Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Gameday

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Gameday, baby.

Stills doesn’t think Sherman should have been fined for illegal hit | ProFootballTalk
“I don’t think it deserves a fine,” Stills said. “We had just been talking trash to one another, and I guess he saw an opportunity to take a shot. It’s football. You’re going to get hit. . . . I didn’t take any offense to it. I think it’s funny.”

'Hawk Talk With Cole: 2014 NFL Draft Prospects for the Seattle Seahawks
Teams are built through the NFL Draft, so why do so few TRULY care? Nobody knows. There are those loyal few who track it year round. For those few, here you go.

Seattle Seahawks hold edge in San Francisco 49ers matchup - NFL - ESPN
"To beat Seattle or any good team, Belichick would always say you have to make them play left-handed," a longtime NFL assistant said. "He would take away the one thing you think you can do. The thing that makes Seattle successful is that they are good at adapting. When you force them to play left-handed, Wilson just plays left-handed. For example, if you disrupt the pass routes, he'll get out on the perimeter or they'll call a naked [bootleg] or a read-option."

QB Stats vs. Winning Teams
Wilson vs. Kaepernick

Seahawks PED suspensions: A chance to talk trash about the 49ers rival, or actual concern about PEDs? - Niners Nation
Do 49ers fans really care about the substance abuse or performance enhancing drugs in the NFL? Or is it just an opportunity to talk trash about a rival?

With Foles flourishing, Eagles singing different quarterback tune | ProFootballTalk
In September, someone (possibly with the Eagles) was putting out the word that the Eagles nearly traded for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick prior to the 2012 draft, and that the Eagles otherwise wanted to pick Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

The 49ers look at Seattle and see… how big and bad the 49ers used to be–and could be again | Talking Points
If the 49ers and Seahawks didn’t dislike each other so much, they’d probably all be best friends.

Film study: Reviewing New Orleans Saints offense - ESPN
Some observations on the New Orleans Saints offense after reviewing the tape of their 34-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13:

Film study: Reviewing New Orleans Saints defense - ESPN
Some observations on the New Orleans Saints' defense after reviewing the tape of their 34-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13:

Cliff Avril tries to find his niche on Seahawks’ defensive line | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
After a foot injury set him back during minicamp and training camp, Avril has become the pass-rushing force Seattle hoped he would be and he leads the team in sacks with 7.5.

Seahawks in uncommon role of underdogs Sunday at San Francisco | ProFootballTalk
Numerous Nevada sports books have made the 49ers 2.5-point favorites over the visiting Seahawks on Sunday in San Francisco, according to multiple line-monitoring websites.

Seahawks looking to claim NFC West by beating 49ers | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
A win against the 49ers is all it will take to get what would be Seattle’s eighth division title, sixth since 2004 and second since Pete Carroll took over in 2010.

Five matchups to watch: Seahawks at 49ers
The Seahawks travel to Candlestick Park for the final time, looking to clinch the NFC West title against the two-time defending division champion San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Friday notes: One declares, one to follow, Houston’s dilemma | Seahawks Draft Blog
It’s the time of year when we start to hear which underclassmen are declaring for the draft. The prospects involved in Bowl games will likely wait it out. For the others, there’s no reason to hold back their intentions.

Seahawks pay a last visit to venerable venue
In addition to everything else that’s on the line in Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and 49ers at Candlestick Park, it also will be the Seahawks’ final game at the stadium that opened in 1960.

The numbers on Seattle's Percy Harvin - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Counting Sunday at San Francisco, Harvin now has played in only one of the past 21 games his teams have played. But he played in 47 of 50 games in his first three seasons.

Seahawks-49ers: Five things to watch | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s our regular day-before look at five things to watch in Sunday’s game:

Pro Football Focus previews Seahawks-49ers | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are the weekly links and notes previewing the upcoming game from Pro Football Focus:

Fact or Fiction for San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick | Bleacher Report
After Colin Kaepernick ’s magical run in 2012, pundits around the league started to proclaim that the San Francisco 49ers might sport the best quarterback in the NFL ...

Seahawks vs. 49ers: Breaking Down Seattle's Game Plan | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks head into hostile territory to take on the rival San Francisco 49ers. This is the second time these two teams have played this year, with Seattle winning the first matchup 29-3 back in Week 2. Given how well these teams know each other, it is safe to say that both teams will be bringing all-new game plans into this matchup.

Carson Palmer (elbow) expected to start for Cardinals - NFL.com
Have no fear, Arizona Cardinals fans. Carson Palmer likely will be on the field Sunday, as the quarterback was listed as questionable on the injury report with an elbow injury.

Sunday Primer: Week 14 - NFL.com
Can New Orleans' Drew Brees and San Francisco's Frank Gore defend their home turf in separate divisional clashes Sunday? Find out everything you need to know before kickoff.

NFL Prospect Focus: Rising stocks | National Football Post
Andre Williams and Ra’Shede Hageman are getting higher on teams' draft boards.

Prisco's Picks - Week 14 - CBSSports.com
CBSSports.com's host of NFL experts provides expert picks, grades and analysis for each game during the season.

Greg Cosell’s Look Ahead: Alshon Jeffery is becoming a star receiver for Chicago | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
When I started really getting into college evaluation for the NFL draft about eight or nine years ago, one of the things I had trouble with was projecting bigger receivers in the NFL.

Undercover officers to be present again at Candlestick Park | ProFootballTalk
“Energized fans going at each other — totally in bounds, no problem,” San Francisco Chief of Police Greg Suhr said, via KTVU. “If somebody handles somebody, it could well be a San Francisco police officer. You don’t wanna spend the game that you spent a lot of money on a ticket in one of our padded wagons or substation or jail.”

Crabtree declares it’s a “new day, new game” | ProFootballTalk
“They’re definitely going to have to make changes,” Davis said. “We’ve got Crabtree back and have pretty much all our weapons. It’s going to be exciting and interesting to see the changes they make to stop us. They can’t leave us one-on-one the whole time.”

Scouting the M-West Title Game: Utah St vs Fresno St
Utah State has developed from west coast doormats to post season regulars. Fresno State must rebound from a difficult loss that knocked them from the ranks of the unbeaten a week ago. This contest could be one high scoring affair.

Crabtree declares it’s a “new day, new game” | ProFootballTalk
“They’re definitely going to have to make changes,” Davis said. “We’ve got Crabtree back and have pretty much all our weapons. It’s going to be exciting and interesting to see the changes they make to stop us. They can’t leave us one-on-one the whole time.”

Scouting the M-West Title Game: Utah St vs Fresno St
Utah State has developed from west coast doormats to post season regulars. Fresno State must rebound from a difficult loss that knocked them from the ranks of the unbeaten a week ago. This contest could be one high scoring affair.

2014 NFL Draft: Darqueze Dennard, Ryan Shazier shine in title game - CBSSports.com
On a day in which offenses largely ruled conference championship games, the Big Ten reminded college football fans that instinctive, physical defense is still being played somewhere.

2014 NFL Draft: RB Mason, OT Robinson power Auburn's rise - CBSSports.com
While perhaps a bit high off the snap, Robinson is as powerful in the running game as any offensive tackle I've scouted all year long. His long arms give him an almost unfair reach advantage and he latches on with great placement and strength to sustain his blocks.

Futures: Jared Abbrederis vs. Bradley Roby | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Depending whom you ask, Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby is one of the top three to five cornerbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft. Draftniks love the 5-foot-11, 193-pound Roby’s speed. CBS projects Roby as a second-round pick who could go higher depending on how close the Buckeye junior’s 40-yard dash time is to the range of 4.35-4.4 seconds.

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