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Holy crap, it's gameday, baby.

RENTON: Dave Boling: Exhibition success important to Seahawks | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
The last time the Seattle Seahawks lost an exhibition game, Steven Hauschka kicked a 51-yard field goal with two seconds left to play.

Pete Carroll: Seahawks' bid for new NFL title is 'coolest opportunity' - LA Times
Pete Carroll was sure about Seattle. And Seattle was … cautiously optimistic about Pete Carroll.

Six things to watch: Seahawks at Broncos (preseason) - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
On Thursday night, the Seattle Seahawks will take the field against an opposing team for the first time since their Super Bowl XLVIII victory in New York. That opponent? The Denver Broncos, who just happened to be on the wrong end of February’s 43-8 shellacking on the biggest stage of them all.

Backup safety Johnson is 'invaluable' to Seahawks | - Sports
Kam Chancellor returned to practice this week, and that is unquestionably good news for the Seattle Seahawks. With the Pro Bowl safety sidelined throughout offseason workouts and the start of training camp, however, the Seahawks got a good reminder of just how good they have it when it comes to depth behind their starting safeties.

Wednesday practice notes — Norwood has bone spur surgery, could be back soon | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Was a real nagging situation that we just didn’t want him to try and tough it out," Carroll said. "He could tough it out — he has in the past. We want to try and fix him and get him right. We think it will be a very quick recovery and he could make it back by the end of (pre-season). We’ll have to wait and see how it works out. We’re glad to fix him the guy has been playing with a lot of pain he just sucks it up and goes through, but we figured out how to help him."

32 Reasons to Watch Every NFL Team (Even the Jaguars) | Rolling Stone
NFL players can only give everything they've got once per week, or they'd all break. This is a bummer for football junkies, though it does turn each Thursday, Sunday and Monday from September to February into a celebration.

Seahawks vs. Broncos: Five goals for Denver in preseason opener - The Denver Post
NFL reporter Mike Klis suggests five goals for the Broncos in their preseason opener Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High:

Weird NFL changes you should definitely know now -
Dan Rubenstein talks the merits of preseason NFL football and the rules changes that are slowly being rolled out.

Seahawks looking for coordinated efforts against Broncos
With the Super Bowl champion Seahawks set to open their preseason against the team they beat in the Super Bowl, coordinators Dan Quinn and Darrell Bevell share what they want to see in Thursday night’s game.

Wednesday in Hawkville: Seahawks dedicating preseason opener to ‘young guys’
After the starters have called it an early evening against the Broncos in Denver on Thursday night, the bulk of their preseason opener will be played by the younger players who are competing for roles and roster spots.

'It's kind of scary': Kam Chancellor expects to be better post-surgery - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" Tuesday that he expects to be even better after offseason hip surgery for an injury he says he'd dealt with since college.

Adventures in fatherhood with the Seahawks' Michael Bennett - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett has a job away from the football field. He's the father of three young daughters, which was a topic of discussion when he joined 'Bob and Groz' on Tuesday. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seattle Seahawks 2014 position preview: Running backs - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Beast is back.

Kam Chancellor says Seattle Seahawks defense can't be copied - ESPN
Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor realizes teams will try to emulate the Seattle defense, but Chancellor says it can’t be done.

Former Seahawks WR Golden Tate not afraid of Richard Sherman’s trash-talk - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Maybe former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate should get in contact with San Francisco 49ers’ receiver Michael Crabtree. After all, it seems Tate may know the antidote for Richard Sherman’s trash-talking: make friends with the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback.

Pete Carroll: Seahawks starters to play some in Denver but kids will play "bulk" | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks just finished a walk-through practice without pads or helmets that lasted less than an hour — standard fare for a team that is boarding buses to Sea-Tac Airport within the hour for its flight to Denver for Thursday night’s preseason opener.

Niners falling behind Seahawks on defense -
The San Francisco 49ers could enter September minus a pair of All-Pros on defense. Does that put the team in danger of falling out of the postseason in 2014?

Jake Ballard announces retirement from NFL -
Jake Ballard, who won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 2012 and suffered a career-altering knee injury in the same game, has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Deciphering early depth charts -
Take early depth charts with a healthy dose of skepticism -- remember DuJuan Harris over Eddie Lacy? But we can learn some things.

3 Reasons to Watch Preseason Games | National Football Post
A closer look at the action in the preseason.

Carolina Panthers most likely team to go first-to-worst in 2014 - NFL - ESPN
The Houston Texans and Washington Redskins both won their respective divisions in 2012. Last year, they combined to go 5-27. Teams turn over fast in the NFL, and last year's juggernaut could be this year's bottom-feeder getting flexed out of "Sunday Night Football" by Week 10.

No decision yet on Glenn Dorsey | ProFootballTalk
As expected, 49ers defensive tackle underwent surgery on Monday to repair a torn biceps muscle.  For now, no decision has been made about whether he will be placed on injured reserve.

Leading Receivers Trivia —
Neil Paine wrote a fantastic post today at 538 about wide receivers competing with their teammates for production. That inspired me to start crunching some numbers. From 1985 to 2003, Jerry Rice played in at least 8 games in 18 different seasons. In fourteen of those seasons — including every year from age 24 through age 36, inclusive — Rice led his team in receiving yards per game. In the other four years, Rice ranked 2nd on his team in receiving yards per game, and usually not far behind the number one man.1 Rice finished his career with a forgettable season in Seattle, where three more players — Darrell Jackson, Koren Robinson, and Bobby Engram — out-gained a 42-year-old Rice in receiving yards per game.

Don't put too much stock in the NFL's preseason depth charts. | : Mike Tanier Article
The practice squad wide receiver is taking reps with the first team. The second-round pick is not. The veteran safety is working largely with the second team. What does it all mean? Not much, probably.

Broncos' Adam Gase reminds us why preseason matters - Mile High Report
"We've had some guys in the past that go in (the stadium) and they lock up.... Then there are some guys who act like they are out playing in the backyard like nobody is there."

Hard Knocks: Atlanta Falcons Episode 1 Recap - The Falcoholic
A detailed recap of the first episode of the HBO series Hard Knocks, featuring our Atlanta Falcons.