Seahawks Rise to the Challenge…… Win in O.T.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Once Peyton Manning had completed a frantic fourth-quarter rally to force overtime, Russell Wilson could admit to being a little selfish.

Wilson wanted the spotlight himself – to put together one final drive, keeping Manning sitting on the sideline as a spectator and making sure the Super Bowl rematch went in favor of the champions.

”I can’t wait for those moments, those big-time moments and have guys to continue to believe in what we do,” Wilson said. ”That was a great experience tonight.”

Wilson kept Manning and the Denver Broncos from seeing the ball in overtime. He led Seattle on an 80-yard drive on the first possession of the extra session, capped by Marshawn Lynch’s 6-yard touchdown run for a 26-20 victory over the Broncos on Sunday.

The Super Bowl rematch lived up to the billing of what everyone expected in February and never transpired. The 43-8 blowout by Seattle (2-1) was replaced this time by Denver (2-1) rallying from a 17-3 fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime by going 80 yards against the best defense in the NFL in the final minute of regulation.

And then Wilson upstaged Manning. After nearly getting sacked for a safety and throwing an interception in the fourth quarter, Wilson was brilliant in overtime rushing for 21 yards and completing four of six passes.

Lynch went the final 6 yards for the win.

”I don’t think anyone ever doubts Russell. He’s just too good,” Seattle tight end Zach Miller said. ”If you think he’s struggling at all, you know he’s going to make plays like he did with his feet. He was so huge there in that second half and overtime. You always trust in him.”

After being hesitant to run in regulation, Wilson scrambled for first downs in overtime. His 7-yard pass to Percy Harvin was the precursor to Lynch’s TD run and a collective exhale after Manning’s dramatics in the fourth quarter.

Wilson finished 24 of 34 for 258 yards and touchdown passes of 39 yards to Ricardo Lockette and 5 yards to Lynch, both late in the first half. Wilson rushed for 40 yards, most coming in overtime, while Lynch added 88 yards rushing.

”That really was a championship game today,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

Seattle (2-1) blew a 17-3 fourth-quarter lead, watching Denver tie the game at 20 on Manning’s 26-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme with 18 seconds left in regulation and his 2-point conversion pass to Demaryius Thomas.

Manning’s rally was helped by a number of Seahawks mistakes in the fourth quarter, including a safety and Wilson’s first interception of the season. Manning was 31 of 49 for 303 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw a costly fourth-quarter interception.

Denver appeared done after Kam Chancellor intercepted Manning at the Seattle 13 with 2:25 left, leading to Steven Hauschka’s 28-yard field goal with 59 seconds remaining. But Manning pulled Denver even with stunning precision, going 80 yards in just 41 seconds and without any timeouts capped by Tamme getting behind K.J. Wright in coverage for a touchdown with 18 seconds left. Thomas was able to drag both feet on the 2-point conversion to tie it at 20.

”Against this team, you can’t make mistakes like that, because it puts you in a hole that’s hard to overcome,” Manning said. ”We almost overcame them, but didn’t quite do it today.”

Seattle was able to withstand Manning’s rally because of its defense earlier in the game. Between Brandon McManus’ field goal late in the first quarter and the start of the fourth, Denver ran one offensive play in Seattle territory. Seattle outgained Denver 237-84 in the second and third quarters combined.

Mariners Sliding

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The Seattle Mariners left Houston lamenting their missed opportunities.

Their playoff hopes took another hit, as Jake Marisnick had a three-run homer for the second straight game and Alex Presley drove in two runs to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-3 win over the Mariners on Sunday.

Houston took two of three from the Mariners, who dropped to 1 1/2 games back for the second AL wild card with the loss.

”The only thing you can say is we haven’t done our jobs,” Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano said. ”The last couple of games we have men in scoring position and we haven’t done our job. We just aren’t very consistent.”

Manager Lloyd McClendon looked on the bright side instead of wallowing in what might have been.

”I choose to be very positive,” he said. ”We lost a tough series, but we’re still in this thing, and I guarantee you there’s a lot of teams that wish they were in our position right now.”

