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The Booth Review - 49ers vs. Texans: “We play together and we play to win. And that’s what I love about this team.” - Niners Nation
Welcome back to The Booth Review. The San Francisco 49ers continued their strong rebound with a rout of the Houston Texans. We saw another big week for the running backs and a phenomenal performance by the defense. What did we learn?

Why do some top draft picks fail, while some non-draftees flourish | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
There’s still no way to be sure what you’re getting in the NFL draft. The Seahawks learned that in 2009, when they selected linebacker Aaron Curry fourth overall. Curry never made an impact. Doug Baldwin, who was undrafted in 2011, is one of the team’s stars.

Seattle Seahawks Have Long-Term Solution at Offensive Tackle in Michael Bowie | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks may have just answered one of biggest questions they were going to be facing in this coming offseason. Rookie right tackle Michael Bowie has played well enough to now be in the long-term plans of the Seahawks...

News, notes and quotes: Carroll wants to give Kearse more opportunity | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Pete Carroll said center Max Unger will be limited in practice today, but is expected to practice full Thursday and Friday. Carroll also said he doesn’t foresee any other personnel changes on the offensive line.

Seahawks Loss To Colts Shouldn’t Be Considered An Upset « CBS Seattle
As mentioned earlier in the week, looking at the statistics, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t play a terrible game in their 34-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. But why did they still end up losing even though they put up 428 yards of offense and limited the Colts to just 338 yards?

Indianapolis Colts put AFC on notice with win over Seattle Seahawks | Audibles -
In 2012, the Indianapolis Colts were the cute story nobody expected to go too far. One season after going 2-14, the Colts rejiggered with an excellent draft and snuck to an 11-5 record despite allowing 30 more points than they scored. They overcame head coach Chuck Pagano’s leukemia diagnosis (as Pagano did; he’s now in remission), and then fell to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the playoffs, a seemingly inevitable end to a fairy tale season that had many pundits predicting regression as the sequel.

Tuesday in Hawkville: Bruce Irvin, Chris Clemons turning up the heat
Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin were on the field together Sunday for the first time this season, and each produced a sack as Seahawks showed flashes of the pass rush everyone has been waiting to see.

Pete Carroll: Bobby Wagner, Zach Miller to be gameday decisions vs Tennessee Titans
News and notes from head coach Pete Carroll's Week 6 Wednesday press conference at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Seahawks' offense could use more Sidney Rice -
The tallest receiver on the Seahawks' roster stands out as the most readily available remedy to the team's increasingly problematic field-goal habit.

Chalk Talk: Seahawks' secondary burned by Colts -
The Seahawks' ability to prevent long pass plays was a strength of a defense that allowed the fewest points in the league last year. "We pride ourselves on that," coach Pete Carroll said Monday, a day after Seattle uncharacteristically allowed 73- and 29-yard touchdown passes in a loss to the Colts.

QB Watch: Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson - ESPN
A weekly analysis of the Seahawks' quarterback play.

QB Watch: St. Louis Rams' Sam Bradford - ESPN
A weekly examination of the St. Louis Rams' quarterback play.

QB Watch: Cardinals' Carson Palmer - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A weekly analysis of the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback play:

QB Watch: San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick - ESPN
A weekly examination of the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback play.

What they said: Darrell Bevell | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s some of what Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had to say to the media today:

Official Seahawk injury report: Unger a full participant | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s Seattle’s official injury report for this week.

What they said: Pete Carroll | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s more of what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say during his weekly meeting with the media today:

News, notes and quotes: Carroll wants to give Kearse more opportunity | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Carroll said the wide receivers are hard to evaluate because Russell Wilson has been on the run so much. He did say several positive things about Jermaine Kearse, however, and that the Seahawks need to get Kearse more opportunity. “He has done a great job for us. We need more opportunities for him because he’s done everything well. He’s been a fantastic addition and spirit on special teams. He’s a very good route runner. He’s a terrific guy on the deep ball. He’s one of our fastest guys. We’re going to continue to expect he’ll be more of a factor. He’s earned that.”

