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Seahawks' Richard Sherman wants to 'destroy' the NFL and become the best CB all time - Yahoo! Sports
"I celebrated 'cause my family was happy and the dream had been realized," Sherman recalled last Thursday evening as he relaxed on another couch, this one in the players' lounge at the team's training facility. "I wasn't gonna ruin that moment for my family. But in the back of my mind, I was livid. "Some of those guys who got drafted [ahead of me], I was like, 'Wow, this is ridiculous.' I thought, 'What's the point of playing good ball if it doesn't matter?' By the time the fifth round rolled around, the damage was done. I was like, 'When I get to the NFL, I'm gonna destroy the league, as soon as they give me the chance.' And that's what I've been doing ever since."

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 14 Quick Reads
Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks are now ranked No. 2 overall in wDVOA, and No. 1 in the NFC. A big part of that is their 58-0 massacre of Arizona, the third-strongest game ever recorded by DVOA, but just a week before that they won a key road game against Chicago. They also have victories over Minnesota, Dallas, and Green Bay, wins that could give them a crucial edge in certain tiebreaker scenarios, as well as a defeat of New England. And though they have lost five games, each of those losses has been by six points or less. They travel to Toronto this weekend to play the 5-8 Buffalo Bills in a neutral site game, then take on the NFC West leading San Francisco 49ers. That game is in Seattle, where the Seahawks have gone 6-0, winning by an average score of 30-11. They finish against a Rams team that might still be in playoff contention in Week 17, but it's hard to find a spot on the field where St. Louis has superior talent to Seattle.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 14 DVOA Ratings
Yes, yes, I know, they should be 8-6 because of the Fail Mary or Goldengate or what I prefer to call it, "REF-POCALYPSE." That's nice, but it has nothing to do with how they've been playing the last few weeks. Driving home from the Patriots win ast night, the hosts on 98.5 The Sports Hub were talking about which top teams scared them as the Patriots' biggest competition, and they were talking about the Broncos, 49ers, Packers, and Giants ("even though they're inconsistent"). The Seahawks never came up. That's a mistake. This is a very good team right now. The Seahawks have not lost a game by more than a touchdown all season. It's not because they have a particularly bad record in close games; they've just played a lot of them. Seattle is 4-5 in games decided by a touchdown or less (including their win against Green Bay).

Chalk Talk: Seahawks outwork Cards on Lynch TD - Blog -
In the latest "Chalk Talk" video, Brock Huard breaks down one play that typified how Seattle outworked Arizona. It was Marshawn Lynch's 22-yard touchdown run, the first of his three scores.

Russell Wilson says he’s not surprised by rookie success | The Dan Patrick Show | Official Home
Dan asked which QB Wilson looks up to. "Drew Brees," Wilson said. "His height. What he stands for. I watch tons of film of him and try to mimic my game after him."

"Sunday Sitdown": Russell Wilson
Steve Mariucci goes one-on-one with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on his fabulous rookie season and being the lowest drafted quarterback to start the season.

Marshawn Lynch more than ‘a little boost’ for Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
"We bring a guy into the program that we think is going to give us a little boost," Carroll said of the running back the Seahawks had picked up for two mid-round draft picks the week of that season’s bye. A little boost? You might have thought he was talking about a practice-squad rookie rather than Marshawn Lynch. Blog | Monday in Hawkville: Dwelling on Week 14, rather than focusing on Week 15, would be a Cardinal sin
"I’ve tried to be consistent in telling you, I think it’s just as impactful when you lose as when you win – potentially, if you don’t handle it properly," Carroll said. "So yeah, you’ve got to put it in perspective, you’ve got to put it behind you. There’s kind of a mechanism and a language and a routine that should kick us right back into this next week. "At this time of year, we’re counting on that."

Week 15 - Carroll Press Conference Monday
Pete Carroll talks about everything that went right in the Seahawks Week 14 win at home against the Arizona Cardinals.