Rookie Collin McHugh (11-9) allowed four hits and three runs in six innings to extend his career-best winning streak to seven. He’s the first Astros pitcher to win seven straight since Roy Oswalt reeled off nine in a row from Aug. 23, 2006, to April 17, 2007.

The Astros trailed 3-1 in the fifth inning before an RBI double by Jose Altuve. A two-run single by Presley, who finished with three hits, came with two outs in the inning to make it 4-3 and chase Hisashi Iwakuma (14-9).

Michael Saunders hit a two-run homer for the Mariners, who were outhit 14 to seven.

Huskies Sluggish in First Half….Beat Georgia St. 45-14

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SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Huskies needed a second half surge to overcome a 14-point halftime deficit to earn a 45-14 victory over Georgia State on Saturday afternoon.

Washington (4-0) was outgained by Georgia State (1-3) by a 231-73 margin and held possession for over 21 minutes in the first half as the Panthers built a 14-0 lead.

The Huskies finally woke up after the break and settled in on both sides of the ball.

Cyler Miles completed 19 of 27 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Washington rally.

The Huskies forced a Georgia State three-and-out on their opening possession of the second half. A 35-yard punt return from Dante Pettis put Washington’s offense in business. Jeff Lindquist subbed in for Miles and scored on a 9-yard touchdown run to put the Huskies on the board.

Washington finally managed a sustained drive to pull back even with the Panthers.

Miles capped a nine-play drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kendyl Taylor to tie the game at 14.

The wheels began to fall off for Georgia State. Avery Sweeting fumbled on the first play of the Panthers ensuing possession and Sidney Jones recovered for the Huskies. Four plays later, Myles connected with Kasen Williams for a 3-yard touchdown to give Washington its first lead of the game.

Miles threw a 9-yard touchdown to Jaydon Mickens and Lindquist added a 14-yard touchdown run as the Huskies closed the door on Georgia State. The Huskies held Georgia State to just 42 yards of offense in the second half.

Chris Petersen is the first Washington coach since Gil Dobie in 1908 to begin his career at the school with a 4-0 record.

NFL Schedule Week 3

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San Diego at Buffalo 10:00 am CBS Ralph Wilson Stadium -
Washington at Philadelphia 10:00 am FOX Lincoln Financial Field -
Tennessee at Cincinnati 10:00 am CBS Paul Brown Stadium -
Dallas at St. Louis 10:00 am FOX Edward Jones Dome -
Houston at N.Y. Giants 10:00 am CBS MetLife Stadium -
Baltimore at Cleveland 10:00 am CBS FirstEnergy Stadium -
Green Bay at Detroit 10:00 am FOX Ford Field -
Indianapolis at Jacksonville 10:00 am CBS EverBank Field -
Oakland at New England 10:00 am CBS Gillette Stadium -
Minnesota at New Orleans 10:00 am FOX Mercedes-Benz Superdome -
San Francisco at Arizona 1:05 pm FOX University of Phoenix Stadium -
Denver at Seattle 1:25 pm CBS CenturyLink Field -
Kansas City at Miami 1:25 pm CBS Sun Life Stadium -
Pittsburgh at Carolina 5:30 pm NBC Bank of America Stadium -
Monday, Sep. 22
Game Time/Score TV Location/Tickets
Chicago at N.Y. Jets 5:30 pm ESPN MetLife Stadium

Bucs @ Falcons Tonight

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Both the Falcons and Buccaneers went into their Week 2 matchups with plenty of optimism. The Bucs were facing a depleted Rams team at home, and the Falcons were facing a tough, but also banged-up Bengals team on the road. There was a good chance both teams would be riding some momentum heading into their Thursday Night Football debuts on CBS.

The Bucs gift-wrapped their Week 2 loss to the Rams in positively Schiano-esque fashion. Josh McCown actually pushed the ball down the field to Mike Evans at the 35-yard line, putting the team within range of a game-winning field goal with 10 seconds left. But Evans took a huge shot, was shaken up and had to limp off the field with 8 seconds left. The result? A 10-second runoff and a crippling home loss.Through two weeks, Tampa is dead last in passing efficiency according to Football Outsiders. It shows in the box score. Josh McCown is completing a significant percentage of his passes (67.9%) but he’s not effectively moving the ball down the field (6.5 yards per attempt) and has three interceptions to just two touchdowns on the year. Last season McCown averaged 8.2 yards per attempt. Dinking and dunking should not be this team’s go-to. Not when you have Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, both over 6-foot-5. They have just 173 receiving yards combined through the first two weeks of the season.

