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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Tuesday


Thomas B. Shea

Tuesday already.

Thiel: Lynch tells Wilson, ‘Take over, Russ’ | Sportspress Northwest
On day when so little worked as it had, Seahawks' two outsized leaders, Wilson and Sherman, come up with ways to pull off a ridiculous win, on the road, shorthanded.

Peyton Manning off to best start of his career, more NFL Week 4 thoughts | The MMQB with Peter King
On a beautiful day in Denver, it was hard to imagine Peyton Manning being better. Ever. We’ve been saying that for a month now, since the seven-touchdown-pass extravaganza on a stormy opening Thursday night rout of the Ravens.

All 22 film breakdown: How the 49ers found their offensive identity against the Rams - Niners Nation
An All 22 Footage breakdown illustrating how the 49ers dominated the Rams by returning to smash mouth football and play action passing.

Examining Tavon Austin's struggles with St. Louis Rams | Audibles -
The St. Louis Rams traded up eight spots in April's draft to nab Tavon Austin, and coach Jeff Fisher immediately began promoting the impact Austin could have on his team's offense.

Seahawks RT Breno Giacomini has surgery on knee - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Starting right tackle Breno Giacomini, who was sorely missed in Sunday’s wild comeback victory over the Texans, underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday morning to remove “loose bodies” from his sore knee, coach Pete Carroll said.

Seattle’s comeback in Houston reaffirms the Seahawks no longer pushovers away from home - The Washington Post
On the verge of getting bounced out of Houston, the Seattle Seahawks delivered one of the best comebacks in team history.

Overtime victory builds a stronger foundation for Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Coach Pete Carroll points to two key changes that sparked Seattle’s comeback

Monday in Hawkville: Breno Giacomini could return soon after surgical procedure
Right tackle Breno Giacomini, who missed Sunday’s game against the Texans, had a surgical procedure on his bothersome knee Monday and the early word is that he could return quickly.

49ers' next opponent vows to 'finish the job' in San Francisco - San Jose Mercury News
Houston Texans blew a 17-point halftime lead at home against Seattle Seahawks

Schaub on hot seat in Houston - SFGate
Niners fans weren't thrilled with Texans quarterback Matt Schaub on Sunday. And they were hardly alone.

Seahawks expect Bennett, Unger to practice this week -
A day after the largest come-from-behind victory in Pete Carroll's tenure as coach, the Seahawks were hoping for a couple more comebacks as center Max Unger and defensive lineman Michael Bennett are expected to practice later this week.

What we learned from the Seahawks' win over Houston -
Three things we learned:

Rams-Niners study session: Defense - NFC West Blog - ESPN
After a two-game in five days sprint last week, we fell a bit behind on our study sessions, but we’re back despite some troubles with the All-22 film on the San Francisco game.

NFL - Easiest path for 4-0 teams - ESPN
The Denver Broncos are averaging 44.8 points per game during their 4-0 start. Their quarterback, Peyton Manning, has 16 touchdown passes without an interception. No team in the Broncos' 54-year history had exceeded 50 points in a game before Sunday, when the Broncos had 21 points, 18 first downs and 214 yards in the third quarter alone of their 52-20 victory over Philadelphia. With 179 points this season, the Broncos have topped the four-game totals for every team but the 1966 Dallas Cowboys.

Upon Further Review: Seahawks Week 4 - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
A review of four hot issues from the Seattle Seahawks' 23-20 overtime victory over the Houston Texans:

What they said: Pete Carroll | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say today during his weekly Monday press conference:

Bennett could play this week, and other personnel notes | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said during his regular Monday press conference this afternoon that defensive lineman Michael Bennett could play next Sunday at Indianapolis.

Pagano on the Seahawks: ‘They got a swagger’ | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Here’s what Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said today. Good to see him healthy. Also of note: how much of what he says is similar to Pete Carroll and the Seahawks, from “next-man up mentality” to calling on the 12th Man (theirs, not you guys):

Carroll on 4-0: ‘It doesn’t mean anything other than the fact that we had a good start’ | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Here’s everything Pete Carroll had to say today:

Encouraging news on Bennett, surgery for Giacomini and other Seahawks news | - Seattle Sidelines
A day after Michael Bennett was taken off the field strapped to a backboard and taken to the hospital, Pete Carroll delivered very encouraging news...

Character of Seahawks ‘was really challenged today’ | - Sports
HOUSTON — Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak was surely stunned by the Seahawks' wild overtime victory on Sunday, but not so much that he...

Seahawks vs. Texans: Full Roster Report Card Grades for Seattle | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks pulled off an improbable come-from-behind 23-20 overtime victory over the Houston Texans . At one point in the third quarter, the Seahawks had less than a two percent chance of winning the game...

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: When 476 Yards Is a Great Performance On Defense
Everybody knows the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. They are widely considered to be one of the best defenses in the history of football. They were so good, Trent Dilfer could play quarterback and they could win a Super Bowl. The Seahawks defense has started to be discussed as one of the great units in the NFL, and potentially even historic. The immediate reaction to seeing they surrendered 20 first half points and 476 yards of offense to the Texans is that they are not as good as advertised. There is a case to be made that their performance should raise expectations, not lower them.

Should Texans' Gary Kubiak have called a timeout? -
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub isn't the only one to blame for his fateful interception against the Seattle Seahawks. Should Gary Kubiak have called a timeout or allowed his quarterback to audible?

The NFL season at the quarter pole | National Football Post
A look at some surprises in the young NFL season

Colts' Bjoern Werner out 4 to 6 weeks with foot injury -
The Indianapolis Colts continue to lose talented young players. Rookie pass rusher Bjoern Werner will be sidelined four to six weeks with a torn plantar fascia.

Gary Kubiak: I believe in Matt Schaub, he's Texans' QB -
Matt Schaub was a central figure in the Houston Texans' stunning OT loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. A day later, Texans coach Gary Kubiak threw his support behind the beleaguered QB.

Tennessee Titans upset about Jets hits on Jake Locker -
The Tennessee Titans are not happy about the hits that injured Jake Locker, and coach Mike Munchak made that clear Monday. Will the NFL fine Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples?

Drew Brees passes Fran Tarkenton on all-time passing yards list | ProFootballTalk
I'm old enough to remember when Fran Tarkenton was the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards. But as modern quarterbacks continue to re-write the NFL record book, Tarkenton's total has now been surpassed six times.

Week 4 Game Scripts and Average Field Position
Every week, I’m posting the Game Scripts and Average Field Position data for each team. In an effort to get these up a bit quicker, I decided to get these numbers crunched before the Monday Night Game in the result – let me know if you like this method better than waiting until the end of the week. For new readers, you can see the results from the first three weeks here.

Texans hold a players-only meeting -
After a late collapse against Seattle, the Texans met to clear the air.

Philip Rivers' Resurrection - The Morning After -
Patrick Daugherty examines Philip Rivers' resurgence while breaking down the rest of Week 4.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 4
This year, we have a new format for our Monday morning feature Audibles at the Line, combining our Twitter feeds with our e-mail discussion. First, we're replacing our usual back-and-forth with some longer-form dissection of each game that at least one of us watches in depth. Second, every game that we find time for will also have a selection of tweets from us and a few reader tweets we found particularly insightful. To follow these tweets live on Sunday, or to contribute your own thoughts or a question for the FO staff, you can use hashtag #foaud. We discussed the new format in this post.