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In rout of Jaguars, Pete Carroll and Seahawks impress mostly with mindset | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
When Carroll gathered the Seahawks for a team meeting last Monday – a rare occurrence so early in the work week – there was a bit of trepidation. It turned out it was just the first salvo of Carroll’s pre-emptive strike against the dreaded letdown.

Seahawks like look of fast, light ‘D’ line | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
When Bruce Irvin rejoins mix, Seahawks’ defensive front will be ‘flying,’ Carroll says

Eric Ebron (TE, North Carolina) vs Georgia Tech « Seahawks Draft Blog
As noted yesterday, there are things I like about Eric Ebron. It looks like he’s got bigger this year without losing any speed or fluidity. Clearly he has a knack for making the spectacular catch — as evidenced by his one-handed touchdown catch. I’m not convinced he’ll be a dominating difference maker in the mould of Jimmy Graham, but certainly he’s a mobile tight end that will make plays in the passing game.

Focus on: Kam Chancellor
From dating Kenny Easley’s daughter in high school to being compared to the Ring of Honor strong safety for his similar style of play, Kam Chancellor just continues to get better as the game continues to slow down for him.

St' Louis Rams must get running game going - ESPN
There was a time not so long ago where the thought of trying to get an ailing running game revved up against San Francisco 49ers' defense would have spelled disaster for the team attempting to accomplish the feat.

Power Rankings: No. 1 Seattle Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A weekly examination of the Seahawks' Power Ranking:

Power Rankings: No. 20 St. Louis Rams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A weekly examination of the Rams' Power Ranking:

Power Rankings: No. 22 Arizona Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A weekly examination of the Cardinals' Power Ranking:

Coach Jim Harbaugh: San Francisco 49ers offense lacking precision - ESPN
Here's what the 49ers coach said Monday afternoon when asked about Kaepernick: “I feel very confident in Colin, yes.”

Seahawks' offense reduces mistakes and penalties | - Sports
RENTON -- There are a number of reasons why the Seattle Seahawks were better on offense in Sunday's win over Jacksonville than they had been in the...

Seattle Seahawks Won't Thrive Without Improved Offensive Line | Bleacher Report
The first three games of the 2013 season have been an absolute nightmare for the Seattle Seahawks ' offensive line. On 102 pass plays, they’ve allowed seven quarterback sacks, seven quarterback hits and 23 quarterback hurries...

Seattle Seahawks: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 4 | Bleacher Report
Week 3's game for the Seattle Seahawks against the Jacksonville Jaguars went exactly as they had hoped. They won easily, got the backups plenty of playing time and escaped the game without any significant injuries...

What's wrong with the Atlanta Falcons? -
The Atlanta Falcons have started the season 1-2 after being billed as a Super Bowl contender throughout the offseason. What has gone wrong so far? Chris Wesseling explores.

Frank Gore: Frustration about losses, not coaching -
Frank Gore clarified Tuesday that his frustrations after the San Francisco 49ers' loss to the Indianapolis Colts was about the outcome of the game, not his minimized role in the team's offense.

Michael Crabrtee's return would be 'gravy,' Niners OC says -
San Francisco 49ers fans shouldn't count on Michael Crabtree to fix their wide receivers' inability to beat man coverage. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said that Crabtree's return this year would be "gravy."

Colin Kaepernick favorites the haters on Twitter -
Like any public figure, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick gets plenty of criticism on his Twitter feed. But Kap seems to be using that criticism for motivation. At least, that's what we think he's doing.

What we're not overreacting to after Week 3 -
The Dallas Cowboys look like the best team in the NFC East, and they can overcome the loss of Anthony Spencer. Gregg Rosenthal also tells fans in San Francisco and San Diego not to overreact.

Greg Cosell’s Film Study – Patriots offense and Tom Brady still trying to get in a groove - Yahoo Sports
Kaepernick is not seeing things clearly. He left throws on the field by not pulling the trigger – he missed a wide open Kyle Williams on third and 9 in the second quarter because he left the pocket too quickly. Kaepernick played a little fast, and at times is over-reactive to perceived pressure. There were many snaps in which Kaepernick was not even planting his back foot.

Falling pizza causes Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson to break arm in single-car accident - Yahoo Sports
Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson was involved in a one-car accident overnight and sustained a broken arm, according to a press release by the team. Burleson will undergo surgery Tuesday, and his season appears to be in jeopardy.

Chiefs promote Rishaw Johnson, cut Josh Martin | National Football Post
Chiefs promote guard

Break it Down: How Michael Bennett became Seattle’s secret superstar | Audibles -
It was an under-the-radar signing that shouldn’t have been. When defensive lineman Michael Bennett signed a one-year, $4.8 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks in March, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their most disruptive weapon against the pass, and Seattle head coach Pete Carroll added a perfect wingman for the subtleties in his defensive fronts. Carroll runs what he has called a “4-3 scheme with 3-4 personnel,” and in that personnel, he always has room for unique athletes who bring interesting attributes to the defenses he draws up.

Colts GM Ryan Grigson three-question interview | The MMQB with Peter King
ROBERT KLEMKO: What a tremendous win at San Francisco. What’s it like at Colts HQ this week? RYAN GRIGSON: The loss to Miami was such a bitter loss. And what a change a win can make for an organization.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 3 DVOA Ratings
Flipping things around, the Seahawks and Broncos both appear on the list of the best dozen teams through three games. What's interesting is how few of these teams actually ended up dominating the league for the entire season.

Receiving WOWY Extended Back to 1950
Last week, we announced that our True Receiving Yards metric has now been calculated back to 1950, so it’s only fitting that we also compute WOWY (With Or Without You) for all of those receivers as well.

Week 4 NFL Power Rankings - Still 7 Teams Undefeated | Fanspeak NFL Blog
In Week 3 of the NFL, 7 teams held their undefeated record and there are still a lot of surprise teams that are 0-3. So there was a lot of movement this week in our NFL Power Rankings. Here is Fanspeak's Week 4 Power Rankings: