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What might have been: Tony Moeaki - ESPN
Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs are showing considerable love for tight end Travis Kelce, and that is understandable. Kelce is second on the Chiefs with 34 catches and 438 receiving yards, and leads the team in touchdown receptions with four. There is an argument to be made that Kelce is the Chiefs’ offensive MVP, though my first two choices would be Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith, in that order.

Do Seahawks have championship mettle? We’ll find out | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times

There’s this magic that we believe champions have. But is it true? This year’s Seahawks will be an interesting case study. Now, to end this hazardous 2014 campaign, they face a gauntlet that will define or dismiss their championship mettle.

With cold weather and snow expected this weekend, Division II game moved from Arrowhead Stadium | ProFootballTalk

With temperatures expected to dip below freezing this weekend and snow likely on Saturday, a Division II game between Washburn (Kansas) and Northwest Missouri State has been moved from Arrowhead Stadium ahead of Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs.

Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde Must Be 49ers Offensive Focus to Return to NFC Elite | Bleacher Report
Through nine games of this season, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore has just 139 rushing attempts.

Russell Wilson on his recent struggles, playing in the cold and returning to Kansas City | - Seattle Sidelines
eahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hasn’t been at his best lately, no one is denying that. But while Wilson is coming off one of the worst two-game stretches of his career, he remains confident things will turn around soon, hopefully in Kansas City against a Chiefs defense that has allowed the fewest passing yards in the NFL this season.

Sneaky: Russell Wilson preparing to wears flat shoes if Seahawks get frozen field at Arrowhead | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Sunday in Kansas City may be the first time many if not most Seahawks will play on frozen grass. So Russell Wilson is practicing this week in sneakers.

Seahawks TE Tony Moeaki hoping to revive NFL career where it began, and a few other links | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
With Zach Miller now done for the year, and the health of Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet a little uncertain, the Seahawks are going to need some help at tight end this weekend at Kansas City. Which is where Tony Moeaki comes in.

Bill Leavy to ref Seattle Seahawks-Kansas City game Sunday | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
And as noted here, Leavy’s crew this year has not been among the more flag-happy, ranking 13th among the 17 crews in penalties per game at 15.1.

Seahawks Kam Chancellor looking forward to return after 'a little break' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
While there’s been understandable focus this week on sone of the continued personnel losses for the Seahawks due to injury, Seattle will also get one big player back this week — safety Kam Chancellor.

Seattle's Will Tukuafu could play both sides of the ball on Sunday - ESPN
“I’m going to be rolling in, playing some defensive line," Tukuafu said. “That’s what I came in [the NFL] doing. They’ve had me go over some stuff with the D-line coach [Travis Jones]. I’ll be there in practice this week, but I’ve done that some since I got here.”

Chiefs come by their imitation of Seahawks honestly - Kansas City Chiefs Blog - ESPN

As the defending Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks have a lot of teams trying to copy their success. That includes the Kansas City Chiefs, who play against the Seahawks on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Wednesday in Hawkville: Allen Bradford rejoins Seahawks, and he’s delighted about it

After spending time with the Giants, Jaguars and Browns since leaving the Seahawks in 2013, the boomerang clause in Allen Bradford’s contract kicked in and he’s back with the team he refers to as “family.”

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Seattle Seahawks preview - ESPN

Wilson, however, has been off target a lot in the past two games, consistently missing throws he normally makes. He has a sore left shoulder that no one talks about. Even though it’s not his throwing shoulder, it could be affecting is accuracy. If I'm the Chiefs, I would load the box, have one player spy Wilson for runs and force him to beat them throwing.

Greg Cosell analysis: Colin Kaepernick's big plays in Week 10 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports

In a huge game for the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday, quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw the ball as well as he has all year.

Seahawks will see a familiar opponent in Kansas City - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle

For all the differences in background and pedigree, it's the similarities that make Sunday's game between the Seahawks and the Chiefs so interesting. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

The NFL's most underpaid players | National Football Post

10 players who are delivering big returns for their respective franchises.

How Russell Wilson ran wild on Giants and what went wrong vs. Seattle Seahawks | Film Review |

The blame may not fall on the players you would expect.

