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Hey, I'm not Danny! I'm Kenny! I hope you enjoy the links just the same though.


Cooper Helfet will not play Thursday - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Carroll said running back Marshawn Lynch, who has ongoing back issues, had a good week and is ready to go for Thursday night's game.

Seattle Seahawks working to fix offensive line problems - ESPN

"We had all kinds of problems," Seahawks coach Pete Carrol saidl. "We got beat one on one, we had some scheme issues, and we held the ball too long. To have that kind of an onslaught it took a lot of stuff."

Pete Carroll says team meeting changed attitudes for the best - ESPN

"All throughout the season, you always have these opportunities to go one way or the other," Carroll said. "We're just getting going. We have been trying to find our best play all throughout the year. Last week some things became clear and we made sense of it.

49ers DC Vic Fangio compares Russell Wilson to Barry Sanders - ESPN

"They're a tough running game to defend," said San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. "They've got Marshawn Lynch, who we all know is, if he's not the best back in the league he's second to somebody, I wouldn't know who that would be. And then you've got [Wilson] back there who could pull the ball at anytime and become a runner himself."

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers preview - ESPN
Paul Gutierrez: Terry, many teams have gone through Super Bowl hangovers, but with how young, healthy and hungry the Seahawks were coming into this season, they seemed to be the ones primed to break that spell. Why have there been so many fits and starts with this team this season?

49ers status report: RT Anthony Davis ruled out again - San Francisco 49ers Blog - ESPN

While defensive lineman Justin Smith was upgraded from not practicing on Tuesday to going in a limited capacity on Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers added fellow defensive end Ray McDonald to their injury report with a knee issue.

NFL Live Prediction: Seahawks-49ers - ESPN Video - ESPN

ESPN Video: The NFL Live crew make their picks for Seattle at San Francisco.

Michael Crabtree's problems with Seahawks predate Richard Sherman - ESPN
In nine games against Seattle, including the playoffs, Crabtree has yet to catch a touchdown pass, compared to seven TDs in nine regular-season games against the Arizona Cardinals and seven in 10 such games against the St. Louis Rams.

Flem File -- Johnny Manziel joins 2014 Turkey of the Year nominees - ESPN

LIONS KICKERS -- Have now missed an NFL-high 12 field goals. These guys make the Tigers' bullpen seem clutch.

The end is near for RG III, Redskins - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN

The Redskins will say they're not giving up on Robert Griffin III, that he can be developed, that he can still become the quarterback they hoped he would be -- and expected him to be -- when they gave up four draft picks for him in 2012. It's hard to believe them. Everything else suggests this is the end for Griffin in Washington.

An unsettling deal on concussions - ESPN

By October 14, retired NFL players had to decide if they wanted to opt out of the settlement. Only a small fraction chose to forgo the benefits of the deal and preserve their right to sue the NFL in the future. But more than 200 people filed objections to the settlement, from attorneys to injured players.

Rob Gronkowski leads comeback player candidates -
Rob Gronkowski and Von Miller have been dominant in returning from ACL surgery. Find out where they and other players ranked on our list of top ten Comeback Player of the Year candidates.

Injury roundup: Jordan Cameron practices, day to day -
The Cleveland Browns hope to have Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) back on the field Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Will he be ready to go? We explore in Wednesday's injury roundup.

Undrafted stars show continued devaluation of RBs -
Recent undrafted stars such as Jonas Gray and C.J. Anderson continue the NFL's devaluation of the running back. Will teams be even more reluctant to pour resources into the position going forward?

Geno Smith reclaims starting job for New York Jets -
It looks like quarterback Geno Smith will get another chance under center for the Jets. The team announced via Twitter that the second-year quarterback will start on Monday night against the Dolphins.

RGIII's benching highlights failures of 2012 draft class -
Robert Griffin III's benching highlights the failures at the top of the 2012 draft class. Find out which other players have disappointed from the top 10 picks in that draft.

Thanksgiving preview: Three huge NFC games -
Football fans have Thanksgiving feast this year. The three NFC tilts all have major playoff implications, with Eagles-Cowboys and Seahawks-49ers being among the biggest games of the year.

Jay Gruden: I hope this toughens up RGIII -
Jay Gruden made the biggest decision of his short tenure in Washington on Wednesday, benching Robert Griffin III for Colt McCoy. His words about the decision say a lot about RGIII's future with the Redskins.

Seahawks at 49ers Keys to the Game
Seahawks Insiders Clare Farnsworth and Tony Ventrella take a look at the Keys to a Seahawks victory over the 49ers as they get set to play on Thanksgiving.

Seahawks, Eagles reign supreme among Thanksgiving teams -

In smashing Arizona on Sunday, Seattle finally looked like the team that rampaged its way to the Lombardi Trophy last season. The "Legion of Boom" was back -- as was stud linebacker Bobby Wagner, who returned from a five-game injury absence with authority. Marshawn Lynch was physical and Russell Wilson was clutch. That's the formula.

Seahawks' Sherman debuts in-your-face word-game app

"My message is, knowledge is power," says Sherman, who even on the phone has the terse delivery of a coiled cobra.

(Writers note: I bought the game and gave Sherman (and presumably the actual game-designers that made it around the L.O.B. for profit) $1.99 and it's... fine. I don't play phone games, and it seems like a good concept for a word game. Didn't quite suck me in after one play, but maybe I'll write a proper review.)

Kaepernick’s arm has yet to bother Seahawks - SFGate

"He can even separate from players in the secondary," Thomas wrote on his blog. "… He has such long strides, it causes you to misjudge his speed. It doesn’t look like he’s running that fast. But once you get close to him, his stride is so long, he’s just running away from you." Unfortunately for the 49ers, Kaepernick’s right arm hasn’t inspired similar praise in his four career starts against the Seahawks.

It’s only November, but 49ers and Seahawks Are Feeling the Pressure of Postseason Elimination -

The teams have combined for 47 regular-season and eight postseason victories the past two seasons, more than any other division rivals.

The Week 13 Mailbag: Giving Thanks, Making Picks "
But Arizona’s D beat up the Seahawks offense in that game; four days later, the Hawks have to battle San Francisco? And I’m giving less than three points with San Fran’s suddenly excellent defense in a do-or-die game? Yes, please.