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How Hard Is It for a Defensive Player to Win NFL MVP? Just Ask These Guys «
By now, we’ve heard every side of the “J.J. Watt for MVP” debate. It’s a lot of talk about the meaning of “most valuable” compared to “best” and whether the award is unfairly slanted toward quarterbacks — or if, in today’s game, a quarterback just should win every year.

Countdown to Extinction: How San Francisco's offense went bad - NFL -
When I asked San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore what exactly is wrong with his offense on Wednesday, he seemed as much at a loss as many who watch the team.

The Worst Matchups in NFL History
The Jets and the Titans play tomorrow, in a matchup of 2-11 teams that ranks as one of the worst in NFL history.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: Auburn WR D'haquille Williams
The 2014 class of rookie receivers has taken the NFL by storm. Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, Jordan Matthews, John Brown, Martavis Bryant, Allen Hurns, Allen Robinson, and Donte Moncrief have all at least flashed their potential, if not become reliable weapons from the jump. The past two classes have been stocked with talent, and a popular narrative making its rounds among colleagues is that the work of the 2014 rookie class is a sign of things to come for the future of college receiver prospects.

Six for Sunday: The late-season playoff push hits overdrive -
It's mid-December and as we begin Week 15, no team has clinched a playoff berth. With 11 divisional rematches on tap, that will change quickly.

NFL Weather Watch — Week 15 | ProFootballTalk
Want to attend a Bears game and don't care much about the weather? It's probably a good time to find a cheap ticket into Soldier Field. Rain is probable in just one Week 15 game — Saints-Bears, Monday night.

Cowboys sign promote DE Kenneth Boatright | ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys officially called up defensive end Kenneth Boatright from the practice squad on Saturday, according to the NFL's transactions. The move had been expected, with coach Jason Garrett indicating Thursday that Boatright would be elevated to the roster, per the club's website.

Percy Harvin 'absolutely' wants to remain with Jets -
With a hefty price tag next season, the New York Jets have a big decision to make on Percy Harvin. The receiver said he feels "at home" in New York and wants to remain with Gang Green.

Week 15 Cheat Sheet -
In a last-ditch effort to save the 49ers' season, Colin Kaepernick must face his nemesis: the Seahawks' Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom. Kevin Patra fills you in on every Week 15 matchup.

Russell Wilson, Seahawks haven’t had to study extra this week; NFL picks | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
As I watch my Army team try to end this galling 12-game losing streak to Navy, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is looking forward to playing at home for the first time in three games tomorrow afternoon against San Francisco.

Seahawks return home for 49ers rematch, playoff push | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Melting in San Diego. The trade of Percy Harvin that stunned them for weeks.

Seahawks-49ers: Keys to the Game/Things to Watch | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Time to get to some keys to Sunday’s game, as well as some additional things to watch

Seahawks’ Dan Quinn keeps things simple, making defense simply the best | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has returned Seattle’s defense to the basics since returning before the 2013 season. His simple philosophy is working and a big reason the defense is playing better than ever.

49ers' Jim Harbaugh thinks Seahawks' Pete Carroll is a 'stud,' too - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called Jim Harbaugh a “stud” earlier in the week while heaping Hosannas upon Harbaugh’s coaching acumen, saying there was a certain “magic” to his style.

Moore: 49ers have incentive, but not firepower, to knock off Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
San Francisco will be looking for redemption after being embarrassed by the Seahawks on Thanksgiving, but it isn't playing well enough to be picked over surging Seattle. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Five matchups to watch: Seahawks vs. 49ers
A three-game run against their NFC West rivals for the Seahawks that will close their regular season and determine their postseason fate kicks off with Sunday afternoon’s rematch against the San Francisco 49ers.

Seahawks vs. 49ers: If Harbaugh leaves, rivalry could be over as we know it | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
The last time the San Francisco 49ers visited CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks and Niners met in the NFC Championship Game. It felt like only the beginning of high-stakes postseason matchups. On Sunday, San Francisco returns to Seattle, and it feels like an ending.

49ers place NaVorro Bowman, Glenn Dorsey on injured reserve - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers made a pair of roster moves on Saturday, ending the seasons of NaVorro Bowman and Glenn Dorsey. We break down the transactions.

The speculation that Eric Mangini was brought in to replace Jim Harbaugh might be my favorite - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers have had plenty of rumors swirling about the future of Jim Harbaugh. If he does depart, the rumors could get interesting about his replacement. One guy has not been rumored, but it hasn't stop fan speculation.

The Seahawks have beaten the 49ers; now they can 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

The curious case of Auburn’s Sammie Coates | Seahawks Draft Blog
In our first 2015 mock draft yesterday, some of you asked why we had Seattle taking D’haquille ‘Duke’ Williams over his Auburn team mate Sammie Coates.

The All-22: after a slow start, the Seattle Seahawks defense is looking better than it's historic 2013-14 campaign - NFL -
Coaches will tell you that it's not how you start, it's how you finish, and that's certainly true of this season's Seattle Seahawks team.

Seahawks' Dan Quinn will draw head-coaching interest -
Despite a mid-season swoon, the Seahawks' defense is back on par with last year's historically great, Super Bowl-winning unit. How has coordinator Dan Quinn righted the ship in Seattle?

NFL Week 15 Picks: The Rise and Fall of the 49ers Empire (Also: Johnny Manziel) | Bleacher Report
Riffs, rants, observations and dissenting opinions from the voices in my head: Here's a warped and dented take on this weekend's games, featuring more references to Darren Bennett and Jay Fiedler than Johnny Manziel or J.J. Watt. Because that's a great business model.