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Colin Kaepernick’s Struggles, Jared Allen Trade, Rex’s Approach | The MMQB with Peter King

Patriots have a new strategy, which one coach is calling 'genius' -
Bill Belichick and the Patriots are doing something on the offensive line that most teams don't do.

Ranking NFL backup QBs from 1-32: Cowboys fine, Steelers in trouble -
We're heading into Week 4 and we've already seen two preseason playoff favorites -- the Cowboys and the Steelers -- lose their franchise quarterbacks.

Rex Ryan says Patriots were “clearly trying to embarrass us” | ProFootballTalk
The good news for the Patriots? No one has recently accused them of cheating. The better news for the Patriots? They are now residing firmly in the head of Bills coach Rex Ryan. A full ten days after the Patriots beat the Bills in Buffalo to cap an Ohio St.

Tomsula, Kaepernick are “on to Green Bay” | ProFootballTalk
The Patriots currently reside not only in the head of Bills coach Rex Ryan, but also in the brains of pretty much everyone else in the NFL. From citing the "do your job" mantra (that was actually a Parcells thing, with a word starting with an "F" between "your" and "job") to the "on to Cincinnati" c...

Finding contrarian betting value in Week 4 - NFL
Where does the contrarian betting value lie in Week 4? David Solar of Sports Insights uses a system focused on against-the-public picks on teams that scored fewer than 10 points in Week 3.

Martellus Bennett of Chicago Bears angered by NFL uniform violation fine for wearing cleats that 'were too black'
Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett thinks the NFL is putting his health at risk by prohibiting him from wearing a certain style of shoe on game days.

10 second-year players making big leaps - NFL
Which second-year players are in the midst of breakout seasons? Sam Monson runs down the list, which includes Derek Carr, Jake Matthews and Ryan Shazier.

Fantasy Football Week 4 rankings quarterbacks top 25 QB
Fantasy football quarterback rankings for Week 4 of the NFL season. If you need help at QB, look at Derek Carr.

Drew Brees resumes throwing; status unclear -
Drew Brees is throwing again, but his status for Sunday remains a mystery. "It's safe to say he is going to throw every day now," Saints coach Sean Payton said of his star quarterback.

Saints acquire Michael Hoomanawanui from Patriots -
The winless Saints are starting to make moves in an effort to turn their season around. New Orleans acquired Michael Hoomanawanui from the Patriots in a trade Wednesday.

Andre Johnson believes his time will come with Colts -
Andre Johnson is off to a dreadful start in his first season with the Colts after a Hall of Fame-level run with the Texans. Is Johnson still getting used to his new setting, or is this the end for the one-time star?

Seahawks sluggish near goal line against Bears | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks acquired tight end Jimmy Graham in part to give quarterback Russell Wilson a big, reliable target near the end zone. And while Wilson and Graham connected on plenty of occasions against the Bears, a series of plays inside the Chicago five conjured memories of the failure to score a touc...

Hawk Talk highlights: What to make of Thomas Rawls and the Seahawks' offensive line - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
As he does every week during the football season, Danny O'Neil hosted a live Seahawks chat on Tuesday. The highlights included his takes on Thomas Rawls' rushing performance against Chicago and the state of the Seahawks' offensive line. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Doug Baldwin doesn’t want to see a Seahawks offense without Marshawn Lynch “anytime soon” | The Olympian
Seattle has scored four offensive touchdowns in 31 drives so far this season. It’s 24th in the league converting third downs. No wonder leading receiver Doug Baldwin shudders at the thought of Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) potentially missing Monday night’s game against Detroit.

Detroit Lions' Golden Tate: Comments weren't shots at Joe Lombardi
"I think Joe's a heck of a coach," Tate told the Free Press today. "I can't sit here and speak ill about a guy who helped take us to the playoffs and also a guy who helped me have a career year, who also put his tail on the line to get me here in this offense. He's one of the first guys I met with when I came on my trip, so I have nothing but great things to say about him and I'm super, super appreciative for him."

Talking Loud While Saying Nothing: A Guide to Making Headlines (like Jimmy Graham being 'pissed off') - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
In the wake of last week's report about tight end Jimmy Graham being 'pissed off' about his role in the Seahawks offense, Danny O'Neil has put together a step-by-step guide on how to create a national stir by blowing something out of proportion. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

The best play from the Seahawks and Bears game
A look back at the best play from the Seahawks and Bears game highlighting the one play that changed the game.

Cliff Avril: Don't worry, he loves his contract - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, he of the 54.5 career NFL sacks, may have a second calling waiting for him when his playing days are over. Avril and 20

For Seattle Seahawks' Tyler Lockett, it's all about the start - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Tyler Lockett is averaging 34.3 yards per kickoff return, second-best in the NFL. And his 13.4 average on punt returns ranks sixth.

Michael Bennett: I'm the best Bennett brother - ESPN Video
Seahawks DE Michael Bennett explains why he is a better football player than his brother Martellus who plays for the Bears.

Falcons release Tyler Polumbus | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons didn't let the start of the regular season stop them from continuing to acquire depth at offensive tackle. They claimed Bryce Harris off of waivers and signed veteran Jake Long to go with offseason acquisition Tyler Polumbus, leaving them well stocked in the event of injuries at the ...

Doug Baldwin not exactly thrilled with Seahawks offense: “We’re awful on third down right now.” | The Olympian
They are just 4 for 16 when it’s been third and 3, 4, 5 or 6 yards to gain for the first down.

Seahawks Find the Finishing Touch & More Takeaways from Pete Carroll’s Week 4 Monday Press Conference | Seattle Seahawks
Highlights from Pete Carroll's Monday press conference following Seattle's 26-0 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Rams quick to remind everyone where Seahawks got trick punt return - NFL Nation - ESPN
The Rams pulled off a trick punt return against Seattle last year, with Tavon Austin as the decoy and Stedman Bailey going 90 yards for a touchdown.

Early returns positive for Seattle Seahawks newcomers - NFL Nation - ESPN
A player-by-player look at first-year Seattle Seahawks who have had an impact in the early part of the 2015 season.

CenturyLink, Seattle Seahawks and Cliff Avril to Award Fans Exhibiting Goodwill | Seattle Seahawks
Share eye-witness stories of community service using hashtag #12s4good for a chance to win.

Thomas Rawls stepping up for Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
In prior years, the Seahawks tried to find the next Marshawn Lynch by investing draft picks in guys like Robert Turbin (fourth round 2012) and Christine Michael (second round 2013). They finally may have discovered Beast Mode Jr. in the bargain basement after the 2015 draft.

Ignore the 0-3 record, the Detroit Lions are dangerous - Seattle - Scout
Those taking a first look at the Detroit Lions may see a lot of similarities to the Seahawks.

What do the Seattle Seahawks have in running back Thomas Rawls? - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Five thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks after rewatching Sunday's win over the Chicago Bears and looking at the numbers.