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Weekend flashback | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel's thoughts on the first College Football playoff and the home stretch of the NFL season.

‘The Grantland NFL Podcast’: San Francisco’s Collapse, the NFC West, and Week 14 «
Mays and Barnwell examine San Francisco’s collapse, work their way through the NFC West, and debate gym attire during today’s Week 14 wrap-up podcast.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Clutch Encounters: Week 14
Another mystifying week of the 2014 season is in the books. Could anyone imagine the Saints would suffer their worst home loss (31 points) of the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era at the hands of the lowly Panthers? What about a Peyton Manning offense finishing with three passing first downs, the fewest in any of his 276 games? Chip Kelly is an offensive wizard, but the game of the week featured Seattle limiting the Eagles to 139 yards of offense, the first time in 22 games that Philadelphia failed to score at least 20 points.

Broncos, Patriots, Colts, Cardinals, Packers can clinch this week | ProFootballTalk
Through 14 weeks of the season, no NFL team has clinched a playoff berth. On Sunday, five teams can clinch playoff berths. Here are the NFL's official playoff scenarios: DENVER BRONCOS clinch the AFC West if they beat the Chargers on Sunday.

Coach Killers, Week 14: About the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick -
Coach Killers is your weekly look around the league at those performances, decisions and 'Wait, what did he just do?!' moments that put the guy in charge squarely on the ol' hot seat.

Oakland's Charles Woodson wants Jim Harbaugh to coach Michigan -
Charles Woodson would rather have Jim Harbaugh coaching at Michigan rather than Woodson's own team in Oakland.

NFL Week 15 Picks: Chargers over Broncos, Cowboys upset Eagles -
If you're wondering which NFL teams are going to win in Week 15, you've come to the right place.

Grading first-round draft picks: Offense -
It's time to grade this year's first-round picks. Starting on offense, Rookie Watch hands out marks for Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles and New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., among others.

NFC Playoff Picture: Can the Cardinals hold on? -
With three weeks to play, Drew Stanton's Cardinals are atop the NFC. The margin for error remains slim, however, with Jordy Nelson and the Packers among the teams charging hard for home field.

NaVorro Bowman activated to 49ers' roster -
With the season on the line, the San Francisco 49ers decided to activate NaVorro Bowman for the final stretch. The linebacker has missed the first 13 games of the year recovering from a torn ACL and MCL.

Saints to waive Joe Morgan as tensions mount -
It appears things are getting serious in New Orleans. Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan has been told he'll be waived, per a source informed of the move.

Union: "Not consulted on conduct policy" -
The players' union says it has not had input into a revamped personal conduct policy the NFL is preparing.

Putting Seattle's recent defensive play into historical perspective | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
For my story for the Tuesday paper, I wrote a bit more about the standout performance of the Seahawks defense against the Eagles and the last few weeks. It’s a story that’s being written a lot, but also one that the play of the team compels you to keep writing over and over — it’s impossible to ignore.

Seahawks' defense is playing back to its Super Bowl-winning form | - Sports
The Seattle Seahawks defense is back, that much became clear over the past three games as they held the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and most recently — and impressively — the Philadelphia Eagles to each team's lowest point and yardage totals of the season.

Julio Jones is a once-in-a-generation talent. | : Kenneth Arthur Article
In the 2011 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons knew better than any other team that Julio Jones was special. They were sitting there with the 26th pick, knowing that they had absolutely no shot of Jones falling that far to them, but were willing to do whatever it took to land the receiver out of Alabama.

Suddenly, Seahawks are stonewalling teams on third down; snap counts from Eagles game | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Here’s another statistical reason the Seahawks have won three in a row to revive their playoff push:

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | DVOA PLAYOFF ODDS REPORT
The playoff odds report plays out the season 50,000 times. A random draw assigns each team a win or loss for each game. The probability that a team will be given a win is based on an equation which considers the current Weighted DVOA ratings of the two teams as well as home-field advantage. (DVOA ratings are explained here.) Mean Wins is the average number of wins for this team over the 50,000 simulations. Odds are given for winning each playoff seed, as well as for winning the division (DIV), earning a bye week (BYE), or winning a wild card (WC). TOT represents odds of making the playoffs in any fashion.