Monday thoughts: Seahawks #1? " Seahawks Draft Blog
Are the Seahawks turning into an upper-echelon contender? An outrageous suggestion like that would’ve provoked widespread scoffing after the Week 12 defeat to Miami. Yet here they are at 8-5 with two home games to go and a remaining road game to be played at a neutral venue. Suddenly, it’s not such a ridiculous idea.

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Tight end Anthony McCoy joins "The Kevin Calabro Show" and talks about becoming the first Seahawk to top 100 yards receiving this season as well as his rapport with quarterback Russell Wilson. - Thursday-night tuneout
The way we hear it, Thursday-night football, on a full-time basis for the first time this season, has been a full-fledged calamity on two very important levels.

Amerson: Prized or Polarizing? - Evaluations -
It is my belief that aside from Mississippi St. cornerback Johnthan Banks, the cornerback position ranking is wide open. There’s no real athlete that can be considered absolutely deserving of the No. 2 spot at the position, although there are arguments to be made for the likes of Alabama’s Dee Milliner and Illinois’ talented (but unhealthy) Terry Hawthorne. However, one name that has gone from the tip of one’s tongue to the bottom of their throat rather quickly is North Carolina State’s David Amerson.

National Football League Playoff Chances - Sports Club Stats
What are the chances each team in the National Football League will make the playoffs, and which games matter.

RG3, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck head class of rookie winners -
"I don't remember the last time I was on the sideline for that long," Wilson joked during a phone conversation Monday night.

What Pete Carroll said/What Pete Carroll meant | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Reporter Danny O'Neil insists he has patented a PETE CARROLL TRANSLATOR to decipher just what Seattle's coach actually means. We're not so sure and suggest you take his translation as not so much a literal description of the coach's meaning, but a humorous interpretation.

Hardcore Football 12-10 Pt. 1 - Seattle's live and local sports station
Part 1 of Hardcore Football with Hugh Millen following the Hawks 58-0 victory over Arizona

Hardcore Football 12-10 Pt. 2 - Seattle's live and local sports station
Part 1 of Hardcore Football with Hugh Millen following the Hawks 58-0 victory over Arizona

49ers Comfortable in 'Pistol' Offense
"He’s good at doing it," Gore said of his young quarterback, the only player in NCAA history to rack up more than 10,000 passing yards and more than 4,000 rushing yards in a collegiate career. "It’s something like what the Washington Redskins do with RGIII," said Gore, noting quarterback Robert Griffin III and the only offense ahead of the 49ers in the league’s rushing rankings. "We’re using what helps our quarterback. Kap can run and it works. You saw the 50-yard touchdown he had at the end of the game."

QBR ranks: Serious halftime adjustments - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (42.8 QBR, 88.0 NFL rating). Wilson completed 7 of 13 passes (53.8 percent) for 148 yards with one touchdown, one interception, one sack and no fumbles. He carried three times for 12 yards. Wilson's passes traveled 14.2 yards past the line of scrimmage on average, most in the NFL for Week 14 by 1.5 yards. His numbers in two games against Arizona aren't very good. Wilson completed 53.2 percent of his passes with two touchdowns, two picks, four sacks and a 29.5 QBR score. Then again, Tom Brady was at 30.6 against Arizona. Matt Ryan was at 31.2. Wilson ranks second to Peyton Manning in QBR from Week 6 to present. He ranks 11th for the season among qualified quarterbacks at 64.8.

What they're saying about the Seahawks | - Sports
NEW YORK -- Comments about the Seattle Seahawks by members of the AP Pro32 panel. The Seahawks are ranked eighth among the 32 NFL teams this... Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville: Young corners coming up big, and when needed
"Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell did really well," Carroll said. "They both looked disciplined. They played confident. Technique-wise, they played the way we had hoped they would play. They both looked just about the same and, for their first outing, they really handled it well. "There were very few plays that they didn’t get graded on the positive side."

