Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Tuesday

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 13: Defensive back Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks collides with wide receiver Anquan Boldin #81 during a game at CenturyLink Field on November 13, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Chancellor was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the play. The Seahawks won the game 22-17. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Seahawks Vs Ravens Replay: Tarvaris Jackson Connects With Doug Baldwin For 50 Yards - SB Nation Seattle
Breaking down a nice play from the Seahawks Sunday win against Baltimore. 

The win/lose debate – Pete Carroll joins in " Seahawks Draft Blog
Above you’ll find the latest podcast from ESPN 710′s Brock and Salk show, where they discuss the conversation that has divided Seahawks fans over the last 24 hours. There’s no obvious answer to this situation. On the one hand, of course everyone wants their team to win on a given Sunday. However, if losing presents the best possible opportunity to solve the seemingly neverending need at quarterback – isn’t it worth taking the hit in the win column?

Seahawks Blog | Three things we learned: Seahawks 22, Ravens 17 | Seattle Times Newspaper
The progress in the run game was not a mirage. Marshawn Lynch's three highest regular-season rushing performances have come in his last four starts for the Seahawks. He gained 135 yards against the Cowboys, who were one of the best rush defenses in the league through the first six games. He gained 109 yards against Baltimore, which is tends to be as accommodating as a brick wall to runners. Yes, it took Lynch 30 carries, but this wasn't a case of 20 runs for 2 yards or fewer and then a couple big breakouts that skewed the average. Lynch consistently found headway against the Ravens, which is the most tangible sign of progress for this offense.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Drive Rewind: Seattle Closes The Door On Baltimore
Drives like this, against teams of this quality, are how young teams learn how to win. Let's see how it unfolded.

Seahawks 22, Ravens 17 – The Aftermath
Well, I don’t know about you but I am still feeling pretty stoked after this win against one of the NFL’s best teams. Going into this week all anyone could talk about what how great the Ravens were, how they had a great comeback win against the Steelers, and how they controlled their destiny in the AFC. But the Seahawks stepped up, punched the Ravens in the mouth, and once again showed the league that any team can beat any other team in this league.

Small School Scouting Notebook: November 14th | Articles
For this week's Small School Notebook, we take a look at a handful of FCS and  Division II programs, starting off with Nicholls State and Lamar. Also, Southern Utah, Merrimack, Dixie State and Humbolt State were also scouted. Thanks to our scouts Alex Brown (@ABCCV25), Mark Dulgerian (@MarkDulgerianOS) and Trey Randall as well for this work.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks punching above their weight | Seattle Times Newspaper
It's hard to describe just how odd a 3-6 record the Seahawks have.

Ravens continue to prove that it’s anybody’s AFC for the taking - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
The Baltimore Ravens' formula for success these days is fairly well spelled out: Throw the ball deep, pound the defense into submission with the running game, present multiple defensive fronts to confuse enemy offenses, and complement tight cornerback coverage with a deep safety look.

Draw It Up: LaMichael James' 58-Yard Touchdown - The Triangle Blog
If the incessant roar of "Suck for Luck" is any indication, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has an exceedingly bright future ahead of him. But his present — one that he surely hoped would include a Heisman Trophy and a shot at a national championship — was shredded Saturday by the multi-edged buzz saw that is the Oregon Ducks.

Film Room Session: Oregon v. Stanford | Buffalo Bills Draft
The matchup of this past weekend was in Palo Alto, CA when two Pac-12 power houses met up. Oregon came to Stanford looking to spoil the Cardinals unbeaten season while Andrew Luck and company had other plans. In the end, just like in all the Mighty Ducks movies, the ducks fly together as their speed and athleticism proved to be too much for the Cardinals. Here are the prospects reports:

Can Tebow’s non-passing offense work in the NFL? | Smart Football
I particpated in this week’s Slate/Deadspin roundtable, and my topic was — wait for it — Tim Tebow:

