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'Sound FX': Best of Week 2 - NFL Videos
Listen to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, and more of the best sound from a wild week in the NFL.

Ken Norton struggled on his way to the heavyweight title. | : Leigh Montville Article
Ken Norton was 22 and nowhere, trying to punch his way out. He was a Marine veteran, divorced, with custody of his son. They struggled. He worked at a Ford plant for a paycheck, and he worked on their escape route on the side. Boxing. He worked at boxing.

Pagano says Richardson will "be ready to roll" on Sunday | ProFootballTalk
Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Richardson will be given "as much as he can handle" against the 49ers and that they didn’t trade for Richardson so he could stand on the sidelines. "We did not bring him in here to be the water boy on Sunday," he said. "He’ll be ready to roll."

Cardinals Blogs | The specter of Warner
Carson Palmer has been a Cardinals for nearly six months. He’s played with the team all offseason, and is two games into a well-established role as starter. And the Cardinals had gone through eight quarterbacks in some way, shape or form between the time Palmer arrived and Kurt Warner retired. But the long Warner shadow hovers. Palmer acknowledged that.

The Point After: Seattle Seahawks "Juiced on Noise" edition | The Matchups Zone
Everyone who has lived has lost. As self-evident as that statement might appear it leads to the next part of the equation; what we do with losses, how do we respond, and what does that response say about who we are. Some losses are personal. The failed job interview, the low score on a test we thought we were prepared to take, or the loss that we thought (perhaps fueled by hubris) we assumed would be a win.

Deep In the Game: Full 22 Footage Breaking Down the Beatdown in Seattle - Niners Nation
A user breaks down 49ers-Seahawks with the help of coaches film.

The formula to stopping Colin Kaepernick | The Sideline View
The Seahawks once again were able to dominate their division foe at home Sunday night. In watching this, we also witnessed something more glaring: an absolute shutdown of Colin Kaepernick. The Seahawks repeatedly forced Kaepernick to stay in the pocket and pressured him from the right side. Looking at his passing chart (see below), we can see that the majority of Kaepernick’s throws went to the short left side of the field.

Confuse Defenses with the Duo Package
Over the past two seasons, the University of Dubuque has achieved considerable offensive success. We are a pro-style, huddle offense averaging 2.33 plays per minute. Over the past two seasons we have averaged 40 points a game and over 470 yards per game by using a balanced attack. We have had one Gagliardi Trophy winner (Division III National Player of the Year), eleven All-IIAC performers, and back to back Iowa Conference Offensive MVP’s.

NFL Week 2 Film Study: What went right and wrong for the Texans | The Sideline View
Lance Zierlein takes a closer look at what went right and what went wrong for the Texans -- and, more importantly, why -- in his film study session of the Texans and Titans game.

About that blocked punt. … | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
“If it had cost us a touchdown or the game, it would have been pretty upsetting,” Farwell said, adding that he was also surprised Seattle wasn’t called for a false start, since so many players stood up, which would have negated the play.

Herm Edwards: Score of 49ers-Seahawks game was surprising - :
The outcome wasn't surprising. The score was. Five turnovers is deflating. This was a game that could determine playoffs seedings. Seattle has no chance to win this division if it doesn't win that game.

Mario Williams, J.J. Watt lead NFL in new pass-rush statistic | The MMQB with Peter King
Last week we debuted our new all-encompassing pass-rush formula to give an accurate assessment of how much an individual and a team affects the pass rusher. Our goal: to give credit where credit is due, and to deflect attention away from players who don’t deserve it.

Quick bits before practice | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman again had their press conferences on Thursday before practice. Wilson agrees with Carroll that he’s not entirely happy with the offensive performance and used some of the same descriptions. Penalties and occasional miscues are killing their efficiency. Wilson said they’ve been getting too far off schedule and forced into third-and-longs. He says improvement will be a matter of better focus each play. He reminded that Jacksonville is also an NFL team and each game provides a championship opportunity. The Gus Bradley defense of the Jags looks a lot like the Seattle scheme, he said, but they sit back in more Cover 2 than the Seahawks do now.

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

Person of Interest: Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew -
Putting the microscope on one player from the Seahawks' upcoming opponent, this time Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Breno Giacomini: 'I'm just trying to play smarter' -
Seahawks right tackle Breno Giacomini tells 'The Huddle' that he's trying to play smarter after committing four personal-foul penalties last season. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Earl Thomas expanding his already All-Pro game
After three seasons as one of the best free safeties in the NFL, the Seahawks’ Earl Thomas is out to prove that he is indeed the best safety in the league. So far, the proof has been in his production.

