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The day before the day before.

Run the Jewels: Could This Be the Best Rookie Running Back Class in Years? «
Last season belonged to the rookie wide receiver. The 2013 class had some early success — DeAndre Hopkins and Keenan Allen still look like its best products. But the pass-catchers who emerged in 2014 were the best in history. Of the 20 highest receiving yardage totals by a rookie since the merger, four of them came last year. Only Randy Moss and John Jefferson had more receiving touchdowns as rookies than Odell Beckham Jr. and Mike Evans. And while the Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry wasn’t piling up the yards, he had the fifth-highest reception total among rookie receivers since 1970.

Rams fan from New Zealand travels 8,000 miles to see his team | The MMQB with Peter King
A die-hard fan from New Zealand flew halfway around the world to St. Louis to watch his beloved team take on the Seahawks in the season opener. He picked the right game

Marshawn’s mom apologizes, sort of | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this week, the mother of Marshawn Lynch teed off on Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for the fateful fourth-down play call against the Rams in overtime. Bevell and his boss, Pete Carroll, took the high road, refraining from any criticism of Delisa Lynch.

After Further Review: How Rex Ryan's D sets the tone, dictates play for Bills -
The Bills' attacking D limited the Colts on the scoreboard, forced Andrew Luck into mistakes. How'd they do it? By creating chaos with exotic fronts and blitzing. A lot.

Ex-ref was once 'suspicious' of Pats' Jim McNally, reported him to NFL -
Deflategate wasn't the first time Jim McNally was suspected of deflating footballs.

Next Gen Stats: Marcus Mariota is NFL's fastest QB -
Marcus Mariota became the first quarterback since 1960 to generate a perfect passer rating in his NFL debut. Did the Tennessee Titans hold back during the preseason?

QB Index: Unfamiliar Peyton Manning sights -
Several quarterbacks climbed and dropped in this week's QB Index, but perhaps the most intriguing move was Peyton Manning's fall into the "next level" tier of Gregg Rosenthal's rankings.

Tomsula: There's a belief and a faith in Jarryd Hayne -
Despite fumbling away his first NFL punt return against the Vikings on Monday night, San Francisco's Jarryd Hayne hasn't lost his job on special teams, according to coach Jim Tomsula.

Around The NFL's Week 2 picks -
The Chargers meet the Bengals in an early AFC battle on Sunday. Check to see who the Around the NFL team favors in that game and the rest of the Week 2 slate in this week's picks.

Bortles: Fans don't know enough to question play calls -
The Jaguars' offense is still trying to find itself in the nascent Blake Bortles era. On Wednesday, some frustration appeared to show when a reporter asked the quarterback about fan criticism.

Earl Thomas has successful return to the field vs. St. Louis
The Seattle Seahawks' 34-31 overtime loss at St. Louis on Sunday marked the first time free safety Earl Thomas saw game time since undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason.

Taking a look at Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and the Green Bay Packers and how the Seattle Seahawks stack up - Seattle - Scout
The Green Bay Packers enter Week Two riding high after a come-from-behind victory over division rival Chicago in the opener. Prior to the Sunday night's rematch of the NFC Championship game, begins the prep with a look at how the Packers were successful against the Bears.

Reassured shoulder is OK, Earl Thomas says “I guarantee we are going to fix” defense | The News Tribune
It’s only week 2 of the season, yet it’s already intense for Earl Thomas. Especially while having to do more in the absence of his holding-out partner at safety, Kam Chancellor Then again, when is it not intense for Earl Thomas.

Seattle Seahawks tape study: Jimmy Graham active, just needs the ball more - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
One of the big criticisms os the Seattle Seahawks offense from last Sunday was that they didn't get tight end Jimmy Graham involved enough. It it almost im

Seahawks injury report: Tharold Simon, Bruce Irvin DNP - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon missed his second straight day of practice Thursday due to the toe injury that also kept him from playing in Seattle's season opener. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Milloy leads state list of football HOF nominees | Sportspress Northwest
Lawyer Milloy, an All-American safety at the University of Washington and a four-time Pro Bowler, is among nine first-year nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Packers RT Bryan Bulaga injures knee, severity unknown -
Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga left Thursday's practice after injuring his left knee and his status for this weekend's game against the Seattle Seahawks was unclear.

He Said / She Said – Seattle Seahawks At Green Bay Packers - Oregon Sports News
Oregon Sports News football writers Julian Rogers and Jessica Ridpath preview the week two matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers.

