Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

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Weird weekend with no Hawks.

NFL Week 7: Breaking Down This Weekend's Biggest Matchups | Bleacher Report
Entering Week 7 of the NFL regular season, some teams are already resigned to their fates, while others are still fighting to keep playoff hopes alive...

Carson Palmer looks forward to "winnable" games - NFL.com
The Arizona Cardinals didn't measure up to their division rivals after two losses in five days. But Carson Palmer sees a soft landing with some games coming up on the schedule.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Morning After: Seahawks Snipe Cardinals With A Bazooka, Win 34-22
Go big, or go home. The Seahawks decided they preferred to do both Thursday night. In what was their most dominant performance of the season, relative to opponent and setting, Seattle dominated so thoroughly that two turnovers inside their own 20-yard line barely figured into the outcome. This was the game where the nation was forced to face a cold reality; the Seahawks are already the most complete team in football, and they should improve more than any other over the last half of the season.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Morning After: Seahawks Snipe Cardinals With A Bazooka, Win 34-22
Go big, or go home. The Seahawks decided they preferred to do both Thursday night. In what was their most dominant performance of the season, relative to opponent and setting, Seattle dominated so thoroughly that two turnovers inside their own 20-yard line barely figured into the outcome. This was the game where the nation was forced to face a cold reality; the Seahawks are already the most complete team in football, and they should improve more than any other over the last half of the season.

Keys to victory: Seahawks 34, Cardinals 22 - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
What were the biggest statistical keys for the Seattle Seahawks in their win over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night?

No offense, but the Seahawks' could be even better - 710sports.com
Seattle's offense showed its best side in Arizona even as it revealed its worst.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: Unblocked
Whenever a defensive coordinator can get a rusher unblocked with a free run at the quarterback, he’s done his job well. Dom Capers is doing his job well.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Seahawks 34, Cardinals 22
I HATE Thursday Night games. I DETEST them. They are a blatant money grab by the NFL, the quality of play is never at the level of games played on Sundays and Mondays, the quick turnaround from the previous Sunday increases the chances of serious injuries, and the games are on a network that is still inconvenient for millions of viewers. On top of all of that, I'm a creature of routines and habits, so the Seahawks playing on Thursday night totally fucks up the rhythm of my week. Given all of that, all I wanted last night was for the Hawks to escape victorious and unscathed. Despite the deceptively close score through 2.5 quarters, Seattle not only won but physically dominated the Arizona Cardinals, running to the first 6-1 start in franchise history in what amounted to Seahawks Stadium South.

Morning links: Seahawks getting it done | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Let’s start today with some observations from last night’s 34-22 Seahawks’ win here in cozy Arizona:

NFL still will court college coaches despite Greg Schiano's woes - NFL.com
It's not looking good for Greg Schiano, who is traveling a rocky road with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Albert Breer studies Schiano's impact on college coaches' chances in the NFL, and much more.

Eight in the Box: The best and worst NFL teams in the red zone | Audibles - SI.com
Each Friday, Eight in the Box will highlight a list of eight players, teams or moments and their impact on the 2013 season. The Seattle Seahawks entered their Thursday night contest in Arizona having struggled to convert inside opponents' red zones.

NFLsavant.com: Advanced NFL Statistics
All data displayed on the below charts is parsed from the NFL play by play data.

Photobomb: Seahawks go desert cruisin’ | Sportspress Northwest
The Seahawks dispelled lingering doubts about their play away from home by powering through their own mistakes and over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football.

Percy Harvin could begin practicing next week - 710sports.com
An offense that put together its most complete performance of the season Thursday night could be one step closer to getting its most explosive player. It depends on how well wide receiver Percy Harvin fares over the weekend in a series of workouts that will determine his readiness to begin practicing.

Did Marshawn Lynch give own bench the bird over play call? - 710sports.com
How much does Beast Mode want the ball? Apparently enough to make an obscene gesture at his own sideline when the Seahawks called a goal line pass instead of letting Marshawn Lynch run it in.

No offense, but the Seahawks' could be even better - 710sports.com
Seattle's offense showed its best side in Arizona even as it revealed its worst.

Justin Blackmon tops Making the Leap list for Week 7 - NFL.com
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon leads the NFL in several categories over the past two weeks. Find out who else joins Blackmon on this week's Making the Leap list.

Upon Further Review: Seahawks Week 7 - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
A review of four hot issues from the Seattle Seahawks' 34-22 win against the Arizona Cardinals:

Stay patient on Percy Harvin's return to Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
As almost everyone has heard by now, Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin -- the $67 million man who is expected to take the offense to unseen heights -- likely will practice (a relative term) next week.

Carroll on ESPN 710: Tate has sprained foot, reiterates Harvin may practice next week | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, during his regular morning-after appearance on the team’s flagship radio station, ESPN 710 Northwest, said receiver Golden Tate sprained his foot during Thursday night’s 34-22 win at Arizona. Tate returned to action, however, and Carroll noted that the team is now off until Tuesday so there’s some time now to let […]

Afternoon Roundup: Seahawks receiving praise | Sportspress Northwest
The local and national media corps that bore witness in Arizona gave credit to Russell WIlson’s “amnesia,” lauded Marshawn Lynch’s toughness and ripped the 3-4 Arizona Cardinals.

Week 7 Game Rankings: Main course? Peyton Manning's return - CBSSports.com
A rivalry game like Steelers-Ravens? No way does it, or any other game, have a shot at unseating Colts-Broncos atop Jason La Canfora's Week 7 NFL game rankings.

Peter King and Hall of Famer Bud Grant on how to improve football | The MMQB with Peter King
Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant has been around the game longer than most anyone, and he’s got fresh ideas for making it better

Packers claim Chris Harper off waivers from 49ers | ProFootballTalk
If you’re going to get fired by a pair of teams and play for a third in the first two months of your pro career, you could do a lot worse than following the Chris Harper plan.

Week 7 NFL Viewing Guide: Von Miller Returns - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
10 Spot One player we’ll be going out of our way to watch for at least 10 plays. Von Miller, OLB, Broncos Peyton Manning’s return to Ind

Advanced NFL Stats: On the Effect of Coaching
There are exceptions, like that guy on the left, but my hunch is that NFL coaches are mostly interchangeable.

Arians Attempts to Make History, Kicks Chip Shot Field Goal Down 18
Last night, the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 34-22. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Cardinals trailed 31-13, and faced 4th-and-goal from the Seattle four-yard line. Bruce Arians elected to kick a 22-yard field goal in that situation, which cut the lead from 18 to 15 points. On opening night, John Harbaugh made a similar decision trailing by 18 on 4th-and-4, although there was only 5:33 remaining (making it even less acceptable) and the ball was not at the four, but at the twelve-yard line (making it more acceptable).

The Patriots, Pythagoras, and Week 6 Average Field Position data
With the exception of a blowout win over Tampa Bay, each Patriots game this year has been in doubt until the final minute. Against Buffalo, Stephen Gostkowski hit the game-winning 35-yard field goal with nine seconds left. In week two, the Jets had the ball, trailing by three, with 56 seconds remaining at their own 29-yard line, but a Geno Smith interception ended the comeback attempt. The Falcons failed on 4th-and-7 from the Patriots 10-yard line, trailing by a touchdown, with 41 seconds remaining. And last week, Tom Brady had not one, not two, but three chances to win the game in the final three minutes; eventually, he hit Kenbrell Thompkins with 10 seconds left for the game-winning touchdown.

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