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Thiel: Broncos end Seahawks’ run with 21-16 win | Sportspress Northwest
The threat of lightning interrupted the game almost as much as the penalties (25 accepted) as the Seahawks’ nine-game win streak in preseason ended in Denver.

Takeaways from Seahawks preseason opener - Aug. 7, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
For the first time in over two years, the Seattle Seahawks lost a preseason game. The Seahawks saw their nine-game preseason winning streak snapped in a 21-16 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night in the first real audition for the 2014 season.

Jed Collins, Marcel Reece, other NFL fullbacks trying to stay relevant in modern offenses - NFL - SI.com
Perhaps Mother Nature is a sportswriter.

How the NFL’s war on defense will actually help the Seattle Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks
Last night’s preseason game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks was ugly, and not just for Seattle’s atrocious pass blocking.

Game in review: Broncos 21, Seahawks 16
The Seahawks came up just short in their preseason opener, as the Broncos prevailed 21-16 on Thursday night when Terrelle Pryor’s pass to Ricardo Lockette in the end zone with 2½ minutes to play was intercepted.

How it Happened: Broncos-Seahawks
Review all the action of the Broncos' preseason game against the Seahawks with full highlights and play-by-play.

Marshawn Lynch, other key Seahawks not part of preseason game | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Running back Marshawn Lynch was among 17 Seahawks who entered the game not expected to play, most of whom stayed in Seattle.

Seahawks notebook: Mixed bag for Terrelle Pryor behind makeshift line - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks started a makeshift offensive line Thursday night with left tackle Russell Okung back in Seattle and center Max Unger (groin) and guard James Carpenter (calf) watching from the sidelines. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seattle Seahawks postgame position-by-position thoughts | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
In the wake of Seattle’s 21-16 loss to Denver Thursday night, here are some quick thoughts on each position group.

The fall scouting process | National Football Post
Believe it or not, NFL teams are already looking ahead to next year’s draft.

Seattle Seahawks preseason game draws big TV ratings | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
As might be expected of a defending Super Bowl champion team, the first preseason appearance for the Seattle Seahawks drew a big TV audience locally.

Seahawks Daily Top 10: Reviewing the preseason opener | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here we go with our first day-after-a-game post of the season. Lots of links on what happened last night in Denver.

NFL dynasties disappeared; could Seahawks be one? - seattlepi.com
The NFL does what it can via the draft, salary cap, free agency and, coming soon, expanded playoffs to engineer a sense of parity, making each team and each fan base believe it has a chance to win on any given Sunday — and to reach any season's Super Bowl.

Video of Russell Wilson’s regular season-quality wardrobe and smile after Seahawks’ exhibition debut | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Russell Wilson didn’t exactly sound bothered by getting sacked twice, hit four times and generally running around Denver for his own well-being playing two drives behind an offensive line that was missing three starters Thursday night.

Pete Carroll’s tepid summation of Seahawks’ preseason opener fits the result | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Pete Carroll gave an apt postgame summation of the Seahawks’ first exhibition game as Super Bowl champions, lost 21-16 at Denver while playing without three starters on the offensive line — and with quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor running for their personal well-being far too often.

Jim Harbaugh: 49ers' backup QB job up for grabs - NFL.com
After a poor preseason showing, Blaine Gabbert is by no means a lock to be the San Francisco 49ers No. 2 quarterback. Is Colin Kaepernick's backup even on the roster at this point?

Aldon Smith, Josh Brent meet with Roger Goodell - NFL.com
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent both met with Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFLPA on Thursday.

Carlos Hyde sharp in San Francisco 49ers debut - NFL.com
Rookie running back Carlos Hyde was treated like a veteran in his first preseason game with the San Francisco 49ers. The former Ohio State star played like one, too.

Hyde knew he'd get first carry a day ahead of time | CSN Bay Area
Rookie running back Carlos Hyde went to bed before his first NFL exhibition game knowing that once the game began, he would not have to wait long to get his hands on the football.

ET III Sharp in Preseason Debut - The Official Web Site of Earl Thomas | NFL Safety . Seattle Seahawks
Earl Thomas was limited to playing just two drives in his first preseason action of 2014 as the Seahawks opened their exhibition schedule on Thursday night in Denver against the Broncos.

Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin glad to leave 'terrible' Denver field - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin shed no tears about leaving Denver's Sports Authority Field Thursday night after the 21-16 loss to the Broncos in the preseason opener.

How a long suspension would affect Aldon Smith San Francisco 49ers - ESPN
Aldon Smith’s fate is in the hands of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The San Francisco 49ers’ star pass-rusher met with Goodell on Thursday.

San Francisco 49ers' defensive line: walking wounded - ESPN
The defensive line may be the San Francisco 49ers' most talented position. However, it is currently also its most beat-up position.

Building the Perfect NFL Tight End | Bleacher Report

Today's NFL features athletic marvels at tight end, and that rapid rise of freaks at the position has led to more dynamic and explosive passing attacks across the league.

NFL 101: Breaking Down the Basics of 2-Man Coverage | Bleacher Report

In this installment of the "NFL 101" series at Bleacher Report, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of 2-Man coverage to give you a better understanding of the scheme and its execution at the pro level.

Terrelle Pryor looks – and dresses – the part in Seahawks quarterback debut | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune

Russell Wilson wasn’t exactly bummed — nor underdressed — on his way out of Denver after the Seahawks’ first exhibition of this post-Super Bowl season.

Best & Worst Contracts 2014: San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are one of the more difficult teams to select the best deal on, not because there are so few, but because there are so many. For years San Francisco was the best run front office in the NFL and in many ways that continues to this day. The 49ers are always proactive with their contracts and with using salary cap space.

Best & Worst Contracts 2014: Arizona Cardinals

Looking at the best and worst contract on the Arizona Cardinals in 2014

Arrival of Revis, Browner signals new approach for Patriots secondary | SI.com

Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated "People always tell me I have the coolest job in the world, covering the NFL for Sports Illustrated," says SI.com senior writer Don Banks. "And I always tell them they're absolutely right."

Football has more to give, and take, from Bernie Kosar. | SportsonEarth.com : Dan Pompei Article

Football has given so much to Bernie Kosar, enriching his life and preparing him for extraordinary challenges. But the NFL has also taken a toll on the Ohio native. He has suffered from changes in his speech, ringing in his ears and anxiety -- but Kosar has no regrets.

Too much Jamaal Charles, not enough Tyrod Taylor | The Tailgater

Notes, impressions, and applewood-smoked takeaways from a Thursday night of preseason action, some of which I actually got to witness.