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Thomas B. Shea

Brand new week.

Chris Clemons hugs Andre Johnson after Matt Schaub interception -
Seattle's defense end sure was happy about his team coming up with an interception.

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: The Finest Win of the Pete Carroll Era...So Far
Russell Wilson throwing fourth-quarter picks and running for his life. Richard Sherman vomiting on the sidelines. Marshawn Lynch pumping his legs desperately from within a crowd of tacklers. Doug Baldwin being tossed about like a rag doll. Michael Bennett lying in a hospital bed, anxiously awaiting a CTC scan. Two Pro Bowl offensive linemen sitting thousands of miles away and powerless to help against a fully healthy Texans team.

Seahawks come back, beat Texans 23-20 in OT | - Sports
Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime to give the Seattle Seahawks a 23-20 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday and the first 4-0 start in franchise history.

Joe Flacco tosses five interceptions in loss to Buffalo Bills -
Rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso recorded two of the Buffalo Bills' five interceptions of Joe Flacco in Sunday's 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Cardinals' comeback spoils Mike Glennon's Bucs debut -
The Buccaneers lost the game -- again -- but Mike Glennon's NFL debut against the Cardinals was far from a disaster.

Seattle Seahawks rally to beat Houston Texans in OT -
The Seattle Seahawks barely got anything from their passing game and the arm of QB Russell Wilson. And they still came from behind to beat the Houston Texans in an overtime thriller.

Chicago Bears players say former teammate Israel Idonije was feeding Detroit Lions their defensive calls | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
Stealing signs, as Spygate taught us, is not just a baseball thing. And it's common that when a team faces one of its former longtime players, it will change up its terminology slightly just so that player's new team can't gain an advantage.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
On Monday night, Miami will try to knock off the quarterback they could have signed back in 2006.

Fans burn Matt Schaub jersey after demoralizing Texans loss -
Some Texans fans have seen enough of quarterback Matt Schaub, who tossed a late game-tying interception against the Seahawks Sunday.

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson postgame interview - NFL Videos
NFL Network's Jeff Darlington catches up with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson following the team's come from behind win against the Houston Texans.

Disagreement in Tampa about why Freeman wasn’t on sideline | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers lost a game in the final minutes for the third time this year when the Cardinals came back from 10-0 down to win 13-10 on a Jay Feely field goal. So things didn't change that much in Mike Glennon's first start as the quarterback in Tampa on the field.

Michael Bennett is fine, and he’ll travel home with the team | ProFootballTalk
Sunday's scariest injury came in Houston, where Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett left on a stretcher after suffering an apparent head/neck injury. Eventually, Bennett was evaluated for a lower back injury. Per a league source, he was determined to be fine.

HOUSTON: Seahawks rally past Texans, 23-20, in OT for first 4-0 start | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seahawks used their vaunted defense to force overtime, and Russell Wilson and the offense finished off the Houston Texans to give Seattle its first 4-0 start in franchise history.

Comeback win over Texans shows Seahawks' resolve -
The Seahawks pulled off one of the more remarkable comebacks in their history thanks to Russell Wilson's heroics and a defense that didn't allow a second-half score. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans - Recap - September 29, 2013 - ESPN
Seattle's Richard Sherman saw quarterback Matt Schaub roll out in the fourth quarter and had a pretty good idea what he wanted to do next.

Seahawks find a way to win ugly - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
An ugly winner always is better than a pretty loser, at least in football.

Seattle Seahawks send message to NFC; more NFL Week 4 Snaps - NFL - Don Banks -
Mathematically, the Seahawks didn't clinch anything with Sunday afternoon's stirring comeback win at Houston in overtime. I mean, it's not even October yet. But realistically, who beats these guys? Seattle this season is proving it can win anywhere, against anyone, no matter the level of adversity it faces.

Michael Bennett’s injury becomes inspiration for Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Bennett was carted off after head snapped back late in the first half. Coach Pete Carroll said later that Bennett suffered a “strained muscle in his back that really grabbed him and really hurt him.”

For Seahawks, a statement game with slightly deeper meaning | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
This game didn’t reveal their virtue, but it did expose what they have on the inside. And while the Seahawks would prefer to impress by playing a more fluid and complete game, this triumphant recovery says as much about them as any blowout of San Francisco.

Matt Schaub is making a name for himself with pick-sixes | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub delivered his third lucky strike to a defender in as many weeks Sunday, helping the Seahawks sneak out of Reliant Stadium with a win in a game that the Texans had no business losing.

Richard Sherman’s interception return was no accident for Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle’s defense had seen that exact play in Friday’s practice when going against the scout team offense.

It's not time to give up on Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub - ESPN
As Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman glided into the end zone, the quarterback who inadvertently threw him the ball lay on the grass near midfield clutching his helmet in dismay. Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub remained still on the ground until the play ended, then turned over and beat the grass with his fists, again a victim of his own mistake. He knew.

Seattle Seahawks show why they are Super Bowl-bound - NFL - Sporting News
If the Seattle Seahawks indeed go to the Super Bowl this year, they will almost surely point to Sunday's 23-20 win in Houston as a huge reason why. If the Houston Texans don't go, they'll point at the same game.