Kubiak lobbied aggressively to get Forsett to Baltimore | ProFootballTalk

Ravens running back Justin Forsett currently is enjoying a career year, and the ripe old (for running backs) age of 29. It's happening in part because one of Forsett's past head coaches currently runs the offense in Baltimore.

Lions-Cardinals will get limited exposure on Sunday | ProFootballTalk

Sunday's slate of games includes four contests featuring teams with records of 6-3 or better.  The best game, on paper, happens in Arizona, between the 7-2 Lions and 8-1 Cardinals. And not many will see it. Via Andrew Joseph of azcentralsports.

49ers expected to be down two defensive backs this week | ProFootballTalk

The 49ers got cornerback Tramaine Brock back from a toe injury against the Saints last weekend, only to see him hurt his hamstring. It looks like that's going to send Brock back to the bench.

The full Carson Palmer contract details | ProFootballTalk

Last Friday, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer signed a new contract.  Two days later, he tore an ACL. The move gives him significant security; if he can't play through 2015 due to injury, he'll still get $20.5 million he wouldn't have previously received.

NFL Week 11: Greg Bedard Settles Arguments on Rams, Packers, more | The MMQB with Peter King

In our second installment of #SettleThis, we discuss whether the Rams are just a quarterback away from being a good team, whether Mike McCarthy should have pulled Aaron Rodgers so early against the Bears, what constitutes a successful season in pro sports, and why Brandon Tate takes some of Adam Jon...

Chiefs' Travis Kelce is NFL's most underrated player -

After speaking with NFL coaches, NFL Media's Mike Mayock nominated Travis Kelce as the league's most underappreciated player. What makes the Chiefs' tight end so effective?

Brees: Teammates say I'm 'annoyingly optimistic' -

Saints quarterback Drew Brees, for the first time, is being looked at as part of the problem in New Orleans. Still, he isn't letting that change the way he acts around his teammates.

Bruce Arians on thinking playoffs vs. Lions: 'Hell yeah' -

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is ready to admit that Sunday's game against the Lions has some serious ramifications down the road -- even if Detroit coach Jim Caldwell is taking a different route.

Todd Bowles, Cardinals strike extension through 2017 -

The Arizona Cardinals' defense hasn't missed a beat despite a ton of changes. The Cards have rewarded the man making the calls, Todd Bowles, as the pair have agreed to extend his contract through 2017.

Injury roundup: Jadeveon Clowney expects to play -

Jadeveon Clowney expects to return to the field Sunday to face the Cleveland Browns. The Houston Texans linebacker will likely be used in a limited role as he returns from a knee injury and illness.

Carroll on courting Randy Moss: 'That never happened' -

Randy Moss may be retired, but he says that didn't stop Seahawks coach Pete Carroll from reaching out after Seattle traded Percy Harvin. Carroll's reaction? Swift denial.

Doug Martin's days with Buccaneers numbered? -

Doug Martin is in danger of dropping to third or fourth on the Buccaneers' backfield depth chart. Is the organization preparing to part ways with their former rookie sensation?

Jim Harbaugh downplays Crabtree's issues with role -

Michael Crabtree and the San Francisco 49ers seem to be in a constant state of dysfunction, though they have a legitimate shot to put it all behind them and make the playoffs.

Marshawn Lynch is on The League tonight; Jeff Schaffer, co-creator of The League, tells us how it all went down - Field Gulls

Earl Thomas enjoys reward, challenge of Seahawks' Super Bowl defense | NFL | Sporting News

Get the latest NFL news, video updates, scores, schedules, standings and more on Sporting News.

Shared history of Chiefs’ John Dorsey, Seahawks’ John Schneider reflects on teams

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey claimed seven players from waivers on Sept. 1, 2013 in what has been categorized as the “Second Draft.”

Ask 5: Who is best NFL comparison for Melvin Gordon? -

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is arguably the top RB in a class that could end the position's first-round drought. Daniel Jeremiah asked five NFL executives to provide the best pro comparison for Gordon.

NFL Coaching Hot Seat Report: Who Is at Risk of Being Fired?

The 2014 political season has thankfully passed, meaning no more "paid advertisements" advocating for one candidate or tearing down another. It doesn't matter what your political leanings are when it comes to these ads, as we can all agree they grow old after a couple of months on constant repeat.