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Pete Carroll on Seahawks’ final 3 games to win NFC West: “As good as it gets in the NFL” | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
With the dumping rains subsiding the Seahawks were outside for practice this afternoon for the first time this week. After it, coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Russell Wilson, safety Kam Chancellor and running back Christine Michael were among the players and coaches who stopped to sign autographs and pose for pictures on the edge of the practice fields here in Renton with participants in the Seattle-area Make-a-Wish Foundation.

49ers injury report: Stevie Johnson ruled out - Niners Nation
The 49ers will be without Stevie Johnson in Week 15. We break down the team's full injury report.

How the 49ers can bail from Kaepernick's contract | National Football Post
Should San Francisco decide to part ways with its quarterback, here’s how it would work.

Passing Leaders in ANY/A Value Added Through 14 weeks
Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 3,652 yards and 35 touchdowns on his 416 pass attempts this year. He has throw just three interceptions, although he has taken 26 sacks for 156 yards. Do the math, and Rodgers is averaging 9.19 Adjusted Net Yards per Attempt this year. Through 14 weeks, the NFL average is 6.24 ANY/A, which means Rodgers is averaging 2.95 ANY/A better than average. Over the course of his 442 dropbacks, this means Rodgers has produced 1,303 yards of Adjusted Net Yards of Value over average.

The Arizona Cardinals and Pythagenpat Records
At 8-1 — but with just a 0.668 Pythagenpat winning percentage — I wrote about the good fortune of the Arizona Cardinals. Fortune is relative: the Cardinals have lost both Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton to injuries, and just about every key contributor you can think of along the way. But the team’s good fortune when it comes to Pythagenpat winning percentage has continued. (For the uninitiated, you can read more about how to calculate Pythagenpat records here.)

Week 15 intrigues: Johnny Manziel's first start, Cowboys-Eagles battles -
We've waited all season for this: Johnny Football's first start as Browns QB. How will Manziel fare? Also, how will Aaron Rodgers handle the Bills' defense?

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | NFL Divisional Rematches Study
The NFL's Week 15 schedule won't win any awards for originality. Eleven of the games are divisional rematches from earlier this season, including two matchups just played on Thanksgiving. Since 2010 the league has used the entirety of Week 17 for divisional games, but setting those aside, this is only the fourth time since 2002 that at least 11 divisional games have been scheduled.

Week 15 viewer's guide -
In the AFC South, the NFL's top young QB in Andrew Luck tries to take his Colts past the Texans and wrecking ball J.J. Watt. Who has the edge? This, and more in Kevin Patra's Week 15 viewer's guide.

Cards' Drew Stanton suffered Grade 2 MCL sprain -
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton has a Grade 2 MCL sprain is expected back for the playoffs, per Ian Rapoport. Stanton suffered the injury in the team's Thursday night matchup against the Rams.

What you need to know about Week 15's injury report -
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones missed his third practice of the week and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. What other injuries should you know about?

What you need to know about Week 15's injury report -
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones missed his third practice of the week and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. What other injuries should you know about?

Chris Harris, Broncos agree to five-year extension -
The Denver Broncos reached a five-year $42.5 million contract extension with cornerback Chris Harris. Find out why Harris deserves a Pro Bowl nod this season.

Bobby Wagner is the heart of Seahawks' stifling defense | - Sports
RENTON — San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore was trying to describe why his team struggled so much to move the ball against the Seattle ...

RENTON: Sherman tackles race relations, league’s tactics on personal conduct | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Richard Sherman knows what’s at stake for the suddenly rolling Seahawks.

RENTON: Seahawks’ leader “Angry” Doug Baldwin needs two more adjectives: savvy, cerebral | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Pedestrian. Appetizer.

Seahawks’ Tharold Simon gaining confidence, making plays | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Tharold Simon’s career with the Seahawks got off to a slow start, due to injuries. But he came up with this first interception at Philadelphia. “He has a chance to be our best corner as far as God-given ability,” says Earl Thomas.

Referee for Seahawks-49ers: Ed Hochuli | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
For the second time in four home games, the Seahawks will get one of the more high-profle officials to referee their game — Ed Hochuli.

Preview: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
What a difference two weeks make.

Ryan Lindley, Logan Thomas QB question will be decided on Sunday - ESPN
After Stanton went down Thursday night in St. Louis, Arians turned to Lindley because of his prior experience. Arians wouldn’t commit Friday to starting either Lindley or Thomas against the Seahawks, but said the staff will put together game plans for both quarterbacks.

Seahawks' Max Unger listed as doubtful against 49ers - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Max Unger will likely miss his fourth straight game, though Pete Carroll expressed optimism that the Pro Bowl center is nearing his return. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks have beaten the 49ers; now they need to bury them - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
With Jim Harbaugh not expected back as San Francisco's coach next season, the Seahawks have a rare opportunity to win their storied rivalry with a victory over the 49ers on Sunday. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Thursday in Hawkville: Making up for the loss of Brandon Mebane, and then some
In their first game after losing nose tackle Brandon Mebane, the Seahawks’ defense was gouged for 190 rushing yards by the Chiefs. But in their past three games, they’ve allowed a combined 185 rushing yards. And Kevin Williams deserves a lot of credit.

The first 2015 mock draft: 10th December | Seahawks Draft Blog
[caption width=500 align=alignnone] D'haquille Williams -- possible first round pick[/caption] #1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) #2

Conclusion of San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks rivalry? - John Clayton's First and Goal - ESPN
NFL owners met in Dallas on Wednesday and barely discussed expanding the playoffs from 12 teams to 14.

Resurgent Seahawks defense fueling Seattle hot streak
Seattle has only allowed 20 points while winning past three games.

Seahawks injury report: Center Max Unger is doubtful | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Cornerback Jeremy Lane (glute) should return to Seattle’s lineup this week, while center Max Unger (ankle/knee) is doubtful to play this week against the 49ers. Defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs (ankle) is the only Seahawks’ player officially listed as out, although it is unlikely that Unger will be able to play this week.

Matt Kalil Blasts Pro Football Focus, Misses the Plot | Vikings Territory
Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Matt Kalil took care to criticize Pro Football Focus at a time when his play was at an all-time low, missing the point.

The Seahawks' simple defensive formula is paying off. | : Sheil Kapadia Article
Defensive coordinators around the NFL are constantly trying to come up with innovative schemes and new pressure packages, and meanwhile, the Seahawks are running the same coverages over and over again, and it's certainly paying off.

Pete Prisco Very Adamantly Does Not Understand Probabilities
The most impactful decision in tonight's heinously boring Thursday Night Football contest between St. Louis and Arizona came with 6:10 left in the game. St. Louis, down 12-3, had 4th and goal on Arizona's 1-yard-line. In a situation where the Rams needed both a touchdown and a field goal to win, Jeff Fisher opted to kick the field goal. This was almost certainly the wrong choice.

Seahawks shoes: One size, or style, does NOT fit all | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka has to search each offseason for his favorite shoes, a style Nike doesn’t make any more. Some Seahawks get by on a couple pairs of cleats a season, while others wear a different pair each game.