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Doug Pensinger

One preseason game down.

Takeaways from the Seahawks' preseason opener | - Seattle Sidelines
The Seahawks nine-game preseason winning streak came to an end Thursday night in Denver in dramatic fashion (can a preseason game be dramatic?), but as we all know, the final score, a 21-16 Broncos victory, isn’t really what mattered. In between those 492 penalty flags (total approximated), we started to get a glimpse of some of the young players who hope make an impact in 2014, or who are battling for jobs on the NFL’s deepest roster. Little if anything was settled in preseason game No.1 , but Thursday’s loss did show us a few things about the Seahawks.

Seahawks' nine-game preseason win-streak snapped in 21-16 loss to Denver Broncos
Brock Osweiler rallied the Broncos to a 21-16 victory over the Seahawks on Thursday night, and linebacker Steven Johnson iced the outcome with an end-zone interception in the closing minutes.

Highlights: Seahawks at Denver Broncos
Quarter notes and game highlights from the Seahawks' 21-16 preseason-opening loss to the Broncos in Denver.

Seahawks sacked in preseason opener, losing 21-16 to Denver - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Pass protection was a recurring issue as Seattle's quarterbacks were sacked three times in a 21-16 loss to Denver, the Seahawks' first preseason loss since 2011. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Observation Deck: Seattle Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
In an opening preseason game that seemingly would never end, with numerous penalties and a lightning delay, the Denver Broncos got a little Super Bowl redemption on the Seattle Seahawks with a 21-16 victory at Sports Authority Field in Denver. Seattle had a chance to win late in the fourth quarter when they drove inside the 5, but a Terrelle Pryor pass was tipped in the end zone and intercepted by Denver linebacker Steven Johnson.

Seahawks lose 21-16 to Denver in preseason opener | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The good news for Seahawks fans — it doesn’t count. Seattle’s nine-game preseason winning streak ends in an exhibition rematch between the Super Bowl teams.

What we learned: Broncos down Seahawks in preseason opener - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks kicked off their preseason slate on Thursday night when they faced their Super Bowl XLVIII opponents — the Denver Broncos — at Denver’s Sports Authority Field.

Seahawks CB A.J. Jefferson exits preseason game with ankle injury - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Cornerback A.J. Jefferson exited the Seattle Seahawks’ preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday after suffering an ankle injury. He was listed as questionable to return.

What we learned from Thursday's preseason action -
The preseason schedule began in earnest with six games Thursday. Carlos Hyde and De'Anthony Thomas stole the show for their teams, respectively. Read on in Around The League's rundown.

Ryan Mallett struggles in showcase for New England -
Ryan Mallett started in the New England Patriots' preseason debut, but the veteran quarterback didn't exactly help his trade value with his performance, Gregg Rosenthal writes.

Report: 49ers bracing for 6-8 game suspension for Aldon Smith | ProFootballTalk
Now that 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has met with Commissioner Roger Goodell, the next step entails the dropping of the hammer.  And for Smith, the so-called iron fist will hit a lot harder than it did with Ray Rice.

Blaine Gabbert struggles in 49ers debut | ProFootballTalk
At best, it was a case of a quarterback adjusting to a new team, a new scheme and new teammates. At worst, it was quite inauspicious. No matter how you look at it, Blaine Gabbert had a rough go of it in his first game with the 49ers.

Vernon Davis Stars as 'Captain Torpedo' in Ridiculous Movie Teaser | Bleacher Report
Captain Torpedo, defender of the weak and sworn enemy of all evildoers on the seven seas, is here to save the day. Or something like that.

St. Louis Rams, Sam Bradford will improve; defensive front is dominant | The MMQB with Peter King
The MMQB team rolled west into Earth City, Mo., just west of St. Louis, at the Rams’ football complex. This complex opened 18 years ago, but it’s still got a fresh feel to it.

Get ready to see a lot more of Russell Wilson on and off field - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
As the Seahawks get ready to kick off defense of their Super Bowl title Thursday, you can expect to see a lot more of Russell Wilson - both on the field and off. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

RENTON: Brock Coyle: From Montana to starting for Seahawks in 3 months | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Six months ago, Brock Coyle was like the rest of us: watching the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

There Are No More NFL Secrets - WSJ
"Guys can hack into our government's top most secret areas. You think there's going to be anything that will be a secret in football? The day is here," said Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell. "It is a new day."

Cards' Tyrann Mathieu hopes to practice in '2-3 weeks' -
Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu has an optimistic view on when he'll get back on the field. But how quickly can his play bounce back after tearing his ACL and LCL?

NFL NOW launches: Largest football library available -
Wednesday was not your normal day at NFL Media. NFL NOW has launched, providing fans the largest football video library available -- on all your devices -- personalized to your interests.

Titans training camp: Whisenhunt has two good LTs, but does he have a QB? -
The Titans have two left tackles worthy of starting and four versatile LB/DEs who can rush the passer and cover. But does Ken Whisenhunt have a QB?

Andrew Brandt’s Tales from the NFL Negotiating Tables | The MMQB with Peter King
I posted a picture on Twitter last week of myself sitting alongside Aaron Rodgers not long after the Packers selected him in the first round of the draft nine years ago. I was Green Bay’s vice president at the time, and the photo was snapped as we both put our signatures to his rookie contract.

Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck eye third consecutive playoff berth | The MMQB with Peter King
By Dan Greene @thedangreene I’m at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., the Colts’ summer home for the past five years and from 1984 to ’98 before that.

St. Louis Rams 2014 Preview: Defense will star; offense needs identity | The MMQB with Peter King
OFFENSE What, exactly, are the Rams trying to be? Right now, they’re a team with an identity crisis. Last year, head coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead used the eighth overall pick on Tavon Austin and signed free agent flex tight end Jared Cook for a $16 million signing bonus.

Tyrann Mathieu hopes to practice in a few weeks | ProFootballTalk
Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu was hoping to be back for the opener. But even if the Cardinals don't always share his optimism, Mathieu said he's getting closer to coming back from last year's torn ACL.

The New CBA and the Youthification of NFL Rosters —
Some teams, like the Rams have done a good job of fielding a very young roster; others, like the Raiders, have made a conscious effort to head in the other direction. Overall, the Rams are more representative of the current trend. NFL teams have made a shift towards younger players in the last three years, although you might be surprised by just how dramatic and sudden the change has been. The drop in Approximate Value (AV)-weighted ages of NFL rosters in the last three years is more than 50% larger than in any other three-year period in NFL history.

LeSean McCoy among most indispensable non-quarterbacks - NFL - ESPN
Thanks to the wins above replacement statistic (commonly referred to as WAR), we have a useful and applicable metric to gauge an individual player's value to his team in baseball. Football is decidedly more difficult to quantify than baseball for a variety of reasons, but we are often pressed to assess just how much a single player means to his team.

The 50 Most Precocious College Receiver Seasons of the Decade: 25-1
24)  Richard Sherman, Stanford, 2006, Age 18.75 Yes, that Richard Sherman. In the final year before Jim Harbaugh came to the rescue, true freshman receiver Richard Sherman led Stanford in receiving yards, more than doubling up his nearest teammate. In the first quarter of his first game straight outta Compton, Sherman caught a TD from Trent Edwards in a thriller against San Jose State. In Stanford’s lone win of that depressing 2006 season, Sherman ripped off six catches for 177 yards and a TD in a 20-3 win over the Washington Huskies. In total, he accounted for 33.8 percent of the receiving yards that season.