Whispers from around the NFL

Looking for the most under-the-radar key to Seattle's success so far this season? According to our sources, the vote has to go to veteran FB Mack Strong, whose off-the-field leadership and excellent blocking have been key positive factors.

• The mood of Ravens MLB Ray Lewis is a source of speculation in Baltimore. Lewis, who is taking a less active role instructing his teammates on the sideline, isn't talking to the Baltimore media.