Sherman: “We got away with a 29-3 victory” | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
“We got away with three picks, two fumbles, five turnovers,” Sherman said. “We got away with a 29-3 victory, it looked like. That’s the way it looked to me.”

Super corners set limits, rest of Seahawks' dominant D fills in gaps -
Seattle's stellar D starts constricting with press man coverage by star corners. It leaves safeties, LBs and D-linemen free to make plays.

Bill Barnwell delivers a team-by-team NFL breakdown - Grantland
We've had only two weeks of games, but there have been plenty of stories to keep tabs on this season.

Bradley's optimism tested by woeful Jaguars | - Sports
RENTON -- Maurice Jones-Drew has a seen a lot in his eight-year NFL career. The Jacksonville Jaguars running back has not, however, encountered a...

Jaguars vs Seahawks: Breaking Down Seattle's Game Plan | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks take on the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. As heavy favorites, the game plan for Seattle is unlikely to be overly complicated...

United 12th Man - Home - Week 2 San Francisco 49ers Highlights
A fan site by the fans, for the fans! News, highlights, downloads, PC wallpapers, mobile wallpapers, mobile tones, video downloads.,

Seahawks D-Line Stats Don't Lie - Seattle Seahawks, NFL Blog, NFL Stats, PFF, 49ers
NWSB Insider & Seattle Seahawks blogger JD Burke takes a look at the statistical standouts from the Seattle Seahawks week 2 victory over their divisional rival San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks defensive line did yeoman's work on Sunday and the numbers provided in this post will surely convince you of the same. ProFootballFocus and other great stats sites are referenced. So are Brendan Mebane, Tony McDaniel, Bruce Irvin, Chris Clemons, O'Brien Schofield and Cliff Avril.

Von Miller tops ATL's outside linebacker rankings -
Von Miller led the Denver Broncos' defensive turnaround last season. Even with a six-game suspension, he gets the edge in our outside linebacker rankings.

Which 0-2 NFL team will bounce back with a win? -
On Wednesday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast," we pondered this season's collection of 0-2 teams and asked which loveable loser will turn it around. Our answers might surprise you.

NFP power rankings | National Football Post
Peyton Manning and the Broncos retain the top spot, while Seattle moves up to No. 2.

Report: NFL unlikely to ban low blocks in 2014 -
Season-ending injuries resulting from cut blocks don't mean a rules change is on the horizon for 2014, according to a report.

Mac's Football Blog: A look at the NFL's top "dead" money cap charges in 2014
The Cleveland Browns' trade of 2012 first-round pick Trent Richardson on Wednesday meant that the franchise paid $13,887,125 for 17 games. The trade saves the Browns $6,602,671 in cash over the next three seasons, but increased his 2014 cap charge from $5,588,126 to $6,670,836, a net increase of $1.083 million.

Advanced NFL Stats: Introducing the Advanced NFL Stats Podcast
In the show’s first episode, host Dave Collins is joined by Brian Burke, founder of, to talk about his background and why he began researching the NFL. Brian breaks down some of his most powerful metrics, and provides context into the current state of pro football data analysis. They also preview some early season trends, and try to figure out just how bad the Jaguars really are.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Inside Zone and Emerson
Week 2 was a rough one for teams being covered in this column in 2013: both the Cowboys and Eagles lost close games to AFC Westteams that got their coaches fired last year. But there was one team that found a way to win this week, and in prime time no less, so this week we’ll take a look at the Cincinnati Bengals and their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.

The Anatomy of a Game-Winning Play | The MMQB with Peter King
TEMPE, Ariz. — NFL coaches often preach to their teams how the outcome of games can be determined by one or two plays, a point that played out repeatedly through the first two weeks, when a league-record 22 games were decided by a touchdown or less.

Tom Brady on Darelle Revis: 'I’ve never played against anyone who is as good as him' | SI Wire
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gave high praise to Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darelle Revis days before the two teams see each other in a Week 3 matchup Sunday in Boston.

Week 3 Target Watch: AFC - Targets and Touches -
Chet Gresham takes a look at the targets and touches for the AFC teams.