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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 3 DVOA Ratings
It takes some getting used to seeing the Arizona Cardinals on the top of the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings, but there they are again this week after stomping San Francisco by a final score of 47-7. In the entire history of DVOA ratings, going all the way back to 1989, Arizona had never sat at No. 1 after a single week until last week. Now they have two weeks at No. 1, and they may be there for a while.

Where is your favorite team in the Eliteness Rankings?
Three games into football season, we have something of an idea of which teams are elite and which teams ... aren't. These are the Eliteness Rankings, in order of how elite these teams are and how elite the lower teams could someday be.

NFL Week 3 Winners and Losers: A.J. Green Goes Supernova, Philbin’s Phins Continue to Flounder «

Julio Jones Is Historically Ridiculous «
You don’t need me to tell you that Julio Jones is ridiculous, but I’m going to anyway. Through three games, Jones’s numbers in Kyle Shanahan’s offensive scheme have been ridiculous. He leads the league in receptions (34) and receiving yards (440), having posted three consecutive games with at least 135 yards to start the season. Jones would tie a league record1 if he posted a fourth consecutive game with at least 135 yards, and it wouldn’t be the only record he’s approaching. Jones hasn’t simply been the best receiver in football through this season-opening three-game stretch; he’s started what looks like it could become one of the great seasons by a receiver in NFL history.

Bears continue remodeling by waiving Brock Vereen | ProFootballTalk
The Bears traded away two linebackers on Monday and the defensive changes kept coming on Tuesday. The team announced that safety Brock Vereen has been waived from the 53-man roster.

Mathieu elaborates on issues with 49ers’ passing game | ProFootballTalk
“Not to take any shots at [Colin] Kaepernick or their offensive coordinator [but] we prepare so much playing in the NFL, we watch so much film, and it’s really easy to pick up on what certain teams do and what they like to do,” Mathieu said. “And then there’s other teams that they don’t have the variety of things to do and it was real easy for us to anticipate routes and get the breaks on the ball last Sunday.”

NFL sets record for most penalties in league history through Week 3 -
After three weeks, 730 penalties have been accepted, which is an NFL record.

One of the NFL's best pass rushers will miss at least 2 months of the season -
Johnson will miss a minimum of eight weeks thanks to his hamstring injury.

Agent's Take: The 20 players with big money on the line this season -
It's ball out or lose out when it comes to a contract year. Which players cash in? Joel Corry runs down 20 impending free agents to keep an eye on.

NFL Week 4 picks: Dolphins over Jets in London, Cowboys beat Saints -
If you're wondering which NFL teams are going to win in Week 4, you've come to the right place.

Dallas Cowboys overrated, Baltimore Ravens underrated in Week 4 Power Rankings
Which teams are too high and too low in ESPN's Week 4 Power Rankings? ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) examines the Cowboys, Ravens and others.

NFL Power Rankings Week 4 - National Football League - ESPN
Is Atlanta for real? It's probably too early to say, but Julio Jones & Co. have taken a big step in our hierarchy.

Derek Carr is off to a great start and the numbers finally back it up - NFL
Derek Carr has significant potential, but his 2014 numbers were much worse than most Raiders fans realized. So far in 2015, he's been great. It's OK to be excited, Oakland.

Mathieu: Why don't Rams win Super Bowl every year? -
Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu looks at his division rivals in St. Louis and wonders why they aren't better. We've got answers for the standout Cardinal.

Rams waive Isaiah Pead, former second-round pick -
The clock has run out on Isaiah Pead in St. Louis. The running back -- selected with the 50th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft -- was waived by the Rams on Tuesday.

Hugh Millen’s Seahawks analysis: What you didn’t see on Jimmy Graham’s TD catch | The Seattle Times
Former NFL quarterback Hugh Millen analyzes three reasons for the Seahawks’ victory, including Jimmy Graham’s 30-yard touchdown reception.

Seahawks Taking "Wait and See" Approach with Running Back Marshawn Lynch (Hamstring), Defensive Tackle Brandon Mebane (Groin) | Seattle Seahawks
Pete Carroll provides a few injury updates at his Monday press conference following the Seahawks' Week 3 win over the Chicago Bears.

NFL Power Rankings: Can Seahawks, Eagles and Colts keep it going? -
The Seahawks, Eagles, Colts, Giants and Texans all avoid the dreaded 0-3 start, which is huge for saving a season.

Seahawks opponent outlook: Detroit Lions | The Seattle Times
Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta breaks down this week’s Seahawks opponent, the Detroit Lions.

Lions' Ihedigbo hopes Seahawks give Chancellor raise
Kam Chancellor ended his holdout last week, but one Lions DB said he’s rooting for the Seahawks safety to get the raise

Terrelle Pryor works out with Seahawks - NFL Nation - ESPN
Terrelle Pryor worked out with the Seahawks on Monday.

Seattle Seahawks hoping to have Marshawn Lynch ready vs. Lions
With Marshawn Lynch out, Thomas Rawls, the undrafted rookie from Central Michigan, became a surprising revelation for the Seattle Seahawks.

Tuesday Round-Up: Seahawks Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett Nominated for Rookie of the Week | Seattle Seahawks
A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks still a Las Vegas Super Bowl favorite, even if playoff odds still less than optimal | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks remain a favorite to win the Super Bowl, but winning the NFC West could be the tricky part.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Falcons continue rise, Steelers fall -
Major injuries + major letdowns = healthy movement. With another week of action in the books, Elliot Harrison updates his NFL pecking order. How does the league landscape shift heading into Week 4?

Brock Huard's Chalk Talk: Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham for 30-yard touchdown vs. Chicago - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Brock Huard breaks down one of the key plays from the Seahawks' win over Chicago, a 30-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch getting MRI on injured hamstring - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said running back Marshawn Lynch is undergoing an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the hamstring injury that knocked him out of Sunday's game. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Reaction vs. Reality after Seahawks' 26-0 win over Chicago - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Our weekly attempt at separating the knee-jerk reactions from the realities of the Seahawks' most recent game, in this case a 26-0 win over the Chicago Bears. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Three Things from the Seahawks' win over Chicago - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after the Seahawks improved to 2-1 with a 26-0 win over Chicago. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Next Gen Stats: Lockett soon to get Hester treatment -
Seahawks wideout Tyler Lockett's 105-yard touchdown was clocked in at 21.3 mph. Will he start getting the Devin Hester treatment? Here's what else we learned from Next Gen Stats.

Golden Tate: Opposing defenses know what the Lions are going to do | ProFootballTalk
Lions receiver Golden Tate says that in all three of the Lions' games this season, players on the opposing defense have been able to call out the Lions' offensive plays before they ran them.