John Moffitt out for season with knee injury - Nov. 14, 2011 | Seattle - Seahawks - TOP STORIES - Seattle's live and local sports station
Carroll said FB Michael Robinson had his best game as a fullback since joining Seattle last season. Robinson sealed off Ravens LB Ray Lewis on RB Marshawn Lynch's 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and was able to block him out of other plays as well. Robinson was also responsible for blowing up Ravens RB Vonta Leach on a kickoff that forced WR David Reed to fumble and again of Reed's second fumbled return. "At the fullback position, Mike had his best game since we’ve been here," Carroll said. "He really was effective. And he had the matchup of the century going against Ray [Lewis] and he did a very nice job. He didn’t win them all – you’re not gonna. But he was effective and had some key blocks. He dominated some blocks against their guys at times. So I was really fired up to see Mike play that well consistently and have such a big factor."

Simple plan for Bears: defense and special teams | National Football Post
Chicago forces six turnovers and Hester does it again in blowout win over Stafford, Detroit.

Seahawks LBs turn in big plays in win over Ravens - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
The heavy roster churn during the Pete Carroll-John Schneider era has been well chronicled, if you've been able to keep up.

11/14: Debating Lynch's future with the Seahawks - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Marshawn Lynch has recovered from a slow start to the season, running for over 100 yards in consecutive weeks while topping 100 combined rushing and receiving yards in three of his last four games. Lynch, 25, is set to be a free agent at season's end. Now seems like a good time to discuss -- or in Bob and Groz's case, debate -- whether or not the running back fits into the Seahawks' plans beyond 2011.

Running game takes a hit
The Seahawks have rushed for 100-plus yards in each of their past two games, but now they'll try to continue improving despite a season-ended knee injury to rookie guard John Moffitt.

Seahawks.com Blog | Game at a glance "
A recap of the Seahawks’ 22-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at CenturyLink Field on Sunday:

Week 10 Judgements: Protecting Cutler paying off for Bears - NFL - CBSSports.com Football
Beware, the Chicago Bears. Last week's defeat of Philadelphia was impressive. Sunday's defeat ... no, demolition ... of Detroit was a statement, and what it tells me is that these guys are serious playoff contenders. The Bears have it all -- rushing, passing, defense and special teams -- and while Jay Cutler always was a question mark for me, he's not now. That's because nobody gets to the guy anymore. In his first three games, two of which Chicago lost, he was sacked 14 times. In his last four, all of them victories, he was sacked five. Protect Cutler, and the Bears make the playoffs.

All three phases, one big win
The Seahawks got 167 combined yards from Marshawn Lynch, a record-tying five field goals from Steven Hauschka and contributions from countless others in a 22-17 upset victory over the Ravens on Sunday.

Record day for Seahawks' Hauschka | HeraldNet.com - Sports
Seattle kicker boots team-record tying five field goals.

For a day, special teams get high grade | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Nothing more exemplified the disappointing first half of the Seahawks season than the shoddy work of their special teams. A year after the special teams helped the Hawks secure a playoff berth, its consensus midterm grade was an F.

Steve Kelley | Marshawn Lynch brings 'Beast Mode' back in Seahawks victory | Seattle Times Newspaper
Nothing was pretty about the work Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did on Sunday. He didn't break into the open field with dazzling jukes and spins. He didn't glide through holes, smooth as butter.

2011 Seahawks Week 10: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things I noticed while watching the Seattle Seahawks' 22-17 home victory over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10:

Advanced NFL Stats: How to Talk to a Skeptic about Risky 4th Downs
I'm not sure I buy your numbers. Where do they come from anyway? The win probability (WP) numbers are from actual teams playing actual games. They’re average win rates based on recent NFL history. They are not theoretical or simulated outcomes. They’re simply how often teams win given certain situations. In many cases where there are too few games for a reliable estimate, other similar situations are used to smooth the gaps. There are some sophisticated statistical tools that help make sure we do that right, but underneath it all are actual games and actual wins and losses.

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