Atlanta’s biggest concern is defense. It coughed up 170 net rushing yards against the Bengals (more on that in Film Room below). While the Bengals only averaged 3.8 yards per rushing attempt, there were consistently wide lanes available at the line of scrimmage for both Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill to run through.

The good news for Atlanta? They’re headed home, where Matt Ryan is exceptional. In 47 starts, Ryan is 37-10 at the Georgia Dome, completing 66.7 percent of his passes, averaging 244 yards per game while throwing 76 touchdowns to just 29 interceptions.Since the start of 2012, Ryan averages 290.7 passing yards per game, has 27 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions.Oddly, Ryan was even better at home during Atlanta’s horrible 2013 than he was during the Falcons’ great run in 2012. Football is weird, but it also shows how good Ryan was last season despite not having Julio Jones or a fully healthy Roddy White.So what do we make of the Falcons (-6.5) as a hefty favorite? History isn’t kind to them as big favorites against Tampa Bay.

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Ron Washington Comes Clean…..(No Drug Issues)

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Earlier this month, Ron Washington unexpectedly resigned as manager of the Rangers after almost eight full seasons at the helm. At the time, he and the club cited undisclosed family reasons for the decision, though the Rangers did say that Washington’s past drug use was not a factor.

On Thursday, Washington addressed the media and explained that he decided to quit after being unfaithful to his wife of 42 years.

Washington didn’t take questions after his three-and-a-half-minute prepared statement. Here are some of his words,

“I made a mistake, and I am embarrassed. I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke her trust. I am here today to own that mistake.

“All I ask is for your forgiveness and understanding.”

Washington later said that he looks forward to one day resuming his career in baseball.

Washington’s wife, Geraldine, was present. After thanking his players, his coaches, the Rangers organization and the fans, he said he would “miss the Metroplex” and walked off with his arm around his wife.

Jonathan Dwyer ….Domestic Violence

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PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday.

The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities after he was taken into custody at the Cardinals’ practice facility and headquarters in Tempe. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on bail early Thursday.

The arrest came at a time when the NFL and its commissioner are under fire over a series of violent off-the-field encounters involving some of the league’s marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.

The NFL has said the Dwyer case will be reviewed under the league’s personal-conduct policy.

Dwyer was arrested Wednesday for investigation in two altercations that occurred on July 21 and 22 at his Phoenix residence, just days before the Cardinals reported to training camp. His wife left the state after the incidents, but came forward a week ago after Dwyer apparently sent suicidal text messages including a photo of a knife.

In the first encounter, police say Dwyer attempted to kiss and undress his wife, but she refused. Someone who heard the argument reported the assault to police, who showed up at the apartment but did not make an arrest. Dwyer hid in a bathroom and the wife said she hadn’t been assaulted and denied he was in the home because the running back threatened to kill himself in front of her and their child if she told police about the assault, police said.

The next day, Dwyer punched his wife with a closed fist on the left side of her face, according to police. He also punched walls and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who was not injured, police said.

As his wife tried to call police, Dwyer grabbed her cellphone and threw it down from the home’s second story. Witnesses told police that Dwyer’s wife said, “I’m calling the police” as she held her swollen face and clutched her son.

During his police interview on Wednesday, Dwyer acknowledged hiding in the bathroom when police responded to the first argument and sending a photo of a knife with suicidal threats. Dwyer denied committing an assault, though he acknowledged that he punched walls in his home, threw a phone and that his wife bit his lip during the disputes, according to the police report. As he was released from jail Thursday, he said he never hurt his son.

During Dwyer’s initial court appearance Wednesday night, defense attorney Jared Allen asked that Dwyer be allowed to leave the state for his job, but a court commissioner denied that request after prosecutor Jay Rademacher said the Cardinals had deactivated Dwyer.

