Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Saturday

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Happy weekend.

Lions vs. Seahawks: Five questions with Field Gulls - Pride Of Detroit
To get ready for Sunday's game, I exchanged five questions with Danny Kelly from Field Gulls, SB Nation's Seattle Seahawks blog. My answers to his questions can be found later over at FG, and his answers to my questions are below.

Week nine: Tennessee receivers & being anti-right tackle " Seahawks Draft Blog
It amazes me that people still rank Tennessee’s Justin Hunter as the best receiver in the 2013 class (for me, it’s Rutgers Brandon Coleman or USC’s Robert Woods). Let’s look at the evidence – this is a guy playing in a pass friendly offense. He has a quarterback that can be erratic at times but does throw a sweet, catchable football. So where’s the production? We’ve seen sloppy dropped passes, an inability to have an impact in big games and just general mediocrity all year. Hunter has two good performances – against Georgia State and Akron. That’s it. He hasn’t scored a touchdown in any of the other five games he’s played this year against the likes of Alabama, Georgia or Florida.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: Blitz Design Clinic
The game ended up being a 43-13 blowout, but well before Texans-Ravens got out of hand, the Texans defense got its first points of the game on a well-designed blitz. Thanks to the talent of guys like J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith and Connor Barwin, Wade Phillips’ defense doesn’t always need to blitz to generate pressure. But when they do send the house, good things often happen.

Cam Newton is having an interesting year
His Y/A is actually higher this year (although his sack rate is a little worse), and his rushing yards per game and yards per carry are both slightly up. Obviously the biggest change is that Newton simply isn’t scoring very much — he’s on pace for just 21 touchdowns after scoring 35 last year. But touchdowns are more volatile than metrics like yards per attempt, and tend to rebound quickly when paired with a strong yards per attempt average. Compared to league average, Newton’s only slightly worse in NY/A and ANY/A than he was last year, and he’s still above-average in both statistics. Statistically, he looks fine.

Don't Give Up on the Run | The Sideline View
The pundits will tell you it's a passing league. That you can only win with a quarterback that can take over the game and make eye-opening throws on third down and long. That the running back position has been devalued and can be acquired from the scrap heap basket. But what they didn't tell you was that the running game is about to become more important than ever before because of how it changes the passing game and takes advantage of the smaller defenders.

Dysert for Dinner | Draft Breakdown
Playing for undermanned Miami of Ohio, Zac Dysert‘s career has gone without much fanfare or notice. A four year year starter and three year captain for the Redhawks, Dysert will end his career by breaking virtually all of the school passing records set by former Miami quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Week 8 Game Rankings: Dolphins-Jets will try to help break AFC logjam - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Why To Watch: Few teams undermine their own ability to win like the Lions. Let their anguish be your entertainment. Muffed punts, bizarre long touchdowns allowed, multiple return TDs given up in the same game, complete red-zone implosions. They do it all, and do it well. Meantime, the Seahawks have won their fair share of games late in shocking fashion, like the replacement-ref Monday night victory against Green Bay and the bomb to beat the Pats a few weeks ago. But can they make it happen on the road, and can rookie quarterback Russell Wilson concoct some of his heroics away from the 12th Man?

NFP Friday Buzz | National Football Post
*No one expects for the earth to shake before the trading deadline on Tuesday, but there has been talk about three big name players being moved: Steven Jackson, Dwayne Bowe and Michael Jenkins. The Rams are believed to want to play young running backs Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead, and would like to rid themselves of Jackson’s contract. The asking price probably won’t be high, but they still might not be able to find a buyer. Bowe also could be difficult to move, given that his contract expires after the season. The Cowboys are 3-3 heading into their game against the Giants, and might find it difficult to justify unloading Jenkins if they win even though he hasn’t been playing much.

Over-Rated Prospect - Logan Thomas | National Football Post
NFP's Russ Lande takes a close look at one of most over-rated college quarterbacks.

The Shutdown Corner Week 8 NFL Preview Podcast with Greg Cosell | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Once again, it's time to gear up for this week's slate of NFL games with analysis from the best in the business -- Greg Cosell of NFL Films and ESPN's "NFL Matchup." As he did so well last year, Greg will give you a sense of the week's upcoming games you won't get anywhere else, based on his conversations with players and coaches past and present, and his OCD-level evaluation of coach's tape. Since the podcast was recorded on Friday morning, we started by reviewing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Thursday night win over the Minnesota Vikings.

What you need to know about the Week 8 injury report - NFL.com
We handle the biggest injury news throughout Friday on Around the League. And then we collect it all here with the other nuggets you need to know in what is the most popular injury report roundup with factory workers.

Know Your Enemy: Scouting the Detroit Lions - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
With a very important road game quickly approaching for the Seahawks, I figure it was time to start taking a look at the Lions and seeing if me could identify some strengths and weakness for the team. That way we could see who to concentrate on. After looking over the team’s stats, and taking a look at the film available, I think there’s some pretty clear areas on both sides.

Seahawks vs. Lions: 3 Key Matchups to Watch for Seattle | Bleacher Report
Hopefully, the 10 day layover will help Pete Carroll's club get that nasty taste out of its mouth from last Thursday's debacle...

49ers vs. Cardinals: 3 Key Matchups to Watch for San Francisco | Bleacher Report
It wasn't pretty, nor was it ideal, but Thursday night's win over the Seattle Seahawks proved to be the win San Francisco needed to get back things back on track...

Seahawks 19th in sudden change situations | Seahawks Insider
The Seahawks currently are No. 19 in the league in this category. For some perspective, the Seahawks finished at No. 5 in the league in this category last year. Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley noted this week that his team has struggled to win the turnover battle on the road this season. Seattle has a -3 turnover differential away from home.

