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Streeter Lecka

One more day, y'all.

49ers vs. Seahawks: Comparing the Ground Attacks Leading Up to Week 2 | Bleacher Report
This Sunday night's game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers is a matchup of two of the top rushing attacks in the NFL. It is also a matchup of two very similar rushing attacks. Both teams feature power running backs, and both teams also deploy mobile quarterbacks and zone-read elements.

Harbaugh brings out the best in two Hawks | - Sports
RENTON -- Doug Baldwin has a chip on his shoulder for every occasion.So it should hardly come as a surprise that in four games against the San...

RENTON: Playmaker Golden Tate a TD waiting to happen | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Pete Carroll knew Golden Tate had it once he showed up at his team’s training camp three years ago – instant playmaking ability.

Pro Football Focus breaks down the game | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s our weekly wrapup of all the links from Pro Football Focus related to the game, as well as some interesting stats and notes about the matchup.

Cliff Avril will play Sunday for Seahawks; Browner is doubtful - ESPN
“I’m ready to see what this crowd is like, man,” Avril said. “That’s the thing everybody talks about here. As a defensive player, that’s what we look for.”

St. Louis Rams have much to gain in visit to Atlanta Falcons - ESPN
This weekend, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers will take center stage Sunday night as the entire nation will get a chance to see two teams expected to contend for a Super Bowl berth in 2013.

Seahawks-49ers matchup is a test of strengths -
Sunday night's game could come down to whether or not the Seahawks continue to do what other teams haven't been able to: run the ball with success against the 49ers. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Friday in Hawkville: Cliff Avril expected to make Seahawks debut
After being sidelined for the season opener as well as the preseason with a hamstring injury, pass-rushing defensive end Cliff Avril is scheduled to play in Sunday night’s home opener.

Stock up, stock down… top prospects so far « Seahawks Draft Blog
Taylor Lewan (T, Michigan) Cyrus Kouandijo struggled against Virginia Tech and Jake Matthews faces the daunting task of a rematch with Alabama this weekend. Lewan had a big day against Notre Dame last week (see the tape above). He might still end up being #3 behind Kouandijo and Matthews, but there’s little doubt he’ll be a top-15 pick next April. Notre Dame’s Zack Martin is another player to keep an eye on.

Seahawks – Niners pep rally « Seahawks Draft Blog
Nothing else matters this weekend.

Seahawks look to improve on running game | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle was third in the NFL in rushing last season. Against the Panthers, it managed just 2.7 yards.

Thunderstorms could be around for big Seahawks-49ers game | Sports | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News
The hype around the upcoming Seahawks-49ers game Sunday evening is so intense it has even garnered the attention of Mother Nature.

Seahawks vs. 49ers: Anatomy of a rivalry | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
It started as a feud between coaches Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll. But now the teams have caught up and the rivalry between Seattle and San Francisco is as intense as any in the NFL.

What Happens When a Play Breaks Down? | Bleacher Report
It's no accident that some of the biggest and most exciting plays in football occur when the X’s and O’s break down...

Greg Bedard's NFL Weekend Notes Column | The MMQB with Peter King
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When Rex Ryan stepped to the podium after his Jets fell to the Patriots, 13-10, on Thursday night, he looked as if somebody had just punched him in the gut.

Audibles Audio: NFL Films’ Greg Cosell previews Week 2 of the NFL season | Audibles -
In our ceaseless chase to bring you the best NFL game preview content anywhere, Audibles is happy to talk with Greg Cosell of NFL Films, and the executive producer of ESPN's NFL Matchup, about football as much as possible.

The NFL, concussions, and the politics of diversion | Audibles -
When people create buzzy, puffy, talking points to distract the focus from larger issues, it's known as the politics of diversion. It's not just a political concept, of course. You see it everywhere -- from Presidential elections to big business to college athletics to ...

NFL Week 2: Top 10 things that intrigue me -
Calvin Johnson vs. Patrick Peterson will be a major battle this week in the NFL, one of the 10 things that intrigue me.

NFL Week 2 Picks: No sleeping on San Francisco -
Week 2's NFL picks column takes a look at people sleeping on San Francisco at +3½ when they head to Seattle this weekend plus much more.

NFL head of officials praises “tough, physical and legal hits” | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has been beating players over the head (figuratively) with instructions not to hit their opponents in the head (literally). The league's head of officiating thinks players are getting the message.

What you need to know about the Week 2 injury report -
Julio Jones, Champ Bailey, Jamaal Charles, and Jermichael Finley are some of the big names on the Week 2 injury report. Find out what you need to know.

Marcel Reece signs three-year extension with Raiders -
The Oakland Raiders are looking for core players to build around in the coming years, and general manager Reggie McKenzie found one in Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece.

Larry Fitzgerald a game-time decision for Cardinals? -
Larry Fitzgerald officially is questionable for the Arizona Cardinals' Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions. Will a bad hamstring keep Fitzgerald on the sideline Sunday?

Brandon Browner doubtful, Cliff Avril expected to play vs. 49ers - Sept. 13, 2013 | Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks will get to see DE Cliff Avril make his debut with the team Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

Secret plans: A closer look at Tavon Austin's NFL debut - Turf Show Times
St. Louis Rams offensive weapon Tavon Austin made his regular season debut last week. How did he look, and, more importantly, how did the coaches employ the first-round speedster?

Seattle Seahawks-San Francisco 49ers will have Anquan Boldin all over | The MMQB with Peter King
The Seahawks will have to keep their heads on a swivel if they want to find Anquan Boldin Sunday, and that's fine with them; plus more of what I'm looking forward to in Week 2 By Peter King · More from Peter·

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: Wake Up
We’re back for another year of Under Pressure, the weekly feature that looks at sacks and the timing of sacks around the league. This is year five of the project but since this is the first Under Pressure of the season, it’s worth explaining the methodologies again.

NFL salary breakdown: What positions do teams spend the most on?
The NFL salary cap for this season is $123 million per team, though most teams have more space available, thanks to carryover of unused space from 2012 and other adjustments. The above photo gallery is a breakdown of each team's cap as of Wednesday (Sept. 12) and a percentage look at how they've allocated their space by position.

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman OK with Colin Kaepernick's bicep kiss - ESPN
“It’s original, but there’s not a lot of movement into it,” Sherman said. “Jerry Rice [Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver] used to spike it and then do the cabbage patch. Victor Cruz [New York Giants receiver] has the salsa. I like the bicep kiss, though.”