Jim Harbaugh open to idea of 49ers on 'Hard Knocks' -
Jim Harbaugh is guarded with his San Francisco 49ers. So it was surprising to hear him talk positively about the 49ers potentially being featured on the HBO training camp reality series.

Aldon Smith charged with assault weapon possession -
San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith is charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, Santa Clara County (Calif.) prosecutors said Wednesday. The charges stem from a house party last year where Smith was stabbed.

The Quarterback Index: Andrew Luck a top-five QB? -
Is Andrew Luck already a top-five quarterback? Gregg Rosenthal breaks down Luck's emergence versus the rest of the young quarterbacks, and he ranks the rest of the top 10.

The NFL's 5 most trusted teams | National Football Post
An informal poll of ten experienced agents identifies the teams they trust doing business with the most.

NFL Picks - Straight Up - Week 6 -'s host of NFL experts provides expert picks, grades and analysis for each game during the season.

League of Denial forces NFL, doctors and players to rethink attitudues | The MMQB with Peter King
Despite a global settlement of the vast and complex concussion litigation, the Concussion Conundrum in the NFL and beyond will not fade quietly. Episodes such as Tuesday’s “League of Denial” documentary on PBS and its companion book will continue to shine the interrogative spotlight on the...

Fantasy football, Twitter changing ways young viewers watch NFL games | The MMQB with Peter King
The lead item of this week's column is absent a familiar voice: Mine. Hold your applause, please. Instead, I’ve empaneled a group of college students—newspaper editors, writers and television majors—to answer a series of questions on how they consume the NFL and to share their tho...

NFL trade rumors: Finding deals for Josh Gordon, Tony Gonzalez, Kenny Britt | Audibles -
Chris Burke and Doug Farrar take on the roles of NFL general managers in Mock GM, as they work on speculative wheeling and dealing ... The NFL trade season already has been more active than usual, with former first-round picks Trent Richardson, Levi Brown and Eugene Monroe on the move.

The Deep Post: Why the NFL Just Isn't Ready for Chip Kelly's Read-Option Attack | Bleacher Report
Twenty years ago, the NFL was in the midst of a passing revolution. The 1993 season included Joe Montana (in Kansas City), Steve Young, John Elway, Brett Favre , Dan Marino, Warren ...

Break it Down: Rob Ryan’s big blitzes key Saints’ defensive revival | Audibles -
When the New Orleans Saints hired Rob Ryan to be their new defensive coordinator after Steve Spagnuolo led a 2012 New Orleans defense that set an NFL record for yards allowed, the general consensus was that hey — at least things couldn’t get any worse.

49ers claim McLeod Bethel-Thompson, waive John Skelton | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers are spinning the backup quarterback carousel again, Last week, the 49ers signed quarterback John Skelton and waived rookie B.J. Daniels in a shuffle of third-string quarterbacks behind Colin Kaepernick and Colt McCoy. This week, it's Skelton that's out.

NFL - Why Matt Schaub needs to go - ESPN
There are no perfect quarterbacks. Even Peyton Manning throws a pass to the other team from time to time. It happened Sunday, but, as his Denver Broncos' 51-48 victory over the Dallas Cowboys demonstrated, there are interceptions and then there are interceptions from hell. If every turnover were equal, the emotional damage would be easier to endure. It's the killer pick that leaves the deepest scars -- deep enough, sometimes, to make the long-criticized "game manager" seem attractive by comparison.

Advanced NFL Stats: Team Efficiency Rankings: Week 5
Take a look at this week's rankings and you might notice happening: as we move away from the small sample size caveat, teams are beginning to stratify themselves by tiers. Not only does this allow ESPN talking heads to scream about whether or not teams are "elite," but it also begins to validate some early-season surprises.

Getting Defensive: Week 6 - Three And Out -
Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the matchups for all 30 fantasy defenses in action for Week 6 and gives his top kicker plays.