Seahawks open in Las Vegas as big favorites over 49ers - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
It’s no surprise that the Seattle Seahawks opened in Las Vegas on Monday as big favorites over the struggling San Francisco 49ers, the Hawks’ next opponent Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

RENTON: Dominant Seahawks defense rewriting team history | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Michael Bennett has a way with words.

Seattle Seahawks Have Returned To Stellar Form | Jordan Schultz
The Seattle Seahawks are the defending champions, and owners of a 9-4 record. They have seen firsthand what it takes to repeat, and why the NFL hasn't seen a back-to-back champ since New England a decade ago. Just one month ago, the team seemed in total disarray -- unable to establish a consistent aerial attack with and without the traded Percy Harvin, and unable to generate the same defensive dominance as it had a year ago.

Pete Carroll on the Seahawks’ defense: ‘It’s the guys playing it’
Monday metatarsal musings: Or footnotes from a Sunday night of defensive domination at Lincoln Financial Field, where the Seahawks limited what had been a prolific Eagles’ offense to 139 yards.

Sports betting tout Adam Meyer charged in $25 million scam
Adam Meyer, a nationally known sports betting tout, was arrested Tuesday on charges he used fraud and threats to scam the Fond du Lac-area man.

Insider info: Bob McGinn’s latest draft nuggets | Seahawks Draft Blog
I’m going to do my first 2015 mock draft tomorrow. No trades. Just a projection now that we’re at the end of the college football regular season. I’m in two minds whether to do the weekly mocks this year. It might be a case of doing a mock after the Senior Bowl, combine, and then going weekly in April.

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is an introvert who refuses to conform | The MMQB with Peter King
A prodigious back known as Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch is many things to many people: quiet, ornery, a thug and a jerk. But those who know him best say he’s an introvert who won’t conform—and the best teammate they’ve ever had

Not every sack is the offensive line's fault. | : Ross Tucker Article
Not every sack is the offensive line's fault.  Same goes for pressures and hits on the quarterback. When are we going to finally figure this out?

Seattle Seahawks QB snapshot: Russell Wilson - ESPN
A quick observation of quarterback Russell Wilson and how he played in the Seattle Seahawks' 24-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14:

5 NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat | Rolling Stone
Win or lose, perhaps its time for these head coaches to update their LinkedIn profiles

Triple pleasure for Seahawks defense - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks' defense is on a three-game roll better than any three-game stretch last year in the Super-Bowl winning season.

Football Savages / Wide Receivers: High-Pointing vs Catching in Traffic | Football Savages
The term "catch point wide receiver" is too inclusive. Many players don't fit the full description, yet earn the title, and that's wrong.

Retiring on Top May Be What's Best for Marshawn Lynch | Bleacher Report
Jim Brown retired at the height of his career in 1966 because he was fed up with the NFL life. Hollywood offered opportunities, glamor and control over his future. The NFL offered $1,500-per-week fines for missing training camp and the drudgery of absorbing hundreds of hits per year for a penny-pinching boss. Brown decided to finish The Dirty Dozen instead of heeding Art Modell's beck-and-call. The rest is history.

Agent's Take 2014 Contract Awards: Ravens, Patriots, Broncos earn honors -
Darrelle Revis and Emmanuel Sanders take home the hardware for best signings of the year.

Eagles film review: Wilson's mobility negates strong D effort | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

First and 10: Seahawks resembling their old, dominating selves on defense – NFL Week 14 - The Washington Post
“They’ve got weapons,” Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “We’ve got weapons, too, though. We’ve got a lot of weapons, too. Our defense is stacked. I think we have the secondary, the linebackers, the defensive line. We’re stacked, too. I heard a lot of talk about the high-tempo offense. But what about our high-tempo defense? We’re able to get on and off the field and get our offense the ball back.”