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Morning links: Hawks second in NFC West

Good Morning. It’ nice to be back after a week of rest. The Seahawks will practice this afternoon at 2:30 p.m., and I’ll have a report from practice. With the players taking Thursday through Sunday off, there’s not much happening regarding the team, so I thought I would focus on the other NFC West teams here.

With Arizona getting a surprising win at home over New Orleans, and St. Louis and San Francisco both losing, the Seahawks are second in the NFC West at 2-2.

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post writes that the Seahawks got a bargain in trading for Marshawn Lynch, and will only have to pay $1.86 million on his rookie deal for the next, two seasons.

However, Brandt also notes the Seahawks are on the hook for the rest of Julius Jones $1.25 million salary after releasing him to make room for Lynch. So Jones will actually make $300,000 more than Lynch this season for not playing for Seattle.

Brian McIntyre of offers a quarterly report on the Seahawks personnel groupings.

Here’s a couple links nationally to take a look at.

Former Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is singing a different tune a couple days after making comments about his lack of playing time in Baltimore, again showing why Seattle got rid of him before the season started.

“I just want to play and win, I said a lot of stuff and I think it came out the wrong way,” Houshmandzadeh said. “I just say it the wrong way. It’s just dumb. I want to contribute to the win. It doesn’t matter if you win.

“I haven’t said that, but that’s how I feel. You want to win games. In this locker room, everybody is happy. That’s why we play: to win and have success. If you win, everything else will come with it. Whatever else you want, it will come with it.”

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post writes that an NFL defense can get ornery when the offense doesn’t perform. The Seahawks are headed down a similar path if the offense doesn’t get better.

With the Kansas City Chiefs losing at Indianapolis, no team got to 4-0 in an NFL season for the first time since 1970.

Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes that the Cardinals won the quarterback Max Hall’s debut against the Super Bowl defending champion New Orleans Saints. Arizona now leads the division at 3-2.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic writes that the Cardinals forced four turnovers and scored two touchdowns in leading Arizona to the win.

Darren Urban of writes that the Cardinals had the perfect plan for beating the Saints – don’t turn the ball over and rely on the defense to make plays.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic writes that new QB Max Hall gives the Cardinals hope.

San Francisco 49ers

David White of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the Niners gave another one away in the team’s fifth straight loss to start the season at home against Philadelphia.

Kevin Lynch of Niners Insider says that San Francisco head coach confronted quarterback Alex Smith after he threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter to take him out, but Smith responded the right way and was allowed to finish the game.

Matt Maiocco of writes that although San Francisco’s offense continues to struggle, the team’s defense has not performed up to par either.

St. Louis Rams

The Rams came to earth in a 44-6 beat down in Detroit, the Lions first win of the year.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rams lost No. 1 receiver Mark Clayton for the rest of the season with an knee injury.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Lions taught the Rams a valuable lesson – that St. Louis is still a young team that cannot simply show up and expect to beat someone on the road.