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Seahawks News

Geno Smith, the Seahawks' loyal backup QB, finally gets his shot at a most critical juncture – The Athletic
"We need him to come through for us": Smith has a huge opportunity as Seattle's quarterback while Russell Wilson recovers from injury.

Amid 'Great Opportunity' to Start, Geno Smith Aiming to Keep Seattle Seahawks on Winning Track - Sports Illustrated Seattle Seahawks News, Analysis and More
Nearly four years after his last NFL start, Smith has a prime chance to play the role of savior for the Seahawks starting with Sunday's game against the Steelers. With plenty on the line replacing Russell Wilson in coming weeks, he's banking on improved patience and footwork to help keep his team afloat in the playoff race.

Important answers about Seahawks are coming with Russell Wilson out
"Geno Smith as a starter actually helps me learn a lot more about the Seahawks," Mike Salk said about Seattle playing minus Russell Wilson.

2 Takes: The most important Seahawks while Russell Wilson is out
With Russell Wilson out of action, Jake Heaps and Stacy Rost dive into who must step up for the Seahawks while he heals from finger surgery.

Flowers’ firing says Seahawks are flunking at cornerback – Sportspress Northwest
The echo of the headquarters-wide nervous cough had dissipated by the time I asked LB Bobby Wagner about the cutting Wednesday of Tre Flowers, a fourth-year cornerback with 40 career starts on a Seahawks defense that Wagner captains.

Curtis Allen’s ‘first quarter’ report card « Seahawks Draft Blog
With 17 games now, the season doesn’t split evenly into quarters. With Week Five being a short week for the Thursday game, we will call the first five games the first quarter of the season.

The Opposing View: An Insider’s Look At The Seahawks’ Week 6 Opponent, The Pittsburgh Steelers
Five questions from Seahawks.com; five answers from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steeler beat writer Brian Batko.

Thursday Round-Up: Gabe Jackson Talks Adjustments With Geno Smith Starting At Quarterback
The Seahawks right guard joined 710 ESPN’s “Wyman & Bob” to discuss how the game changes with a backup quarterback, what he learned early in his career playing on struggling teams, settling in with the Seahawks, and more.

Seahawks Insiders Podcast: Previewing Seahawks at Steelers
Jen Mueller and John Boyle look at a Week 6 showdown with the Steelers on Sunday Night Football.

NFC West News

Byron Murphy Returns to Practice; Cardinals Thursday Notebook - Sports Illustrated Arizona Cardinals News, Analysis and More
The Arizona Cardinals got their depth back at corner during the open portion of Thursday's practice.

How Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray pushed each other to greatness as Oklahoma teammates
Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray made quarterback history at Oklahoma. Inside a relationship that could've been tricky, and instead made them even better.

49ers news: Family, football & BBQ are the foundation for D.J. Jones’ success - Niners Nation
"Anyone can burn a piece of meat, but the secret’s in the sauce."

How 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan Gave Away the Cardinals Game - Sports Illustrated San Francisco 49ers News, Analysis and More
Analyzing how San Francisco 49ers head coach is responsible for the loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants Week 6 Preview: 3 Storylines to Follow - Sports Illustrated LA Rams News, Analysis and More
What are the main storylines ahead of the Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants Week 6 matchup?

Miracle at the Meadowlands 5: DeSean Jackson returns again with Rams - Turf Show Times
Does DeSean Jackson have any miracles left in him during his 14th season?

Around The NFL

Justin Herbert drives the Chargers offense with money throws on money downs – The Athletic
Many assumed Justin Herbert would regress this season, particularly in third-down production. The Chargers QB has actually improved.

Jon Gruden built a bad Raiders roster - Why his tenure was a disaster, what other NFL teams could learn and what's next
Gruden's second act with the Raiders was an unqualified failure in terms of player personnel and outlook for 2022 and beyond.

Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni continues to ask too much of QB Jalen Hurts - Philadelphia Eagles- ESPN
Eagles' running backs ran the ball just nine times against the Bucs, forcing too much of the offense to fall onto the shoulders of Hurts.

Roquan Smith, Duke Shelley, and the Other Heroes of Chicago's Defense | Football Outsiders
Despite a very uneven offensive performance, the Chicago Bears are threatening to return to the playoffs. Derrik Klassen shows how personnel, scheme, and motivation are all coming together in the Windy City.

Week 6 Open Discussion | Football Outsiders
Week 6 kicks off with Jalen Hurts and the Eagles (2-3) hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-1).

Move The Sticks: How to keep Tom Brady playing at a high level + Jamey Chadwell joins
Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks are back with a new episode of Move the Sticks.

2021 NFL season, Week 6: What we learned from Buccaneers' win over Eagles on Thursday night
Tom Brady and the reigning Super Bowl champs were able to sustain an Eagles comeback bid and salted away a victory on "Thursday Night Football."