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Morning links: Controlling ground game key to Hawks’ defense

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said this week that he continues to be impressed with the way his defense has played against the run, giving up only an average of 57 yards a contest over the first, two games.

The Seahawks should get perhaps their stiffest test on the ground this week in San Diego rookie Ryan Mathews and bruising runner Mike Tolbert. Each runner has over 100 yards heading into Sunday’s game.

My story today focuses on Seattle’s ability to stop San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers and the Chargers’ potent offense.

Clare Farnsworth of writes about the unique relationship between Carroll and linebacker Lofa Tatupu.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says there was some bright spots in the Seahawks otherwise dreadful performance in Denver.

Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will call Sunday’s Hawks-Chargers game on CBS.

Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune offers this scouting report on Seattle.

More Jenkins: Chargers Brandyn Dombrowski has successfully filled in for holdout Marcus McNiel at left tackle.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports that the San Diego Chargers and the Minnesota Vikings appear to be at an impasse in a deal for compensation in trading restricted free agent receiver Vincent Jackson to the Vikings.

The Vikings are willing to give up a second round pick and a conditional pick in 2011 if they sign Jackson to a long-term deal. Minnesota is willing to sign Jackson to a one-year, $6 million deal.

The Chargers however reportedly want a second and third round pick in 2011 as compensation. The two teams have until 1 p.m. today to get something done.

The Philadelphia Daily News used poor judgment I believe in choosing a headline on reporting that Michael Vick is Philadelphia’s new starting quarterback, proclaiming him the top dog.