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Virtual training could be NFL preparation's sea change
In the next year or two, an NFL quarterback will step onto the practice field, put on a headset and run through the game plan against a holographic defense that looks, moves and thinks like the upcoming opponent.

Mike Tanier's Monday Morning Hangover: Hot Teams and Baby Animals | Bleacher Report
In this week's Hangover: Manziel Mania! Johnny Fever! All-access, 360-degree, 10-speed, 20-story, single-malt Johnny Manzilla stomping through the pleasure centers of your brain!

Monday Morning MD | National Football Post
Playing in the NFL is like a car crash every week.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 15
Each Sunday, the FO staff sends around e-mails about the games that each of us are watching. We share information about the games that the rest of the group might not be watching, ask questions, and keep everyone else informed about which games they might want to turn into (if they can).

Monday Musings: Lions put 'D' in Detroit; could mean division title -
Gone are the days when the Lions were all about Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. These Lions roar behind a defense capable of producing the NFC North champ.

Six from Sunday: High number of sweeps, Broncos' reliance on the run -
There were 11 divisional rematches in Week 15, and seven ended with sweeps. Why the high number? The Broncos are relying on the running game more these days, and for good reason.

Merril Hoge: Whoever drafted Johnny Manziel should be fired -
Analyst Merril Hoge took some heat Sunday morning for saying Johnny Manziel has 'first-round hype with sixth-round talent.' Critics didn't have much to say after Manziel's first NFL start.

Report: Auburn WR Sammie Coates to enter 2015 NFL Draft -
Coates has struggled with inconsistencies over his career, but his athletic skill-set, which will shine during the pre-draft process, could elevate him into the first round on draft day

DeMarco Murray will have surgery on left hand -
Cowboys COO Stephen Jones announced Monday that Dallas running DeMarco Murray has a broken bone in his hand and will undergo surgery later in the day. What are his odds to play Sunday vs. the Colts?

Jake Locker placed on IR; tenure with Titans over? -
The Titans placed Jake Locker on season-ending injured reserve on Monday. Around The NFL wraps up the Locker era in Tennessee and projects his future.

Seahawks back in the driver's seat, just like they thought all along | - Sports
The Seattle Seahawks know they're a much better team than the one that lost in Kansas City a month ago.

SEATTLE: Loss to Seahawks knocks Niners from playoff contention | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seattle Seahawks denied the rival San Francisco 49ers a trip to the Super Bowl last season, and on Sunday they knocked them out of playoff contention.

Jim Harbaugh 'available' to sit with Jed York, Trent Baalke - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"We’ve got to ignore everything you guys say and everything the outsiders are saying. Keep it in-house and just keep fighting."

Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch was a second-half beast Sunday - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was a beast in the second half of Sunday's 17-7 win, rushing for 76 of his 91 yards in the last two quarters after the Seahawks put the game in his hands.

Jim Harbaugh addresses NFL's admission of error on Nick Moody penalty - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"Is it worse to hear (the acknowledgement) after the fact?" Harbaugh said, repeating the question Monday in his weekly media conference. "It's worse to get the penalty at the time."

Week 15 Wrap-up: King of the Road «
The Seattle defense has shown up just in time. After struggling to regain their championship form for most of the season, Earl Thomas & Co. have seen their performance reach unparalleled heights during this critical four-game winning streak. The Seahawks can claim first place in the NFC West with a win over the Cardinals and their as-yet-unidentified starting quarterback next Sunday, and with a bit of help, they might still end up as the conference’s top seed. If they do get to spend January taking on all comers at home, they’ll have what their defense has done over the past four weeks to thank.

Bennett On Seahawks' Win - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett talks after the Seahawks eliminated the 49ers from the playoffs.

Do the Seahawks need a new right tackle? | Seahawks Draft Blog
Justin Britt is fourteen games into his NFL career. Some would argue it’s too early to judge his performance. He’s a rookie. He’s learning a new position and scheme. He’s also faced some of the top pass rushers in the league — whether it’s Denver’s Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware combo or the prolific blitz attack of the Arizona Cardinals. This has been the proverbial baptism of fire.

NFL Week 15: Marshawn Lynch leads Seahawks, Buffalo shuts down Aaron Rodgers - NFL -
Let's take a look back at some notable performances and key plays from Week 15 of the NFL season.

DeMarco Murray will undergo surgery on broken hand -
The NFL's leading rusher has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts, however.

Andrew Luck: The NFL’s Most Perplexing Trash Talker - WSJ
Andrew Luck’s legend is growing.

Kevin Williams and Jordan Hill big finds for Seattle's surging defense - ESPN
Sometimes you can lose something important that causes you to find something you didn’t know you had. The Seattle Seahawks lost nose tackle Brandon Mebane a month ago. They found Kevin Williams and Jordan Hill.

Arizona Cardinals could use 2 QBs against Seattle Seahawks - Revenge of the Birds
The QB situation could cause Bruce Arians to get creative.

NFL says Hochuli got 49ers roughing the passer call wrong | ProFootballTalk
“It’s close, but when you look at it on tape, Moody’s head is up, he hits with more the side or the facemask to the body of the quarterback. So in our review, with the ability to look at it in slow motion, it is not a foul,” Blandino said.

Scott Ostler: Dreamy 1st half quickly turned gloomy for Niners - SFGate
For a while Sunday afternoon, the entire 49ers’ picture was on the verge of changing drastically.