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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

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The day before the day before.

Greg Cosell's Analysis: Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' offensive explosion | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
The Seattle Seahawks’ offense had a huge day against the Arizona Cardinals, and big plays were the key.

Derek Carr, Odell Beckham Jr., Aaron Donald headline All-Rookie Team |
For every rookie in the NFL, life is a series of discoveries. Some come from college convinced that they're going to make it big, only to have reality slap them hard upside the head. Other players rise up through the ranks, with only their faith in themselves keeping them going, and they wind up beating the odds. The 2014 rookie class has seen its own share of ups and downs. With one week left in the regular season, here are the first-year players who have impressed the most.

A defensive stockpile in place, Rams looking ahead to critical offseason |
Les Snead can’t sit still. He leans one way in his desk chair, then the other, spins 90 degrees, spins back. It’s a Wednesday in mid-December, and the Rams haven’t played for six days, which means their general manager has had almost a week to dwell on the past, and three more remain before the future.

SI's 10 favorite NFL moments of 2014 |
The feel-good stories have been few and far between in the NFL’s tumultuous 2014, a season unlike any other thanks to the depressing off-field developments that enveloped the league in scrutiny and controversy and prompted a series of changes to the league’s personal conduct policies. But there have been bright spots amid the turmoil and the gloom. Here’s a fond look back at my 10 favorite things that happened in the NFL this year:

NFP power rankings | National Football Post
Dallas jumps Denver following Manning’s disastrous night in Cincinnati.

Michael Crabtree can’t wait to see what happens this offseason | ProFootballTalk
“I’ve grown a lot, seen a lot,” Crabtree said, via “I feel like we’ve done a lot as a team. I feel like I’ve contributed a lot to the team. Feel like the sky’s the limit for me, and I’m taking it one day at a time. I can’t wait to see what’s next, the next chapter in my career. I’m going to go hard every day. I’m going to go hard every year, try to get better. Try to maximize my talent.”

Richard Sherman thinks Marshawn Lynch is the NFL’s MVP | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson deserves consideration for the league's MVP award.  Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman would give the honor to another member of the team. "Marshawn Lynch is playing MVP-caliber football," Sherman said earlier this week, via the team's official website.

Ravens' Justin Forsett buys televisions for his blockers -
Justin Forsett was in the Christmas spirit this week. The Baltimore Ravens running back gifted his offensive linemen and tight ends flat screen TVs as a thanks for helping him reach 1,000 yards rushing.

Around The NFL's picks: Week 17 -
There's a few division titles on the line in the final week of the season such as when Big Ben's Steelers and Andy Dalton's Bengals play in prime time. The Around The NFL guys pick that game and more.

QB Index: Which QBs will be available in 2015? -
Many teams will be in search of a new signal-caller next year. Jay Cutler is among who could land with a new team by way of a trade, but what other QBs might find greener pastures elsewhere?

Injury roundup: Julio Jones sits again; Green returns -
Julio Jones (hip) missed practice again on Thursday, but still looks likely to play Sunday for the Falcons. A.J. Green (arm) did return to practice on a limited basis.

Bobby Wagner thought he was in trouble when informed of Pro Bowl selection - Dec. 24, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. came into the film room Tuesday evening and asked Wagner if he had checked his phone. After saying he had not, Norton told him to look at it and Wagner saw head coach Pete Carroll had called him and left him a voicemail. "I immediately thought I was in trouble," Wagner said. "I thought something happened. I didn’t know what to expect."

Big plays are a big problem for Arizona Cardinals defense - Revenge of the Birds
The team's struggles can be directed at the defense.

Arians reportedly to go back to Lindley as starter -
(AP) — The Arizona Cardinals went back to work Thursday amid media reports that coach Bruce Arians has changed his mind and decided to start Ryan Lindley at quarterback Sunday in the regular-season finale at San Francisco. Arians does not talk to reporters Thursday and offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin was not forthcoming about the reported quarterback switch. Thomas, a fourth-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech with a strong arm but erratic accuracy, would have been the fourth starting quarterback for the Cardinals, who at 11-3 are tied with the Seahawks for first in the NFC West but lose the tiebreaker by virtue of two losses to the Seahawks

Seahawks' defense finding place in league history -
In the locker room after stifling Arizona, Michael Bennett was holding court, more than happy to proclaim this Seattle Seahawks' defense as the best all-time.

RENTON: Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner finally gets first call from Pro Bowl | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Bobby Wagner was doing what the main linebacker on the league’s top defense is supposed to do days before a huge game: He was studying film with his position coach.

Seahawks’ Luke Willson proving he’s a quick learner | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Luke Willson is known for having rare speed as a tight end. Speed, though, that he had trouble unleashing much of his first two years until the Arizona game.

Seahawks’ Week 17 Playoff Scenarios « CBS Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks can clinch home-field advantage Sunday, but their eventual opponent and contingency scenarios have yet to be decided.

Merry Christmas, Seahawks style
Blessed with so much, including the platform to help others, the Seahawks’ players have taken the Christmas spirit and spread it throughout the year by giving back in so many ways.

Breaking down Marshawn Lynch’s amazing run for Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Running back Marshawn Lynch’s 79-yard touchdown run in Sunday’s 35-6 dismantling of the Arizona Cardinals is destined to become one of the most memorable plays in Seahawks history.

Rams, Seahawks get Christmas off | ProFootballTalk
The calendar says it's Christmas, but the work week says it's Thursday.  And 16 NFL games will be played on Sunday. Which makes Thursday an important day of preparation.

Take 2: Why Seahawks fans don't care if Marshawn Lynch talks to the media | Take 2 | Seattle Times
Earlier this year, during Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day, Marshawn Lynch had to break his Super Bowl silence to avoid big fines from the NFL front office.