Sorry for the late posting, but I'm serving as Reader Rep this week and trying to get this done in between phone calls.
I'll also have something up later today detailing the importance of the Seahawks' running game to the team's success.
Here are the links.
Seattle will take the bye week to smooth over some of the rough edges revealed through a 1-2 start, Frank Hughes reports the team will hold players-only practices today, Wednesday and Thursday.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald has several tidbits in this notebook, leading with the team's improved running game.
Power rankings from national media publications have the Seahawks all over the board. SI ranks Seattle 11th. Yahoo puts Seattle at 23rd. Pro Football Weekly ranks Seattle 22nd. The Sporting News ranks Seattle the lowest at 26th.
We ranked Seattle 24th last week. Be objective now, where do you think Seattle ranks?
For those looking for a little entertainment this morning, here's a peek at former NFL D-lineman Warren Sapp on Dancing with the Stars last night.
San Francisco 49ers
Defensive end Justin Smith, the 49ers' "Cowboy", received a game ball for his play against Detroit, finishing with a sack and an interception.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Clara Press Democrat reviews every San Franciso player's performance in this comprehensive rewind of last week's game against Detroit.
Frank Gore tells Matt Burrows of the Sacramento Bee that he's more at peace his season and letting the game come to him. Gore leads the NFL with 412 yards from scrimmage this season.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Gore wants to win a rushing title.
Kent Somers writes the quarterback Kurt Warner is still frustrated by his team's close loss to Washington, Arizona's first loss of the season.
More from Somers: He takes a look at the good and the bad with the Cardinals at 2-1 so far this season.
East Valley Tribune columnist Scott Bordow says Edgerrin James has become an afterthought in the dessert.
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune reports on the Cardinals' difficulties winning on the road.
St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jim Thomas says quarterback Marc Bulger has been benched for veteran Trent Green, as the Rams try to turn things around.
ESPN's Mike Sando says Bulger's benching hints at the probability of offensive coordinator Al Saunders taking over the team is head coach Scot Linehan is let go.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz says the current Rams team could be the worst in franchise history.