He did it for Reggie Garrett.
Ryan Divish of The News Tribune writes about Seattle Seahawks defensive back Earl Thomas. The Texas product dedicated his two-interception performance on Sunday against San Diego to his former high school teammate, who passed away on the field at West Orange-Stark High School in West Orange, Texas last week after throwing a touchdown.
The two had worked out together over the summer, and Thomas had asked the school to let Garrett wear his retired No. 12 jersey for his senior season.
“He meant a lot to me and to our community,” Thomas said. “Everybody has taken it really hard.”
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The Seahawks take advantage of five San Diego turnovers and now stand at 2-1 overall and tied for first atop the NFC West standings with Arizona.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Seattle’s victory can be attributed to the “new blood” head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider brought in.
More Boling: Good grades for the Hawks.
John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that Leon Washington was the most exciting player on the field on Sunday.
Even though they gave up 518 yards of offense, the defense still managed to come up with stops when they needed them against San Diego.
Art Thiel of Seattlepi.com calls Sunday’s Hawks win one of the craziest games in the team’s 35-year history.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com describes the 42-yard touchdown that got away from Seahawks receiver Deion Branch.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes the 12th Man played a significant role in the Seahawks win.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that the Seahawks have got their swagger back at home at Qwest Field.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King catches up with Washington after the game for his weekly MMQB column.
San Diego Chargers
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune quotes Chargers quarterback this way: “Five turnovers and two special teams touchdowns, that’s a recipe for a loss.”
San Diego Union Tribune columnist Nick Canepa writes that there’s plenty of blame to go around for the Chargers after the team’s poor performance against Seattle.
More Acee: Even a career-best 455 yards can’t get it done for Philip Rivers.San Francisco 49ers
David White of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that maybe the Niners are as bad as their 0-3 record indicates.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, rookie offensive tackle Anthony Davis accused Chiefs defensive lineman Shaun Smith of grabbing his private area. It’s the second time Smith has been accused of doing that. “He tried to feel me,” Davis said. “That’s weird, right?”
Scott Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that among the tough decision head coach Mike Singletary has to make, he will not let go of offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye.
UPDATE: Hold that thought. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is reporting that San Francisco quarterbacks coach Michael Johnson has replaced Jimmy Raye as offensive coordinator.
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic writes that players were shocked when Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed what would have been a game-winning field goal from 32 yards, one of three field goals he missed on the day.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes the Cardinals salvaged a win with a 24-23 victory over Oakland.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com writes that LaRod Stephens-Howling’s 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was one of a couple, key special teams plays for Arizona.St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the home crowd ticked down the final seconds in the Rams 30-16 win at home against Washington.
More Thomas: Running back Steven Jackson suffered a groin injury in the second quarter and will get an MRI today. The Rams reportedly have been in contact with Larry Johnson in case Jackson can’t go.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell writes that the Rams got reacquainted with winning on Sunday.