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SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 1:  Vince Young #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles is sacked by K.J. Wright #50 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field December 1, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle won 34-14. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 1: Vince Young #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles is sacked by K.J. Wright #50 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field December 1, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle won 34-14. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)
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How's your Thursday going?

Updated mock draft: 7th December " Seahawks Draft Blog
A lot of people aren’t going to like this week’s projection. For whatever reason, a lot of people can’t entertain the idea of stock piling talented receivers.

Chalk Talk: Lynch burns Eagles with 40-yard touchdown - Blog -
Marshawn Lynch touchdown runs are becoming fixtures in Chalk Talk, and so are key blocks from tight end Zach Miller. The latest edition includes both. Brock Huard breaks down Lynch's 40-yard touchdown run in Seattle's Week 13 win over the Eagles

Cole on Okung play: 'I'm not a dirty player' - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The fine levied against Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole was not for inflicting a season-ending injury upon Seattle Seahawks tackle Russell Okung. The fine, reportedly for $7,500, likely would have been the same whether or not Okung was injured. The amount is consistent with first-time offenses for late hits, chop blocks and the like, as spelled out in the chart. The NFL, per its labor agreement, reserves the right to levy larger fines.

From the sidelines: Seahawks vs Eagles - Coming off a dominant win over the Eagles, the Seahawks turn their attention to finishing strong in 2011.

Seahawks adjust O-line | - Sports - McQuistan moves to left tackle, Jeanpierre starts at right guard.

Rogers, Baldwin and other unlikely leaders - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Notable NFC West appearances on the Advanced NFL Stats player pages tracking measurable contributions through Week 13:

Four 1,100-yard rushers in one division? - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Passing is generally the key to victory in the NFL. This helps explain why quarterbacks earn the most money, why teams often draft pass-blocking tackles over top runners and why fullbacks have become endangered.

Robert Griffin III game tape vs Texas " Seahawks Draft Blog - Thanks again to JMPasq for supplying us with the tape. I’ll have an updated mock draft on the blog tomorrow, plus a few thoughts as usual. For now, enjoy watching Robert Griffin III defeating Texas.

Sam Bradford Injury: Tom Brandstater Takes QB Reps At Practice - Turf Show Times
Today's news does not bode well for the St. Louis Rams' situation at quarterback. Sam Bradford did not practice today. His backup, A.J. Feeley, also was out this afternoon, and third quarterback Tom Bradstater took all the reps with the team. More and more, it looks as though Brandstater could be the man when the Rams play the Seahawks Monday night in Seattle.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Jim Harbaugh Wins the NFC West in His First Season
Jim Harbaugh joined KNBR in San Francisco with Murph and Mac to discuss clinching the NFC West, what it meant for his team, how he celebrates the victory, Candlestick Park, what the motivation is going forward, playing for hats and T-shirts, the progression of Alex Smith and why he doesn’t discuss injuries.

Combining quick passes and a shovel pass or shovel screen | Smart Football
I recently discussed the evolution in combined or "packaged" plays, which involve combining quick passes, run plays, and screens to best take advantage of what ever evolving defenses throw at offenses. Since describing the concept, I’ve seen an increasing number of NFL teams use it, including the Green Bay Packers and the New York Jets, to decent if unspectacular effect.

Mac's Football Blog: Rams Claim QB Kellen Clemens Off Waivers
The St. Louis Rams have claimed quarterback Kellen Clemens off waivers from the Houston Texans, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. To make room for Clemens, the Rams have placed left guard Jacob Bell on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Archie Manning questions how well Peyton and Luck could coexist - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
In 2004, former NFL quarterback and super-dad Archie Manning attempted to keep his son Eli away from the San Diego Chargers in the NFL draft. The Chargers took him anyway, and traded him to the New York Giants. That event got Archie a rep as a bit of a meddler, though it could also be said that any parent would want the best for his child, and the Eli strategy certainly wasn't the first time a player tried to scheme his way out of a particular draft situation.

Stacy Andrews has pulmonary embolisms; is out for the season - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
New York Giants offensive lineman Stacy Andrews(notes) will not be playing for the rest of the year, which is probably a good idea, since he was diagnosed with pulmonary embolisms and those can kill you.

