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One more day.

Top NFL coaching candidates - NFL - ESPN
While we hate to see it happen, some NFL head coaches will lose their jobs beginning in late December. "Black Monday" -- the day that follows the final day of the regular season -- is an annual reality.

Five questions, five answers: Arizona Cardinals | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Helping us preview the Arizona Cardinals is Paola Boivin, columnist for the Arizona Republic. You can follow her at @PaolaBoivin and read her work here. As always, our questions and her answers:

Person of Interest: Arizona's Bruce Arians - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
He was named the NFL's Coach of the Year before he was hired to be a head man.

Projecting NFC playoff field: Which heavyweights go home?
Will the Seahawks get a chance to defend their title?

For Cliff Avril and other NFL defenders, sacking the QB is a poor measurement of success | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
One of the problems with sacks is the same problem levied against RBI in baseball: There are too many variables that go into producing a sack for it to carry so much weight.

Thursday in Hawkville: The story behind Marshawn Lynch’s sideline halftime
Marshawn Lynch remained on the sideline during halftime of Sunday’s game against the Chiefs in Kansas City to receive treatment for his back. And as line coach Tom Cable put it, "To say or think otherwise I think is ridiculous."

Unlikely duo has Cardinals flying high at 9-1
Bruce Arians had accepted his "retirement" and Drew Stanton his status as a career backup QB. But look who’s leading the NFC West-leading Cardinals into Sunday’s crucial matchup with the Seahawks.

Carroll on Lynch: 'We want him around here as long as he can play' - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
What's Marshawn Lynch's future in Seattle? Seahawks coach Pete Carroll addressed that burning question Friday, and while he didn't provide a definitive answer, he made it clear where the team stands on the issue. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Grey Area: Which Seahawks can be counted in a big spot? - Michael Grey | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks are 6-4 through 10 games and it's hard to underestimate how important a win on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals is to their postseason hopes. Get the win and the people that calculate playoff odds say that you have a 60 percent chance at the postseason. Lose and the Hawks chances drop to 30 percent.

Wilson takes blame for Seahawks' passing troubles | - Sports
RENTON — It's on me, Russell Wilson said Thursday. Then he said it again, and again, and again.While plenty has gone into the Seattle Seahawks' ...

Larry Fitzgerald a game-day decision for Cardinals -
Coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Larry Fitzgerald will be a game-day decision on Sunday. Can the Cardinals count on their best receiver to contribute versus the Seahawks?

La Canfora's NFL Week 12 Best Bets: Heavily favored Colts will win big -
The Colts will be without Ahmad Bradshaw but they'll more than enough firepower to handle the Jaguars. And expect the 49ers to break the dysfunctional Redskins early.

Lions simplifying playbook to remedy offensive woes -
The Detroit Lions' offense has been anemic on balance this season. How exactly is offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi adjusting the playbook in order to help ramp up production?

Patrick Willis undergoes toe surgery, declares it successful | ProFootballTalk
Patrick Willis had surgery today. And judging by the smile on his face, it was a successful one. The 49ers linebacker had surgery on the toe problem that landed him on season-ending injured reserve. "Surgery went well thank u all for the support and heartfelt wishes.

NFL picks: In bland Week 12, Cardinals staring down a challenge in Seattle |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Ricardo Lockette fined $10,000 after last week’s ejection | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette joined running back Marshawn Lynch in returning a lost wallet earlier this week and now he's joined Lynch as the recipient of a fine from the NFL.

Greg Cosell's Film Review: Robert Griffin III's fundamental issues | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
We’re going to examine Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III this week, and I want to show you one freeze frame of a play first.

The Chaos of the 2015 RB Free-Agent Class "
It’s been a tumultuous week for football’s most anachronistic asset, the free-agent running back. Two of the more prominent choices from this year’s class were released within hours of one another Monday, as Ben Tate and LeGarrette Blount ended their tenures with the Browns and Steelers, respectively, after just 10 games. Tate was claimed by the Vikings on Wednesday,1 while Blount — who left the field during Monday night’s game against the Titans — passed through waivers and became an unrestricted free agent before signing with the Patriots on Thursday morning.

Mile High Protection Issues: Is Denver’s Offensive Line Up for Another Super Bowl Run? "
We’re still at a point when any criticism of the Denver Broncos offense is nit-picking. Peyton Manning’s crew may have capped off last season with an epic flameout, but last year’s regular season ranks among the greatest 16-game offensive performances in NFL history. The Super Bowl disaster felt more like the Broncos running into a team that couldn’t lose rather than a product of some inherent fault with the offense John Elway and his staff so masterfully built.

2015 NFL Draft: Tyler Lockett's 321 all-purpose yards spark Kansas St. -
Throughout Thursday night's matchup between No. 12 Kansas State and West Virginia, wide receivers Tyler Lockett and Kevin White demonstrated exactly why they are's highest-rated prospects for their respective teams.