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PFF's Mid-Season All NFC West Team |
Quarterback: Russell Wilson, SEA Alex Smith looked set to have this position sewn up before his two horrible performances against the Giants and Seahawks made you realize the 49ers’ offense, is instead, limited by him. Instead, Wilson has performed above expectations and finds himself looking like a Top 10 quarterback.

Texans tried out a ton of wideouts on Tuesday | ProFootballTalk
The guys who got a look-see were Adrian Arrington, Deon Butler, Brandon Carswell, Jerrell Jackson, Titus Ryan, DeMarco Sampson, and Jordan Shipley (pictured).

Craig: For every NFL action, there's an overreaction |
"Team A wins two in a row and they're going to the Super Bowl," Johnson said. "Team A loses the next week and it's, 'You stink.' All season long, it's, 'You're a contender! No, you stink. You're a contender! No, you stink. ...'" Blog | Carroll: "[Kearse] is jacked up about this opportunity"
Of Jermaine Kearse, the former University of Washington Husky wideout who was called up from the team’s practice squad to replace the injured Obomanu yesterday, Carroll said he has impressed everybody in everything he’s done and will contribute on special teams as well. "He’s been solid the whole time and right in the middle of it," Carroll said. "He’s jacked up about this opportunity."

Listen to podcast - Pod Player -
ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio joins "Brock and Salk" to talk about the future of the Seahawks, Jim Harbaugh's personality, and why he loves Russell Wilson.

NFL picks, Week 9: Falcons chase for perfection continues -
The Cowboys hope to spoil Atlanta's unbeaten streak.

WR Kearse ready to contribute | Seahawks Insider
Kearse said that even though he was on the practice squad, he approached every week like he was going to play, and benefitted from going against the No. 1 defense each week. "It helps a lot," Kearse said. "We have one of the top defenses in the NFL. And to go against those guys every day, it definitely helps me prepare in case I did get called up."

NFL power rankings, Week 9: Gambling edition -
While NFL power rankings allow for subjective discussion, our gambling power rankings tell you what really matters: who has been able to win people some money! That, our bad beats of the week and the Week 9 sure thing.

NFL trade deadline news and rumors -
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Grading the Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Just two weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawks were one of the up-and-coming teams this season, and had the look of a serious playoff contender.

Updated mock draft: 31st October " Seahawks Draft Blog
I wanted to do a mock draft with the quarterbacks falling. I don’t think it’s an unrealistic proposition, as discussed in yesterday’s piece. People will instantly point to this being a ‘quarterback driven league’ but there are enough question marks this year to consider the possibility we won’t see a quarterback in the top-10 for the first time since 2000.

NFC West: Injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks are light on receivers after losing Doug Baldwin to a high-ankle sprain and Ben Obomanu to a season-ending wrist injury. Braylon Edwards missed practice with knee trouble Wednesday. Baldwin was limited. The team still has good enough quality at the position with Sidney Rice playing well (except for a drop in Week 8 ) and Golden Tate bouncing back from a tough game against San Francisco. Depth is a concern, however, particularly without a strong No. 2 receiving tight end to pair with Zach Miller. Defensive tackle Jason Jones (ankle) missed practice. Seattle's nickel defense missed him against Detroit. He could test the ankle later in the week. The nickel defense figures to play less this week based on Minnesota's personnel tendencies. Seattle did not list fullback Michael Robinson on its injury report. He hurt a wrist against the Lions.

Wilson best QB in division, as PFF says? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
You might even recall Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. saying before the season he thought Wilson would have an outstanding season. "I very much believe Russell Wilson will have the best year of any quarterback in the division," Williamson said two months ago. That could still happen. Blog | Wednesday in Hawkville: Kearse steps into very active role
"It’s a dream come true to finally get my chance," Kearse said today, when he was wearing a new number (11) as he practiced with the Seahawks’ offense rather than against the Seahawks’ defense. "I’m just going to try to do my best in any way I can to help the team succeed."

Teams calling Carolina Panthers about Steve Smith -
The Carolina Panthers have fallen out of contention in the NFC, so teams predictably have come calling about wide receiver Steve Smith's trade availability. If the Panthers are smart, Smith stays.

WR Kearse ready to contribute | Seahawks Insider
Seahawks veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant, also a Tacoma native, joked about the fact that Kearse was battling against his youngest brother Desmond Trufant every day in practice at the University of Washington last year, and now those two are going at it every day in practice. "He just told me a couple weeks ago that he can’t get away from the Trufant," Marcus Trufant said, smiling. "But yeah, he’s been working hard. He deserves a shot, and he’s getting his chance."

Jordy Nelson, Ryan Tannehill headline Week 9′s initial injury reports | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Week 9 of the NFL's 2012 regular season is upon us. Here's a spin around the league's injury situations we'll be monitoring over the next few days.

NFL Trade Rumors Update: RB and WR The Big Stories - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
I’m a bit surprised at the number of story lines that have emerged around this year’s NFL trade deadline. Normally this is a rather boring period that comes and goes without being more than a tiny blimp on the radar, but for some reason this year has been different. A number of big names are being talked about as possible moves that could be made. While I still believe that very few moves will actually be made, at least it’s made for an interesting week covering the NFL.

Larry Fitzgerald - The reality is greater than the fantasy | National Football Post
Former NFL player Nate Jackson waxes poetic on why the Arizona receiver's value goes far beyond touchdowns and receptions

Julio vs. Nnamdi | National Football Post
How did the WR beat the CB for a TD? I'll show you.

Ten-Point Stance: 49ers not contenders as long as Smith dinks and dunks - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Here at the Ten Point Stance headquarters, we don't like to put a damper on a good story. We don't like to poop on parades. But all of this Alex Smith smooching, this sudden urge to declare him as the 21st century Steve Young, is absolutely over-the-top ridiculous and driving us bonkers.

Scout Talk: Trade bait | National Football Post
With the trade deadline approaching Thursday, let’s look at the four big name players whose names have been bandied about, through the eyes of pro scouts.

5 reasons why great prospects are undervalued on draft day | National Football Post
An agent of 25 years unravels some flaws of the evaluation process.

Randy Moss and Exceptions to the Rule | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
You’ve seen this eRumor: It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates. Candidate A associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologers. He’s had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day. Candidate B…

Analysis Notebook Week 8, 2012 |
The Oakland Raiders went out of their way to target their former CB this week. Sam Monson takes a look at how it went.

NFL Trade Value Rankings: The Update - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
This past August, with the blessing of the boss, I took Simmons's annual Trade Value Column and applied it to the NFL, a league that never has any trades and is subject to more career-altering injuries among its top players than any other sport. That sounds pretty stupid in hindsight, but the column (in two parts here and here) actually seemed to turn out OK.