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Week 7 Game Scripts: Patriots Pass, Pass, and Pass Some More
The New England Patriots on Sunday provided one of the most incredible pass/run ratios in recent history. Last year, teams were very pass-happy against the

‘The Grantland NFL Podcast’: Week 7 Review Part 2 «
Bill Barnwell and Robert Mays return to adopt the Rams, mourn Arian Foster, and recap more of the Week 7 action.

Colts, 49ers, Texans, Cowboys, Bills lead dysfunction rankings | The MMQB with Peter King
While five unbeatens dominate the power rankings, five other erstwhile contenders are plagued by discord and dissent. Let’s put that chaos in order

Jerry Rice: Bench 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (for now), shake things up - CBSSports.com
Colin Kaepernick has been one of the NFL's worst quarterbacks this season, and his struggles have a lot to do with the 49ers' sluggish 2-5 start.

Prisco's Week 8 NFL Picks: Broncos nip Packers, Bengals hold off Steelers - CBSSports.com
Who wins in Week 8 in the NFL? Pete Prisco makes his picks for all the games.

Which Big Ben will show up for Steelers against rival Bengals? - CBSSports.com
After a month without Ben Roethlisberger, who suffered an MCL sprain and bone bruise in Week 3, the Steelers' franchise quarterback returns to the lineup.

Cassel says Dez is bringing energy to practice | ProFootballTalk
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is back on the practice field for the first time since his Week One foot injury, and his quarterback likes what he sees. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, that quarterback is not Tony Romo but Matt Cassel, who wasn't even on the team the last time Bryant practiced.

Mixing in martial arts to improve on-field performance - NFL.com
NFL trainer Clif Marshall breaks down the on-field benefits of mixing martial arts into a player's training program.

Matt Forte to Broncos among trades that would make sense - NFL.com
With the trade deadline approaching, Gil Brandt lists eight hypothetical deals that would make sense -- including one that would send Bears running back Matt Forte to a Super Bowl contender.

Herschel Walker to Redskins: Trade RGIII to Cowboys - NFL.com
With Robert Griffin III's career crashing in our nation's capital, former Pro Bowl running back Herschel Walker has a request for Redskins owner Daniel Snyder: "Send him down to Dallas."

Dez Bryant limited in return to Dallas Cowboys practice - NFL.com
The Dallas Cowboys have their star receiver back. Dez Bryant -- on his way back from a broken foot -- practiced Wednesday for the first time since Sept. 11.

Arians on playmaking Mathieu: 'He's all over the field' - NFL.com
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians raved about playmaking defensive back Tyrann Mathieu on Tuesday. Is the "Honey Badger" a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year?

Babineaux play always topical when Seahawks face Cowboys | HeraldNet.com - Sports
Jordan Babineaux wasn't supposed to be the hero on this short Dallas field-goal attempt.Cornerback Kelly Jennings was to mount the main block attempt ...

Dez Bryant returns to Cowboys for practice, increasing chance of Richard Sherman shadowing him | The News Tribune
It could be outspoken star versus outspoken star, all over the field, for at least part of Sunday’s Seahawks-Cowboys game at Arlington, Texas.

Seahawks hope Paul Richardson can pick up where he left off - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
That upward trajectory that Paul Richardson showed before a torn ACL ended his rookie season is one more reason the Seahawks are excited about the impact the second-year wide receiver can have now that he's inching closer to his return to the field. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Are the Seahawks getting the most out of Russell Wilson? - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
If the Seahawks don't plan to be aggressive on offense, was it worth paying Russell Wilson almost $22 million a season? - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks injury notes: Thomas Rawls' status still uncertain, Patrick Lewis to practice Wednesday - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed on Wednesday that the team's decision to sign running back Bryce Brown was due to uncertainty over the status of backup Thomas Rawls, who's dealing with a calf injury of unknown severity. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

McFadden will start Week 8 vs. Seahawks - ESPN Video
ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer says that Dallas will start RB Darren McFadden against the Seahawks due to RB Joseph Randle sustaining an oblique strain.

Seattle Seahawks at 36.2 percent chance of making playoffs - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Upcoming stretch of home games could put Seattle in position to change its season following a sluggish start.

Michael Bennett named NFC Defensive Player of the Week | ProFootballTalk
After recording a career-best 3.5 sacks in last Thursday's win over the 49ers, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. The Seahawks sacked Colin Kaepernick six times in the game and held the 49ers to 142 total yards. Bennett is up to 6.

SportsDay podcast: Hardy's 'passion' more like uncontrollable rage, plus Cowboys-Seahawks predictions | Dallas Morning News
SportsDay's Evan Grant, Barry Horn and Kevin Sherrington talked all things Cowboys in their latest episode of "Upon Further Review."

49ers vs. Seahawks breakdown: Jordan Devey is an agent of Colin Kaepernick's destruction - Niners Nation
If Jordan Devey's prime directive was to let Colin Kaepernick get sacked over and over against the Seahawks, I give him an A+.

NFL picks 2015, Week 8: Experts heavily favor Patriots, Seahawks, Packers - SBNation.com
A battle of undefeateds is set for Sunday night, but though the records are even, SB Nation's expert like the Packers overwhelmingly over the Broncos in Week 8.

12 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About Seahawks Kicker Steven Hauschka | Seattle Seahawks
How many of these things do you know about the Seahawks' kicker?

Seahawks Running Back Marshawn Lynch To Continue Rolling at Dallas Cowboys | Seattle Seahawks
What type of fantasy football production can you expect from Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys?

Seahawks O-line: How does it get better in 2016? | Seahawks Draft Blog
[caption width=510 align=alignnone] The Seahawks need to find the next Breno Giacomini to bolster an inexperienced O-line[/caption] In 2011 the Seahawks

Scout's Eye: Rookie DE Adds New Wrinkle To Seahawks' Pass Rush | Dallas Cowboys
IRVING, Texas -- It's only been about a year since this matchup took place at CenturyLink Field last season, but it feels like so much longer.

Raiders working out linebackers including recent former mid round draft pick - Silver And Black Pride
Days after the Raiders lost fifth round pick Neiron Ball to an apparent knee injury, there were working out a couple of linebackers in the hopes of adding some depth at the position. Those...

How Pete Carroll's rugby-style tackle is changing college football - CBSSports.com
A new form of tackling -- the rugby-style Hawk Tackle -- is all the rage at Ohio State and could spread across the country. Oklahoma, Nebraska and others are hoping to learn more about it.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 8: Darren McFadden Gets It Done in Big D | The Big Lead
McFadden showed flashes of 2010 and 2011.

Dez Bryant Practicing Today, "Positive Sign" For Seahawks Game - Blogging The Boys
Bryant's participation in practice "is a positive sign toward playing Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks."

NFL quarterbacks are masters of deception and here are the best - NFL
In the NFL, quarterback play isn't just about precision, anticipation and arm strength. It's about deception. Which guys are the masters at manipulating defenses? Matt Bowen takes a look.