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Rams to be tested by Vikings in Week One - Turf Show Times
Going into week one, there are a ton of factors at play. Here are the TST staff's takes.

Arizona Cardinals release LB Desmond Bishop, P Dave Zastudil hurt groin - Revenge of the Birds
There will be a roster move coming.

5 things to watch for in the 49ers season opener - Niners Nation
As we stand at the precipice of the 49ers' 2014 campaign, I breakdown five things to watch for as San Francisco takes on Dallas and tries to start the season on the right track.

Tom Cable on Justin Britt: ‘He’s just my kind of guy’
When the Seahawks kicked off their 2014 regular season on Thursday night, rookie right tackle Justin Britt was up to the challenge and then some in the 36-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Seahawks plan on keeping Richard Sherman on left side | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks’ strategy is for their cornerbacks to stay on their side of the field, no matter where the best receivers line up. Green Bay stayed away from Richard Sherman’s side all night Thursday in a loss to Seattle.

Britt says practicing against Seahawks made pro debut easier | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Ask almost any NFL rookie about his professional debut, and you’ll probably hear about the speed of the game.

Rare weekend off for Seahawks, 8 days before game at San Diego; Sherman to stay put on left side | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Happy weekend. The Seahawks have today and Sunday off from practice. They will be back on the field Monday in Renton, then get their union-mandated Tuesday off before the Sept. 14 game at San Diego. It’s the flip-side benefit of playing a Thursday game to open the NFL season.

Seahawks not satisfied despite dominant victory -
Richard Sherman stood at his locker going through all the areas that he believed needed work: tackling, capitalizing on potential turnovers, avoiding big penalties.

Here's your Week 1 Sunday/Monday Cheat Sheet -
The Oakland Raiders have lost 13 straight 1 p.m. games in the Eastern Time Zone. Can rookie Derek Carr turn that around vs. the New York Jets? That and more in our Week 1 primer.

Cardinals hopeful that Andre Ellington will play Week 1 -
Arizona Cardinals' Andre Ellington has been bothered by a foot injury. But Bruce Arians is optimistic that the running back will be in the backfield on Monday.

Seattle has found the sweet spot with these Seahawks -
CenturyLink Field was on fire Thursday night, and Around The NFL's Dan Hanzus was there to document a city's love affair with its first true winner. The Seahawks have given Seattle some swagger.

Greg Cosell's film review: Seattle and its deceptive college-based offense | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
I think the Seahawks have the most college-based offense in the NFL. And again on Thursday against Green Bay, it worked.

Six for Sunday: Wes Welker big loss for Broncos; Brady's Miami woes -
Losing Wes Welker is a big blow for the Broncos. How will they respond when the Colts visit Denver? Down south, Tom Brady tries to reverse his South Florida slump.

2015 NFL Draft: Leonard Williams plays through injury to spark USC -
Shrugging off an ankle injury that threatened to keep him out of the game entirely, Southern Cal's Leonard Williams helped guide his Trojans to 13-10 upset over Stanford in Palo Alto.

Impact rookies: AFC | National Football Post
10 first-year players to keep an eye on as Sunday’s action gets underway.

SI Now: Will quarterbacks continue to avoid Richard Sherman? - NFL -
On Friday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated senior writers Don Banks and Greg Bishop discuss if Richard Sherman is the best cornerback in the league and how the Green Bay Packers need to improve their defense.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah
What is your favorite position to watch? I get this question a lot. Originally it was running back. It's the most intuitive and improvisational role on a football field.

Cover-Two: Players under pressure and Week 1 upset alerts |
The Seahawks' dominant performance in Thursday night's season-opener whet our appetites for the rest of the league to get underway this weekend. To get you ready for Week 1, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar discuss who's under pressure to start strong, top teams on upset alert and which of this offseason's numerous suspensions will loom largest on Sunday.

Harbaugh watch begins in Ann Arbor | ProFootballTalk
With 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh having two years left on his contract and with the coach and the team shelving until 2015 negotiations that have gone nowhere, other teams that could eventually be looking for coaches could begin looking to Harbaugh.

2014 NFL Standings Prediction: Confidence Edition
Here are my NFL projected standings for 2014, but with a twist: I’m ranking the teams from most confident to least confident in their final records. In other words, these are rankings with implied variances, too. If you think this is just a way for me to have built-in excuses for missing on teams in the bottom ten, you are completely wrong and I would never do that.

NFL wants one-game deactivation with pay after any DUI arrest | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL and NFLPA continue to not have a deal on a new, comprehensive drug policy, some more facts have emerged regarding what the league specifically has proposed.

No new drug-testing policy until next week, at the earliest | ProFootballTalk
The NFL and the players' union are close to an agreement on a new drug-testing policy, but not close enough to get it done this weekend. A league source tells PFT that the earliest a new policy could get done is early next week.