Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

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Week 14 NFL Viewing Guide: Two Guys Named Mathis, and the Secondary-Receivers Battle of the Year - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Two of the better line-play matchups of the week happen to come in games that mirror each other across conferences. Each pair of these teams shares the same record, and as everything currently stands, these are probably matchups between the 3- and 4-seeds in both the NFC and AFC.

Week 13 Game Scripts
For the second straight week, an NFC West team produced a monster game script. This week, it was Seattle dominating New Orleans and taking control of the NFC. The Seahawks can clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs by simply winning the team’s final two home games, and Seattle appears to be (again) getting hot just in time for the postseason. Among passers with at least nine starts, Russell Wilson has the second best ANY/A average behind Peyton Manning, and the team should have a healthy Percy Harvin for the playoffs. In other words, it’s going to take an incredible effort for a team to knock off the Seahawks, who also rank #1 in DVOA.

2014 NFL Draft Report; Quarterback landscape has changed significantly in last few weeks | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
You can scrap a lot of the mock drafts you've seen up until this point. (Or read them for sheer enjoyment only.)

Greg Cosell’s Film Review: Peyton Manning’s arm strength looked really good against Kansas City | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
A week after a loss at New England, when there were plenty of critics questioning Peyton Manning's arm strength, the Broncos' quarterback showed that his arm is just fine.

How the Jacksonville Jaguars can make the playoffs | Audibles - SI.com
Wait, what? Could this really happen?

Heat of the moment | National Football Post
Are NFL officials overwhelmed more now than they have been in the past?

Dead money leaders | National Football Post
An inside look at the three NFL teams with the most dead money.

Vontaze Burfict tops Making the Leap list for Week 14 - NFL.com
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict leads the NFL in tackles while making a case for Defensive Player of the Year honors. See who else is Making the Leap in Week 14.

Week 14 injury report: What you need to know - NFL.com
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was limited in Friday's practice and looms as questionable for Sunday's tilt versus the Baltimore Ravens. He leads off our massive injury roundup.

Defensive Player of the Year Preview - NFL.com
The 2013 Defensive Player of the Year has yet to emerge. Gregg Rosenthal breaks down the top candidates, raising the question: Can a player from a losing team win the award?

Seahawks vs. 49ers: Who Has the Edge at Every Position in Huge Rivalry? | Bleacher Report
Since the beginning of 2011, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have competed one of the most vitriolic rivalries in the NFL . Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh had to have both contests circled on their calendars before the season...

Seahawks' Wilson a legitimate MVP candidate | HeraldNet.com - Sports
Russell Wilson doesn't really enjoy talking about Russell Wilson, so it was hardly surprising that the Seattle Seahawks quarterback avoided the...

Harvin, Browner out; Irvin, Tate in for Sunday | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
As expected, wide receiver Percy Harvin and cornerback Brandon Browner are out for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Golden Tate and Bruce Irvin are good to go.

Seattle Seahawks' Tarvaris Jackson questionable for Sunday - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is listed as questionable on the injury report because of an illness. Jackson did not practice Thursday. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wasn't asked about Jackson's status Friday.

Dan Quinn Week 14 Press Conference
Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn talks about how Cliff Avril has prepared in practice, how K.J. Wright played in the game against the Saints and how Michael Crabtree changes the 49ers offense.

Pete Carroll Week 14 Friday Press Conference
Pete Carroll updates the media on Percy Harvin, and Brandon Browner's status while the team finishes up their preparations for their match up with the 49ers.

Friday in Hawkville: James Carpenter to start at left guard against 49ers
After starting eight games when Russell Okung was sidelined and then rotating with Paul McQuistan the past two games, former first-round draft choice James Carpenter is back in the starting unit at left guard.

The Mighty Quinn | The MMQB with Peter King
The Seahawks’ defense is allowing an NFL-low 284.5 yards per game. You know all about Richard Sherman & Co., now meet the man calling all the shots in his first year on the job ... plus, a reality check for Browns OC Norv Turner, the one-on-one battle to watch and five bold predictions for Week 14

2014 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Tracker
With a little more than a month before underclassmen must make their final decision, what’s the latest word on players considering the NFL in the very near future? Tony Pauline offers the latest. December 6th: The latest on Brett Hundley

Williams, union chief plan to seek rule change on blocks | CSN Bay Area
Nose tackle Ian Williams would like to see the kind of legal cut-block that ended his season legislated out of the NFL.

Russell Wilson works hard on mental focus - ESPN
No one believes in mental preparation more than Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. As part of his mental prep each week, Wilson meets with Dr. Michael Gervais, who once was dubbed “the sports psychologist to the stars.”

Seahawks-49ers matchup No. 3: Davis vs. Avril | CSN Bay Area
They were heated rivals even before they lined up twice a season in the same division.

Thursday in Hawkville: Russell Wilson passes the Jim Harbaugh test
Not known for his expansive assessments of opposing players, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh veered toward the excessive this week when asked about Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Scouting the MAC Title Game: Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois has been the class of the Mid-American Conference in recent years and aim for a second BCS appearance. On the other hand Bowling Green returns to the post-season after several seasons of futility.

Scouting the C-USA Title Game: Marshall at Rice
A pair of teams with terrific stories face-off for supremacy of Conference USA. Two years removed from back-to-back four win seasons, Rice enters the game with a 9-3 record and just one loss in league play. Marshall matched that record and is bowl eligible for the first time in two years.

Seahawks' win would mean a changing of the guard - 710sports.com
"Not to me," Carroll said. "No, I don't think so. We're just happy to have the opportunity to play a big game again, and the fact that it's in the division is pretty significant."

5 questions with a 49ers beat writer | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Reached out to Eric Branch, 49ers beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, to answer five questions heading into this weekend’s game.

Russell Wilson keeps eyes on playbook, blocks out MVP chatter | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
QB keeps eyes on playbook and his mind in the zone, attending weekly sessions with sports psychologist

Person of Interest: 49ers' Colin Kaepernick - 710sports.com
He began the season hailed as a cornerstone, one of four young quarterbacks who could be counted on to lead his team into the next generation.

Pete Carroll Show - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll joins "The Morning News" on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM to preview Sunday's game against the 49ers in San Francisco. Carroll talks about a difference he's seen from his team in recent weeks and says wide receiver Percy Harvin won't play against San Francisco.

Future general managers, Seattle Seahawks' depth and more - NFL.com
"A huge part of it is having no walls with our coaching staff," Schneider said. "We have an approach with this staff -- from Coach Carroll on down -- of taking care of the players, being willing to ride it out and teach and develop and play with young people. For us, that's a huge advantage in recognizing talent and fits."

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