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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Gameday

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Gameday, baby.

Confirmed: Harbaugh headed to University of Michigan | CSN Bay Area
Coach Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers are parting after four seasons, which included three trips to the NFC Championship game and one Super Bowl appearance.

San Francisco 49ers News — Niner Insider Blog » Report: Harbaugh will accept job at Michigan
Jim Harbaugh will accept the job at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, and a press conference will be held Tuesday in Ann Arbor to introduce him as the Wolverines’ head coach, CSN Bay Area’s Dave Feldman reported late Saturday night. Feldman attended Palo Alto High with Harbaugh and they remain close friends.

Moore: Seahawks will avenge loss to 'lucky' Rams from October - Danny, Dave and Moore | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Rams may have beaten the Seahawks in October and have a reputation for playing Seattle tough, but that doesn't apply to games in Seattle, where it's been 10 years since St. Louis has won. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Saturday Seahawks notes and links: Schedule for 2015 taking shape | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
So recall that one thing that happens tomorrow is that the exact lineup of opponents for 2015 will be set.

The Elephant in the Locker Room: An Ode to Lynch’s Legendary Touchdown Run | The Waterland Blog for Des Moines, WA
Expectations are high, and everyone’s paying attention… But every week it seems like there’s some key issue that’s getting glossed over. It’s the elephant in the locker room, if you will, and gosh darn if I’ll let that ride. Join us on Saturday mornings for a little closer look at our World Champions.

Myers: Seahawks closing in on home field for the holidays - NY Daily News
Every week in the NFL has its own dramatic story to tell, especially the final weekend of the 2014 season.

Seahawks fullback Will Tukuafu gives Christmas gift bags to Seattle homeless
Will Tukuafu and his family took time on Christmas Day to deliver gifts to Seattle's homeless community.

Friday in Hawkville: Center position again a center of attention for Seahawks
Max Unger has practiced on a limited basis this week, but he’s listed as questionable for Sunday’s need-to-win regular-season finale against the Rams. So Patrick Lewis is prepared to make his fourth NFL start.

2014: Best of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch - NFL Videos
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is all about that action and proves it with Beast Quake 2.0. Take a look at Beast Mode in full effect.

Five matchups to watch: Seahawks vs. Rams
The Seahawks need a victory on Sunday over a Rams team that beat then in Week 7 to capture the NFC West title and likely secure home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.

On this date: Matt Hasselbeck rallies Seahawks past 49ers
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 27

Seahawks in position for another strong finish to the regular season - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks have been at their best in December under coach Pete Carroll, a trend they can continue with a win over St. Louis in Sunday's regular-season finale. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks center Patrick Lewis proves he belongs | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Patrick Lewis has displayed an ability to communicate during his brief tenure with the Seahawks, which was highlighted by a surprise start in last Sunday’s 35-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Marshawn Lynch's silence, crotch grab: What Seattle Times sports readers are saying | Take 2 | Seattle Times
Marshawn’s 79-yard run Sunday was an incredible thing to watch, but was ruined by his crotch grab at the end.  It should have drawn an immediate unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and the league should have fined him $100,000, not just $11,000 – and the Seahawks should have reprimanded him as well!

Seahawks’ Russell Okung cleared to play | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks are expected to return one starter (Russell Okung) this week against St. Louis while also losing another (Jermaine Kearse).

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.

RENTON: Patrick Lewis’ reluctant shift to center paying off with Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
"I fought it for two years," Lewis said. "I was actually recruited as a center, but I played guard. I fought it with Coach Sherman for a long time, telling him, ‘No, I’m playing guard’ — until my junior year. I had to step into a leadership position and take over the center position. ... Coach Sherman always told me, ‘Well you know, Patrick, if you play in the NFL you might need to play all three inside positions. So you might want to try.’ I was like, ‘All right, let’s do it.’"

