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Week 12 Judgements: Tebow unorthodox, efficient under center - NFL - Football
10. Sorry, but seven LeSean McCoy touches in the first half isn't how you beat New England. I thought we covered this in Baltimore with Ray Rice. When you have the NFL's leading rusher -- and when you have Tom Brady on the other sideline -- you give that running back the ball. He gains the yards, you move the chains and Brady stays put. What's so hard to understand?

Thoughts on Week 12: Jets' Sanchez thrives with added protection - NFL - Football
5. Washington -- The Redskins broke a six-game losing streak, the longest in Mike Shanahan's career. They did it in a tough place to play in Seattle. They did it by playing good defense. The pass rush of Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan helped clinch the victory in the fourth quarter. Rex Grossman still commits costly turnovers but he gives the Redskins a downfield passing game. The Redskins do a good job of designing plays to get receivers open and Grossman has taken advantage of that the past two weeks. Shanahan has praised the character the team showed during the losing streak. This character is the foundation of a winning team in the future. The Redskins dedicated last offseason to improving the defense, next offseason will be the offense.

Video: Roy Helu goes vertical for first NFL touchdown run - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
The first time I talked to former Nebraska and current Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu(notes), we were on the same plane back from the 2011 scouting combine. Meeting and talking to this very humble player got me watching his game tape, and I was impressed with his raw speed and ability to make plays in the passing game.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 12
Vince Verhei: To counter the "great day for punters" theme, Jon Ryan, punting from roughly midfield, fails to even reach the 20-yard line. A quick summary of Washington's first two drives: Play-action, bootleg, crossing pattern (usually to Fred Davis), first down, repeat. It got them a touchdown on their first drive and probably would have produced a field goal on the second drive, but a chop block knocked them back 15 yards.

Eagles hurting with Thursday game in Seattle this week | National Football Post
Vick among players missing walk-through Monday

NFP Sunday Rewind | National Football Post
Tebow, Broncos win again, more issues in Philly, Texans' QBs, Sanchez, Hanie, Chris Johnson and more.

Redskins 23, Seahawks 17: The Aftermath
Being a Seahawks fan has been very frustrating this year. For me the most frustrating part is you never know which team will show up. The Seahakws keep waffling back and forth from being a team I think is really starting to put stuff together to make a good run to a team that might be lucky to win another game. They will beat teams they have no reason beating (NY Giants and Baltimore Ravens) and lose to teams they have no reason to lose to (Browns and Redskins).

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Redskins 23, Seahawks 17
The formula was working. Things were going according to plan. The Seahawks took a 17-7 lead early in the 4th quarter over an inferior foe, after spotting them a 7-0 lead... Just like the week before in St. Louis. The D was making stops, and Marshawn Lynch was violently assaulting the enemy defense. All the Seahawks needed to do in order to notch a 3rd straight win was hold off the feeble Redskins.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Evening After: Seahawks Lose To Redskins 23-17 - Shameful. Forget measuring progress by statistics. Set aside any personnel improvements the front office has made. When a team with a 3-7 record comes into your stadium and disrespects your franchise by dancing on your logo during the coin toss, the only acceptable outcome is a convincing win. Anything else is an affront to your manhood and makes any claim of toughness sound hollow.

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: The DVR Run Analyst Joins 17 Power - Since 2007, I've been reviewing almost every Seahawks run play in slow motion on my DVR over at the Northwest Sports Talk Forum under the alias, CamasMan. (I just posted my analysis of the Rams Game there.) Brandon invited me to join this blog and I immediately accepted. Is there a better title than 17 Power for a blog analyzing the Seahawks' running game?

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Deadly secret agent Brandon Browner strikes, kills Seahawks season - I'll keep this write-up short.  This game kind of sucked to watch, and I know if you're like me, you probably aren't exactly digging for Seahawks reading material after a loss like this.

Seahawks' offense goes MIA | - Sports - When Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson connected with Golden Tate for a 15-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass, it capped a drive that covered 88 yards in 12 plays and featured six first downs.

Thiel: Redskins couldn’t, so Seahawks beat selves | Seattle Seahawks - Losers of six in a row, Redskins find a way to win in fourth quarter, while Seahawks find no way to play by the rules in galling 23-17 defeat.

Golden Tate has key touchdown, costly penalty in loss - Daily Links Blog - - Golden Tate didn't have much to say about his key touchdown catch that gave the Seahawks a 10-point fourth-quarter lead. He had something to get off his chest -- his penalty that helped the Redskins answer with a score of their own.

