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Seahawks without Wright, Carpenter against Jets | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
RENTON – The Seattle Seahawks’ ability to defend against the run took a hit Friday when coach Pete Carroll said outside linebacker K.J. Wright has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets because of a concu...

Todd Nielson plays the numbers with Seahawks - latimes.com
"You look at it, and eventually it's going to pop off the paper at you," said Nielson, who spends much of his day at his modest cubicle, sleuthing tendencies. "My interaction with Coach Carroll is very limited," he said. "I go in his office when he's not there, and I drop a piece of paper on his desk with what he calls 'the orange stuff' on it, which is the highlighted stuff."

NY Jets defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples out to get Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson - NY Daily News
"(We need to) give him different looks. Get hits on him and try and put pressure on him and get him uncomfortable," he said. "They’re 4-0 at home so of course he’s going to feel like he can do it all at home. You just gotta make him feel uncomfortable."

GameDay preview: Jets at Seahawks | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Tighten up the run defense. Seattle had not allowed an opposing team to rush for more than 100 yards in any of its first six games. The Seahawks have allowed two opposing players to do it in the past three games as Seattle has gone from allowing 70 yards rushing over the first six games to giving up 167.3 over the last three. The Jets are a power running team, and will be testing Seattle to see if its corrected its shortcomings in defending the ground game.

Seahawks.com Blog | Week 10: Seahawks vs. Jets
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson vs. Jets QB Mark Sanchez: Just call it the quarterback Pete Carroll selected to direct his current team against the quarterback he didn’t want to leave his former team (at USC). But here they are, and their performances will go a long way in determining the outcome of Sunday’s game. Wilson seems to be finding his game – especially in the past two games, when he has completed 69 percent of his passes (41 of 59) for 409 yards, with five touchdown passes and one interception, for a passer rating of 110.0. And he’s been even better is going 4-0 at CenturyLink Field – when Wilson has completed 62 percent of his passes (57 of 92) for 747 yards, with nine TDs and no picks, for a passer rating of 120.2. Sanchez seems to be searching for his game, as does his team. He is completing 53 percent of his passes (144 of 272) for 1,736 yards, with 10 TDs and eight interceptions, for a passer rating of 72.8 that ranks 30th in the league.

Seahawks Game Preview vs. Jets: Analysis, prediction, TV info - CBSSports.com
What matters: Winning at home and getting to the bye week in one piece. If the Seahawks are going to stay in the NFC playoff race, winning at home is a must, especially against a reeling Jets team that's 1-4 in its last five games. Staying healthy this week will be important too, the Seahawks had a season-high 13 players on the injury report and every one of those guys probably has Week 11 circled and starred on their calendars. Week 11 is the Seahawks' bye and the last bye week of the NFL regular season.

Seahawks' Washington set to face former team - WSJ.com
"It's like almost three years removed from there, right? It's a long time," Washington said. "Maybe the first year when I got here it would have been a little different but honestly we're focused on us. We've got where we need to go and they're in our way."

Silverman: Jets’ Season Reaches Tipping Point Against Surprising Seahawks " CBS New York
But here’s the difficulty in playing the Seahawks. They are undefeated at home in a venue that may be the most difficult for any visitor to play in. Qwest Field reaches a decibel level that few outdoor stadiums can and the noise level there is almost reminiscent to the old Kingdome.

Chicago Bears' dominant defense built on ball-hawking brilliance - NFL.com
The 1985 Chicago Bears have been the standard for defensive domination in the NFL for almost three decades, but watching Lovie Smith's troops terrorize the league in the first half of the 2012 campaign, there might be a challenger to the throne.

Under-Rated Prospect: Kansas State QB C. Klein | National Football Post
NFP takes a look at an Under-Rated Prospect from the Big 12.

What to look for in Week 10 - CBSSports.com
The NFL's rookie quarterbacks are setting all kinds of records for passing attempts. The five rookie starters are probably going to combine for 2,600 attempts and 18,000 yards. Which rookie quarterback already has the most touchdown passes and the fewest pass attempts? Not Andrew Luck, not Robert Griffin III, but Russell Wilson of the Seahawks.

Futures: Texas FS Kenny Vaccaro | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Studying football players is a solitary pursuit. So it feels good when a performance catches your attention and months later you learn that it did the same for another writer, scout, or talent evaluator. Everyone enjoys that kind of validation.

Ravens, Packers adjusting to full-season Thursday night schedule - Don Banks - SI.com
If this were a typical season in the era of the NFL Network's Thursday night football package, the addition of the extra prime time game to the league's national TV schedule only would have started last night, with the arrival of Week 10. In its earliest incarnations, beginning in 2006, the Thursday-night schedule didn't open until Thanksgiving night.

Biggest NFL games of Week 10 -- John Clayton's First & 10 - ESPN
Getting an elite quarterback is a byproduct of either misfortune or luck.

Beatdown Watch, Week 10 | ProFootballFocus.com
Bruce Irvin vs. Austin Howard How this contest unfolds could depend on what kind of offensive packages the New York Jets use. For instance, the San Francisco 49ers didn’t want Irvin on the field and only ran three wide receiver sets on 13.3% of offensive plays. The end result? Irvin was only on the field for 12 snaps, picking up one sack and nothing else.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Midseason Pro Bowl Team, AFC
With the elections finally ending, football fans can shift their voting focus back to the NFL. Pro Bowl ballots opened a few weeks ago. With most of the teams having played exactly half their schedule, it’s time for a look at midseason honors. This AFC Pro Bowl roster represents one man’s opinion (mine), based on what the film has shown this season. (Players are listed in order of merit.)

Film Breakdown of Texas Safety Kenny Vaccaro Against Oklahoma State - SBNation.com
Kenny Vaccaro is one of the highest rated safety prospects in the draft this year. His play recognition and athleticism make him an interesting prospect, but his tackling and run support holds him back.

Oday Aboushi playing his was into the first two days of the 2013 NFL Draft - SBNation.com
Oday Aboushi came into his senior season with some things to work on, but he has ironed out many of his flaws in his third season as a starter at Virginia. He now may be in the conversation to be drafted in the first two rounds of April's draft.

Wilson's progress shows up in red zone - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks have scored six touchdowns on nine red zone possessions over their past two games. They had scored six in 18 red zone possessions previously this season.

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