Seahawks & Broncos In Depth

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Barely seven months have passed since the Super Bowl, yet the teams that will meet Sunday at CenturyLink Field for the first regular-season Super Bowl rematch since 1996 will look significantly different.

For the Denver Broncos, the changes have been dramatic, with almost no position group — outside of quarterback Peyton Manning — unaffected. The Broncos have new starters at running back and wide receiver in addition to a shuffled offensive line. On defense, the changes are more pronounced, with three players back from season-ending injuries and new starters at safety, defensive end, linebacker and cornerback.

For the Seattle Seahawks, the changes were more subtle, but no less important, starting with an upgrade to the offensive line.

So which changes will matter most in Week 3?

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Wide receivers

Who’s in: Percy Harvin

Who’s out: Golden Tate

Breakdown: With Tate’s departure in free agency, Harvin (who was on the Super Bowl roster) is the Seahawks’ primary receiver and most dangerous weapon. Healthy Harvin, used in a variety of roles — wide receiver, slot receiver, running back — makes Seattle’s offense far more dynamic than it was with Tate.

Defensive ends

Who’s in: Michael Bennett

Who’s out: Red Bryant

Breakdown: This is another internal move, with the Seahawks giving a bigger role. Bennett, who played last season on a one-year free agent deal, was among the hottest players on the open market in March and chose to return to Seattle. The decision is paying off. Bennett, a significantly smaller defensive end than Bryant, gives the Seahawks a stronger pass rush when they play pass-first offenses such as those of the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers, whom they’ve already faced, and the Broncos.

Right tackles

Who’s in: Justin Britt

Who’s out: Breno Giacomini

Breakdown: Giacomini left for the New York Jets in free agency, giving the Seahawks a chance to upgrade a spot that had been a weakness in their offensive line. Rookie Britt, a second-round draft pick out off Missouri, wound up winning the job over Michael Bowie, who was injured early in training camp, and veteran Eric Winston. Britt played especially well in the Seahawks’ season-opening win against the Packers.

Broncos

Defensive ends

Who’s in: DeMarcus Ware

Who’s out: Shaun Phillips

Breakdown: The Broncos’ pass rush will look completely different Sunday, with the addition of Ware, who signed as a free agent, to replace Phillips, whom the Broncos chose not to re-sign after one year in Denver. There also are the healthy returns of defensive end Derek Wolfe and outside linebacker Von Miller, both of whom watched the Super Bowl while on injured reserve. The Broncos’ revamped pass rush has been underwhelming through the first two weeks, with five total sacks, including 11/2 from Ware and one from Milller, who continues to work his way back to full strength. He was off the field in Denver’s final defensive stand last week against the Kansas City Chiefs because of a sore groin.

Wide receivers

Who’s in: Emmanuel Sanders

Who’s out: Eric Decker

Breakdown: There was no denying Decker’s chemistry with Manning (they combined for 24 touchdowns in two seasons together), but the Broncos let Decker, who had one catch for 6 yards in the Super Bowl, leave in free agency without an offer. In came Sanders, a free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Broncos didn’t just insert Sanders into Decker’s role in the offense; they are experimenting with lining him up all over the formation — from out wide opposite Demaryius Thomas, to in the slot to exploit his ability to break tackles and make plays in space. Sanders had his first 100-yard game as a Bronco on Sunday against Kansas City and is looking for his first touchdown.

Cornerbacks

Who’s in: Aqib Talib and Chris Harris

Who’s out: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Champ Bailey

Breakdown: The Broncos had been in contract negotiations with Rodgers-Cromartie in March before they were able to sign Talib away from the New England Patriots. In Talib, the Broncos think they have a more physical cornerback who can help the Broncos play a nastier style of defense. Harris, meanwhile, replaces Bailey, released in March after a decade in Denver, as Denver’s other starting corner. Harris had been the Broncos’ most consistent defensive back last season before tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in the divisional round of the playoffs. He played 81 snaps for the Broncos last week against Kansas City, a sign he’s nearly back to full strength.