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Four Secrets of the Seahawks Defense | The Tailgater
The four secrets of the Seahawks defense are discipline, discipline, discipline, and discipline.

Seahawks corner Richard Sherman on avoiding a letdown | The MMQB with Peter King
How do you avoid a letdown after a huge win? By holding yourself to the same standard of preparation and commitment, no matter who lines up across from you

Russell Wilson, Seahawks - ESPN
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson weighs in on the win over the 49ers, what he did during the weather delay, the crowd noise in Seattle, Pete Carroll's style of coaching and more.

Earl Thomas is stepping it up | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle’s strong play at cornerback allows free safety Earl Thomas the freedom to roam the middle, moving closer to the line of scrimmage on many plays.

Okung’s injury trademark of team on road to Super Bowl | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Among the offensive starters the Seattle Seahawks can least afford to lose, left tackle Russell Okung, reliable guardian of a right-handed passer’s blind side, ranks just behind quarterback Russell Wilson.

3 predictions and trends for 2013 | National Football Post
An agent of 27 years spots trends evolving.

The Notebook, NFL Week 2: Dez Bryant's drop, helmet-to-helmet hits, and RGIII's knee -
Former NFL defensive end Stephen White reviews his notebook from the NFL's Week 2 slate, where RGIII struggled throwing off his surgically repaired knee, Dez Bryant dropped one late, and William Moore executed the perfect pro wrestling body slam.

Andy Reid's faceoff with Eagles headlines NFL's Week 3
Through two weeks of play, 22 of 32 games have been decided by seven points or fewer – the most at this point in NFL history. Games decided by three points or fewer (11) and fourth-quarter comebacks to win (14) are tied for most all-time, too. Here's a look at which games will provide the best drama this week: » For Luck, the ex-teacher — Vic Fangio — becomes the opponent
For Luck, the ex-teacher — Vic Fangio — becomes the opponent

Behind-the-scenes pictures from the Seahawks’ win over the 49ers | The MMQB with Peter King
...Rob Mar, the Seattle team photographer, captured the mood at CenturyLink last Sunday.

49ers Fans Write Letter Asking That Seattle Fans Stop Being So Loud [Update]
Not only did the Seahawks set a world record for crowd noise during their win over the 49ers Sunday night, but they ticked off a couple in Marin County.

Ask 5: E.J. Manuel among most surprising rookies in 2013 -
Daniel Jeremiah asked five NFL execs who the most surprising rookies were this season and where they might have erred in their college evaluations. He got an interesting and varied response.

'Dancing With The Starters': Seahawks cheerleader joins the panel
Seattle Sea Gal Jessica I., the cheerleader who danced with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, joins the judging panel to decide who had the best dance moves in Week 2.

Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Study: Breaking Down Basic Compression Concepts | Bleacher Report
While the focus of most of the football world has been on the transition of former Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly to the NFL, there's another former collegiate head coach bringing offensive innovation to the professional game.

Gus Bradley brings Jaguars to CenturyLink Field on Sunday
Gus Bradley helped create the Seahawks’ top-ranked defense. But this week his task as head coach of the Jaguars is finding ways to move the ball against it in Sunday’s game at CenturyLink Field.

Chalk Talk: Marshawn Lynch's read-option touchdown -
In the latest 'Chalk Talk' video, Brock Huard breaks down Marshawn Lynch's 14-yard touchdown run during the Seahawks' Week 2 win over the 49ers. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Seahawks' Russell Okung getting a second opinion, timetable for return uncertain -
Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung is getting a second opinion on the toe injury he sustained in Seattle's Week 2 win over San Francisco. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

49ers game showed why Avril, Seahawks made sense -
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby talk about defensive end Cliff Avril's performance in his Seahawks debut, which included a sack and a forced fumble. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

49ers notes: Harbaugh high on DT Jerod-Eddie - ESPN
Notes from the San Francisco 49ers’ media session Wednesday:

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

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

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

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

Video: Seahawks receiver Golden Tate | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
And here is some video of Seattle receiver Golden Tate talking to the media Wednesday, including his thoughts on how the team will handle being such a big favorite this week against Jacksonville:

Okung out this week, long-term prognosis still unclear | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
A couple quick notes from Pete Carroll’s press conference today:

Earl Thomas on Gus Bradley | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Both Earl Thomas and Gus Bradley talked about the close relationship they developed when Bradley was here as defensive coordinator.

