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2-2. Now the regular season starts.

Analyzing Player Athleticism - Draft Analysis -
Zach Whitman explains the SPARQ method for determining athleticism and uses it to make player comparisons.

Tim Tebow finishes preseason with solid effort -
Tim Tebow finished his final preseason game in typical Tebowian fashion. The quarterback made some exciting plays and also produced some confounding ones. Will he earn a roster spot in Philadelphia?

Malcolm Smith: Khalil Mack most dominant I've seen -
Former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith raved about Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack as the most dominant defensive player he has seen. Is Mack bound for greatness in 2015?

Rams preview: Nick Foles, Rams WRs need to step up -
The Rams will be a force when it comes to the running game and defensive line, but can Nick Foles and the passing game step up in 2015?

49ers preview: Bowman brings hope for defense -
The Niners lost many key players during the offseason, especially on defense. Can a healthy NaVorro Bowman keep the team competitive?

Seattle Seahawks season preview: A 'Super' return? -
Seattle re-signed many guys to long-term deals that have been key to their success. But could the addition via trade of Jimmy Graham be what helps them return to the Super Bowl a third-straight year?

Cardinals season preview: Back to the playoffs? -
With quarterback Carson Palmer and safety Tyrann Mathieu back to full health, do the Cardinals have what it takes to author another playoff season in the desert? Marc Sessler examines.

Wilson: Seahawks ready after 'unbelievable practices' -
The Seahawks have produced the NFL's worst-ranked offense this preseason, but Russell Wilson isn't worried about his August numbers. "We're not far away," said Seattle's quarterback.

Seahawks' Tyler Lockett, Frank Clark dominate again - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
In what has become a theme this preseason, the rookies stole the show in the Seattle Seahawks' preseason finale Thursday night. Here are some quick thoughts on the team's 31-21 victory against the Oakland Raiders.

Dave Boling: Seahawks ready; let the season begin | The News Tribune
Sparked by star rookies Frank Clark and Tyler Lockett, the Seahawks look sharp in preseason finale against Oakland

Raiders’ backups can’t get to the starting line - SFGate
Twenty one of the Raiders’ 22 starters grabbed some popcorn (no, not really) and watched Thursday’s preseason finale from the sideline.

Takeaways from Seahawks 31-21 win over Raiders - Sept. 3, 2015 | Seattle's Sports Radio 950 KJR
The Seattle Seahawks concluded the preseason with a 31-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Three Things We Learned from Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Ahead of Thursday's Preseason Finale vs Oakland Raiders | Seattle Seahawks
Key takeaways from Pete Carroll before Thursday's game against the Oakland Raiders.

Raiders vs. Seahawks: Score and Twitter Reaction from 2015 Preseason | Bleacher Report
Congratulations, Seattle Seahawks fans. Congratulations, Oakland Raiders fans. You made it to the part of the calendar where the focus completely turns to the regular season.

Former Seahawks pro personnel director Tag Ribary dies at 48 | ProFootballTalk
Tag Ribary, a long-time member of the Seattle Seahawks front office, died Friday at the age of 48. The former Seahawks executive had parted ways with the franchise in May after working for the team since 2009.

Seahawks' top two draft picks poised to be big factors in 2015 - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
If the Seattle Seahawks' preseason accomplished one thing, it was to serve notice that their first two draft picks, defensive end Frank Clark and wide receiver Tyler Lockett, are ready to contribute in 2015. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks “Very Fortunate” to be Mostly Healthy after Preseason Finale | Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks finished their preseason with a 31-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders Thursday night, and perhaps more significant than the result is that after four preseason games, the Seahawks are relatively healthy heading into their regular-season opener.

Seahawks strategically waiting to sign Fred Jackson?
Fred Jackson visited the Seahawks and reportedly a deal was imminent. What's the hold up? We look into that.

Rookies again are impressive as Seattle beats Oakland 31-21 to end exhibition season | The Seattle Times
Tyler Lockett scores on a 63-yard touchdown pass and Frank Clark makes a sack that leads to a touchdown

Rookie Frank Clark the defensive standout again for Seahawks | The Seattle Times
He sped around an offensive tackle and forced a fumble that led to a touchdown. He has shown a knack for moving quickly laterally, slipping inside of offensive linemen and making stops in the backfield. He did that again against the Raiders.

Playing cornerback in Seattle means learning the technique -
"It's kind of one of those things to where, if we tell you we can't let you leave," Richard said.

Game photos: Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks (Preseason Week 4) - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News

VIDEO: Kasen Williams smiling but not satisfied after Seahawks' preseason win | The News Tribune

VIDEO: DE Frank Clark zooms into Seahawks' season | The News Tribune

Bubble players respond, as Hawks roll Raiders - Seattle - Scout
With most of the starters out on both sides, the Seahawks rookies and bubble players took over the responsibility of providing the fireworks as Seattle beat the Oakland Raiders 31-21 to even its preseason record at 2-2, appearing ready for the regular season to begin.

2015 NFL Preseason Week 4 Takeaways: Tebow makes his case -
Tim Tebow looks OK, the Nuggets mascot blows up some poor kid and Atlanta's rookies look good.

Roger Goodell isn't going anywhere, but a changing of guard is underway -
The NFL's loss in the Tom Brady case underscores the need for change in the league office, but Roger Goodell isn't going anywhere.

Believe the preseason hype: Bortles, Carr lead 9 young future NFL stars -
Hype in the preseason is just like the games: Meaningless. Which players will actually be the real deal when games count? Here are 9 ready to shine.

Ex-quarterback Pryor debuts as receiver, plays quarterback | ProFootballTalk
The Terrelle Pryor Experiment finally made the game stage Thursday night as the Browns closed the preseason in Chicago. After missing the first three preseason games and much of camp due to a hamstring issue Pryor, who's trying to convert from quarterback to receiver and make the 53-man roster, p...

Judge Berman’s ruling may contain a warning for the NFL | ProFootballTalk
When reviewing a written ruling from a court, lawyers have a habit of going to the last page and working backwards. Judge Richard M. Berman surely knows that this happens, which means there's a chance he included a specific message for the league's lawyers at the very end of Thursday's ruling in the...

Jon Kraft: “It’s not our intention” to fight to get draft picks back | ProFootballTalk
Long before the Patriots got their quarterback back, they threw up their hands and accepted their own punishment for what happened in #DeflateGate. But even though their quarterback scored a technical knockout in court today (though something far less than being found innocent), they're not tryin...

Why Tom Brady, NFLPA beat Roger Goodell in their Deflategate appeal |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Vacated Tom Brady suspension the latest hit to Goodell's inept tenure |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

One week out from 2015 NFL kickoff, ranking previous opening games |
With the NFL’s painfully long preseason nearly in the books, we’re only a week away from the kickoff of the league’s 96th season, and the opening game that will receive center-stage treatment next Thursday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro: the defending AFC North champion Steelers visiting the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots.