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The Highest Paid Duo's in the NFL - Over the Cap
During last night’s Lions game I noted how Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford were the highest paid duo, in terms of salary cap dollars, in the NFL this year. Those two players alone account for over $38 million of the Lions cap this season.   That got me to thinking, what kind of money do teams invest in their “dynamic duo” of talent at the top of the roster?  So with that in mind I’ll look at what teams are spending in cap on their top two players as well as their average annual investment in their top player. Remember you can always check out our Texture charts to see the full breakdown of everyones roster by salary ranking.

Shutdown Corner Playoff Projection: A New York, New York postseason? | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Things are a bit murky in the NFL's early playoff picture. But here's how we think the playoff grid stands entering Week 5.

Chip Kelly: I have to admit my play calling hasn’t succeeded | ProFootballTalk
Eagles coach Chip Kelly admits that he's to blame for a lot of the problems his team is having on offense. "I've got to do a better job play calling," Kelly said today. Asked if he questions his own plays, Kelly answered, "You have to.

Meet the Prospect: Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon -
The NCAA's active leader in rushing yards, Dixon might not be the flashiest prospect, but he has been consistently productive the last four seasons and NFL scouts have taken notice.

Prisco's Week 5 NFL Picks: Cowboys won't keep up with Pats, Eagles win -
Who wins in Week 5 in the NFL? Pete Prisco makes his picks for all the games.

Tom Brady is nearly unstoppable but here's a plan to try and slow him down -
Tom Brady is on a roll right now, and he's releasing the ball quicker and more efficiently than ever. Here's how he's doing it, and how teams might be able to slow or disrupt the Patriots offense.

Agent's Take: How the Bengals turned into one of the NFL's model franchises -
Believe it or not, kids, there was a time when the Bengals weren't always so successful. Here's how they became the model franchise they now are.

Two NFL safeties rank the 10 toughest players to cover
Which NFL receivers would you least want to cover one-on-one? ESPN Insiders -- and former NFL safeties -- Matt Bowen and Louis Riddick rank the league's 10 biggest matchup nightmares.

How much will it cost the 49ers cut to Colin Kaepernick at season's end?
If Colin Kaepernick continues to struggle at best and regress at worst, does he give the 49ers the best shot in the future?

Four plays made Todd Gurley feel like, well, Todd Gurley
Midway through the third quarter of his first NFL start, St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley delivered his "I'm back" moment from a torn left ACL.

Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco 49ers -- 'I don't play for job security'
Amid fans growing restless with him as the 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick said Wednesday that he doesn't play for "job security."

Tannehill: 'It's slanderous to report things I didn't say' -
Ryan Tannehill saw the reports of his actions at Dolphins practice last week, and he's not pleased. "... To degrade my reputation, it's sickening to me," the Miami signal-caller said.

Justin Tuck: Denver Broncos' defense is 'unbelievable' -
Veteran defensive end Justin Tuck expressed wonder at the Broncos' "unbelievable" defense this week. Will Denver shut down the Raiders' promising duo of Derek Carr and Amari Cooper?

Things to fix: Solutions for AFC's worst teams -
A quarter of the 2015 season is in the books but a few NFL teams are already struggling. Marc Sessler provides his solutions to fix the NFL's worst squads in the AFC.

Non-bat call controversy steals Kam Chancellor's thunder, Seahawks victory over Lions - Seattle - Scout
There is no denying that the Seahawks were very fortunate to not get penalized for K.J. Wright's batting a fumble out of the back of the end zone Monday night, which, according to the official NFL rules could have given the Lions the ball inside the one-yard line. That said, Wright's mistake -- and the NFL's bigger flub -- shouldn't take away from what was yet another spectacular performance from Seattle's 2014 team captain and reigning All-Pro strong safety.

Outlining the Seahawks’ task Sunday at unbeaten Cincinnati | The News Tribune
Long a team with an aggressive defense, the Bengals are 4-0 behind the passing of maligned Andy Dalton.

The best play from the Seahawks and Lions game
A look back at the best play from the Seahawks game Lions game. Just because this play was controversial doesn't mean it was great.

Seahawks broke – and benefited from – illegal-bat rule in 2013 - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Although Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright and coach Pete Carroll say they didn't know about the batted-ball rule, they were both part of a game when another section of it came into play. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks snap counts vs. Lions: Will Tukuafu, DeShawn Shead show their versatility - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks fullback Will Tukuafu played 21 snaps Monday night against Detroit, including seven on offense, three at defensive tackle and seven on special teams. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' offense can't continue to rely on Russell Wilson's improvisation - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Russell Wilson's ability to escape pressure and make something out of nothing should be the Seahawks' trump card, but so far it's been one of their only sources of offense. That can't continue. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Patriots are FPI Super Bowl Favorites - Stats & Info - ESPN
Following the Arizona Cardinals' loss in Week 4, the New England Patriots are the new favorites to win the Super Bowl, according to FPI.

Seattle Seahawks have third-best Vegas odds of Super Bowl win - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
The Seahawks have the third-best odds of winning the Super Bowl, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers.

Warren Moon: Seahawks need Jimmy Graham to improve blocking - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks radio analyst and Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon told 'Danny, Dacve and Moore' that tight end Graham doesn't need to transform into an all-world blocker, but he must become adequate in that role. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' Bennett has crazy reason for disliking Matthew Stafford -
Bennett holds the assassination of President John F. Kennedy against Lions quarterback and Dallas native Matthew Stafford.

If a pass is catchable, Seahawks' receivers perfectly efficient | FOX Sports
If a pass is catchable, Seahawks' receivers perfectly efficient

Russell Wilson's Eventful Night and other Takeaways from the Seahawks’ 13-10 Victory over the Detroit Lions | Seattle Seahawks
Five takeaways from "a crazy night of football" at CenturyLink Field.

Seahawks opponent outlook: Cincinnati Bengals | The Seattle Times
Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta takes a closer look at Sunday’s Seahawks opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals.

Defense Will Be On Fantasy Display at Cincinnati | Seattle Seahawks
Previewing Week 5 around the NFL from a Fantasy Football perspective.

The Bills are racking up penalties, but so is the rest of the NFL -
The Bills are on pace to break the NFL record for penalties this season, and it's a trend throughout the league.

Wednesday notes: O-line woes & Duke, Myles update | Seahawks Draft Blog
Seattle’s offensive line has been a hot-topic for several years. I suspect many critics will realise that, actually, the line wasn’t all that bad in 2013 (and to a lesser extent in 2014).

Victimized - Pride Of Detroit
I'm sick of feeling victimized.