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Running Back Class of 2008 Still Going Strong
Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Chris Johnson, Justin Forsett, Jonathan Stewart, Danny Woodhead, Mike Tolbert, Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece, and Jerome Felton

Casserly on Kaepernick's struggle: 'The cast around him isn't as good' - NFL Videos
NFL Media's Charley Casserly explains what happened to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the team's lackluster loss against the Seattle Seahawks.

Week 7 Picks: Welcome to Finding Your NFL Roots «
Let’s just get it out of the way: Even I think the term “football babies” is a little creepy, but it’s going to be the way we get into this Friday’s picks column. No, this isn’t a reference to that unrelenting, awful “Bengal babies” NFL Shop commercial from last season; it’s our shared way of comparing players and teams to similar-yet-more-impressive archetypes. I’m guessing it predates Harold Miner taking the “Baby Jordan” nickname, but that’s the classic example. That Miner comparison also points out how the idea can go horribly wrong.

Thomas Rawls, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Hicks are NFL rookie stars | The MMQB with Peter King
While first- and second-round NFL draft picks are supposed to perform immediately, here are five rookies taken in the later rounds (or not at all) who are making an impact

Previewing Jets-Patriots, Saints-Colts, Ravens-Cards in NFL Week 7 | The MMQB with Peter King
Previewing a trio of compelling matchups—for three very different reasons—in NFL Week 7

As expected, Dez Bryant listed as doubtful this week | ProFootballTalk
Such that this week created much in the way of optimism, but Dez Bryant won't be returning to the field this week. According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys wide receiver has been listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Giants.

NFL Week 7 Game Rankings: Big tests for unbeaten Patriots and Panthers -
The Patriots and Panthers both face considerable tests to remain unbeaten in Week 7 while another London game could lead to another coach sacking.

11 stats to arm yourself with heading into Week 7 of the NFL season -
The Patriots try to maintain their dominance over the Jets, Brandon Marshall goes for a Jets franchise record, Ken Whisenhunt has a pretty horrendous record in his last 33 games, and more.

What the rest of the NFL can learn from the Patriots, Packers and Bengals
The teams that draft well -- and retain their best picks -- are usually a cut above. But the formula, which the Packers have down pat, is tough for many franchises to execute.

Best position groups in NFL -- New England Patriots have top quarterbacks, Denver Broncos have best linebackers, cornerbacks
Tom Brady leads the league's top quarterbacks group, while the No. 1 defensive line might surprise you, writes Field Yates.

Jim Tomsula: Colin Kaepernick is our quarterback -
Coach Jim Tomsula gave Colin Kaepernick a vote of confidence Friday as the 49ers' starting quarterback. Will Tomsula consider changes to his coaching staff instead?

Bold predictions: Cassel leads Cowboys to first place -
In this week's edition of fearless prognostications, the ATNFL crew foretells Matt Cassel's positive impact on the rising Dallas Cowboys and envisions a Week 7 full of successful field-goal attempts.

Niners place Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea on I.R. -
The 49ers placed Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea on season-ending injury reserve. How big of a loss is this for a reeling San Francisco club?

Thiel: Seahawks remember how to impose will | Sportspress Northwest
There was little choice in the matter: Either the Seahawks would revert to their natural state, or they would ruin the season. Fortunately, the inept 49ers were helpful in restoring order.

Behind dominant defense and Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks get well, roll over 49ers 20-3 - Seattle - Scout
Behind six sacks of Colin Kaepernick and the first 100+ yard rushing game of the 2015 season by Lynch, the Seahawks blasted the 49ers Thursday night, pulling to within 1.5 games of the Arizona Cardinals for the NFC West lead.

Felt like good old days for Hawks | - Sports
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It's tempting to make an enormous deal about the Seattle Seahawks' win over the San Francisco 49ers because it always...

VIDEO: Michael Bennett's new mantra for Seahawks: 'Chopping wood' | The News Tribune

Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril again play about 80 percent of snaps. And with way they are dominating, why not? | The News Tribune
Here are the snaps counts from Thursday night’s Seahawks win at San Francisco

Pete Carroll: Seahawks finished vs. San Francisco, like they expect to - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Coach Pete Carroll was certainly satisfied with the way the Seahawks closed out their 20-3 win over San Francisco Thursday night, but he wasn't going to rejoice in how his team finally finished after failing to do so in all four of its losses this season. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Pete Carroll: Seahawks 'really disappointed' in Levi's Stadium field - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Was the Levi's Stadium turf to blame for Russell Wilson's awkward slide in Thursday night's win over the 49ers? The QB and Pete Carroll think so.

