Pacific Northwest atop football world

Originally Published: September 17, 2013
By Gregg Easterbrook | ESPN.com

Forget the West Coast offense and the Steel Curtain defense -- Pacific Northwest football has arrived.

Dip a crumpet in your espresso, ride the Puget Sound ferries and go jogging in an old-growth forest. Kayak the Willamette River. Wear Nikes while using Microsoft to order from Amazon. Oregon and Washington state, known for being laid-back, are titans astride the football landscape. The Seattle Seahawks have football's best defense, while the University of Oregon Ducks ...

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