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Greg Stoda: Russell Wilson better so far than rookie... |
Ten games – just more than half an NFL season – does not a career path set. But in the inevitable comparison of rookie starting quarterbacks, Seattle’s Russell Wilson has been better than Miami’s Ryan Tannehill … and not by a little.

Futures: FSU CB Xavier Rhodes | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Rhodes is a promising player because he plays smaller than his size and it’s the one of the few instances where this characterization is a compliment. At 6’1, 217 lbs., Rhodes is an inch taller and two pounds lighter than former LSU star and Cardinals rising stud, Patrick Peterson. Blog | Week 12: Seahawks at Dolphins
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill vs. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: This is the first time this season that Wilson will face another of the quarterbacks from the 2012 draft class. And at this point in their rookie seasons, Wilson and Tannehill are heading in opposite directions. In his past three games, Wilson has fashioned a 115.2 passer rating by completing 68 percent of his passes (53 of 78) for 597 yards with seven touchdown passes and one interception. In his past two games, Tannehill’s passer rating is 46.5 because he has thrown five interceptions and one TD pass while completing 55 percent of his passes (37 of 67) for 395 yards. Wilson, however, has not played as well on the road, where he has thrown all eight of his interceptions; while Tannehill had played better at home before the Dolphins’ 37-3 face plant of a loss to the Titans in Week 10. The Seahawks need to pressure Tannehill, especially with "Leo" end Chris Clemons (seven sacks) working against left tackle Jake Long, who already has allowed a career-high six sacks; and rookie rush-end Bruce Irvin (seven sacks) going against rookie right tackle Jonathan Martin. Wilson needs to exploit the Dolphins’ mistake-prone secondary, especially cornerback Nolan Carroll who was flagged for four penalties against the Bills.

On the road again
The Seahawks are taking their act on the road again when they play the Dolphins in Miami on Sunday, still searching for a winning formula away from beyond-friendly confines of CenturyLink Field.

Fantasy: Seahawks set for the heat
When the Seahawks travel to Miami this week, they will be in good position to produce well statistically. They match up well with the Dolphins, who have a rookie quarterback and an uninspiring receiving crew, and their running game does not look as it did earlier in the year. Plus, the defense, which played so well against the run earlier in the year, has started to show some cracks.

Putting Ryan Tannehill in Seahawks' sights - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has one touchdown pass, six interceptions, four sacks and a below-average 41.3 Total QBR score on third down this season. The Seattle Seahawks defense, despite having some problems on third down this season, should like its chances against Tannehill in these critical situations Sunday.

Seattle looks to end road struggles | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle's season may not depend entirely on the outcome of Sunday's game at Miami, but it is precisely the kind of game the Seahawks must win if they're going to play into the New Year.

Marcel Reece, ex-Washington Husky, helps Oakland Raiders in new role | NFL | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Marcel Reece, a former Washington Huskies receiver, has been effective as Oakland's primary running back lately. He usually plays fullback for the Raiders.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: A Few Thoughts About Seattle vs. Miami
Pull that Seahawks gear off the hangar. The two weeks off for the bye may have felt like an off-season, but the boys get back work tomorrow in what likely will be a season-defining performance. A win puts Seattle three games over .500, and three victories shy of the ten victories they will need to join the post-season party. A loss would leave them only a game over .500 and in the unenviable position of needing to win four of their last five. The Dolphins are the perfect opponent. They are talented enough to provide meaningful opposition, but vulnerable enough to leave victory a realistic outcome. I have spent the last two weeks reading and listening to all things Dolphins, and have come away with a few observations.

Looking Ahead to the Rest of 2012 - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Well here we are after the long late season bye week, the Seahawks are looking to finish the 2012 season strong and push for a playoff spot. So far this season the Hawks have had a lot of up and downs but as of late they seem to finally becoming more consistent. This year we have figured out the long awaited Quarterback of the future Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch has again been in Beastmode, and the Defense has lived up to the hype. The Seahawks are 6 and 4 and with 6 games remaining they have a strong chance to make the playoffs as at least a wildcard team. The Hawks have 3 games on the road and 3 games at home where they have been unbeatable officially (Green Bay Game). Here is how I see the last third of the Season breaking down for the Hawks and where they will stand.

John Mara wants to alter challenge rule he advocated -
How bad is the clunky challenge rule that cost Jim Schwartz and the Detroit Lions on Sunday? The man who had a hand in creating it wants it to go away. New York Giants co-owner John Mara told USA Today in an email Friday that he will present the issue for discussion at next year's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Colin Kaepernick vs. Steve Spagnuolo heads Week 12 matchups -
It's the key matchup in the week's best game: Green Bay Packers' offensive line vs. New York Giants' defensive line. Can the Pack protect Aaron Rodgers? Daniel Jeremiah scouts Week 12's top battles.

Jay Cutler, Alex Smith and Percy Harvin headline Week 12 injury reports | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (ankle) did not practice this week and is considered "doubtful" to play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Harvin sprained his ankle in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 4, an injury that kept him out of a Nov. 11 win over the Detroit Lions. If Harvin is unable to play, rookie Jarius Wright is expected to see more action against the Bears. Wright caught three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut against the Lions.

Under-Rated Prospect from the Big East | National Football Post
NFP breaks down a Big East OG who is not getting much national attention.

Checkdowns: A different starting quarterback in three straight games
Ben Roethlisberger started the first nine games of the season, but things are getting ugly quickly in Pittsburgh. After suffering a right shoulder injury and bruising his ribs against the Chiefs, Byron Leftwich started last weekend against the Ravens. Leftwich injured his ribs against Baltimore, leaving Pittsburgh to now turn to Charlie Batch against the Browns tomorrow.

3TFO: Rams @ Cardinals, Week 11 |
While both teams may be peaking ahead to 2013 in tweaking their roster, the Cardinals and Rams both want to win now. Bryan Hall discusses the impacts of right now.

3TFO: 49ers @ Saints, Week 12 |
With a new QB at the helm, the 49ers travel to take on the rolling Saints and may be leaning on their run game to get out of New Orleans with a win.

Stedman Bailey, Zach Line climb NFL draft boards - Tony Pauline -
Rivalry weekend saw a number of surprises as teams jockeyed for BCS positioning. Several skill players and linebackers watched their draft stock rise on Saturday while three highly regarded defensive players moved in the opposite direction.

Tennessee QB Tyler Bray, WR Justin Hunter mum on NFL draft | ProFootballTalk
Although the University of Tennessee’s season came to an end today with a disappointing 5-7 record, the roster has significant NFL talent — talent that now has a choice to make about whether to return to school or turn pro.

Whisenhunt says coaches are reminded of red-flag rule before every game | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL prepares to inevitably change a rule that never should have been put in place, let’s not forget that Lions coach Jim Schwartz knew the rule and nevertheless violated it.

Matchups: Ride the Hot Hand - Matchups -
Evan Silva discusses Colin Kaepernick's matchup and breaks down all of the Week 12 games from a fantasy perspective.