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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

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Season's first half has been a battle for Seahawks | - Sports
So far this season, the Seattle Seahawks have been, depending who you ask and when you're asking, a juggernaut poised to repeat, a team in turmoil battling a divided locker room, a team battling a Super Bowl hangover, or just a team going through a rough stretch of injuries and is poised to bounce back.

Seahawks' Walters lives life on the fringe | - Sports
RENTON — Every time Bryan Walters signs with the Seattle Seahawks, he hopes it will be permanent, or at least as permanent as anything in can...

Marshawn Lynch, ace Seahawks’ … receiver? “We want to get him the ball as many ways as we can” | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
“And we want to see more of that. … Anytime we can get the ball to Marshawn we want to,” Bevell said. “Just opportunities to get the ball in his hands, because we know he is going to make people miss, the opportunity for a second-level runs (against overmatched linebackers and defensive backs). He’s going to run people over. Then the yards are going to come and we can keep the (first-down) sticks moving.”

Seahawks C Max Unger to play for 1st time in a month; S Kam Chancellor likely to miss 2nd straight game | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
That means fourth-year veteran Jeron Johnson from Boise State is likely to make his first career start in his 38th career game. Johnson got back this week from the concussion that left him out of the Oakland game.

Four Seattle Seahawks who could calls plays better than Darrell Bevell | Seattle Seahawks
Fans of the Seattle Seahawks tend to vary on how well offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is calling plays. His job performance is usually graded somewhere between OMFG, what kind of lumpy headed potato brain would call plays like that?! and Well, that wasn’t the absolute worst play-calling I’ve ever seen.

Giants game could again mark a turning point for the Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Games against the Giants have been landmarks to some of Seattle's highest and lowest points over the last decade, so perhaps it's fitting that the Seahawks host New York just over halfway into this season that could still go either way. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Pete Carroll confirms Jeremy Lane will return against Giants - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks nickelback Jeremy Lane will indeed return action Sunday against the Giants, coach Pete Carroll told KIRO Radio 97.3 FM Friday morning. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

In the middle of the line shuffling, J.R. Sweezy stands out
J.R. Sweezy has gone from a player trying to make the transition from college defensive lineman to NFL guard, to a third-year player who is “probably one of the better guards in the league,” in the estimation of Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

Five Questions, Five Answers: New York Giants | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Its time for our weekly Five Questions, Five Answers look at Seattle’s upcoming opponent.

McAdoo: Giants will still take deep shots vs. Seahawks -
A conservative New York Giants offense was making headway, but all of a sudden, a push to be more aggressive seems to have them out of sorts. Will that change against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday?

Seahawks’ injury issues in secondary could end up being a good thing | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks have had to throw backups into the fire and hope they don’t melt — which should help with depth as the starters now return from injuries.

Thiel: Seahawks O-line by age: 23, 24, 23, 25, 23 | Sportspress Northwest
Against Oakland Sunday, the Seahawks’ offensive line had for a time four newbies and old man Sweezy. Said Cable to Garry Gilliam: “How many plays do you know at guard?”

Revised prediction: Seattle Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks reporter Terry Blount revises his season prediction at the midway point of the season:

Perry Fewell: 'We have to simplify' with patchwork secondary - Big Blue View

The loss of talent is definitely not a good thing. Who knows, though? Maybe the simplification of what the Giants are trying to do in the secondary will be.

Giants-Seahawks Injury Report: Zack Bowman questionable; Rashad Jennings doubtful - Big Blue View

Here is the complete rundown. It might not be as bad as it could have been.

Giants at Seahawks Critical Match-up: Odell Beckham vs. Richard Sherman - Big Blue View

How could it play out if the Giants' electrifying rookie receiver finds himself matched up on one of the best corners in the game.Giants at Seahawks Critical Match-up: Odell Beckham vs. Richard Sherman - Big Blue View

How could it play out if the Giants' electrifying rookie receiver finds himself matched up on one of the best corners in the game.

New York Giants vs. Seattle Seahawks preview - ESPN
The New York Giants are coming off an ugly 40-24 loss on Monday night to the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks are coming off an ugly 30-24 win over the lowly Oakland Raiders.

Report: Carson Palmer, Cardinals agree on three-year extension | ProFootballTalk
On Friday afternoon, Mike Florio reported that the Cardinals and quarterback Carson Palmer could agree to a contract extension soon. It didn't take long for soon to become now. According to multiple reports, Palmer has agreed to a three-year deal with the Cardinals.

Colin Kaepernick: 'We're having an average season' - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Colin Kaepernick is completing a career-best 64.2 percent of his passes. He is on pace to set career highs in passing yardage (3,912 yards), touchdown passes (24) and rushing yardage (548).

Denard Robinson thinks he can be one of NFL's top RBs -
Denard Robinson has taken over the Jacksonville Jaguars' top spot in the backfield thanks to his ability to pick up chunk gains in between the tackles. The running back believes his ceiling is much higher.

Do the Miami Dolphins have the NFL's best defense? -
There are a lot of surprising things about Sunday's matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions. The biggest surprise: Cameron Wake's unit might just have the best defense in the league.

T.Y. Hilton, Colts receiver, on forming a tandem with Andrew Luck | The MMQB with Peter King
INDIANAPOLIS — T.Y. Hilton picked up a new nickname this fall, courtesy of Colts coach Chuck Pagano: “The Ghost.” It fits the way the 5-foot-9, 178-pound (that may be generous) speedster plays, but it also fits the path Hilton took to where he is now.