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Advanced NFL Stats: Run/Pass Distribution by Win Probability
What I haven't seen before, however -- and it could very well be from a lack of looking -- is an illustration of the precise relationship between run/pass distribution and in-game win probability (WP). Thanks to Mr. Brian Burke, that thing now exists, right here, in table form (numbers from 2006 though Week Eight of 2011):

The Shutdown Corner Halfway Point All-Underrated Team: Offense - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Baldwin has been by far Seattle's most productive receiver this season (and yes, we realize that's a bit like being the best surfer in Iowa), which isn't bad for an undrafted guy.

The Shutdown Corner Halfway Point All-Underrated Team: Defense - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports - Chancellor got lost in the 2010 draft that also brought the team super-safety Earl Thomas(notes), and it took a bit longer for him to get the hang of the position. But the Seahawks decided to let veteran Lawyer Milloy(notes) go in the offseason and rely on what they perceived to be Chancellor's improved abilities and leadership. The team has been rewarded with three picks and 10 pass deflections this season from Chancellor, who can also play all over the field. 

How did the Bears limit Michael Vick? | National Football Post
Breaking down Lovie's defensive game plan in the 30-24 win.

Draft Talk 8.0 | National Football Post
Shawn Zobel of Draft Headquarters joins Wes Bunting to talk Alabama RB Trent Richardson and breakdown two of draft’s top CB prospects.

Matt Barkley - Washington Week - YouTube
Matt Barkley - Washington Week

Jim Zorn: The Original Star | - Sports
When the Seattle Seahawks signed unknown quarterback Jim Zorn off the street, they had no way of knowing that he would eventually be the franchise's first star player. And their low expectations didn't change much when they saw him in person for the first time. Nothing about Zorn was typical of an NFL quarterback. He had a strange name, a floppy haircut and he threw with his left arm. He played college ball at Cal Poly Pomona, not exactly a football powerhouse, and had already been cut by the Dallas Cowboys. And as for his style of play? Let's just say that Zorn was the antithesis of the polished, dropback passer that would soon become all the rage.

Discipline looks like problem for Seahawks | NFL - The News Tribune
Pete Carroll's 2-6 record with the Seattle Seahawks is the worst of his career though eight games as a head coach in college or the NFL.

Seahawks | A pattern is developing: Seahawks lack finishing moves | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Seahawks have had problems from the start. That was true when Seattle took four weeks to score a first-half touchdown. It's just as true now as the only two touchdowns during the Seahawks' current three-game losing streak have been scored in the fourth quarter. But it's the way the Seahawks haven't been able to finish off comebacks that has coach Pete Carroll concerned. "It's killing me," he said.

Seahawks Blog | Tale of the tape: Pete Carroll vs. Mike Holmgren | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Seahawks stand at 2-6 and trail the 49ers by five games in the NFC West standings, having also lost a head-to-head game against San Francisco. Blog | Photoblog: Seahawks at Dallas "
The Seahawks traveled to Dallas in Week Nine, and fell to the Cowboys 23-13.

Waiting his turn
The Seahawks added Deon Butler to their 53-man roster on Tuesday, making him the last of three players who had been on the PUP list to be activated. Blog | Up next: Baltimore Ravens "
Star power: Ray Lewis. The Ravens’ roster has a galaxy from which to choose. But none shines brighter – or has shined longer – than Lewis. He’s 36 and in his 16th NFL season, but the middle linebacker continues to make tempo-setting plays. Lewis leads the team with 145 tackles and also has two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Not that this is anything new. Lewis is a two-time NFL defensive player of the year (2000 and 2003), was selected to the NFL team of the decades for the 2000s and has been voted to 12 Pro Bowls. But you have to see him play in the flesh to really appreciate just how physical – and yes, violent – his game is. That chance – likely the final chance at CenturyLink Field – comes Sunday. Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville "
A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 8: Blog | Midseason honor roll " passes out its midseason honors:

Monday draft hits: Seahawks still need a quarterback " Seahawks Draft Blog
The game against Dallas was there to be won. Take nothing away from the Cowboys, they deserved to win it. However, they’re a team that just can’t get out of it’s own way. They’re stuttering when they should be fluid. In the first half, Seattle had the breaks but couldn’t capitalise. In the second half, all the Cowboys did was iron out a few of the creases and they were barely tested. Why? The Seahawks passing offense couldn’t keep up – it was impotent and turned the ball over. 

