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Johnny Manziel and the NFL's Quarterback Quandary | Rolling Stone
The league's arms race is quickly becoming a battle for the bottom

‘The Grantland NFL Podcast': Seattle’s Defense, the Wizardry of Rivers, and the Rest of Week 16 «
Barnwell and Mays return in fear of the Seattle defense, Philip Rivers’s powers, and the Atlanta pass rush in this week’s holiday podcast.

Mike Tanier's Monday Morning Hangover: Attack of the Zombie Quarterbacks | Bleacher Report
The NFL is a copycat league. So when cable zombie programs started beating the NFL in the television ratings, it was only natural for coaches to begin turning to zombie quarterbacks for a competitive edge. It's like the Wildcat fad from six years ago, only with shambling, rotted, undead corpses instead of Dolphins running backs.

NFL Week 17: Peter King’s one-on-one with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson | The MMQB with Peter King
The Seahawks’ quarterback on the art of eluding big hits, trying to repeat as champs, and how sideline technology is changing his position

Monday Morning MD | National Football Post
How does flu season impact the NFL?

Panthers or Falcons poised to make NFL history
The Atlanta Falcons began the season with a 2-6 record.  In the second half of the year, the team was 4-7 and then 5-9.  The Carolina Panthers began the year with a 3-8-1 record. One of these two teams will make the playoffs.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 16
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).

NFL Playoff Picture Week 17 Scenarios: Last chance to get in -
Here are the final scenarios for NFL Week 17, and how several teams can clinch a berth, a division title, or a position in the seeding order.

Seven plays that explain Week 16 -
Marshawn Lynch, Odell Beckham Jr. and Reggie Bush were all heroes on Sunday. The Around The NFL team picks seven plays that define Week 16 of the National Football League.

Keim on Fitzgerald: We have to make good decisions -
"We have to make good business decisions," Keim said, via the Cardinals' home site. "I don't think it's any secret that we said all along that it is our intent to have Larry Fitzgerald retire a Cardinal. I don't want to get into it too deep, but with planning purposes and financially, from a cap standpoint and all those sort of things, we have Larry's (cap) number already baked into our numbers.

Snap count notes from the Seahawks' 35-6 win in Arizona | - Seattle Sidelines
As always, you can see all the numbers below, but first a few highlights.

GLENDALE, Ariz.: Oh, Canada! TE Luke Willson lights up Cardinals, glows for all his native land to see | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The second-year, second-string tight end has 139 yards receiving with two touchdowns on a huge stage. Plus, Marshawn Lynch is full of thanks following the game, and Jermaine Kearse has a hamstring injury of unknown severity.

The Seahawks’ Pete Carroll deserves to be in the coach-of-the-year conversation | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
It doesn’t take much to make an argument that the coaching job he has done this season is better than a year ago.

Updated Seahawks' playoff scenarios | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are all of the playoff scenarios for the Seahawks, straight from the NFL. Some of these are obviously really unlikely possibilities, specifically that Detroit and Green Bay would need to tie for the Seahawks to not get homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with a win against St. Louis. But, the NFL throws all of them out there just in case.

Hugh Millen’s Seahawks analysis: A look at Seattle’s big offensive plays at Arizona | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Breaking down how Seattle pulled off five huge offensive plays against Arizona in a 35-6 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night.

Seahawks snap counts vs. Cardinals | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are the position snap counts for Seattle’s 35-6 win over Arizona Sunday night. The blowout meant some subbing at the end — Tarvaris Jackson got his first three snaps of the season at quarterback, for instance.

Ryan Lindley struggles to find end zone, rhythm in embarrassing loss - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The faster Larry Fitzgerald can erase Sunday's 35-6 embarrassing loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the better.

