Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Gameday

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Healthy Sidney Rice adds dash to Seahawks' offense | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
"I'm one of those guys that just loves to be on the field," Rice said. "It feels great. I love the game. I'm so fortunate to be out on that field."

Seahawks: Wilson evolving into a top quarterback " Kitsap Sun
"He was so calm about everything that had happened and was just concerned about his teammate," Carroll said. "That really struck me that he has a tremendous level of awareness and poise and it's surprising that anybody could be like that, not just a rookie or a young guy in his first shot playing in Chicago and all that. He just continues to be impressive in all of those ways."

Where Seahawks' pass game hits groove - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Our Friday look at the St. Louis Rams' deep passing game required sorting quarterback production by how far passes traveled past the line of scrimmage. The Rams' Sam Bradford was more effective than most on passes traveling more than 35 yards past the line, for example.

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has made believers of veteran Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Slowly, by virtue of what coach Pete Carroll calls "an ongoing ascending process," Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is winning over every skeptic.

Seahawks.com Blog | Week 14: Seahawks vs. Cardinals
The Cardinals’ No. 7-ranked defense vs. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: The Cardinals will quickly discover that this rookie QB isn’t the same rookie QB they faced in the season opener. Wilson not only has 11 more games on his resume, he has played progressively better and therefore the coaches have allowed him to do more. In last week’s overtime upset of the Bears in Chicago, Wilson didn’t beat them only with his arm (23 of 37, 293 yards, two TD passes); he also beat them with his legs (71 rushing yards). Then there’s the factor that is Russell Wilson playing at CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks are 5-0 and he has a passer rating of 122.0 and has completed 69 of 111 passes for 935 yards with 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions. The Cardinals will blitz him, because that’s what they do. So Wilson will need to show them what he can do.

Wait until they see the rookies now
The Seahawks’ rookie class which, at times, played like rookies in the season-opening loss to the Cardinals in Arizona gets another shot at them on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

DeAndre Hopkins, like Markus Wheaton, is underrated " Seahawks Draft Blog
We talked recently about how underrated Markus Wheaton is. For me, he’s the second coming of Mike Wallace. If you want a consistent receiver with the right attitude, explosive speed and a knack of making key players – Wheaton’s your man. And if I was a good team looking for a receiver in the late first round, I’d draft him and feel pretty smug about it afterwards.

Week 14 Podcast – STS with Field Gulls (Includes "Evaluating the Defense Part 2″) | Seattle Seahawks Blog
Hey all, Davis and I go out of our minds for about an hour and a half, in this breakdown of pretty much all things Seahawks. We discuss Russell Wilson, the Seahawks defense, 2013 draft needs, free agency and more.

Seahawks expect bad weather and dangerous Cardinals - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
"We take them as very, very dangerous," Carroll said. "Think about how hungry that team is to get a win. They'll do whatever it takes, and have a lot of big-time players who can change a game for them. We respect the heck out of this team."

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com
Is Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung having an exceptional season as his offensive line coach, Tom Cable, suggested? What about the Cardinals is cause for concern? What will Cal look like under new head coach Sonny Dykes?

Keys to the game: Cardinals at Seahawks | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
1. Stymie Arizona's pass rush. The Cardinals sacked Russell Wilson three times in the season-opener, but that doesn't really illustrate the constant pass pressure the Cardinals applied. The pressure came up the gut, and the Seahawks have to find a way to protect the passer from a formidable pass rush led by linemen Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell.

Seahawks Insider podcast — Week 14 | Seahawks Insider
Eric Williams of The News Tribune and Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with NFLDraftScout.com discuss the Seattle Seahawks upcoming contest against Arizona.

Seahawks tee off on kickoff debate | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
"Obviously, I don’t like it," said Leon Washington, whose eight career kickoff returns for touchdowns is tied for the best in NFL history with Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs. "I understand the NFL’s side of it, and what they’re trying to accomplish. With the lawsuits and head injuries, they’re trying to cut down that part of the game – that’s the premise behind it."

A.J. Green vs. Dez Bryant is underrated NFL storyline - NFL.com
Dez Bryant and A.J. Green obviously won't go head-to-head, but the Dallas Cowboys-Cincinnati Bengals game features two receivers expected to be the future of the position.

Cardinals fine Darnell Dockett $200,000 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett was fined an amount in the six-figures and could have a limited role in Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks for his behavior in the final minutes of a 7-6 loss to the New York Jets in Week 13, Bob Baum of the Associated Press has confirmed.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham
College coaches are prone to hyperbole, but when the coach comparing Frank Gore to Sanders has not only coached the NFL Hall of Famer, but Thurman Thomas, Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis, and Willis McGahee as well, these were words worth heeding. Gore lived up to that praise early in his Hurricanes career, but ACL injuries to both knees robbed him of opportunities to compile the portfolio he'd need to be a first-round pick. Those injuries also robbed Gore of his lightning-quick lateral agility and the third gear to pull away from defensive backs.

2013 NFL Draft: Keenan Allen Officially in 2013 Draft, Among Top Receivers | Articles
Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen officially declared for the NFL Draft on December 5th after a junior season marred by poor team play and a left knee injury that forced him to sit the last three games. Still, in 9 games of play, Allen averaged nearly 7 catches and 82 yards per game while recording 7 total touchdowns on the season, including one on a punt return.

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