Seattle DE Bennett has strained lower back muscle, Carroll says he’s OK - The Washington Post
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said defensive end Michael Bennett was OK after being taken off the field on a stretcher after injuring his lower back on a hit on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub on Sunday.

The best day of my life « Seahawks Draft Blog
At 1:05am this morning, my wife gave birth to our first child — a son, named Henry. 21 hours later, the Seahawks do that in Houston.

Texans' come-from-ahead loss, late pick-six lead to Matt Schaub jersey burning -
Matt Schaub played pretty well so LET'S BURN HIS JERSEY

Seahawks vs. Texans 2013, NFL Week 4: Live coverage, score updates and more -
In the top early game of Week 4, the Houston Texans offense piled up some impressive stats en route to a first-half three-score lead. But the Seahawks defense answered late with a pick-6, and Seattle clinched their first ever 4-0 start in overtime.

Seahawks reach 4-0 for first time ever with 23-20 victory over Texans
The Seahawks’ 23-20 overtime victory over the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on Sunday was one unbelievable event after another until Steven Hauschka’s 45-yard field goal finally ended it.

Game at a glance: Seahawks 23, Texans 20 OT
So many players made plays to help keep the Seahawks undefeated against the Texans on Sunday that it’s impossible to select only one for “Player of the Game” honors.

Comeback win over Texans shows Seahawks' resolve -
The Seahawks pulled off one of the more remarkable comebacks in their history thanks to Russell Wilson's heroics and a defense that didn't allow a second-half score. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

DL Michael Bennett OK after suffering strained back -
Defensive lineman Michael Bennett left Sunday's game on a stretcher in the second quarter, but it was determined he suffered a strained back muscle and not an injury to his vertebrae. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Locker Room Buzz: Seattle Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Observed in the locker room after the Seattle Seahawks' 23-20 overtime victory against the Houston Texans:

Rapid Reaction: Seattle Seahawks 23, Houston Texans 20 - ESPN
A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 23-20 overtime victory against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium.

What they said: Russell Wilson | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s some of what Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had to say after the game today:

What they said: Pete Carroll | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here is the transcript of what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say following today’s 23-20 overtime win over the Texans:

Four takeaways from the 4-0 Seahawks' comeback win in Houston | - Seattle Sidelines
Just about everything that could go wrong for the Seahawks did for much of Sunday's game in Houston.

Seahawks come back, beat Texans 23-20 in OT | - Sports
HOUSTON — Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime to give the Seattle Seahawks a 23-20 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday...

Key Road Win, Record Hot Start Proves Seahawks Are Ready for a Super Bowl Run | Bleacher Report
It wasn ’t easy nor was it pretty, but for the first time in franchise history the Seattle Seahawks are undefeated through the first four games of the season...

Seahawks vs. Texans: Takeaways from Seattle's 23-20 Overtime Win over Houston | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks are perfect through four games for the first time in franchise history . To get there, they had to overcome playing poorly for most of the game and come back on the road to beat a good Houston Texans team 23-20 in overtime ...

Can any team beat the Denver Broncos? -
Should the Denver Broncos shift their focus from the scoring record to an undefeated season after a 52-20 drubbing of the Philadelphia Eagles? Chris Wesseling examines the odds of a 16-0 campaign.

The St. Louis Rams Offense: An Improvement Over 2012? - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams have just finished the first quarter of their 2013 campaign. Is the 2013 Rams’ offense an improvement over that of last year?

Cardinals vs. Buccaneers final score: Arizona rallies for 13-10 win in Tampa - Revenge of the Birds
Arizona survived the humidity in Tampa Bay, and pulled out a 13-10 win late in the 4th quarter.

Injury roundup: Jake Locker hospitalized with hurt hip -
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker played well in Sunday's win over the New York Jets, but his day ended early after he was carted off the field with a right hip injury. He later was hospitalized.

Sam Bradford, and Ranking Quarterbacks by Yards per Completion
As a rookie, Sam Bradford ranked last in the league in yards per completion. That year, he averaged 9.92 YPC, 1.61 yards per completion lower than the league average of 11.53. In his second and third years — 2011 and 2012 — Bradford was a little better in that metric, but he still finished 0.65 and 0.34 yards per completion below league average in those seasons. So far in 2013, Bradford has earned his reputation as a checkdown artist: with a 10.21 YPC average, he’s averaged 1.43 fewer yards per completion than the average quarterback.

Tom Coughlin: Play calling is like throwing a dart at a board | ProFootballTalk
“There’s no continuity whatsover. There’s no rhythm. There’s a play here and a play there,” Coughlin said in his postgame press conference. “We don’t make any first downs. Play calling is like throwing a dart at a board. There’s no real feel for the ball moving continuously down the field.”

Advanced NFL Stats: Position Leaders Visualization
I made a Tableau viz to illustrate last season's ANS Player of the Year Awards. The idea was to see just how far from the pack the very top performers stood at each position. For fun I also included previous seasons. Now I've finally gotten around to setting up an automated update process so that we can see the position leaders as the season develops. The viz is permanently available under the Graphs | Visualizations | Position Leaders menu link. Like the other visualizations, it will