of players who caught our eye on film.

McCarthy: Seahawks' offense left Packers 'unsettled' - NFL.com
We didn't run through the tackling," McCarthy said. "I mean, our footwork was poor and when you start leaving your feet to tackle people, it puts you in a compromising position."

Sneaky good: Three games we can't wait for - NFL.com
Following an offseason mired in a world without football, Week 1 brings us under-the-radar matchups, such as RGIII's Redskins versus J.J. Watt's Texans. See what other games we love more than the rest.