Did the Seattle Seahawks pass too much on Sunday? | The Seattle Times
A closer look at the numbers from Sunday shows that it was probably circumstance, more than gameplan, that led to Russell Wilson attempting a career-high 41 passes against the Rams.

Podcasts: Seahawks' Michael Bennett, Cassius Marsh on 'The Huddle' - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
'The Huddle' hosts Bob Stelton, Dave Grosby, Tom Wassell and Dave Wyman were joined by five guests this week during their broadcast, including defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cassius Marsh. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Comfortable On & Off The Field | DeShawn Shead
It’s crazy to think how much your life can change with just a couple of adjustments. Whether it’s something on the home-front with your family or a simple change of diet, it’s all about becoming more comfortable in your life – on the field and off the field.

Are we edging closer to a Kam Chancellor trade? | Seahawks Draft Blog
On August 27th we discussed the likelihood of Kam Chancellor’s hold-out lasting beyond week two. The only possible leverage he can muster is if the Seahawks start 0-2 and panic.

Seahawks notes: Richard Sherman ready, willing and able at nickel; Kam Chancellor, injury updates - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seahawks surprised many last week when they lined up three-time, first-team, All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman inside at nickel corner at St. Louis in a move that hadn’t been seen throughout training camp or the preseason.

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman in new role as he prepares to face Packers QB Aaron Rodgers | The Seattle Times
The teams are preparing for their third meeting in just over a year Sunday night in Green Bay, Wis., But before deciding to throw at Sherman, Rodgers first might have to find him on the field.

Bell: Kam Chancellor's holdout with Seahawks stirs discomfort for both sides
It’s always about the money.

Pete Carroll: Seattle Seahawks’ uncharacteristic allowances on defense not due to Kam Chancellor’s absence - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Monday the team had plenty of opportunities to win Sunday’s season opener at St. Louis, but made enough mistakes to drop the 34-31 decision to the Rams in overtime.

Seahawks fall in national media NFL power rankings, but how far? | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks lost ground in NFL power rankings after losing their season opener to the St. Louis Rams in agonizing fashion. Seattle, which was ranked No. 1 by many of...

Seahawks Defense Believes Week 1 Struggles can be “Easily Corrected” | Seattle Seahawks
Despite allowing 34 points and a lot of big plays in St. Louis, the Seahawks are confident that their defense can quickly turn things around.

Have Seahawks become albatross for Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers? - NFC North - ESPN
Pete Carroll and the Seahawks bring a three-game winning streak over Green Bay in to Sunday's game at Lambeau Field.

The Grudge Match – Seattle Seahawks At Green Bay Packers - Oregon Sports News

Five questions, five answers: Previewing the Green Bay-Seattle Seahawks game | The Seattle Times
Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette answers five questions about Sunday's Seahawks-Packers game.

Communication the buzzword of the week for Seattle Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle coaches and players say on-field communication was a major issue last week. The game at Green Bay will serve as a good test for whether Seattle has improved.

Russell Wilson talks about the no-huddle offense | - Seattle Sidelines
One of the notable aspects of the Seahawks' 34-31 overtime loss at St. Louis last Sunday was how Seattle's offense moved the ball much more...

Blanket Coverage: Why Grigson should be on the hot seat with Pagano |
Colts coach Chuck Pagano may be on the hot seat, but thanks to a lack of major changes where the Colts needed them this offseason, GM Ryan Grigson's chair should be burning up as well.

Person of Interest: Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
A closer look at Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, who's the best quarterback in the NFL but has averaged only 16.7 points over the Packers' last three games against the Seahawks. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

With Seattle Seahawks' Kam Chancellor out, Dion Bailey to be targeted - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
When asked what the Seattle Seahawks are missing without Kam Chancellor, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers drew a comparison to his own team.

How Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers can solve the Seattle Seahawks' defense once and for all - NFL
Aaron Rodgers is the NFL's premier quarterback, but when he plays the Seattle Seahawks, his numbers start to resemble those of a game manager looking to take the safe option. Since 2012, Rodgers has averaged 273 yards per game and 8.71 yards per pass attempt when he doesn't play the Seahawks. But those numbers drop to just 196.7 and 5.57, respectively, when he throws the ball versus Pete Carroll's defense. That's a noticeable change for a quarterback who is consistently in the MVP discussion.

Seahawks face tough challenge with Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, exceptional OL - Seattle - Scout
How has Green Bay's passing offense changed without Jordy Nelson and with new play-caller Tom Clements? What can the Seahawks expect from Green Bay's newest inside linebacker Nate Palmer? We ask Bill Huber of these questions and more as part of our weekly preview of the next opponent.