Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Gameday, baby

Otto Greule Jr

Gameday!!

This is gonna be fun.

For Seahawks, today now as bright as tomorrow | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Here's how much faith the Seahawks inspire right now: They're a young team with a losing road record representing a franchise that hasn't won a road playoff game in 30 years. Yet they're favored to travel 2,800 miles and beat an opponent on a seven-game winning streak.

Best QB under pressure: Wilson or RG III? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks posted a 13-1 combined record from Week 10 forward this season.

QBR ranks: Acknowledging Sam Bradford - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The St. Louis Rams, though home for the NFC playoffs, finished the 2012 season with a positive combined net points differential against second-seeded San Francisco and fifth-seeded Seattle. Their defense and special teams deserve some of the credit, for sure.

Some guy named Kedric Gholston calls Richard Sherman ‘a cheater’ | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Let’s make that clear. He interjected his opinion, according to reporter Jim Corbett’s account of an interview with Washington’s Lorenzo Alexander. “He’s a cheater,” Gholston said, according to Corbett, before walking away. Well, then.

What to watch for: Seahawks at Washington | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
1. Stop Washington’s ground game. Washington ranked first in the league in rushing yards during the regular season, a potential problem given Seattle’s defensive performance over the final two-thirds of the season. Seattle went from allowing 70 rushing yards per game over the first six games of the season to 122.9 over the last 10. During the regular season, Seattle faced six of the teams that finished the year among the league’s top 10 in rushing yardage. Seattle was 6-1 in those games, its only loss coming in its first game against San Francisco.

Wild-card playoff duel pits Seahawks' Russell Wilson vs. RGIII | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
It's more than just three inches of height and two rounds in the 2012 draft that separates these two. Washington committed to Griffin from the start, while Wilson had to convince the Seahawks he was worthy of a starring role.

Arian Foster's big game powers Houston Texans past Cincinnati Bengals - NFL.com
J.J. Watt swatted away passes, Arian Foster ran away from tacklers and the Houston Texans did just enough to knock the Cincinnati Bengals out of the playoffs for the second straight year.

Seahawks finish No. 6 in sudden change situations | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Sunday’s matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins will bring together two of the best teams in the NFL in forcing turnovers and turning them into scores. The Seahawks finished No. 6 in the league in sudden change situations this season, while the Redskins finished at No. 3 in the NFL.

Arian Foster leads Texans to 19-13 win over the Bengals | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster accounted for 178 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown as the Houston Texans advanced to the divisional round of the AFC Playoffs with a 19-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Reliant Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Bengals need to ask themselves just what they have in Andy Dalton | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
In Cincinnati's 19-13 wild-card loss to the Houston Texans, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's day was defined by one underthrow and one overthrow, and a whole lot of bad throws in-between.

NFL playoffs: Are you ready to see some speed? | National Football Post
Speed of the game increases with rings, money on the line.

What is an Integrated Skill Set? | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
In the world of draftniks, the word ‘intangibles’ is often a catchall term that explains a smart player without NFL skill sets. Sometimes those using the term make the mistake to include players who possess what I call an integrated skill set. Find out what that means and why it’s the difference between a good prospect and a good NFL player

Seahawks' Doug Baldwin, Redskins' Alfred Morris played together as youths | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
The Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin and Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris grew up eating spaghetti dinners prepared by the Seattle receiver’s mother every Saturday before youth football games back in their hometown of Pensacola, ...

2013 NFL Mock Drafts - CBSSports.com NFLDraftScout.com
By virtue of a nightmare 2-14 season that resulted in the firing of coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli, the Kansas City Chiefs own the rights to the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft. The premise behind the NFL's philosophy of rewarding the team with the worst record the first pick in the following year's draft is that the selection is supposed to help them improve.

2013 NFL Mock Drafts - CBSSports.com NFLDraftScout.com
There is no Andrew Luck. No RGIII. Not even a Matt Kalil or Trent Richardson. So without any "elite" prospects this season, projecting the draft should be easy, right? Actually the opposite. Although it's a weaker class at the top from a year ago, it makes the first round much more interesting.

How they got here: Seattle Seahawks
Find out how Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks fought through the 2012 season to land in the playoffs.

New Two-Round Mock by Jon Dove | Draft Breakdown | Page 2
Russell Wilson needs more offensive weapons if the Seahawks want him to continue his development.

SEC Speed at DT | Draft Breakdown
Sheldon Richardson enrolled at Missouri as a 5 star recruit, but up until this year, he failed to make a major name for himself. After transferring from a Junior College, and being redshirted due to a wrist injury in 2010, Richardson spent much of 2011 in a rotational role as he battled a shoulder injury. In this role he was able to make several flash plays, but failed to be a consistent force. Early this year, Richardson finally gained the attention of the national media, but it was more due to his comments as opposed to his on field performance. However, this would change very quickly as Richardson more than managed to make a name for himself with his spectacular play.

Thiel: Good health, maybe some luck for Seahawks | Sportspress Northwest
For believers in sporting omens, here’s one for you: For the NFC wild-card playoff match Sunday against the Redskins, the Seahawks are staying at the same hotel on Capitol Hill as the Sonics when they won Seattle’s only modern major pro sports championship.

NFL MANNIAC: NFL Passing Statistic trends - The last 35 years.
As the 2012 NFL season comes to an end, it will be remembered as "The year of the rookie quarterback." Of the twelve teams that made the playoffs, three of them have rookies starting at QB (Wilson, RGIII, and Luck). The Bengals, Niners, and Vikings have 2nd year starters at QB (Dalton, Kaepernick, and Ponder). Think about that, 50% of the starting QB's in the 2012 playoffs don't have more than 2 years of NFL experience.

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