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Peter King previews Week 6 NFL action | The MMQB with Peter King
Peter King previews three must-watch games: Buffalo's defense will face a test to contain Cincinnati's multiple weapons and pressure Andy Dalton, the undefeated Panthers welcome back Luke Kuechly to meet the Seahawks in Seattle for a playoff rematch. And the game of the weekend: a deflategate grudgefest between the Pats and the Colts in Indianapolis

Kris Richard more disappointed than concerned about fourth-quarter collapses | ProFootballTalk
When the Seahawks elevated defensive backs coach Kris Richard to the position of defensive coordinator, he became a de facto head-coaching candidate, given that both of his predecessors (Gus Bradley and Dan Quinn) fairly quickly parlayed that spot into teams of their own.

Bevell: Russell Wilson has to “continually trust” offensive linemen | ProFootballTalk
The struggles of the Seahawks offensive line are no secret to anyone who has seen the team play to this point in the season. Protecting Russell Wilson has been a particular problem as he's been sacked on a league-high 11.1 percent of his dropbacks and he's failed to get a pass off 22.

Belichick is ready for any quarterback and pretty much anyone | ProFootballTalk
To the extent that the Colts are trying to keep the Patriots guessing about the identity of the team's quarterback for Sunday night, it apparently doesn't matter. On Friday, New England coach Bill Belichick explained to reporters that the team prepares for everyone.

Six for Sunday: Pats out for revenge, blitzing QBs, Josh McCown's epic run - CBSSports.com
Tom Brady and the Pats are looking for some Deflategate payback vs. the Colts. Which QBs are worth blitzing? Can Josh McCown keep up this pace?

11 stats to arm yourself with heading into Week 6 of the NFL season - CBSSports.com
Jay Cutler tries to set a Bears franchise record, Cam Newton can tie Michael Vick, the Seahawks blow a shocking amount of fourth-quarter leads, and more.

The 10 non-QBs contenders can't lose - NFL
Who are the most valuable non-QBs on contending teams? Mike Sando runs down the list, starting with a certain Patriots tight end.

Devonta Freeman among next wave of NFL stars - NFL
Which NFL players are on the cusp of stardom? Field Yates identifies five, including the Falcons' Devonta Freeman, who has emerged as one of the league's most productive backs.

Joe Montana has some advice for the San Francisco 49ers: Let Colin Kaepernick run the ball more
Half of Fame quarterback Joe Montana has some advice for his former team the 49ers: Let Colin Kaepernick do what makes him comfortable -- run the ball more.

Irvin: Colts should sit Andrew Luck against Patriots - NFL.com
The Patriots are known for outsmarting their opponents, but Michael Irvin suggests that sitting Andrew Luck could give the Colts the ultimate advantage.

Bold predictions: Many teams' 0's will go - NFL.com
Andy Dalton and Cam Newton find themselves leading undefeated squads in Week 6 matchups. Will they survive Sunday's games with their perfect records intact?

Seahawks Notebook: Earl Thomas says he wasn't prepared for Bengals - seattlepi.com
Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas admitted Thursday he wasn't ready to face the Bengals last Sunday in Cincinnati and played apprehensively as a result.

Can Seattle Seahawks avoid their fourth loss? - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
A look around the Internet includes predictions for the Seahawks' Week 6 matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

In the face of pressure, Russell Wilson must perform balancing act - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Russell Wilson has been more accurate throwing than ever before, but the Seattle Seahawks QB is also getting hit more than he has in the past.

Kris Richard says Cary Williams has responded well from coverage lapses against Cincinnati - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
'This week he's been fantastic,' Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard said Thursday about cornerback Cary Williams, who was beaten deep on consecutive plays last Sunday vs. Cincinnati. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' Derrick Coleman to be released from jail amid investigation - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman is being released from jail pending an ongoing investigation into the incident that led to his arrest Wednesday on suspicion of vehicular assault and hit and run. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Once again, Seahawks will meet Panthers while at a crossroads - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks have beat Carolina four times in the past three seasons, but Sunday's game is perhaps Seattle's most important yet against the Panthers. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

“Rawls Royce” back to Seattle Seahawks’ running back garage with Marshawn Lynch returning | The News Tribune
Coach Pete Carroll expects Lynch to play Sunday against Carolina; he missed two games with a strained hamstring. The coach says rookie Thomas Rawls, who had 169 yards rushing at Cincinnati last weekend, will be reduced to “eight to 10” carries a game when Lynch returns.

NFL reassigns Lions-Seahawks back judge away from Sunday Night Football | ProFootballTalk
The one-week suspension with pay of Rob Vernatchi, the side judge responsible for the most recent Monday night officiating blunder, isn't the only unusual move made by the NFL in advance of Week Six.

Seahawks S Thomas: Lack of preparation made him play 'timid' | FOX Sports
Seahawks S Thomas: Lack of preparation made him play 'timid'

Seahawks' varied problems create sinking feeling
Seattle is slumping, and there are multiple culprits to blame.

Panthers will be without Jared Allen, A.J. Klein against Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers are going to have to try to slow Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson without a pair of key defensive parts. According to Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, veteran defensive end Jared Allen has been ruled out for Sunday's trip to Seattle, after a pinched nerve has caused numbness in...

Seahawks Know that Stopping the Carolina Panthers Means Stopping Cam Newton | Seattle Seahawks
When it comes to playing the Carolina Panthers, priority No. 1 is stopping dual-threat QB Cam Newton, something the Seahawks have done in four victories over Carolina.

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It’s been a weird season, even by NFL standards. It seems bizarre to think that the Colts and Eagles were among the favorites to win the Super Bowl as recently as six weeks ago. That was a world in which Calvin Johnson was somehow an elite fantasy football receiver. Hell, Devonta Freeman looked plodding three weeks ago, when he had started the year with 43 rushing yards on 22 carries across Atlanta’s first two games. Now, he’s suddenly the second coming of Priest Holmes. Things move fast.

Seahawks' Pete Carroll on turnover mystery: 'Doesn't fit in my brain' - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Turnovers are one of five things to keep an eye on when the Seahawks face the Panthers on Sunday.