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New NFL rules are for the birds
New NFL rules are for the birds

Raising the big blue flag is tradition for the Seattle Seahawks. Causing the little yellow ones to drop could be tradition too. As the Seahawks head into Thursday night's season opener against the Green Bay Packers — the festivities start with the raising of the 12th Man flag — there's a lot of speculation that the NFL's heightened emphasis on illegal-contact penalties could significantly impact ultra-physical defenses such as Seattle's. "It's the Legion of Boom rule, everyone knows that," Seattle safety Earl Thomas said last month, referring to the nickname of the vaunted Seahawks secondary, which played a huge role in the team's...

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