Bobby Wagner's Rookie Season: A Tatupu-esque Feat? - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
As promised in my "matchups of the game" piece this week where I embarrassingly predicted a close Seahawks win, this article is dedicated to making

Demarcus Dobbs heads to San Francisco 49ers' injured reserve -
Demarcus Dobbs' season is over with the San Francisco 49ers after he was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a right knee problem.

Jim Caldwell can fix Baltimore Ravens' offense in four easy steps -
Cam Cameron's out. What can Jim Caldwell do to revive the Baltimore Ravens' offense? Bucky Brooks provides a four-step plan, beginning with an increased reliance on explosive tailback Ray Rice.

Russell Wilson sits down with Steve Mariucci - SB Nation Seattle
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sat down with former San Francisco 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci on the NFL Network's "Sunday Sitdown" to talk about his impressive rookie season.

Jets claim Braylon Edwards off waivers from Seahawks - SB Nation Seattle
The New York Jets officially claimed receiver Braylon Edwards off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

NFL power rankings, Week 15: Seahawks rise after dominating win - SB Nation Seattle
The Seahawks have put together two straight impressive wins, and they are in the top 10 of most NFL power rankings.

NFP's Top 200 Draft Prospects | National Football Post
Russ Lande offers up his initial list of the Top 200 Prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.

How 'cutthroat' is the NFL? Ask Cam Cameron | National Football Post
Welcome to the 'Business of Winning.'

2013 Heisman contenders | National Football Post
It's never too early to forecast next year's race.

RG2 says RG3 plans to play this Sunday | ProFootballTalk
Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon threw some cold water on hopes that Robert Griffin III would be able to start at quarterback against the Browns this weekend when he talked about what the team needs to do when Kirk Cousins is in the game, but there's been no official word in either direction fr...

Checkdowns: Brandon Marshall Underrated, Calvin Johnson Overrated?
I’ve noted a few times this year that Calvin Johnson, in his pursuit of Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving record, has quite an advantage on his side. The Lions have attempted more passes through 13 games of any team ever, and seem likely to break the pass attempts record.

Fourth and Short: It's Only One Game, Houston - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Patriots-Texans looked like Monday Night Football's most mouthwatering tilt for about 19 minutes of game time last night. By the time New England finished its third drive, the Pats had a 21-0 lead that the Texans never came close to challenging the rest of the way. Houston fans could argue that they were unlucky — who knows what happens if the Texans recover a Stevan Ridley fumble inside their own 5-yard line and Matt Schaub avoids a killer interception in the end zone on the ensuing series — but on the whole, they were outplayed by the Patriots and were clearly the second-best team on the field. (Also, the Texans had recovered 66.7 percent of fumbles in their games this year, the league's second-best rate, so they've been lucky there.)

On Matt Barkley and why he is the toughest quarterback to evaluate in the 2013 NFL Draft -
Why Matt Barkley is one of the toughest quarterbacks to evaluate in the 2013 NFL Draft.

2013 NFL Draft Monday mailbag: Assessing Cordarrelle Patterson as a prospect -
In this week's mailbag, we talk about Cordarrelle Patterson, Arthur Brown and the draft needs of two NFC East teams.

Buffalo Rumblings Podcast: Bills vs. Rams Review, Bills vs. Seahawks Preview - Buffalo Rumblings
Matt Warren and Brendan Harrington recap the latest Buffalo Bills loss in this episode of the Buffalo Rumblings Podcast.

Buffalo Bills' Chan Gailey, C.J. Spiller "Clear The Air," Per Report - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller and head coach Chan Gailey reportedly cleared the air about the latter's comments regarding the runner getting "winded" during games.

49ers vs. Dolphins: Colin Kaepernick and the 'bug-eye', 'diamond', 'full house pistol' - Niners Nation
We break down the 49ers use of the full-house pistol, "bug eye" formation in their win over the Miami Dolphins.

Change - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams' 15-12 victory over the Buffalo Bills represents a change in the character of the team, a change that Rams fans have been clamoring for for years.