Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Sunday

Thearon W. Henderson

Weird that Seattle doesn't play today.


ReFo: Seahawks @ 49ers, Week 7 |
What a difference a few days makes. After the crushingly-disappointing defeat at home to the New York Giants on Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers rebounded with a physical performance more reminiscent of their demolition of the Buffalo Bills only a week earlier. The balance and passing game weren’t there, but up front their offensive line took apart one of the best run defense in the entire league. Returning to basics, and limiting backup QB Colin Kaepernick to one snap, the 49ers simply steam rolled the Seahawks’ vaunted run defense. The scoreboard may not lead you to believe it, but the 49ers’ offensive line controlled this game in what might have been one of the best back-and-forth matchups of the entire season.

Thoughts on last night, the draft " Seahawks Draft Blog
It was a pretty disappointing defeat in San Francisco, but Seahawks fans shouldn’t be too concerned about the direction this team is going. When you can hang with this version of the 49ers on the road, then something is working. Execute better in the passing game and maybe you win the game? Either way, there’s no reason to feel too depressed about this one.

Break in schedule will give Seahawks chance to hit reset | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
They could use a little breather.

Percy Harvin vs. Patrick Peterson among top Week 7 battles -
Percy Harvin and Patrick Peterson, two of the most explosive young players in football, square off Sunday in one of several can't-miss individual battles, Daniel Jeremiah writes.

NFL Sunday: Five matchups to watch | National Football Post
Giants' D-Line vs. RGIII, Sanchez, Janoris Jenkins...

NFL Football Expert Picks - Week 7 -'s host of NFL experts provides expert picks, grades and analysis for each game during the season.

Peek at the Week: Battle of AFC's best in Houston, Giants try to slow RG3 - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Matt Schaub finally gets the crack at the Ravens he missed in the playoffs last year. Clark Judge expects Houston to snap its winless streak against Baltimore, and also can't wait to see the Giants defense try to contain RG3.

What to watch in Week 7: Tiebreakers could come into play with no interconference games -
What about team threatened with a third division loss? The Seahawks lost their third division game Thursday night which is never a good sign for teams trying to make a playoff run, except if you look back at 2011. Five of the 12 playoff teams last year had just 3 or 4 division loses. Cincinnati 2-4, Denver 3-3, Giants 3-3, Detroit 3-3, and Atlanta 3-3 all made the postseason so it isn't time to panic if your favorite team is facing a third division loss this weekend, which is the case for the Bengals at home against the Steelers and the Giants at home against the Redskins. If you want to look at the dark side of three division losses then 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007 present a different story. In those four seasons combined only 7 teams made the post season with at least 3 division losses and never more than two teams in any one year.

New at Futures: West Virginia WR Tavon Austin | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Evaluating players is a long process. It doesn’t end when an analyst watches a few games of a prospect. I want you to keep this in mind as you read this take or any take that I provide of a player before his college career has ended. My methodology of evaluation is as detailed as any and I often find that the third, fourth, or fifth game I’ve watched of a player only validates what I saw in the first performance. Even so, there are times that my fundamental opinion of a player will change with additional viewings of games.

Luke Joeckel rises, Eric Reid falls in Week 8 games - Tony Pauline -
The second half of the college football season begins with several top match-ups between conference foes. Scouts have also witnessed a number of outstanding performances from lesser-known prospect and even a few players they ignored entering the season. (* - underclassman)

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