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Wilson, Luck vs. same seven opponents - NFC West Blog - ESPN
As the chart shows, Wilson has 16 touchdown passes with only one pick against these teams. He has a 115.6 NFL passer rating and 81.6 Total QBR score against them. Luck has 13 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 74.9 passer rating against them. His QBR score (68.2) is stronger than his traditional stats might indicate, a theme for Luck all season, not just in these games.

Jim Harbaugh appeared on Saved By The Bell - Niners Nation
We take a look at some video of Jim Harbaugh appearing on Saved By The Bell

Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher out at least 3 weeks with hamstring injury - Windy City Gridiron
Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher out at least 3 weeks with hamstring injury

Inconsistent Rushing and Late Stalled Drive Key in Chicago Bears Loss to Seattle Seahawks - Windy City Gridiron
Bears can't run at first, then when they can they shoot themselves in the foot. It's classic, it's not good, and we talk about it.

The 5 spot: Cardinals in focus | Seahawks Insider
Darren Urban of, a beat reporter who’s covered the team for 13 years, was kind enough to answer five questions on Arizona in anticipation of the team’s trek north to Seattle. Urban does an excellent job providing blow-by-blow coverage of the Cardinals here. And you can also get daily updates on the Cardinals from Urban via Twitter.

Read option is back in NFL and better than ever | Pro32: Head to Head
Tim Tebow has been out with two broken ribs and maybe a bruised ego. The read-option lives, however, in Washington, Carolina and San Francisco, where NFL coaches are dusting off the old college formations to capitalize on the skills of quarterbacks such as Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 13 DVOA Ratings
Perhaps you noticed in Quick Reads that Russell Wilson had the highest DYAR of any rookie quarterback in DVOA history this week. The adjustments for playing the Bears defense are high, but they're not as high as they would have been three weeks ago, in part because of Wilson's success this week. The Bears played seven games between Week 3 and Week 10. In each of those games, the Bears had defensive DVOA better than -25%. In their last three games, the Bears have defensive DVOA of 1% (SF), -22% (MIN), and 8% (SEA). That's not particularly bad, but it isn't as good as the Bears were playing before, and with their offense, average or even slightly above-average defense just isn't gonna cut it. Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville: The 12-game honor roll
MVP Marshawn Lynch. If this was for the third quarter of the season, it would be rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who led the Seahawks to a 3-1 record with efficient, productive and constantly improving play. But this is for all 12 games, so Lynch remains the man. He is second in the NFL in rushing with 1,138 yards – 308 behind the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson – and fourth in total yards with 1,287. Again, it’s not just the yards that Lynch gains, it’s how he gains them. He almost never goes down at first contact and almost always gains yards even when they don’t appear to be there. One of the big reasons why the zone-read plays have been working so well for Wilson is that faking the ball to Lynch caused the defense to shift in that direction, leaving the gaps that Wilson is exploiting.

Markus Wheaton is a first round talent & Seattle’s plan at QB « Seahawks Draft Blog
There are players out there that get a lot of hype. There are better players who fly under the radar. Markus Wheaton falls into the second category.

Sorting through Seahawks' roster moves - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Carpenter has now missed 16 of 28 regular-season games as a pro. The team moved him from right tackle before the injury to left guard this season. Carpenter was trying to work his way up to speed, but he sometimes had trouble moving quickly enough to execute blocking assignments. John Moffitt, a third-round choice in 2011, is expected to replace Carpenter in the lineup. He started nine games at right guard last season before suffering a season-ending injury. He has four starts in six appearances this season.

James Carpenter out for season; Hawks also waive Edwards | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The former first-round pick left Sunday's game after feeling pain in the knee that was seriously injured a year ago. On Tuesday, he was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list, according to the team's announcement. There was no explanation as to why Carpenter was placed on that list instead of injured reserve, which is where a player is placed after suffering an injury in a game.

Finish time in Seattle
After four months, 12 games and countless practices and meeting, it’s officially the finish. We’ve reached the fourth quarter of the regular season, with four games remaining on the schedule. It’s what we’ve been preparing for all along and what our program is built on — performing well down the stretch.

