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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Xmas!

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Happy Holidays, everyone -- it's been a great year, and I'm really looking forward to this stretch run into the Playoffs!

Best Christmas gifts Russell Wilson, Eli Manning & NFL stars received | The MMQB with Peter King
In their current careers, the holiday season brings Week 17 games, playoff scenarios and coach firings—and for one team, one golden ring. But the best memories often come at home. The MMQB asked NFL players around the league to share the best holiday gift they ever received.

Rookie Receivers and the 2014 Season
Odell Beckham is ridiculous. Period.

49ers’ Anthony Davis seems to have a problem with Greg Roman | ProFootballTalk
As the 49ers’ season comes to a close and the team prepares for a big shakeup in the offseason, offensive tackle Anthony Davis sounds like he hopes he’s not coached by offensive coordinator Greg Roman next season.

Michael Crabtree uncertain about 49ers future -
Michael Crabtree refused to discuss his 49ers future on Wednesday. Will other teams be lining up to recruit the wide receiver in free agency?

Manning plans to return to Broncos in 2015 for 18th NFL season | - Sports
NFL fans and fantasy football owners debating Peyton Manning's prowess and problems can continue that discussion well into the new year.

Luke Willson showed his ‘rare speed' in Seahawks' win | - Sports
Luke Willson was a backup tight end at Rice in 2012, catching just nine passes in an injury-plagued senior season, yet he was also one of the players about whom the Seahawks were most excited following the 2013 draft.

Pro Bowl on line 1: Bobby Wagner gets his first call to be an all-star — from Pete Carroll | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Lynch got his normal Wednesday off. His tummy seemed fine before practice as he snacked and listened to his music at his locker. … Coach Pete Carroll said on Tuesday that Helfet has a chance to play Sunday, Kearse is a long shot and Simon is going to try. … Unger’s slow recovery from his high-ankle sprain makes it iffy for him to play for the first time in six games this weekend. If he doesn’t, Carroll hasn’t committed to either Patrick Lewis for the second straight week or Lemuel Jeanpierre playing center against the Rams.

Russell Okung and Max Unger participate in Seattle Seahawks' practice - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks had a little bit of good news on the injury front when left tackle Russell Okung was a full participant and center Max Unger was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, leaving some hope that Unger could play Sunday against St. Louis.

For Bobby Wagner, being voted to the Pro Bowl a ‘surreal’ experience
When Pete Carroll called Bobby Wagner on Tuesday, the Seahawks’ middle linebacker was expecting the worst. But what the team’s coach had to tell him was the best: Wagner had been voted to the Pro Bowl.

Christmas Eve in Hawkville: Russell Wilson is actually two players in one
The Seahawks’ secret is out: With a quarterback who can run and extend plays the way Russell Wilson does, it’s like having “an extra player on offense,” says Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher.

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson can run with the best of them | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
This season, Russell Wilson has the sixth-most rushing yards for a quarterback in NFL history. “The best way to describe it is that he’s an extra player on offense,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said this week.

St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks: Breaking Down Seattle's Game Plan | Bleacher Report
Though all but one playoff team is decided on, there is still plenty at stake for NFC teams. While the Seattle Seahawks (11-4) currently sit atop the conference after their dominant victory over the Arizona Cardinals last week, the No. 1 seed is far from locked up.

Three teams 12s should root for in Week 17 besides the Seahawks; NFC playoff scenarios
A detailed look at the NFC playoff picture as the Seahawks ready to face the St. Louis Rams in Week 17.

Coach Killers, Week 16: Maybe James Franco really was the Ravens QB -
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.

Week 17 Game Rankings: Playoffs, byes, home field on the line -
With playoff spots still to be decided, along with division titles, first-round byes and home-field advantage, Week 17 is loaded with critical games.

Jeff Fisher thought Josh Brown should have been ejected for kick | ProFootballTalk
Kickers aren't often ejected from games, but Rams coach Jeff Fisher thought Giants kicker Josh Brown should have been ejected on Sunday. Brown had been pushed in a pile and responded by kicking behind him, right into the face of Rams safety Cody Davis.

Trent Baalke says 49ers want Frank Gore back in 2015 -
Frank Gore has only played for the 49ers. With his deal ending after Sunday's game, his future his uncertain. General manager Trent Baalke says San Francisco wants the workhorse back, but how likely is that?

Russell Wilson headlines Players of the Week -
Russell Wilson didn't make the Pro Bowl, but he did bring home NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Who else earned recognition for their performance in Week 16?

Jim Harbaugh leads top 10 head-coaching candidates -
In advance of next week's coaching shuffle, Chris Wesseling rolls out Around The NFL's list of the top 10 head coaching candidates. Will Jim Harbaugh and Rex Ryan land on their feet in January?

Chip Kelly: Eagles had Odell Beckham as draft's top WR -
Chip Kelly revealed this week that the Eagles had Odell Beckham graded as the best receiver in the 2014 draft. Is Beckham enjoying the greatest season by a rookie receiver in NFL history?

2015 Pro Bowl: Bobby Wagner one of 5 Seahawks picked, but Wilson snubbed - NFC West Blog - ESPN
SELECTIONS: Bobby Wagner, Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor; SNUBS: Russell Wilson

Bobby Wagner says he was nearly a Ram - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"I remember everything was great," Wagner said. "I talked to them before I knew they were very interested and I felt like if I wasn't going to be in Seattle or whoever had the pick before that I was going to end there. I didn't know what was going to happen, but I could definitely tell through the conversations that we were having and just the vibe that they really wanted me to be there. I actually got a text right before I got drafted by the Seahawks from the (Rams) linebackers coach, but I'm happy where I'm at.

NFL Draft: Potential first round targets for the Seahawks | Seahawks Draft Blog
What I considered making this list:

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett: ‘we’re the best defense to ever play football’ | For The Win
The Seattle Seahawks lead the NFL in total defense again in 2014, and after Seattle won its fifth consecutive game Sunday against Arizona (holding the 11-win Cardinals to just six points in a blowout), defensive end Michael Bennett made one of the boldest statements of the season. Bennett told reporters in the locker room that the 2014 Seahawks have the best defense in the history of the NFL.