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Schedule that has battered Seahawks is now their only hope for the playoffs | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
This, on the surface, looks bad for the Seahawks. They have the toughest schedule over the final six weeks of the regular season not just of these NFC contenders but any team in the league.

After fine by NFL, Marshawn Lynch breaks silence | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Whether it was his fine from the NFL that was announced earlier today, or just because he wanted to, Marshawn Lynch held court for 10 minutes or so in front of his locker at the VMAC prior to practice.

Marshawn Lynch talks to media, mostly about shoes and music | - Seattle Sidelines
Marshawn Lynch found out Wednesday that the NFL is fining him $100,000 for violating the league’s media policy, so perhaps in an effort to...

Seattle Seahawks injury report: Marshawn Lynch sits out with back injury | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Among the seven Seahawks to sit out practice Wednesday was running back Marshawn Lynch, listed as having a back injury.

Marysville woman recounts unexpected visit from Marshawn Lynch - Local -
"Marshawn said his name was just the dude that was trying to get the dude back his wallet," she laughs. "And I was like 'c'mon man, I know that's not your name.' And so then he wanted me to guess his name and I said 'no, I'm not doing that because I'll sound like a moron or an idiot,' and he goes 'yes, I don't like talking to morons or idiots, so don't do that.'"

NFL Week 12 Playoff Implications: Show The Cardinals Some Respect | FiveThirtyEight
After an upset-filled Week 11, the NFL playoff picture has shifted, but the outlook is as murky as ever. The Atlanta Falcons, at 4-6, were among the week’s winners, and have somehow found themselves atop the NFC South after a victory over the Carolina Panthers and a rare home loss by the New Orleans Saints. The Houston Texans — after their win over the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts’ Sunday night loss — saw their playoff chances double, to 24 percent.

Holmgren, Knox, Alexander miss Hall of Fame cut; Mawae, James make it | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Pro Football Hall of Fame pared its list of finalists tonight for the Class of 2015 from 125 to 26, and among those not making the cut were former Seahawks coaches Mike Holmgren and Chuck Knox and running back Shaun Alexander.

Seahawks' aggressiveness poses a problem against the run - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Safety Earl Thomas says the Seahawks' aggressive nature presents a problem against patient running backs like Jamaal Charles, who waited out Seattle's defense last week. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Duke’s Issac Blakeney a big target to monitor | Seahawks Draft Blog
The Seahawks know they need to acquire a big receiver. That’s why they reportedly contemplated a trade for Vincent Jackson. It’s why they also supposedly contacted Denver, Cleveland and Indianapolis to ask about Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron and Coby Fleener respectively.

What’s wrong with Russell Wilson, Seahawks’ passing game? | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll laments missed opportunities but says passing attack is close as talk of Russell Wilson’s struggles in recent games mounts.

Huard's Chalk Talk: Wilson, Baldwin can't connect on fourth down - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
For all the second-guessing about Seattle's failed fourth-and-goal pass from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin – from the decision to throw instead of run to the questionable non-call of an interference penalty – there was one undeniable reality. It was open.

NFL Picks, Week 12: Packers, Patriots keep streaking -
Can the Lions bounce back against the Patriots? Who has the edge in the NFC West battle between the Seahawks and Cardinals? Our experts give their picks for those games and the rest of the Week 12 slate.

'Wear and tear' will be major factor if Seahawks don't bring Lynch back | - Sports
While his teammates and coaches prepared for the second half in the visitor's locker room at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Seattle Seahawks...

Greg Cosell's Week 11 Analysis: Patriots had a great plan | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
Bill Belichick is unpredictable, and he had some wrinkles in mind for the New England Patriots’ game last week.

NFP prospect focus: Randy Gregory & David Cobb | National Football Post
A look at two intriguing players from both sides of the ball.

Bruce Arians: 9-1 doesn’t mean anything against the Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
“They’re the world champs. We’re just 9-1. We haven’t done s—,” Arians said, via Darren Urban of the team’s website.

Ahmad Brooks: I can’t bring that attitude to the team | ProFootballTalk
49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks met the media on Wednesday and the topic of conversation was Sunday's displeasure about the 49ers' plan to rotate him in and out of the lineup with Aaron Lynch and Aldon Smith.

Will NFL Broadcasts Ever Embrace Advanced Stats? | The MMQB with Peter King
Once upon a time, back when Dan Marino and Joe Montana ruled the NFL, a book called The Hidden Game of Baseball highlighted a new metric called OPS (on-base plus slugging). It calculated the sum of a player's on-base percentage and slugging average.

Miami Dolphins defense is NFL's best; more film-study notes | The MMQB with Peter King
The Dolphins are traveling to the Mile High City to face a Broncos offense that, despite last week’s hiccup, is still the most dangerous in football. Which means this might be the worst week to make this argument, but here goes: Miami has the NFL’s best defense.

Injury roundup: Larry Fitzgerald 'iffy' for Sunday -
Larry Fitzgerald missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury, and his coach wasn't all that confident when discussing the receiver's status for Sunday. Who else landed on our Wednesday injury list?

Aaron Rodgers leads list of top 10 MVP candidates -
Aaron Rodgers leads Chris Wesseling's list of the top 10 candidates for Most Valuable Player. Find out where all-around weapon J.J. Watt and his four touchdowns rank among the league's best so far.

Ahmad Brooks: I was benched for lashing out at coach -
Ahmad Brooks finally shed some light on the reason why he was benched for the second half of the 49ers' win over the Giants: The move was the result of an outburst directed at a coach.

DeSean Jackson considered signing with 49ers in April -
DeSean Jackson told reporters Wednesday that it was a "close call" in choosing the Redskins over the 49ers last April. What does the wide receiver think of controversial coach Jim Harbaugh?

2015 NFL Draft: Week 12 Stock Report: Melvin Gordon top running back -
There are several reasons why Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon helped himself over the weekend. Well, 408 reasons to be exact

Sorting Through the Disaster That Is the NFC South «
I can’t get enough of the NFC South. Football’s most appalling division actually went 2-2 on Sunday and even picked up an interdivision win, albeit with Tampa Bay beating Washington, which might be the NFC South’s honorary fifth member. The Saints appeared to have first place locked up two weeks ago with a three-game homestand ahead, but after losing the first two games of that trio to the 49ers and Bengals, they’ve fallen out of the top spot on a tiebreaker.

The NFL's Toughest Out: Jamaal Charles and the Old-Fashioned Chiefs | Bleacher Report
The Kansas City Chiefs cannot stop the run. They allow 4.8 yards per carry. Five teams have rushed for 125-plus yards against them. They should not be able to beat good opponents.