Robert Griffin III, Redskins getting big boost from defense -
It might seem that Robert Griffin III has been carrying the Washington Redskins all by himself, but Michael Lombardi says he couldn't do it without help from a surprising source -- the defense.

NFP Mock Draft 1.0 | National Football Post
22(P) Seattle Tavon Austin WR West Virginia Sidney Rice and Golden Tate are good receivers, but Austin has the rare explosiveness and game changing speed to really open up the Seahawks' offense.

Redskins CB Cedric Griffin suspended 4 games | National Football Post
Violated NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs

It's the year of the quarterback ... for Offensive Rookie of the Year -
RUSSELL WILSON, QB, Seattle Why he will win: I understand why Sherman is so high on this guy. He keeps overcoming the odds. He beat Chicago with a last-minute touchdown pass, he beat New England with a last-minute touchdown pass and he beat Green Bay with a last-minute -- OK, so he had help there. Anyway, he's a 5-foot-11 third-round draft pick who was supposed to serve as Matt Flynn's caddy -- only he's not. He has the Seattle Seahawks in the thick of the playoff picture and in hot pursuit of San Francisco in the NFC West. No, I don't think they catch the 49ers, but I'd never bet against these guys at home -- and that's where they play San Francisco next (Dec. 23). In fact, they have three contests left there, and do the math. Let's say they win all three. That puts them at 10 wins. Let's say they beat Buffalo in Toronto, too. That puts them at 11. Yeah, their defense is so tough it ranks third in points allowed, and Lynch is one of the game's most underrated running backs. But you can't talk Seattle without mentioning Wilson. He has more touchdown passes (19) than either Griffin or Luck. He has more victories than Griffin. And he has a better passer rating than Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Eli Manning. Seattle spent the last three seasons looking for a quarterback, a search that took them from Matt Hasselbeck to Charlie Whitehurst to Tarvaris Jackson to Flynn and now to Wilson, and the grind took its toll on the team. Seattle hasn't had a winning season since 2007. Now it could. Correction, now it should, and tell me that would've happened without Wilson -- because it wouldn't.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Any Given Sunday: Rams Over 49ers
While the Jets and Cardinals were busy setting offensive football back 50 years in their more-publicized battle of inept quarterbacks, the 49ers and Rams weren't doing much better under the lights at the Edward Jones Dome.

Seahawks place James Carpenter on non-football illness list | ProFootballTalk
The Seattle Seahawks placed starting left guard James Carpenter on the non-football illness list Tuesday, ending his 2012 season. There has been no word yet as to the nature of the illness that led to Carpenter’s season coming to an end.

Best Available NFL Free Agents - Breaking News -
This page will be updated daily all season long by Nick Mensio. It shows NFL free agents and is not fantasy content. Get in touch with Nick here. Note: This is not a fantasy column. Consult Chris Wesseling's weekly Waiver Wired article for the best pickups every Tuesday. This is a column listing actual NFL free agents.

NFL coaching changes: Arizona Cardinals could be considering Ray Horton - Revenge of the Birds
The organization has reportedly begun discussing something about Horton.

Cardinals vs. Seahawks: Arizona yet to name starting quarterback - SB Nation Arizona
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt has not named a starting quarterback for Sunday's game and added that he needs to evaluate more game film before making a decision.

Payne Explains: 4th and 1 vs. Titans
Texans Ambassador Seth Payne breaks down how the Texans converted on 4th-and-1 in the opening quarter at Tennessee.

Braylon Edwards says Mark Sanchez is a probing beast -
Jets are showing solidarity. Unfortunately-worded solidarity.

Kerry Rhodes: Darnell Dockett 'did not spit in my face' - ESPN
From Rhodes: "Yes, we had a disagreement on the field but, no he did NOT spit in my face. I'm not going to get into all the details because I think those are things you keep within the team. But Darnell and I talked after the game, we’re both moving on and I’ll leave it at that."

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 13 Quick Reads
Fair warning: There's a good chance this is going to be the longest player comment in the history of Quick Reads. You may want to go get a drink or something before you get too far into this. Ready?

Rookie QBs stay in the NFL playoff picture with comeback wins -
Andrew Luck, RGIII and Russell Wilson all led game-winning drives to keep their teams in the playoff picture last week.