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Falcons, Panthers, Riding Easy Schedules To 8-0 … And Beyond?
Last year, Atlanta won its fourth game of the year in week eleven.

‘The Grantland NFL Podcast’: Week 4 Recap «
Bill Barnwell and Robert Mays break down the Joe Philbin firing and the decaying situation in Miami before recapping four key games from Week 4.

How the Stars (and Stripes) Saved Seattle «
It happened again. Three years after the Fail Mary, the Seahawks were bailed out on Monday Night Football by an officiating mistake at the most critical moment of the game. While this call wasn’t as significant a game-decider as the one the replacement officials made against the Packers in 2012, it was an even more egregious mistake. It overshadows a game-saving play by Kam Chancellor, which itself overshadows a gutsy effort from the visiting Lions.

Pete Carroll: I didn’t know batted ball rule | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright said he didn't know that he should have been penalized for batting Calvin Johnson's fumble out of the end zone on Monday night and he wasn't alone on that front.

Byron Maxwell “can’t really run,” but expects to play this week | ProFootballTalk
Cornerback Byron Maxwell was forced out early in Sunday's loss because of a quad injury and he provided an update on his condition on Tuesday. Maxwell said that he has a quad contusion that is feeling better as more time passes since the injury, leaving him to believe that he'll be able to play w...

Joe Philbin’s last practice showed he had lost control | ProFootballTalk
Joe Philbin's last practice as head coach of the Miami Dolphins demonstrated how thoroughly he had lost control of his team. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Saturday practice in London before Sunday's loss to the Jets featured heated exchanges among quarterback Ryan Tannehill a...

ESPN producer on illegal bat: “We all missed it live” | ProFootballTalk
One of the odd aspects of the Seahawks winning Monday night's game on a bad call is that ESPN made no mention of it on the air during the game. ESPN's Monday Night Football producer says it was simply a matter of the ESPN crew not realizing it was a penalty in all the action surrounding the game-cha...

Russell Wilson, Alex Smith competing for chance at sack record | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, MDS pointed out that Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been sacked 18 times this season. On Monday night, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson caught him, with six against the Lions.

Belichick delivers a lecture when asked about NFL’s rules | ProFootballTalk
One of the biggest misconceptions about Patriots coach Bill Belichick is that he just grumbles one-word answers at his press conference. In reality, Belichick is one of the most articulate and insightful NFL coaches -- at least when he's asked about a topic he wants to discuss.

Bad Week for NFL Kickers | The MMQB with Peter King
The PAT is no longer a gimme, and kickers are struggling with accuracy. Peter King analyzes why so many kickers are missing

Greg Cosell's Week 4 review: Cowboys' mistakes cost them in OT loss | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
The Dallas Cowboys needed to figure out ways to win without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, but they're 0-2 since Romo got hurt.

Seahawks Will Tukuafu and DeShawn Shead Show Their Versatility in Victory over Lions | Seattle Seahawks
Will Tukuafu and DeShawn Shead, two of the Seahawks' most versatile players showed their value in Monday's game.

Injuries: Lions DT Tyrunn Walker has broken fibula -
Detroit's starting defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker is having surgery for a broken fibula and dislocated ankle, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell announced on Tuesday. Plus, other injuries we're tracking around the league.

Next Gen Stats: Peterson recaptures famed fifth gear -
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson famed fifth-gear was on display against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Check out the other Next Gen Stats that we took note of.

Bills pass on Trent Richardson, sign Boom Herron -
Trent Richardson's chance to salvage his NFL career took another setback Tuesday. After working out the former No. 3 overall draft pick, the Bills signed Boom Herron to their depleted backfield.

Greg Hardy returns from suspension, calls out Brady -
Greg Hardy will return to the field for the first time Sunday since Sept. 2014. Back from his four-game suspension, what did the Cowboys lineman have to say to the media?

John McGrath: Seattle Seahawks get glimpse of their Beast-less future without Marshawn Lynch | The News Tribune
Without turning a page Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks began a new chapter: Their 13-10 victory provided fans a glimpse of what the offense will look like when it’s no longer built around Marshawn Lynch.

Dave Boling: How long until Seahawks learn how to protect Wilson? | The News Tribune
Russell Wilson should be the guy demanding to renegotiate his contract with the Seahawks.

Missed call overshadows Seahawks' defensive dominance -
If K.J. Wright had simply fallen on the loose ball as it bounced, there would be no controversy hanging over the Seattle Seahawks.

Caldwell says he's done talking about controversial play -
Jim Caldwell wants to turn his focus to Detroit's next game — and he's insisting his players do the same.

Seahawks vs Bengals early Vegas line, forecast and series history - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Seahawks were installed as an initial 1-point underdog on the road in Cincinnati this week, but that was before last night’s near-loss to Detroit. The early money is on the Bengals and the current consensus line is Bengals by 3. Typically, Vegas figures playing at home is worth about 3 points, so in essence the bettors see these two teams as even if they were to play on a neutral field.