Sarkisian: I’d take Barkley over Luck - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
You probably recently heard or read Phil Simms' comments about how the hype surrounding Andrew Luck was "a little too much" for his taste, and how Luck, despite all his abilities, seemed to lack the big-time throws required for the NFL. We assumed that this was yet another example of Simms either being contrary just for the sake of it or speaking with his usual level of doofishness, but as it turns out, there's someone a bit closer to the situation who wouldn't place Luck at the top of his list.

From the sidelines: Seahawks at Cowboys
Mistakes mar the improvement made on Sunday, and the Seahawks are forced to keep battling through difficulties as they reach the halfway point of 2011.

Mac's Football Blog: Seahawks To Activate WR Deon Butler Off PUP; Sign DE Pierre Allen To Practice Squad
The Seahawks have re-signed rookie defensive end Pierre Allen to the practice squad. Undrafted out of Nebraska, the Seahawks lured Allen to the Pacific Northwest with a $10,000 signing bonus, the third-largest of their undrafted free agents. (Jeron Johnson and Doug Baldwin received larger bonuses and made the 53-man roster) Allen had two tackles and a quarterback sack in the preseason opener, but missed the final three preseason games and was "waived/injured" in September. Allen had a workout with the New England Patriots in October and is headed to Seattle after a workout with the Carolina Panthers, a league source said on Tuesday.

Seahawks done in by third quarter from hell - Seahawks News -
You might say the Seahawks had some momentum at halftime as they took a 6-6 tie into the locker room in Sunday's game against the Cowboys. 6-6 isn't exactly a tidal wave of momentum but quarterback Tarvaris Jackson hadn't made any big mistakes and the running game was showing some signs of life. The Hawks had 75 yards on the ground, just three penalties and were plus-1 in turnover ratio.

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5 NFL running backs on pace to rush for more than 1,500 yards this season. That includes Vikings star Adrian Peterson, who at the midway point of the season has rushed for 798 yards and nine touchdowns. Other backs with at least 750 rushing yards through eight games: Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy (825), Chicago’s Matt Forte (805), Buffalo’s Fred Jackson (803) and San Francisco’s Frank Gore (782). Who said this was now a passing-only league? Over the previous four seasons combined, only five backs have surpassed 1,500 yards in a season: Houston’s Arian Foster in 2010; Tennessee’s Chris Johnson in 2009; and Peterson, Atlanta’s Michael Turner and Carolina’s DeAngelo Williams in 2008.

Top five late round/free agent sleepers | National Football Post
Who are some of my favorite sleepers in this year’s draft?

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Seahawks Progress Report @ Season's Midpoint - Good teams judge their seasons by only one metric, wins. Great teams judge their seasons by one game, the Super Bowl. The 2011 Seahawks are neither good nor great, so their season must be judged differently. Eight games into this season, the team is 2-6, but there continue to be reasons for excitement as a Seahawks fan. Players and position groups crucial to the team's future success are heading in the right direction, some at startlingly fast rates.

Penalties, substitution issues plague Seahawks - Nov. 7, 2011 | Seattle - Seahawks - TOP STORIES - Seattle's live and local sports station - The Seattle Seahawks continue to be plagued by penalties and substitution issues that hamper the team's chances at winning games.

11/7: Latest loss underscores need for franchise QB - Blog - - Last week, Pete Carroll suggested that Tarvaris Jackson has played well enough this season to be a considered a long-term option for the Seahawks.

The Aspiring NFL Scout: Aspiring NFL Scout’s Top 5 by Position: Offense (11/7/2011) - I’m long overdue getting some of my draft rankings and analysis up, but it’s really hard to rate so many players with confidence when it’s still so early in the season and I just haven’t been able to see them all as much as I would like.