Here’s some links to start your morning. We’ll have more from Renton later today, including conversations with N.Y. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning, along with observations from practice today.
A game day preview of the Seahawks-Giants matchup.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald writes that running back Julius Jones has lived up to expectations so far for Seattle.
Nate Burleson talks to KJR’s Dave "Softy" Mahler during his weekly show in this audio link.
A farewell to football piece on Isaiah Kacyvenski by Kevin Stevens of the Binghamton, N.Y. Press & Sun-Bulletin
New York Daily News reporter Ralph Vacchiano writes that Giants’ defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka used the bye week to recover from an ankle injury, and should be ready to go against Seattle. With Michael Strahan retired and Osi Umenyiora out for the season, New York has relied on Kiwanuka and Justin Tuck to get pressure on the quarterback. So far the Giants have 13 sacks on the year.
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post catches up with cornerback Sam Madison. At 34 years old, Madison has been replaced in the starting lineup by Corey Webster, but serves a mentor for New York’s young secondary.
Although they are 3-0, the Giants have only one takeaway this season.
San Francisco 49ers
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat writes that cornerback Tarell Brown will replace Shawntae Spencer at cornerback.
Matt Burrows of the Sacramento Bee offers a quarterly report on San Francisco’s 2-2 start.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News details the matchup between offensive coordinator Mike Martz and New England head coach and defensive mastermind Bill Belichick as the 49ers and the Patriots square off this week.
Even though they lost both games, Arizona coach Ken Wisenhunt said he would do the same thing over again and keep the team on the East Coast for a week.
Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic talks to Michael Irvin about Anquan Boldin’s injury. Irvin had a similar injury that ended his career.
Dan Urban from the Arizona Cardinals team blog says that the Cardinals scoring early could help energize the team’s defense. Urban also reported that Boldin showed up to the team’s practice facility to pick up his luggage on Tuesday and appeared OK.
St. Louis Rams
Marc Bulger talks for the first time since being benched last week. He said he was disappointed that he was benched, but didn’t want to be a distraction to the team with Trent Green getting ready for his first start in a year.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell says head coach Jim Haslett is the right fit for the rams now.
Some news and notes from the Rams, including the team seeking to resign cornerback Fakhir Brown after St. Louis released him last week.