Saturday creeps one day closer.
After last weekend's Wild Card madness, we were reminded of one thing in particular: how much quarterbacks matter.
Our Dave Boling wrote about the topic in today's paper. From Boling:
The eight quarterbacks remaining have been to 40 Pro Bowls and won six league MVP awards. Six are among this year’s Pro Bowl selections, with the other two being Andrew Luck (Pro Bowl last season) and Colin Kaepernick (who took San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII).
Conspicuously on Saturday, Luck led his Colts to a win over Kansas City despite a 28-point deficit in the second half. Although Alex Smith’s statistics were similar, Luck executed an improbable play that turned the momentum, being in the right spot to pluck a running back’s fourth-quarter fumble and then dive into the end zone for the touchdown himself.
And on Sunday, even losing quarterback Aaron Rodgers lived up to his moment, making a fourth-down escape of rare athleticism (abetted by officials’ myopia) to get a crucial completion that gave Green Bay a fourth-quarter lead. But the Niners earned the 23-20 win because Kaepernick came up with a few more timely plays when it was his turn.
This week, expect more of the same.
I took a look back and forward in regard to the game. Pete Carroll says the team is starting from scratch, and there is little takeaway from the first game of the season versus the Saints.
The Seahawks are back at practice this afternoon. We'll also hear from Earl Thomas and Sean Payton, in addition to Carroll. The first injury report of the week will be dispatched, too.
> Seahawks.com with a look at the Saints.
> Are the 49ers now the NFC favorites over Seattle?
> Kasey Kahne and Russell Wilson are teaming up for a charity event this summer.
> History and odds are stacked against No. 1 seeds, the Sporting News says.
> There was an effort from some fans to raise money for Marshawn Lynch's fine for not talking to the media. He responded on Twitter:Saints links:
> Defensive back Jordan Pugh said on Twitter the Saints have signed him. That tells you how banged up their secondary is.
> Film study from ESPN to review the Saints' defense.
> Herman Edwards and Bill Polian discuss the Saints' formula for winning on the road:Around the league:
> MMQB writes that Colin Kaepernick's footwork beat Green Bay, but may cost him later.
> Peter King's overview of Wild Card weekend.
> USA Today suggest the Chargers are destined for the Super Bowl.
> The Bears' new deal with Jay Cutler doesn't sound as crazy as it initially did when the contract details are looked at. USA Today has them.
> The NFL and lawyers representing thousands of former players in a $760 million settlement of concussion-related claims on Monday filed an extensive outline on how victims of head trauma would be compensated under the terms of their agreement.