Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Gameday

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Gameday, baby.

Seahawks or Rams? NFL bloggers debate who will cover - 10-27-2013
In order to tackle this tricky Monday spread, we’ve enlisted the help of those who know these teams the best. Expert NFL bloggers Robert Davies, of Seattle blog “Field Gulls”, and Will Horton, of St. Louis blog “Rams Herd”, strap on the pads and debate which team will not only win but cover the spread Monday night.

Four matchups to watch: Seahawks at Rams
The Seahawks will be looking to finish the first half of the season at 7-1 as they travel to St. Louis to play the NFC West rival Rams on “Monday Night Football.”

Odell Beckham is just too good « Seahawks Draft Blog
I’m going to write a bigger piece on the receiver class later, but I had to highlight yet another brilliant play from Odell Beckham today (in a surprisingly close game for LSU against Furman). You can see the play here.

Seahawks' lofty spread over Rams adds up -- almost - 710sports.com
The Seahawks are 6-1 overall and 5-2 against the spread, terrific numbers in contrast to 3-4, my record in predicting the outcome of their games this year.

Seahawks' depth evident in linebacker logjam - 710sports.com
Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner was a full participant in practice on Friday, which bodes well for his chances of playing Monday night against the Rams after missing the last two games with an ankle injury.

Rapid Reaction: Arizona Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few thoughts on the Arizona Cardinals' 27-13 victory against the Atlanta Falcons.

Locker Room Buzz: San Francisco 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Observed in the locker room after the San Francisco 49ers' 42-10 win over Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium:

Rapid Reaction: San Francisco 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few observations from the San Francisco 49ers’ 42-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in front of more than 83,000 fired-up fans at Wembley Stadium.

Possible WR Larry Fitzgerald trade by Arizona Cardinals not a surprise - ESPN
The news a trade could be in play after this season for Arizona Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t come as a surprise.

Seahawks-Rams: Five things to watch | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
1, THE FIRST QUARTER: The Rams are double-digit underdogs and seemingly reeling with the loss of QB Sam Bradford, and the Seahawks could make this an easy day at the office if they can put the Rams away early. The first quarter has been Seattle’s lowest-scoring this season, the Seahawks outscoring foes 29-10. Seattle, though, has gotten off to good starts in its last two road games (outscoring Indianapolis and Arizona a combined 19-7). And the first quarter has been the worst for the Rams this year as they have been outscored 41-19.

How the Seahawks were saved from California’s clutches | Sports Pages | The Seattle Times
This Super Bowl caliber team of 2013 almost wasn’t here. Back in 1996, the Seahawks hit the road for Southern California. If not for billionaire Paul Allen and a desperate effort to save Seattle’s NFL franchise, the Northwest would have been robbed.

RENTON, Wash.: Seahawks' defensive rotation top of the line | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seattle Seahawks' defensive line is running a system based on spreading the wealth, which is making the entire team rich.

What we learned: 34 takeaways from Week 8 - NFL.com
The Kansas City Chiefs joined some of the NFL's top Super Bowl hopefuls, who won big in Week 8, and RB Jamaal Charles strengthened his MVP case. Here's what else we learned Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals' defense dominates Atlanta Falcons - NFL.com
The Arizona Cardinals don't play the prettiest brand of football in the NFL, but they are one of the league's most improved teams. A stingy defensive effort helped them top the Atlanta Falcons.

RGIII 'OK' after leaving Redskins' loss with knee injury - NFL.com
Robert Griffin III gave Washington another injury scare on Sunday evening. The Redskins quarterback was knocked out of the game with a left knee injury, but it does not appear to be serious.

Rams-Panthers fracas draws slew of fines from NFL - NFL.com
Five players have been fined from Sunday's Panthers-Rams tilt. St. Louis pass rusher Chris Long led the way with a $15,750 bill for throwing a punch. Find out the rest of the fines.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
A look inside NFL defenses, who happen to be scoring at an alarming rate.

NFL Grades Week 8: Calvin Johnson reminds Dez Bryant who's tops - CBSSports.com
2013 NFL Grades for every NFL team from Week 8, with a focus on the lesson Calvin Johnson taught Dez Bryant.

Fantasy Football - Instant reactions from Week 8 : FantasyNews.CBSSports.com
Andre Ellington and Marvin Jones were just two big standouts in Fantasy in Week 8. Our Jamey Eisenerg recaps what he saw on Sunday and runs through all of the key injuries.

NFL Week 8 Injury Roundup: RG3, Michael Vick both banged up - CBSSports.com
Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III both suffered injuries on Sunday. Griffin said he's feeling 'OK,' but Vick's health is in question after saying he felt a 'pop' in his hamstring.

NFL could play eight games with different teams in London, won’t expand | ProFootballTalk
So what's the long-term goal for the NFL in London? Commissioner Roger Goodell said Saturday that he wants to put a team in both London and Los Angeles. If that happens, it won't entail expansion of the league. The NFL, we're told, has no plan to grow beyond 32 teams.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Three-Cone Drill: Sudden Sam
Doug Farrar has a line he likes to use about some of the more raw and inconsistent players in the league, and it's "son, your potential is going to get me fired."

Moral Margin of Victory
Suppose you watch an entire football game. Your job is to put a single number on the degree to which the winning team beat the losing team. Qualitatively, the scale runs from “had any number of things gone differently at the end, the winning team would have lost” to “the winning team was in control for most of the game” to “this game was never in question.”

Smooth Sammy Watkins an easy projection at WR for NFL scouts - CBSSports.com
With their title hopes dashed and their senior QB struggling with confidence and health, Clemson needed their star receiver to dominate Maryland. The great ones make it look easy.

Seahawks or Rams? NFL bloggers debate who will cover - 10-27-2013
In order to tackle this tricky Monday spread, we’ve enlisted the help of those who know these teams the best. Expert NFL bloggers Robert Davies, of Seattle blog “Field Gulls”, and Will Horton, of St. Louis blog “Rams Herd”, strap on the pads and debate which team will not only win but cover the spread Monday night.

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