Russell Wilson's best game? "Yeah, I think so," says Pete Carroll - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Russell Wilson put on a show in Seattle's win over Arizona, throwing and rushing for a combined 427 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Coach Pete Carroll assessed his quarterback's performance when he joined 'Brock and Salk' a day later. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Hawk Talk: Live Seahawks chat with Danny O'Neil - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The next edition of 'Hawk Talk' with Danny O'Neil comes your way Tuesday at 11:15, which is 45 minutes earlier than normal because of the Seahawks' revised holiday schedule. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Four takeaways from Pete Carroll's Monday conversation with 710 ESPN Seattle
Key takeaways from Pete Carroll's conversation with "Brock and Salk" the morning after the Seahawks' 35-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Seahawks react to Marshawn Lynch's run: "He's a bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, continue to say bad, man"
The Seahawks racked up several big plays in Sunday night's 35-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals. But perhaps the biggest - or at least most memorable - came from running back Marshawn Lynch.

Seahawks punter will fight you if you talk crap about Seahawks kicker -
Do not talk smack about Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka.

NFL Week 16: Seahawks dominate Cardinals, ready for Super Bowl repeat? | The MMQB with Peter King
As evidenced by their 35-6 domination of the Cardinals, no team is playing better football going into the final week than the reigning champion Seahawks. Let’s examine Seattle’s catalyst, what we learned in Week 16, the MVP race and more By Peter King · More from Peter·

Why the Seattle Seahawks could repeat as Super Bowl champions - The Washington Post
With a 35-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks proved one very big thing: They stand a very good chance of being the first team since the New England Patriots in 2004 and 2005 to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

Seahawks Morning After: Beast Quake II rivals, but doesn’t surpass, Lynch’s original masterpiece | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
Marshawn Lynch’s marvelous 79-yard touchdown run Sunday was a thing of beauty and stands on its own as a work of gridiron art. But it still can’t quite beat Beast Quake I.

Updated 2015 NFL Draft order: Top 3 needs for all 32 teams -
NFL scouts are already preparing for the 2015 NFL Draft, and some teams' fan bases might also have an eye on the top college prospects. Gil Brandt takes a look at the needs for all 32 teams.

MMBM Week 16: I reported Marshawn Lynch to the FCC for what he didn't say in his interview -
All the NFL news and notes from the week's most important NFL column.

Insider Buzz: 49ers Want to Steal HC Candidate Dan Quinn Away from Seahawks | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Shawn Oakman is an interesting case, kind of Seahawky | Seahawks Draft Blog
Watch the video above. It’s the best way to introduce this piece. Shawn Oakman is considering turning pro and you can understand why. He knows what he needs to do. This is about helping his family. He is the great hope. The 6-8, 285lbs freak of nature who simply had to make the most of his talent.

Seahawks Prove Definitively That They Are Better Than Cardinals | Slog
The Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 35-6 in Glendale, Arizona (which I imagine to be a hellscape of strip malls and tumbleweeds next to a cool stadium) on Sunday night in a game that could best be described as “nowhere near as evenly contested as the absurdly lopsided scoreline would indicate.” The Seahawks dominated the injury-depleted Cardinals all over the field. Russell Wilson had arguably his strongest game of the season, Marshawn Lynch had arguably the strongest run of his career, and the defense had arguably its strongest performance of the year. In short: strong.

Marshawn Lynch's postgame performance art. | : Will Leitch Article
Pete Carroll has seen a lot more football in his lifetime than I have, so I see no reason to contradict him when he says that Marshawn Lynch's 77-yard touchdown run Sunday night was "as good a run as I can ever remember seeing." The run was so jaw-dropping that the Seattle Times quoted pretty much every Seahawks player on their reaction to it, including the instantly immortal Michael Bennett line, "I felt like he was running for freedom or something. Boy, he was gone. They haven't had a run like that since the Underground Railroad."

Takeaways from Seahawks 35-6 win over Cardinals - Dec. 21, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
The Seattle Seahawks are rolling and it's a legitimate question as to whether anyone in the NFL can stop them.

Holy Crap, Marshawn Lynch
The Seahawks could not stop gushing about Marshawn Lynch's overpowering 79-yard touchdown run in last night's 35-6 dismantling of Arizona. We do not blame them. It was Lynch at his bowling-ball best, so bring on the hype.

2015 Super Bowl Odds: Seahawks, Patriots, Packers top list - Cincy Jungle
The Seahawks remain the favorites to win the title at 5/2 odds after winning their first Super Bowl this past February.