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Game week, baby.

The Seahawks' Success Formula: 'Practice Is Everything'
There may not be a more gifted leader in America today than Pete Carroll, head coach of the NFL Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks, who a week ago kicked off preparations to defend their first title.

Being Young Isn’t What it Used to Be: The Harder Road to an NFL Dynasty — FootballPerspective.com
In the Super Bowl era, there has been just one team that was both the youngest in the league and one of the five best teams in football: the 2012 Seattle Seahawks. As friend of Football Perspective Neil Paine recently pointed out, being young and great has historically been a good predictor of teams that have become dynasties. Consider the table below. It captures every team since 1966 that ranked amongst the five youngest teams by Approximate Value (AV)-weighted age and had at least 12 Pythagenpat wins, adjusting everything to a 16-game schedule.1

Nine takeaways from Saturday intrasquad scrimmages - NFL.com
Several NFL teams held intrasquad scrimmages on Saturday. Here are nine takeaways from the competitions, including Johnny Manziel's positive day at work.

Fangio: Carradine must eliminate mental mistakes to play | CSN Bay Area
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is getting his first look at 49ers defensive lineman Tank Carradine in pads.

Pharrell, Soundgarden to perform prior to Seahawks' regular season opener vs Green Bay Packers
To celebrate the start of the NFL season, Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden will perform outside Seattle's CenturyLink Field as part of the 2014 NFL Kickoff presented by XBOX

Seahawks' mock game preps team for preseason opener | Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks held a mock game during practice on Saturday as the team prepares for the preseason opener against the Denver Broncos.

Returning punts is key for the Seahawks, so finding a new return man is critical | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Golden Tate moved on, and now a lot of players are figuring in the battle to see who returns punts.

Browns Claim Injured OL Michael Bowie Off Waivers From Seahawks - Dawgs By Nature
Cleveland Browns GM Ray Farmer isn't afraid to play hard ball when it comes to managing the roster. The Browns claimed offensive lineman Michael Bowie off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Seahawks’ defense dominates in first scrimmage | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
No touchdowns allowed in 12 possessions as Steven Hauschka makes all three field-goal attempts. The Seahawks also waive tackle Michael Bowie (shoulder) with injured designation, hoping he clears waivers and goes on IR.

Explaining the waived/injured process | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
But the way the rules are written, Seattle had no other choice other than to keep Bowie on the 90-man roster until the first cutdown date, which this year is Aug. 26, when teams must pare their rosters to 75. That would mean having essentially an empty roster spot throughout the rest of the pre-season.

Seahawks waive Michael Bowie, Browns claim him | Seahawks Draft Blog
Michael Bowie has a shoulder injury — serious enough it seems to end his 2014 season.

49ers cut lackluster Jonathan Baldwin - NFC West Blog - ESPN
This is all you need to know about the impact Jonathan Baldwin made with the San Francisco 49ers -- he was waived to make room for undrafted rookie who was just cut.

On Sunday, they rested | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Rookie receiver Kevin Smith of UW had a nice sideline catch against Richard Sherman. Tight end Zach Miller reminded everyone of his catching ability with a couple nice receptions. Remember, he is playing at a reduced rate. If it’s a bother to him, you couldn’t tell. He’s a complete tight end and a “pro” as well.

Observations/notes from Saturday's scrimmage | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
The Seahawks held a mock game on Saturday, the closest thing to game action we’ve seen so far. As you might expect, both because defenses are often ahead of offenses this time of year, and because Seattle’s defense is really good, the offensive units struggled today. Seattle’s No. 1 offense produced just two field goals against the backup defense, while the No. 2 offense managed just three points against the starting D. So if 6-3 defensive struggles are your thing, this was your kind of scrimmage.

Cardinals LB John Abraham apologizes for letting down team, fans - CBSSports.com
Cardinals linebacker John Abraham has been charged with a DUI, and he said he's taking necessary steps to 'handle his personal business.'

Packers rookie WR Jared Abbrederis confirms ACL tear - CBSSports.com
The Packers feared Jared Abbrederis had torn his ACL. The Packers were right.

Jon Baldwin waived by San Francisco 49ers - NFL.com
The San Francisco 49ers have waived former first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin after one year with the team. Can he find another team before the season starts?

Without Andrew Luck, the Indianapolis Colts have the NFL's worst roster - ESPN
The Indianapolis Colts are the favorites to win the AFC South and return to the playoffs for a third straight season under the guidance of quarterback Andrew Luck.

Cardinals claim Trevardo Williams off waivers | ProFootballTalk
Linebacker Trevardo Williams didn’t last long in Houston despite being a fourth-round pick in 2013.

Chris Culliver delivers big hit in practice, Jim Harbaugh sends him to sideline | ProFootballTalk
Boldin was asked to leave Friday’s practice after a scuffle with cornerback Darryl Morris and Sunday saw cornerback Chris Culliver get the same treatment. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that Culliver rocked wide receiver David Reed with a shot near the sideline after a short completion.

Another practice fight for Steve Smith | ProFootballTalk
This time, according to the Ravens’ website, Smith and cornerback Chykie Brown were engaged in a physical blocking drill, got overly heated and started swinging at each other. They had to be separated by teammates.

Getting to Levi's Stadium opening event OK for most, horrible for some - San Jose Mercury News
There were stories of fans sitting at the same stop light for 30 minutes. And then there were packed, sweltering trains with no air-conditioning.

Shutdown Countdown: This is the San Francisco 49ers' year | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
No NFL team has been better over the last three seasons combined than the San Francisco 49ers, but they have no Lombardi Trophy to show for it.

Aaron Rodgers: Refs will boost passing offenses this year | ProFootballTalk
The best pass defense in the NFL last year was in Seattle, where opposing teams often complained that the Seahawks’ defensive backs got away with grabbing and holding receivers. Rodgers said he hopes penalties are called just as strictly in the Packers’ season opener at Seattle as they were when officials visited the Packers’ practice. “I was joking with this crew that we might want them to head up to the Pacific Northwest in about a month,” Rodgers said.

Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: Pre-preseason edition | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
There's still parity in the NFL. It's near the end of the rankings and in the middle class. At the top though? It's four great teams and then everyone else.

Being Young Isn’t What it Used to Be: The Harder Road to an NFL Dynasty — FootballPerspective.com
In the Super Bowl era, there has been just one team that was both the youngest in the league and one of the five best teams in football: the 2012 Seattle Seahawks. As friend of Football Perspective Neil Paine recently pointed out, being young and great has historically been a good predictor of teams that have become dynasties. Consider the table below. It captures every team since 1966 that ranked amongst the five youngest teams by Approximate Value (AV)-weighted age and had at least 12 Pythagenpat wins, adjusting everything to a 16-game schedule.1