Seahawks roster move coming; Patrick Lewis’ advantageous switch; NFL picks for Week 17 | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks should be announcing a signing to their active roster by this afternoon, before the 24-hour deadline to set rosters for a game. Yesterday they released seldom-used defensive tackle Travian Robertson, leaving them with 52 players signed to the 53-man roster.

Seahawks-Rams: What to Watch | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are three things to watch in Sunday’s Seattle Seahawks-St. Louis Rams game from beat writers Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.

Seahawks leave roster spot open | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
According to the NFL transactions for today, the Seahawks did not make an addition to their 53-man roster to fill the spot vacated the day before by the release of DT Travian Robertson. It had been expected that the team would not make a move, so the fact they didn’t today is noteworthy only in confirming that they did not.

Russell Wilson on last year and this year | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
In case you missed it the other day, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had some interesting thoughts on this year’s team compared to last season’s.

Tight end Maxx Williams turning pro, so how good is he? | Seahawks Draft Blog
It’ll be a dry year for tight ends in 2015. There’s a lack of depth and no obvious first round stand-out.

Seattle tries to wrap up NFC West title vs. Rams - seattlepi.com
0 Larger | Smaller Printable Version Email This Font SEATTLE (AP) — If this all seems familiar for the Seattle Seahawks, that's because it is.

Seattle tries to wrap up NFC West title vs. Rams - seattlepi.com
If this all seems familiar for the Seattle Seahawks, that's because it is.

Report: 49ers expect Jim Harbaugh to accept Michigan offer 'this week' - CBSSports.com
Members of the San Francisco 49ers organization reportedly believe that Jim Harbaugh will accept Michigan's offer to be the Wolverines' next coach.

Week 17 Cheat Sheet - NFL.com
In the prime-time clash for the AFC North, Le'Veon Bell will try to power the Steelers' offense against a swarming Bengals front led by Geno Atkins. Who has the edge? Kevin Patra breaks down Week 17.

Jason Pierre-Paul: 'I think I'm worth a lot of money' - NFL.com
Jason Pierre-Paul is set to hit the open market this offseason. The Giants defensive end believes that he's worth a shipload of money after playing out his rookie contract.

Browns WR Phil Bates won’t play Sunday | ProFootballTalk
The practice-squad player whom the Browns called up to take the place of suspended wideout Josh Gordon will not play Sunday. According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Browns announced wideout Phil Bates has been ruled out of tomorrow's game against the Ravens.

Jim Harbaugh admits he destroyed a kid in laser tag at his bachelor party - CBSSports.com
Jim Harbaugh confirms that he once destroyed a 10-year-old kid in laser tag.

Six for Sunday: Stakes are high for bevy of teams on final day - CBSSports.com
The regular season will end in a flourish thanks to an exciting slate of games with playoff implications, like Cardinals-49ers and Chargers-Chiefs.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 17 Game Previews
The regular season concludes Sunday night in Pittsburgh with a battle for the AFC North and likely the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs. The Bengals overcame some of their prime-time struggles with a big win over Denver on Monday night, but can they succeed on the road? Marvin Lewis is actually 5-6 at Heinz Field, but just 2-11 against the Steelers in Cincinnati. Ben Roethlisberger is 51-3 (.944) at home when the Steelers allow fewer than 21 points, but two of those losses were to the Bengals, including a 13-10 defeat that eliminated the Steelers from the playoffs in 2012. Roethlisberger's 7.8 QBR that day is his lowest in any game since 2008. The stage will not be too big for these Bengals, who opened the week as a three-point underdog.

Josh McCown and declines in passer rating
Passer rating is a stupid stat. But my interest in trivia trumps my disdain for passer rating, so let’s move on.

NFP Prospect Focus: Devin Funchess and Jake Ryan | National Football Post
Where will the two Michigan standouts land in the NFL Draft?

NFL Week 17 Picks: The Falcons and Panthers Keep Southlandia Weird | 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, with "season reviews" for the meaningless games in which both teams are eliminated from the playoffs. I know it's cheesy, but given the choice between extra Christmas activities with young children or previewing a Saints-Buccaneers game, which would you choose?