Where has Mike Williams been this season? - Blog - - Earlier in the season, Mike Williams could point to a lack of targets as the reason for his significant dip in production from a year ago. Tarvaris Jackson's familiarity with Sidney Rice and the Seahawks' issues in pass protection meant not many balls were coming Williams' way. As "Bob and Groz" explain in the video below, Williams no longer has that excuse, nor is he trying to use it.

Seattle's inconsistency continues in Redskins loss - Seahawks News - - It's natural for a young team still in a rebuilding mode to make errors against good opponents. The maddening inconsistency for the Seattle Seahawks has come in games they should be winning. "We have some issues, you know, that we have to keep working on," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after the Seahawks' fourth-quarter collapse in Sunday's 23-17 loss to Washington.

Carroll more frustrated a day after loss to Redskins - Blog - - Monday morning offered a different, greater sense of frustration for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Speaking with "Brock and Salk" a day after Seattle's 23-17 loss to the Redskins, Carroll was perturbed by the officiating and his team's own mistakes.

Seahawks mistakes help Redskins secure victory | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - They spent a week preparing for Washington’s running game and journeyman quarterback, but on Sunday the Seattle Seahawks couldn’t stop either. It beat them, 23-17, and afterward free safety Earl Thomas sat in his locker, stunned and angry. "It was a tough day, we didn’t win," Thomas said. "Everything else is out the window." Did the Redskins do anything that surprised Seattle? "They just moved the ball," Thomas said.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks WR Mike Williams: 'I've just got to try and get out of this rut' | Seattle Times Newspaper - "This whole year has kind of been just not what I've been accustomed to," Williams said, "not what I planned for myself in the beginning. So I've just got to try and get out of this rut and get my rhythm back, but today there were some plays, an opportunity for me to have a big game, it just didn't work out."

Seahawks Blog | Three things we learned: Washington 23, Seattle 17 | Seattle Times Newspaper - This offense not quite ready for prime time. The whole country may see that because this team will be in prime time on Thursday this week and again on Monday in Week 14. The Seahawks showed promise with their clock-killing drive to end the victory over the Ravens, and even on Sunday, the Seahawks scored in the third minute of the fourth quarter after an 88-yard touchdown drive that stands as Seattle's longest of the season. However, Seattle's next four possessions produced a total of 20 yards in penalties, 11 yards of total offense and exactly zero first downs. If Seattle is put in a position where it has to throw, it's in trouble.

Carroll has to penalize offenders | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Win some. Lose some. And some you simply throw away. The Seattle Seahawks gave up 16 points to the Washington Redskins in the final 10 minutes to fall, 23-17, in another indictment of their chronic inability to follow the rules. Sunday brought nine more penalties for 91 yards.

Jerry Brewer | Sunday's game is painful reminder to never to assume anything with the Seahawks | Seattle Times Newspaper - Earl Thomas sat in the locker room, hunched over, elbows on knees. He kept on his uniform, except for the helmet, for 30 minutes after the game. He stared at the carpet, as if the explanation for this improbable defeat had been lost somewhere near his feet. He sighed. He shook his head. He stood out as the ultimate bewildered Seahawk in the entire, disappointed room. "We gave this one away," said Thomas, the normally upbeat second-year safety. "That's all I can say." Blog | Monday in Hawkville " - FOCUS ON The week. Because the Seahawks are hosting the Eagles on Thursday night, their weekly schedule is getting the equivalent of being stuffed in a trash compactor.

Silver linings: Seahawks vs. Redskins - NFC West Blog - ESPN - The facts: The Seattle Seahawks fell to 4-7 with a 23-17 home defeat to the Washington Redskins. The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

QBR ranks: Should Seahawks try Portis? - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has gamely battled through a torn pectoral muscle suffered during an Oct. 9 victory over the New York Giants. Taking a closer look at Jackson's performance during a 23-17 defeat to Washington in Week 12 brought to mind a question for our consideration: Should the Seahawks shut down Jackson and use the remaining games to see what third-stringer Josh Portis has to offer? A few factors entering into such a decision:

Seahawks should do what it takes for Matt Barkley " Seahawks Draft Blog - Matt Barkley ended his and USC’s season last night by beating UCLA 50-0. The performance included six touchdowns and just seven incompletions (you can see highlights here), passing Matt Leinart’s single season conference record for touchdowns in the process. He’ll finish the year with a 39/7 touchdown-to-interception ratio, completing 69% of his passes for 3528 yards.

DE Red Bryant a bright spot in loss to Redskins - Blog - - Defensive end Red Bryant was one of the few bright spots in the Seahawks' 23-17 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Seahawks miss their opportunity to arrive - Blog -
With 10 minutes left against Washington, things looked bright for the Seahawks. They led the inept Redskins by 10 points and they appeared poised to enter the playoff hunt.