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Thank goodness it's TGIF.

32 Teams, 32 Observations: Week 10 |
Seattle Seahawks: Outside of Richard Sherman and players on injured reserve, the other 15 defenders who have played at least 100 snaps have a positive run defense rating.

Brian Phillips on Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon - Grantland
How to best appreciate college football's most dynamic wideout.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Sherman Effect
Seattle needed a cornerback. Everybody knew it. Draft experts had the Seahawks looking at Jimmy Smith at the #25 overall pick. John Clayton had corner as the #3 priority on the team's free agent needs. People were talking about Tom Cable recruiting Nnamdi Asomugha, or going after a guy like Jonathan Joseph. All the while, the Seahawks front office was telling anyone that would listen that they were comfortable with their depth at cornerback after spending a fifth-round pick on Richard Sherman, a sixth-round pick on Byron Maxwell and signing little-known Brandon Browner from the CFL. Even the front office could not have predicted the impact Sherman has had on the pass defense since he took over for an injured Walter Thurmond in the second half of the Browns game.

About that Tarvaris Jackson pectoral injury. . . | - Seahawks blog
A couple of things have become clear over the last when it comes to Tarvaris Jackson, who has played in the last three games, staring two, since coming back from a strained pectoral muscle.

11/17: Seahawks offensive line dealt a devastating blow - Blog - - In the span of four days, the Seahawks offensive line has been dealt a devastating blow as RG John Moffitt and RT James Carpenter have been lost for the season.

Jackson hopes to avoid surgery | Seahawks Insider - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was asked his weekly question about his strained pectoral muscle and how he feels at this point of the season. Jackson said he understands there’s a possibility he might have to have surgery at the end of the season, but he is more focused on helping his team win games right now.

Cable: "I’ve never lost a guy in pass-pro drill. So it’s new to me, too." | Seahawks Insider - Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable was blunt when asked about the freakish nature of losing rookie offensive tackle James Carpenter to an ACL left knee injury for the rest of the season during one-on-one pass protection drills on Wednesday. "It’s never happened to me in my career in 25 years," he said. "I’ve never lost a guy in a pass-pro drill. So it’s new for me, too." Blog | Wednesday in Hawkville " - A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 16: Blog | The day in pictures " - Check out some images from Wednesday’s practice, brought to you by photographer Rod Mar:

Mock draft preview " Seahawks Draft Blog - I’m in the early stages of writing my first 2012 mock draft and wanted to share a few of the thoughts. When it’s published we’ll have weekly updates and as with previous years we’ll look at different scenarios and possibilities each week.

Opponent proponents - Q&A with Field Gulls - Turf Show Times - The Rams have just seven games remaining to limp their way back into mediocrity with a couple more wins down the stretch. Having dropped their first NFC West game to the Cardinals two weeks ago in disappointing fashion, they picked up their second win in a sloppy contest in Cleveland last weekend.

Is Trent Richardson The Last Of A Dying Breed? - Mocking The Draft - Good size, good speed, good vision and power - Trent Richardson has virtually everything a team looks for in a starting runningback. Assuming he declares, Richardson is a good bet to be a top 10 or even top 5 pick in the 2012 draft. As talented as Richardson is, some people think that the success of low round and undrafted RB's is making it increasingly difficult to justify using a high draft pick on a runner. After all, each of the last two Super Bowl champions heavily featured guys who were no-names coming out of school.

The 2010 Green Bay Packers used 6th rounder James Starks as their main guy in the playoffs and Super Bowl. The 2009 Saints used undrafted players Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell more than former 2nd overall pick Reggie Bush. There is a new prevailing wisdom amongst many draft experts and NFL talking heads: the days of RB's going early in the draft are coming to an end - evidenced by Mark Ingram being the only 1st round RB in 2011 and he didn't go until 28th overall. Is this really true though? Is Trent Richardson one of the last 1st round RB's we'll see?

Seahawks' Robinson has crucial piece of offensive puzzle | - Sports - For most of Sunday's game against Baltimore, Michael Robinson spent his afternoon running into Ray Lewis, one of the most ferocious linebackers to ever play the game.

Seahawks' Robinson has crucial piece of offensive puzzle | - Sports - For most of Sunday's game against Baltimore, Michael Robinson spent his afternoon running into Ray Lewis, one of the most ferocious linebackers to ever play the game.

Thiel: One entree on Seahawks menu: ‘Ground Chuck’ | Seattle Seahawks - Seahawks fans have seen this game plan before — run the ball until it cannot be run anymore. Against St. Louis, the worst rush defense in the NFL, there’s no other option.

Seahawks Blog | Tarvaris Jackson still playing through pain with pectoral injury | Seattle Times Newspaper - The play was worthy of the highlight reels, but it left quarterback Tarvaris Jackson reeling. In the second quarter of Sunday's 22-17 win against Baltimore, the Seahawks quarterback took the snap, rolled to his left and fired a pinpoint pass across his body to receiver Doug Baldwin down field for a 50-yard gain. Coach Pete Carroll called the throw "phenomenal" -- though it had its consequences.

Seahawks' Heath Farwell hands out headaches | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - If special teams are executed properly, their play should look like highlights from those Shark Week shows.

What is the matter with Rams' Bradford? - NFC West Blog - ESPN - The St. Louis Rams are averaging an NFL-low 12.6 points per game this season. The figure is 10.25 when Sam Bradford starts at quarterback.

College Football Preview: Drama in the Big Ten? - The Triangle Blog - Let's dive right into the scrum.

Analyzing NFL running games through 10 weeks | Smart Football - NFL teams are passing more frequently and more effectively than ever before. Given enough opportunities, most teams will eventually connect on big plays through the air. But while running backs have taken a backseat in most offenses, a successful rushing attack is still a significant component in most effective offenses.

Fantasy Football: Week 11 IDP Guide - FakeTeams - Like Football and learning about it? This week's IDP Guide is so loaded with information that even those not in IDP leagues can enjoy it.

Mac's Football Blog: Eagles, Chiefs and Seahawks Bump Practice Squad Pay - Meanwhile in Seattle, Allen Bradford is now being compensated at a $113,900 rate, which is a $1,000 per week increase over the $96,900 rate. Moved from safety to running back at USC, Bradford was a 2011 sixth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Claimed off waivers by the Seahawks in Week 6, Bradford was released and re-signed to the practice squad the following week and is currently being converted to linebacker.