News, notes and quotes Wednesday: Okung seeking second opinion | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Left tackle Russell Okung is seeking a second opinion on what is reported to be a toe injury suffered against San Francisco. He will not play Sunday. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Okung is getting that second opinion “in the country” but would not specify beyond that.

The irrepressible Gus Bradley | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Starting out 0-2 with the NFL’s worst offense hasn’t gotten Gus Bradley down. As head coach of the Jaguars, Bradley conducted a teleconference with Seattle media Wednesday morning. He was the anti-Harbaugh, as he still has the upbeat and positive attitude we came to see from him in four seasons as DC for the Seahawks.

Russell Okung getting second opinion; McQuistan to start at LT | - Seattle Sidelines
Russell Okung isn't going to play this weekend. How long he'll be out, however, is still a mystery. Pete Carroll said Okung is away getting a second opinion, and that until they hear more, he can't speculate on how long the left tackle will be out.

Breaking Down the Seattle Seahawks' Offensive Line Struggles | Bleacher Report
It is no secret that the Seattle Seahawks offensive line has struggled for much of the first two weeks of this season. The blocking has been poor, and the entire offense has struggled because of it...

Seven Keys to a Jaguars Victory over the Seahawks - NFC West - NFL News - News -
Any given team on any given Sunday... you know the rest. In today's parity-drive NFL, the upset possibility is greater than ever. So here's what the Jaguars need to do if they want a chance to leave Century Link Field with a 'W':

RGIII: My running the ball sparks Washington Redskins -
Robert Griffin III has looked uneven for the Washington Redskins in his first two games after ACL surgery. His solution? Run the ball more.

Injury roundup: Reggie Bush, Ray Rice don't practice -
Detroit Lions' Reggie Bush (knee) and Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice (hip) were kept out of practice Wednesday. Will they play Sunday? The speedy running backs lead off today's injury roundup.

Sherman shines: What we learned from Game Rewind -
Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks found a way to shut down Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin and the 49ers on Sunday. Marc Sessler tapped into Game Rewind and All-22 footage to find out how.

Philip Rivers, Mario Williams lead Players of the Week -
Philip Rivers and Mario Williams are putting their forgettable 2012 seasons behind them. They are two of the players who won Player of the Week awards after Week 2.

Greg Cosell’s Spotlight Team – The Green Bay Packers, and more short passes for Aaron Rodgers - Yahoo Sports
It's tough to make definitive judgments about a team's new schematic wrinkles from just two games. For example, you can’t say if something a team shows early in the season is a new staple of its defense or a function of who they’re playing against.

Vernon Davis: No need to worry about my hamstring -
Vernon Davis injured his hamstring in the San Francisco 49ers' Week 2 loss. The tight end tweeted Tuesday night that there was no need to worry about the injury.

Browns trade running back Trent Richardson traded to Indianapolis Colts for first-round pick - Yahoo Sports
Two games into Trent Richardson's second season, the Cleveland Browns have given up on the running back who was the third pick of the 2012 draft. In a surprise move, the Browns shipped Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday for a first-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Christian Ponder, Robert Griffin III, Josh Freeman among QBs on hot seat | Audibles -
Which embattled QBs deserve a second chance and which ones should be relegated to the bench? In Audibles' latest Cover-Two, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar offer up their opinions on five quarterbacks on the hot seat. Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings Chris Burke: Don't bench. I know ...

Fantasy Football Starters for 1 Week Leagues - RG3 Has Value Here | Fanspeak Fantasy Football
If you are in a one-week fantasy football league, below are my top players to start this week. The best way to maximize your one-week fantasy team potential is to look at the match ups across the board. I have also looked at 0-2 teams that are going to have to be aggressive this week to avoid the fatal 0-3 start to the season.

'I'm Sorry We Aired That Jaguars Game' ... and the Rest of the Month in Sports Apologies - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
We live in the age of the sports apology. Thanks to Twitter, iPhone pics, and hidden mics, it’s easier than ever for an athlete to screw up in b