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It’s easy to throw a dart at the Seahawks’ roster and find a solid player, but wide receiver Golden Tate is rising to the occasion at a time the team’s receiving corps is arguably its only weakness. Percy Harvin is trying to get himself in game shape, Sidney Rice is lost for the season — all the while Tate is showing that he can be “the guy” in the interim. In four games he has amassed 305 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He was stellar once again in Atlanta, and is a player to watch down the stretch.

The Atlanta Falcons should know precisely why they lost on Sunday. A team can’t be outgained 211 to 64 yards on the ground and win a game. Atlanta’s front office spent time building a passing team in a quarterback-driven league, but failed to have reliable options at running back or on the defensive line. Solving these problems will be easier said than done for the rest of this season.

I hadn’t yet grasped the concept of field position, because when you are playing Kobe Bryant Cheap Jerseys Tecmo Bowl with Bo Jackson’s Raiders, completing a touchdown drive is as guaranteed and effortless as hitting the carriage return lever on a typewriter, and the concept of field position simply isn’t Grade Cheap Jerseys taught. I was fascinated that the option to punt was even offered. I wondered, although not in these words, whether the act of meaningless, willful surrender was valuable in a way I was too young or stupid to understand.

We’ve all seen our share of miserable, 20-punt football games, and I hate them as much as anyone, but it’s the only act in sports in which we intentionally sign away possession and our ability to score. It’s unique, it requires a team to call in a specialist, and once in a while, it’s extraordinary to see.

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