DT Jason Jones doubtful vs. Lions | Seahawks Insider
If Jones can’t go, rookie defensive tackle Greg Scruggs likely will see more time on third downs as a pass rusher. "They’re a different style," Carroll said, when asked if Jones and Scruggs have a similar skill set. "J.J. (Jones) just has a whole way about him. He’s so long, and he’s got that kind of slither about him. Scruggs is a little more classic, but Scruggs is a better pass rusher than we thought. We didn’t know that he would have the creativity that he has. So he has a chance to be a real good player for us."

DL Jason Jones doubtful to play Sunday | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
"We're listing him as doubtful," coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks depart Friday for Sunday's game. That means a larger role for Greg Scruggs, Seattle's rookie from Louisville. "Scruggs will be playing for sure in the game," Carroll said. "He'll be in the rotation. He has done a good job. We like him playing. He has been part of the first four guys rushing."

Desperate, motivated Lions give Hawks tough road test - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
If you've been making bets based on my predictions on Seahawks games this year, you're a happy guy and on your way to financial security, the likes of which you've never known before. As opposed to most of the free world, you actually think I might know what I'm talking about. But just like Richard Sherman, aka Optimus Prime, I'm pushing my luck by talking smack about my Seahawks picks.

Seahawks.com Blog | Friday in Hawkville: Carpenter selected for Ed Block Courage Award
"I appreciate the team thinking that I worked hard getting through my injury," Carpenter said. "So it’s an honor to be chosen." His rapid return – from the injury and to the lineup – has been more than Carpenter could have hoped for. He started the season opener as a rookie at left guard and then the next eight games at right tackle before his injury. "It did surprise me," Carpenter said. "I know that it was kind of a bad injury, but I had a lot of people motivate me to get back and it worked."

$21,000 lesson on blindside block rule - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Minnesota Vikings tight end and NFC West alum John Carlson suffered a concussion when the Arizona Cardinals' Rashad Johnson struck him during a punt return in Week 7. Carlson, who has a history of concussions dating to his career in Seattle, missed the Vikings' game Thursday night. His health is obviously the most important factor relating to the play.

DT Jason Jones doubful with ankle injury - Oct. 26, 2012 | Seattle - Seahawks - TOP STORIES - Seattle's live and local sports station
"(Jones) has been involved in a lot of stuff," Carroll said. "He's got 2-3 sacks, something like that, but he's been involved a bunch and has been a factor so we'll miss him if we can't get him out there."

Seahawk DT Jason Jones doubtful for Sunday | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
"He's going on the trip, and we've got him down as doubtful," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.

No small factor for Seahawks' against Lions - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks have listed defensive tackle Jason Jones as doubtful for their game against the Detroit Lions in Week 8. This is a notable development given that Jones plays on the Seahawks' nickel defensive line, and teams facing the Lions generally spend a high percentage of snaps in sub packages.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Buzzer beater: Iupati's prowess in meetings foreshadowed big game
Guard Mike Iupati garnered a lot of praise from Jim Harbaugh the day after the Seattle game. Today he got more from offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who said Iupati's big game was foreshadowed by how sharp he was in meetings that week. "He was hitting the buzzer first," Roman said of the question and answer sessions inside the offensive meeting room. "That's very impressive. Some of the older, more veteran guys will be the first guys to spit it out. He was the first guy hitting the buzzer."

49ers Blog and Q&A: Buzzer beater: Iupati's prowess in meetings foreshadowed big game
Guard Mike Iupati garnered a lot of praise from Jim Harbaugh the day after the Seattle game. Today he got more from offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who said Iupati's big game was foreshadowed by how sharp he was in meetings that week. "He was hitting the buzzer first," Roman said of the question and answer sessions inside the offensive meeting room. "That's very impressive. Some of the older, more veteran guys will be the first guys to spit it out. He was the first guy hitting the buzzer."

NFL Week 8 Watchability Index - SBNation.com
Nothing good comes from Cleveland, Chad Henne is boring, and it will be raining pizzas in Denver on Sunday Night Football.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: Blitz Design Clinic
The game ended up being a 43-13 blowout, but well before Texans-Ravens got out of hand, the Texans defense got its first points of the game on a well-designed blitz. Thanks to the talent of guys like J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith and Connor Barwin, Wade Phillips’ defense doesn’t always need to blitz to generate pressure. But when they do send the house, good things often happen.

Trade talk all talk for Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Think about this: a second-round pick, and probably a handful of other mid-round draft choices, for a guy who held out of his first training camp as a rookie and was suspended four games in 2009 after a drug test revealed he’d taken a diuretic. The Seahawks get him, by the way, for maybe all of eight regular-season games. Do you want to make that trade? Really?

Tyrann Mathieu arrested: The rise and fall of the Honey Badger - SBNation.com
Former LSU superstar Tyrann Mathieu was arrested Thursday night with three ex-teammates on marijuana charges, ending any chances of him returning to play for the Tigers in 2013. But there's more to it than that.

Lions’ Suh: Love him or loathe him, he’s a force | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
"He’s a real good defensive lineman," said Seahawks center Max Unger, who will have to block Suh on more than a few occasions. "He’s a talented player and you definitely need to know where he’s at on the field."

Seattle's limited passing game tough to judge - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.com
"There's a lot of good things that happen when Marshawn has the ball. He gets us going offensively because of how strong he is, how angry he runs. It brings some fire to our offense and gets us going," Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. "As long as you're moving the chains and getting first downs, that's good. But as you know, it's hard in this league to get 10-15 play drives and finish those drives with scores because at some point you're not going to be make it all the way. ... You've got to have those explosive plays."

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