Seattle Seahawks DL Michael Bennett mocks Kaepernick with biceps kiss - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Michael Bennett, who had 3.5 sacks Thursday, added insult to injury by kissing his biceps -- Kaepernick style -- after forcing an incompletion.

'Sound FX': Earl Thomas Mic'd Up | Seattle Seahawks
Listen to Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas mic'd up over the years.

Four Things we Learned from Coach Pete Carroll on 710 ESPN Seattle After the Seahawks' Week 7 Win | Seattle Seahawks
Key takeaways from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll's Friday morning segment on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Jake Plummer: Russell Wilson playing well for Seahawks - NFL -
Despite the Seahawks’ sluggish start to the season, Russell Wilson’s talent will keep them in the playoff picture.

Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman’s Performance vs 49ers Shows He “Can Do Just About Anything” | Seattle Seahawks
Richard Sherman shut down 49ers receiver Torrey Smith Thursday night, showing the versatility that has added to his value in 2015.

Seattle Seahawks start to re-establish identity, feel 'normal' in win - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
There are no elimination games in Week 7, but Seattle's game against the 49ers felt close to that, and the team responded with a dominant showing.

Russell Wilson's dogs, Pete Carroll disappointed with interceptions - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Russell Wilson had just six incompletions in the Seattle Seahawks' win Thursday, but two of those were interceptions, one thrown into double coverage.

Boling: Seahawks won’t quibble with win over 49ers, but still have plenty to prove | The News Tribune
After late collapses led to two straight losses, the Seahawks hold on to a lead and claim 20-3 win on the road

At the end of rivalry, 49ers serve as cautionary tale for Seahawks -

Wilson, Seahawks rule rivalry with 49ers again in 20-3 win -
Defending NFC West champion Seattle certainly took a positive step on that path to regaining its contender status with a commanding 20-3 victory against the San Francisco 49ers just four days after a tough loss at home to Carolina. Russell Wilson threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett, and the Seahawks (3-4) are ruling this rivalry with four straight wins, six out of seven and holding the Niners to single digits in the past three, outscoring them 56-13.

Seahawks have no trouble holding lead this time in 20-3 win over 49ers - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Marshawn Lynch topped 100 yards for the first time this season, Michael Bennett recorded 3.5 of Seattle's six sacks and the Seahawks cruised to a 20-3 win over the 49ers after blowing fourth-quarter leads in consecutive games. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Was the Seahawks' win over San Francisco enough to restore faith in their season? - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
'We choose to believe,' quarterback Russell Wilson said about the message that Seattle took from last week's loss to Carolina. Do you believe that the Seahawks' 20-3 win over San Francisco marked their revival from a 2-4 start? - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Cliff Avril up, Alvin Bailey down in Seattle Seahawks' win - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett combined for five sacks as Seattle re-discovered their identity on defense.

Seahawks Defensive End Michael Bennett "Really Caused Problems" For The San Francisco 49ers | Seattle Seahawks
Defensive end Michael Bennett had a career-high 3.5 sacks in Seattle's 20-3 Thursday Night Football win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Takeaways from a win that was a “Really Normal Seahawks Night” | Seattle Seahawks
Following a pair of disappointing losses, the Seahawks finished strong in a 20-3 victory at San Francisco.

Instant reaction: Niners struggle vs Seattle | Seahawks Draft Blog
This wasn’t a football game. It was an early Christmas present. A gift-wrapped, morale boosting victory at a crucial time in the season.

Defense dominates as Seahawks keep season alive - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
The Seahawks defense dominated the 49ers -- sacking Colin Kaepernick six times and limiting the offense to just one field goal in 11 possessions.

Seahawks vs. 49ers 2015 final score: Seattle dominates in 20-3 win -
Russell Wilson threw a couple interceptions and was sacked several times, but the Seahawks still improved to 3-4 after beating the 49ers on Thursday.

Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers October 22, 2015
Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara on October 22, 2015 - Find NFL box scores, game recap, play by play, photos and more at

Pleased defensive coordinator Kris Richard after 20-3 domination of 49ers: “Great exhibition of Seahawks football” | The News Tribune
Criticized after consecutive fourth-quarter meltdowns by his defense, the first-year coordinator said a return to a consistent, workmanlike mindset sparked Thursday’s shutout of San Francisco.