Five Analysts, Five Questions, Week 13 |
Back again for this week’s sit-down, our analysts take a breather from their review work and run through a set of questions covering a variety of timely topics. They’ll make their calls on the pair of potential perfect seasons, identify their choice for second-best defensive rookie in the league, and offer up some interesting pairings when looking at vet-rookie teammate combos. This week wraps with a hypothetical about what they’d like to add to PFF’s analysis if there were no restrictions in place.

32 Teams, 32 Observations, Week 13 | - Seattle Seahawks: While the other safeties have played fine, Atari Bigby (134) has shown he can still play when given the chance. He has one pass defended compared to two catches allowed. He has also helped in the run game and the rare pass rush, which has all led to four total stops.

Five questions: the NFC Wild Card race | National Football Post - With four weeks left, who will get in the dance?

Rams Vs Seahawks Could Set Season Lows For Monday Night Football Ratings - Turf Show Times - The St. Louis Rams return to prime time in Week 14 for a road game against the Seattle Seahawks. Last season closed with a memorable prime time loss to the Seahawks in the closing week of the season, a game that decided the NFC West winner. In many ways that game was a preview for the disappointing 2011 Rams, a team wholly unable to compete. It marked the beginning of the likely end for the coach and general manager who failed to build on their success last season.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Patience, Seahawks... Climb the Ladder. - After an almost unfathomably favorable Sunday of NFL results, the Seahawks are now two games out of the final NFC Wild Card spot with four games to play. Seattle's playoff probabilities have risen up to 6.5%, which doesn't sound high, but it's risen up from 1.3% just two weeks ago. The Seahawks wouldn't be MATHEMATICALLY eliminated by a single loss during this final month, but realistically Seattle needs to go 4-0 to keep their playoff hopes viable.

Robert Griffin III should be on Seahawks fans' radars - UW Blog articles - - Football fans in Seattle could go from rooting against Robert Griffin III in the Alamo Bowl to wondering if he'll be the Seahawks' next quarterback. That's assuming Baylor's Heisman Trophy finalist forgoes his senior season and makes himself eligible for the NFL draft, something John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald thinks he will do. Werner joined Bob Stelton and Brock Huard on Wednesday's "Bob and Groz" for a preview of the Alamo Bowl matchup between Baylor and Washington as well as a scouting report on the Bears' quarterback. You can listen to the conversation here. In Wednesday's Wrap Up video, Huard offers his thoughts on why Griffin III should be a top-15 draft pick in April's draft.

Laurent Robinson, Victor Cruz, Aaron Maybin headline 2011's surprise players - Don Banks - - While the remarkable rise of Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos has dominated the headlines and captivated fans in the season's second half, there have been plenty other surprising examples of what we'll call the Danny Woodhead Effect, a lightly regarded player who emerges to overachieve beyond all reasonable expectations. As the final quarter of the regular season unfolds, here are 10 out-of-nowhere players who have made a much bigger name for themselves in 2011:

Seahawks Blog | Raheem Brock charged with DUI for 2010 arrest | Seattle Times Newspaper - Seahawks defensive Raheem Brock has been charged with DUI in King County after his arrest more than a year ago. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 21.

NFC West injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Seattle: Tarvaris Jackson's apparent recovery from a pectoral injury has allowed him to practice fully the last couple weeks. That's significant for an offense adjusting to frequently changing parts on the offensive line, and at receiver. Paul McQuistan goes from replacing the injured John Moffitt at right guard to replacing the injured Russell Okung at left tackle, a scenario the Seahawks never could have envisioned. Lemuel Jeanpierre steps in at right guard.

Inside the player-agent interviews | National Football Post - An often rushed interview process can lead to a bad match

Trent Cole’s light fine furthers inconsistencies of NFL’s disciplinary arm - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports - The NFL's fine structure can be capricious at best, and ridiculous at worst. Players can be fined $10,000 for wearing the wrong color clothing or shoe, and less for obvious violations of the league's on-field player safety policies. Because, as much as the NFL's head office claims to care about player safety, the governing body run by Ray Anderson and Merton Hanks, and overseen by Roger Goodell, often fails miserably when it comes to walking it like they talk it.