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NFL Week 6 Winners and Losers: The Dolphins Finally Unleash Their Stars and Philip Rivers’s Art Is Desecrated «
That’s more like it. Through four games, the Dolphins were a mess. A team that finished second in rushing DVOA last season was ranked 21st, with preseason favorite Lamar Miller averaging a paltry 3.54 yards per carry. Breakout candidate Ryan Tannehill ranked 32nd in QBR, three spots lower than turnover machine Jameis Winston. The monster pass rush that Miami was supposed to have with Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake was nowhere to be found, ranking last in sack percentage through Week 4.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 6
Each Sunday, the FO staff sends around e-mails about the games that each of us are watching. We share information about the games that the rest of the group might not be watching, ask questions, and keep everyone else informed about which games they might want to turn into (if they can).

Sour Rankings: Colts' fake punt try was nothing but a glorious disaster |
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Pagano’s head-coaching career is, as a practical matter, over | ProFootballTalk
In theory, Colts coach Chuck Pagano can still secure a new contract to continue in his job beyond 2015. The Colts, now 3-3, could continue to run roughshod over the worst division in football (sorry, fans of AFC South teams, but someone has to be the worst division in football), get hot late in the ...

Carlos Hyde says he’s “definitely” playing Thursday | ProFootballTalk
Given the buildup to their respective seasons, their probably weren't too many people expecting the 49ers and Seahawks to enter Thursday night's game with the same record.

Jaguars would accomplish nothing by firing Gus Bradley after 1-5 start -
There is talk in Jacksonville, and even some written word on the subject, that Jaguars coach Gus Bradley should be fired, but doing so now solves nothing.

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Texans find their QB in Connnor Cook -
Stuck in quarterback purgatory with Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett, Houston will be searching for a young passer to develop and that quarterback might be Connor Cook.

Monday Musings: Get used to this new Cam Newton, vulnerable Seattle D -
This was Cam Newton telling the football world: Forget about just calling him a big, strong, power-running weapon. You can now consider him a pocket passer as well.

You'd think 500 yards + 0 interceptions = a win ... but not Sunday
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers did everything but finish the comeback.

NFL Week 6 Takeaways: What the Snapfu? «
The most anticipated regular-season matchup of 2015 was more of a stern rebuke than an eff-you game, but the Patriots will hardly care given the result.

Why Peyton Manning could cost Denver eventually - NFL
The Broncos are winning in spite of their QB, not because of him. Mike Sando assesses how Manning's dramatic drop in performance could affect Denver down the stretch.

Ex-Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley officially retires from NFL
Former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who hasn't played since suffering a serious neck injury in 2013, has retired from the NFL.

The Pittsburgh Steelers can be scary if the defense continues to improve - NFL
The Steelers assumed they'd have to score a ton of points to win. But the defense is improving, particularly in the secondary, writes John Clayton. That means when Big Ben is back, watch out.

Thiel: Seahawks again had ‘em, lost ‘em; now 2-4 | Sportspress Northwest
Carolina’s final TD pass to TE Greg Olsen captured the disarray in the Seahawks’ defense, which again blew a fourth-quarter lead, and must recover in four days at San Francisco.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Morning After: Flawed Seahawks Fall Again, Lose 27-23 to Panthers
Move over, Bobby Ayala and Fernando Rodney. There is a new hope killer in town, and it's the people you would least expect. Meet your 2015 Seahawks.

John McGrath: Panthers shovel the dirt on Legion of Boom’s grave | The News Tribune
The world doesn’t stand still. The world evolves, as do players, and the world now regards the Legion of Boom as just another unit on just another football team.

Dave Boling: Where’s the raggedy-dog Seahawks you used to know? | The News Tribune
Four blown leads this season indicate that opponents are hungrier for the win down the stretch

Report: Seahawks' Pete Carroll on USC wish list -
One day after the Seahawks' latest fourth-quarter collapse came news that some people connected to the University of Southern California football program may be looking to court Seattle head coach Pete Carroll for their head coaching vacancy.

It's all going wrong for some NFL slumpers -
There are slumps in the NFL, and there are SLUMPS.

Three things from the Seahawks' loss to Carolina - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after the Seahawks fell to 2-4 with a 27-23 loss to Carolina. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Russell Wilson: Once Seahawks click, it's going to be hard to stop us - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Seattle dropped to 2-4 after a loss to Carolina, but the Seahawks' quarterback remains very confident.

Seattle Seahawks 'hoping' Bobby Wagner returns vs. San Francisco 49ers - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Wagner sat out Sunday's loss to the Panthers, but coach Pete Carroll is optimistic he'll be ready on Thursday.

Seahawks' Stupid Season Continues Stupidly With Another Stupid Loss - Slog - The Stranger
Oh, hey deja vu. The Seahawks lost a devastating game against an undefeated opponent despite having a well earned fourth-quarter lead. A flurry of points and a great play in the third quarter were followed up with near-misses and blown coverages in the fourth. Potential game-sealing catches were dropped, and runs were called back due to penalties. Then, when the Seahawks were one stop away from a win, the opposing quarterback made the throw of his life to a wide open tight end and it’s game over. Just another week of nonsense Seahawky business.

Is it fair to be more panicked about Seahawks this year than last? - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Last year at this time, the Seahawks were 3-3, coming off tough back-to-back losses. There's some deja vu with this season, as Seattle is 2-4 with plenty of question marks. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

What We Learned: Panthers at Seahawks
Running back Jonathan Stewart powers Panthers offense; linebacker Luke Kuechly flies around in his first game back in action.

Carroll on Seahawks: 'This season is not done at all' -
The Seahawks fell to 2-4 on Sunday. Just 8.3 percent of 2-4 teams have made the playoffs since 1990. Despite the long odds, coach Pete Carroll is optimistic his team can overcome the slow start.

Pete Carroll: I think Kris Richard is doing a really good job | ProFootballTalk
“I think Kris is doing a really good job,” Carroll said. “I’ve been really impressed with the way he’s handled this group. It’s a big challenge to take over [for Quinn] … I think he’s done a terrific job and he’s leading these guys and he’s got ’em to buy in. They’re following the lead, they’re playing real hard. I think we just have to play better and be cleaner. I think all those players would tell you that. That’s there to be done.”

Seattle Seahawks in disarray: Another week, another meltdown -
Yes, it is time to question the two-time reigning NFC champs. Adam Schein says Russell Wilson's Seahawks continue to foster serious doubt. Will Seattle miss the playoffs for the first time since 2011?

NFL Week 6: Panthers expose Seahawks defense in fourth - NFL -
If anybody doubted that the Panthers were for real after a 4–0 start, Sunday’s 27–23 comeback win over the Seahawks was a decent jab at the non-believers.

Season slipping away from stumbling Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Thomas and Sherman explained they were in two different coverages on the play. "It just was a confusion about what call we were in," Sherman said. "There were a couple calls being signaled in that were different. And the game's at a fast pace, so you've got to make a decision." Added Thomas: "We had some people playing L.A. We had some people playing another [coverage]. I don't know, man. We didn't get it. We didn't finish. It's tough. Coach [Kris] Richard said he called L.A. Sherm was playing L.A., which is true, and I was playing a Cover 3. Kam [Chancellor] was playing Cover 3 also. The whole back side was playing Cover 3. But I think Sherm was so close to the sideline, he got the correct call. But we didn't get the job done."