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John Elway, Hall of Fame quarterback, has built the NFL's best defense | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
Derek Wolfe isn’t the first guy you think about on the Denver Broncos’ defense. He’s probably not second or third and maybe not even seventh or eighth.

NFL Midseason Predictions: Super Bowl picks, awards discussion, more |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Pep Hamilton Colts fired, Ken Whisenhunt Titans fired | The MMQB with Peter King

With Blaine Gabbert at QB, 49ers not expected to win another game
According to ESPN's Football Power Index, the Niners are not favored to win another game.

Matthew Berry's fantasy football rankings for Week 9 flex quarterback defense kicker
Matthew Berry's top 150 flex players for Week 9 of the fantasy football season.

Tomsula sat Kap so QB could 'step back and breathe' -
49ers coach Jim Tomsula announced Blaine Gabbert would start Sunday vs. the Falcons. The coach said he benched Colin Kaepernick so the quarterback could "step back and breathe"

Bradford on reported deal: It must've been lost in mail -
Did the Eagles attempt to lock up Sam Bradford before the 2015 season started? According to a report, Bradford was offered a four-year deal at $18 million per year.

Vernon Davis blames dropoff on dismal 49ers -
Vernon Davis is happy to be in a new destination, and the Denver Broncos tight end isn't holding his words with letting us know about it. Find out what Davis had to say about his former team.

Andrew Luck: 'I do feel healthy, with no limitations' -
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck insisted Wednesday that he feels healthy with no limitations. If that's the case, what is the root cause of his struggles this season?

Chuck Pagano: Broncos' D reminiscent of 2000 Ravens -
Colts coach Chuck Pagano raved about the Broncos' defense on Wednesday, saying the team has 'talent on all levels.' Do the Colts stand a chance Sunday against undefeated Denver?

Seahawks’ defensive success has caveat | Sportspress Northwest
The Seahawks delivered an admirable defensive performance against the Dallas Cowboys, but they haven't beaten an elite quarterback in the regular season in more than a year.

Grading the Seahawks at midseason: Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson - Seattle - Scout
With the Seahawks off this week on bye and the club's regular season at the halfway point, it is a logical time for midseason grades.

Seattle Seahawks midseason review -
It's been a turbulent first half of the 2015 season for the two-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks. At 4-4, the Hawks sit in third place in the NFC West, behind the 6-2 Arizona Cardinals and the 4-3 St. Louis Rams as they enter their Week 9 bye.

He Said / She Said – Seattle Seahawks’ Second-Half Outlook - Oregon Sports News
Oregon Sports News football writers Julian Rogers and Jessica Ridpath take stock of the Seattle Seahawks (4–4) at the midway point of their season. And we’ll probably find some other things to argue about.

Seahawks may have found formula to reduce sacks on Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks had allowed a league-high 31 sacks entering Sunday's game but didn't allow any against Dallas with the help of some offensive adjustments and improved pass protection. 'I think we've found a mix that we like and hopefully we can keep building on it,' coach Pete Carroll said. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' Ricardo Lockette 'holds no grudges' against Cowboys safety - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Jeff Heath, the Cowboys safety whose hard hit seriously injured Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette on Sunday, told Dallas-area reporters that he reached out earlier this week to wish him well in his recovery from neck surgery. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks have a 33.8 percent chance of making the playoffs - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Looking to the numbers to forecast how the rest of the season might play out.

Mock draft breakdown (November 4th): Seahawks go O-line | Seahawks Draft Blog
In the podcast this week we conducted a live 1-31 mock draft (the Pats don’t have a first rounder). I said I’d list it out in full today and you’ll find it below. It’s very much a loose projection, designed mainly to look at the kind of range certain players might be drafted. Do I think the Bears will prioritise replacing prospective free agent Alshon Jeffery over defensive help? Not really. But I wanted to emphasise Laquon Treadwell’s stock as a possible top ten pick.

Wilson's gutsy performance keeps Seahawks in playoff chase -
Russell Wilson was the catalyst of a late Seattle win in Dallas that kept a Seahawks team that started the season slowly in the playoff chase. Was it the most clutch performance of Week 8?

How Will Wide Receiver Paul Richardson Fit and More in a Bye-Week Seahawks Q&A | Seattle Seahawks
You had questions, football-related and otherwise. We have answers.

Jeremy Lane to return to practice next week for Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
The last time Jeremy Lane was on a football field he was intercepting a pass from Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. The play ended with Lane suffering a torn ACL and a broken arm that forced him to begin this season on the physically unable to perform list.

Seahawks, Saints among bubble teams poised for playoff run -
Russell Wilson's Seahawks and Todd Gurley's Rams are currently out of the playoff picture. Which squad is better positioned to make a push? Gil Brandt ranks 10 bubble teams set for big second halves.

Wednesday Round-Up: Grading Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson's Play at Midseason | Seattle Seahawks
A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Arizona Cardinals injuries: C Lyle Sendlein could miss game against Seahawks - Revenge of the Birds
But everyone else will be good to go.

Percy Harvin out of practice with knee injury | ProFootballTalk
When Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin missed the team's Week Seven game in London, there was some disagreement about the reason for his absence from the lineup.

I was dead inside until Todd Gurley saved the Rams -
The Rams haven't been fun to watch in more than a decade, but now they have Todd Gurley.

Position rankings: Midseason All-Pro team -
With half of the 2015 season in the books, it's time to take a close look at the players who have stood out for their respective teams. Todd Gurley has already demanded our attention.