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Football is back today, if you haven't heard.

Hawks make decisions with eye on sustained success | - Sports
John Schneider saw this coming.

Tavon Austin among influx of playmakers in Percy Harvin's mold -
Not long ago, players like Tavon Austin and Percy Harvin had no place in the NFL. Now, these matchup nightmares are all the rage. Albert Breer explores the influx of multi-talented offensive threats.

Five questions, five answers: Carolina Panthers | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Another feature I hope to make a weekly item here on the blog is a question-and-answer segment — five questions and answers, specifically — with a beat writer from the Seahawks’ opponent. Our guest this week is Joe Person, who covers the Panthers for the Charlotte Observer.

Door open for Dunbar's return to Rams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Jo-Lonn Dunbar's spot on the St. Louis Rams' 2013 roster was vacated when he was released from the reserve/injured list early Tuesday evening. But that status isn't necessarily a permanent one.

Breaking down the depth chart at St. Louis - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals’ depth chart for Sunday’s game at St. Louis was unveiled Tuesday, but since today is my first day, I thought I’d give it a quick once over.

Figuring out 49ers' passing-game options - NFC West Blog - ESPN
There are not of lot question marks concerning the San Francisco 49ers as we approach the start of the 2013 season. It’s no secret -- the 49ers are stacked.

Rivera says Newton playing with more freedom in simplified offense | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
“It was really a power move of the prior offensive coordinator really positioning himself to kind of show, ‘Hey, I’m capable.’” Smith said. “And I really feel like it was applying for that head coaching job, and I think our offense kind of suffered a little bit because of that. At times we got cute, and we did things that necessarily wasn’t us.”

Seahawks injury updates, including one from Percy Harvin | - Seattle Sidelines
It's game week, which meant Pete Carroll's first formal press conference of the year, and with it some updates on injured players who may or may not be able to play this week. But before we get to that, check out this Tweet from Percy Harvin.

Seahawks' Percy Harvin: 'Keep an eye on Week 7' -
Percy Harvin's hip injury was a huge blow to the Seattle Seahawks' offense, but the wide receiver now says that he could return sooner rather than later.

Niners' Jim Harbaugh condemns Packers' 'tough talk' -
"One of the things that the referees have told us is that when these quarterbacks carry out the fakes, they lose their right as a quarterback, a pocket-passing quarterback, the protection of a quarterback," Matthews said. "So with that, you do have to take your shots on the quarterback, and obviously they're too important to their offense. ... So you want to put hits as early and often on the quarterback and make them uncomfortable."

RGIII not sweating hits in Washington Redskins return -
Robert Griffin III enters the NFL season coming off a devastating knee injury. But the Washington Redskins quarterback isn't worried about taking contact to his surgically repaired right knee.

Ten reasons to watch in '13: Peterson's quest for 2,500 -
We've made it. Football is back. Here are 10 big storylines that have us revved up for kickoff, including Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson's quest for 2,500 rushing yards.

Brian Urlacher: Chicago Bears faked some injuries -
NFL teams being accused of faking injuries is nothing new, but a star player calling out his former team is rare. Brian Urlacher revealed how the Chicago Bears slowed some offenses.

NFL Preview Week: Players facing a make-or-break season for their NFL careers - Yahoo! Sports
The NFL will keep giving players chances, until there's a better option available. The higher you're drafted, or the more money you're given in free agency, the more chances you generally receive. But patience runs out for everyone. No matter where you're picked, how much money you make or how good you used to be, at some point the team will move on.

2013 NFP Super Bowl predictions | National Football Post
Six of our writers share their selections for each division, wildcard, championship game and Super Bowl.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2013 DVOA Projections
The time has come for our annual preseason DVOA projections, updated from the projections that gave us the season forecasts in Football Outsiders Almanac 2013. Our DVOA projections suggest a Packers-Patriots Super Bowl, the same matchup forecast by last year's DVOA projections. The mean win projections suggest a Seahawks-Broncos Super Bowl, the same matchup forecast by last year's actual in-season DVOA ratings.

Steve Smith: Chudzinski was calling plays to get a new job | ProFootballTalk
“The prior offensive coordinator [Chudzinski] really was positioning himself to just apply for that head coaching job,” Smith said during a conference call with Seattle reporters, via Terry Blount of “I think our offense suffered a little bit because of that.”

Scott Pioli's 10 Lessons From Being an NFL GM | The MMQB with Peter King
Fired by owner Clark Hunt in January after four seasons as the Chiefs' general manager, Scott Pioli worked for Cleveland, the New York Jets and New England prior to his appointment as Kansas City’s GM in 2009.

NFL predictions 2013 -- Super Bowl XLVIII, awards, New England Patriots - NFL -
The 2013 NFL season kicks off Thursday when the defending champion Baltimore Ravens take on the Denver Broncos. Can the Ravens make it two in a row? Is Peyton Manning destined to be the 2013 MVP? Will the Patriots take a step back after a tumultuous offseason?

Explaining Roster Designations - Over the Cap
Over the last two days you likely noticed some changes on your favorite NFL teams official roster pages (and OTC cap pages too) regarding various roster statuses of players. So for those who are unsure this is what all the roster definitions mean for teams and players:

2013 Season Preview: NFC North | NFL Philosophy
Overview General Manager Ted Thompson, his staff, and the Packers organization just keeps doing what they normally do. There is a clear process here (that obviously works) and they continue to follow that blueprint for success – draft talented and smart players, develop, re-sign, and continue to grow while stocking up on depth. The continuity plays in their favor as the players and the staff understand exactly what is expected of them.

NFLPA, Uber announce rides program for players -
The league's Players Association has partnered with a car service company in hopes of cutting down on DUI arrests among its players.

Game of Throws: House Newton -
Let's journey to a fantastical world of barbarism, underhandedness, deceit, conflict and desire. Welcome to the NFL!

GM Dave Gettleman talks about the Panthers' roster - Cat Scratch Reader
Here's what Dave Gettleman had to say about the Panthers roster, a few days from kickoff to the 2013 season.

Carolina Panthers injury report: Wednesday update - Cat Scratch Reader
The Carolina Panthers released their first injury report from Wednesday.

The Five Keys to a Hot Panther Start - Cat Scratch Reader
Ron Rivera needs a hot start to keep his job and the schedule does not do him any favors. Here are five things critical to a hot Panther start.

Why the Seahawks Game is Winnable - Cat Scratch Reader
Why the Panthers can win Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks: The last time they met - Cat Scratch Reader
Taking a look back to when Carolina and Seattle last played.