The Pete Carroll Show: Evaluating the Seahawks' offensive-line issues - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Pete Carroll shared thoughts on the struggles of Seattle's offensive line, Russell Wilson's fumbles, the defensive standouts and more from the Seahawks' win over Detroit. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Three things from the Seahawks' win over Detroit - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after the Seahawks improved to 2-2 with a 13-10 win over Detroit. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Pete Carroll on controversial call: 'I didn't know that rule either' - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Pete Carroll began his coaching career in 1974, but he said he's never seen a scenario like the one that played out at the end of Monday night's win.

Trent Dilfer: The ref's decision on 'batted ball' made on spirit of the rule - ESPN Video
ESPN NFL Analyst Trent Dilfer joins Russillo & Kanell to comment on the incorrect "batted ball" call in the Seahawks-Lions game.

Looking at the Snap Counts from the Seahawks’ 13-10 Victory over the Detroit Lions | Seattle Seahawks
Looking at who played how much in Seattle's Week 4 victory over the Lions.

NFC West Update: St. Louis Rams Hand Arizona Cardinals First Loss of 2015 | Seattle Seahawks
A closer look around the division after Week 4 of the regular season.

Forget About the Bat, Man: Kam Chancellor Saved Seattle | Rolling Stone
His heads-up play on Calvin Johnson got the Seahawks back to .500 – even if K.J. Wright did illegally bat the ball out of the end zone

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 4 DVOA Ratings
We spent the first three weeks of the season in wonder at the dominance of the Arizona Cardinals, but it turned out the Cardinals were not going undefeated this year. They didn't lose to St. Louis by a large margin, and ended up with a single-game DVOA of -6.8%. That actually wouldn't have been enough to drop the Cardinals from the No. 1 spot in our ratings... except that Week 4 is also the week that the opponent adjustments arrive, truly turning DVOA into DVOA. Although the opponent adjustments are only at 40 percent of their eventual full strength, Arizona's schedule so far ranks No. 31 -- only Carolina has played an easier schedule so far -- and that drops the Cardinals to No. 2 this week.

Doc's TML: Looking forward to Bengals' O vs. Seahawks' D
The biggest non-division home game since. . .? Beyond The Stripes, Pirates ways a blueprint for Reds

'Fail Mary' ref offers advice to official who blew call in Seahawks-Lions game - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Lance Easley, who suffered PTSD after his controversial Seahawks-Packers call three years ago, also has a comment to fans.

First look: Bengals vs. Seahawks
The 4-0 Cincinnati Bengals welcome in the 2-2 Seattle Seahawks into Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Seahawks’ Pete Carroll on controversial play that beat Lions: ‘I’ve never seen that happen’ | The Seattle Times
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll reiterated on his ESPN 710 Seattle radio show Tuesday morning the sequence at the end of Monday night's game is something he had never seen before.

Unbeaten Bengals announce rare sellout vs. Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
The 4-0 Bengals host the Seahawks Sunday, and the locals are apparently excited. The game is sold out, a rarity in Cincinnati. The Bengals had about 58,000 fans for each of their two previous home games this season.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Clutch Encounters: Week 4
"When I grow up, I want to be an NFL kicker, or maybe a referee." Son, you must have missed Week 4 of the 2015 season. You should also strive to get a career in a full-time position. We started the week with a crazy kicking finish in Pittsburgh, and we ended with some more officiating controversy in Seattle on a Monday night. In between there were six game-winning drives on Sunday.

Seahawks offense should improve as the season progresses - NFL
The Seahawks' offense hasn't looked good so far, but recent history tells us Pete Carroll's team gets better on offense as the season goes along, and that would make sense with this group.

Bills pass on Trent Richardson, sign Boom Herron -
Trent Richardson's chance to salvage his NFL career took another setback Tuesday. After working out the former No. 3 overall draft pick, the Bills signed Boom Herron to their depleted backfield.

Pete Carroll optimistic that Marshawn Lynch will play in Week 5 - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
SEATTLE -- Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was initially labeled questionable against the Lions, but he ended up being ruled out the day before the game with a hamstring injury.

Russell Wilson making up for Seattle Seahawks' O-line issues - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Russell Wilson has been making up for the Seahawks' offensive line's shortcomings. How long can he continue?

Seahawks winning despite -- not because of -- poor and porous offensive line | The News Tribune
How much longer can Seattle win games with its blocking, particular pass protection, so awful? A better, more fundamental question may be: How much longer can quarterback Russell Wilson remain upright behind this “protection.”

Takeaways from Seahawks 13-10 win over Lions - Oct. 5, 2015 | Seattle's Sports Radio 950 KJR
Usually in the aftermath of games, I tend to write a story with five thoughts on the game.