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Watch Now, Watch Later: A Preview for Week 1, and the Season «
Football is back! With the Patriots beating the Steelers in Foxborough last night to start the 2015 campaign, it’s time to wrap up the exhaustive, expansive Grantland NFL Preview. Having gone through every team in both written and aural form, there’s only one thing left to preview that we haven’t gotten to yet: Week 1. Let’s change that.

Window Into the Weekend: Week 1 | The MMQB with Peter King
Peter King's previews three things to watch out for in this weekend's games: Who will lead Atlanta's pass rush? Can Derek Carr and the Raiders upset the Bengals? And who will emerge as Joe Flacco's deep threat answer?

The Playbook: A complete guide to Week 1 action around the NFL |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Antonio Brown's last-second TD had estimated $100M gambling impact -
Antonio Brown's last-second touchdown wasn't good news for a few gamblers in Vegas.

Mariota vs. Winston, Packers without Jordy, AP returns: 10 intriguing things -
Watching the top two quarterbacks drafted last April square off in Week 1 will be special. How will the Packers cope without Jordy Nelson? Will someone emerge from the Cowboys backfield?

Game Rankings: Manning, Broncos look to make statement vs. Ravens -
It's time to rank this week's games and right out of the gate we get Peyton Manning beginning what might be his retirement tour facing the Ravens.

NFL Week 1 predictions: Broncos, Vikings, Colts, Packers the favorites
NFL Nation reporters pick the outcomes of Sunday's and Monday's games.

Peyton Manning's arm strength diminished? -
One AFC executive told NFL Media's Albert Breer that Peyton Manning's arm strength is "significantly diminished." Can the five-time MVP prove the doubters wrong and lead Denver to a Super Bowl?

Colts trade conditional draft pick for DE Billy Wynn -
The Colts traded a conditional 2017 draft pick to the Browns for defensive end Billy Wynn. Will Indy's revamped front seven have a prayer of shutting down the run this season?

Three Key Matchups: St. Louis Rams - Seattle - Scout
To escape St. Louis with a victory on Sunday, the Seahawks must be able to contain Rams star second-year defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Of course, last year's top-ranked defense poses tough matchups for the Rams young offensive line, as well. In what is likely to be a defensive battle, one or two big red zone plays from Jimmy Graham could prove the difference.

Pete Carroll says he has no problem with Marshawn Lynch’s show of support for holdout Kam Chancellor | The News Tribune
But the Seahawks coach adds “we don’t need to keep doing it” on day 43 on Chancellor’s holdout.

Seahawks injury report: Tharold Simon listed as questionable but expected to be available - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks had an addition to their final injury report of the week with cornerback Tharold Simon listed as questionable for Sunday's opener against St. Louis. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Video: Pete Carroll says Seahawks rookie WR Tyler Lockett doesn't need restrictions - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Pete Carroll met with the media after practice Friday and shared why rookie wide receiver Tyler Lockett is free to be used in all situations in his first regular season game. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seattle Seahawks: 5 Players who will be unexpected Pro Bowlers in 2015 - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
12th Man Rising nominates five players who could be surprise Pro Bowlers for the Seattle Seahawks this season.

Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas: 'I hate the harness they put on me' - NFC West - ESPN
Earl Thomas, who had offseason shoulder surgery, will wear a harness this Sunday against the Rams that will likely restrict his movement.

Take 2: Why I blame Kam Chancellor’s agent for ill-conceived Seahawks holdout | The Seattle Times
BY BRIAN SULLIVAN The Kam Chancellor holdout stinks. And I blame his agent, Alvin Keels. Chancellor has obviously been receiving bad advice. He has no leverage in his current holdout...

Jim Moore: Seahawks will continue downward trend in 2015 -
Two years ago the Seahawks went 13-3 and went on to win the NFC West and the Super Bowl. Last year they went 12-4, won the NFC West and lost in the Super Bowl.

Can Seahawks' trio of stars counterbalance a lack of experience up front on offense? - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seattle's equivalent of the triangle offense -- Marshawn Lynch, Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson -- is as potent as any trio in the NFL. But is it enough in an offense that will be a work in progress up front? - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

The Battle in the Trenches and other Key Matchups for Seahawks at Rams | Seattle Seahawks
Here are three key matchups that could determine the winner in Seattle’s Week 1 game at St. Louis.

Las Vegas bettors favor Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers to reach Super Bowl
More money has been bet on the Seahawks to win the Super Bowl than any other team at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, with the Packers a close second.

Seahawks face tough odds and brutal schedule | Sportspress Northwest
Only seven teams in the last 49 years have returned to the Super Bowl the year after losing it. Only two of the seven won. Those are the odds facing the Seahawks.

Seahawks thrive amid offseason challenges | The Seattle Times
Through all the turmoil, the Seahawks still are positioned to make a strong run at their third consecutive Super Bowl. This is a team for whom challenges are its lifeblood, and outside doubt is its fuel.

12 questions that will shape the Seattle Seahawks’ 2015 season - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Finally, the long offseason is over.

Coaching Seahawks is a family affair for Pete Carroll, sons - Local News |
When the Seahawks take the field Sunday, if someone yells 'Coach Carroll,' three heads could turn. That's because along with Head Coach Pete, there's assistant receivers coach Nate, and newly hired assistant line coach Brennan. All are Carrolls. - Local -

Russell Wilson confronts crucial test as face of Seattle Seahawks -
Russell Wilson is taking on a higher-profile role as the Seahawks' franchise QB -- and he's doing it while proclaiming his faith. Jeffri Chadiha talks to Wilson about how he approaches his private life.

Marshawn Lynch Invests in "Chronicled" App for Fake Sneakers | Complex
A new app looks to inform consumers on what they're purchasing.