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CoachWatch2015: Who is Darrell Bevell? | Trending Buffalo
To learn about Seahawks offensive coordinator and Buffalo Bills head-coach candidate Darrell Bevell, I sent questions to Danny Kelly, editor-in-chief of SB Nation’s Seattle Seahawks blog Field Gulls.

The NFL Swing Men: Eight Guys Who Could Decide the Divisional Round «
You know Tom Brady, Dez Bryant, Richard Sherman, and all the marquee stars of the teams left in the playoffs. But whether it’s because of an individual’s unique importance to a particular scheme or a weak point the opposition will look to exploit, a number of other players could have an outsize impact on whether their teams advance to the conference championship. Here are the eight guys who might swing the NFL playoff picture this weekend.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Saturday Divisional Round Preview 2015
This year's two No. 1 playoff seeds take the field on Saturday looking to avoid upsets against teams that have given them fits in the past. But how much does the past truly matter when so many players on an NFL team change from year to year?

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Sunday Divisional Round Preview 2015
While Saturday's games are more about defense, Sunday is about two of the league's best offenses trying to stay unbeaten at home this year. Dallas and Indianapolis bring plenty of firepower, but the uncertainty over the health of Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning will be something to watch for in each game.

NFL divisional playoffs: Can Carolina Panthers upset Seattle Seahawks? | The MMQB with Peter King
FOXBORO, Mass. — Best weekend of football all year. The eight best teams, theoretically, playing four elimination games in the span of 31 hours. The only quibble this year with the eight-best-teams narrative, and I’ll address in detail why it’s only a minor quibble, is Carolina being in and De...

Pete Carroll on Seattle Seahawks’ road to earning NFC’s No. 1 seed | The MMQB with Peter King
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Richard Sherman interview on Seattle Seahawks 2014 season | The MMQB with Peter King
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Gambler's guide to the NFL divisional playoffs -
We like the Pats and Ravens to play a close one in Foxborough, while we're anticipating very few points in Seattle and lots of them in Green Bay and Denver.

Philly Brown questionable for Panthers Sunday | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers don't have many downfield weapons in the passing game, and they might be short one tomorrow night in Seattle. On their final injury report, the Panthers listed wide receiver Philly Brown as questionable for their divisional round game against the Seahawks, via Bill Voth of Black and ...

Oddsmaker installs Seahawks as early Super Bowl 50 favorites | ProFootballTalk
Have the Super Bowl 49 winner all figured out and want to look ahead to next season? Well, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has already set odds on the winner of Super Bowl 50, which will be played on February 7, 2016 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

Redskins' new GM: 'Draft is lifeline of an organization' -
Washington Redskins new general manager Scot McCloughan said his focus on molding a team using the draft. It's a departure from the free agency focus that has largely been used during Dan Snyder's ownership

Scot McCloughan: Redskins won't give up on RGIII -
New general manager Scot McCloughan emphasized Friday that it's premature for the Redskins to give up on Robert Griffin III. Will RGIII be under center in Week 1 of the 2015 season?

NFL Honors: Our picks for MVP, DPOY, Rookies of Year -
Awards season is around the corner. Gregg Rosenthal names his top five picks for MVP, DPOY, Coach of the Year and both rookie awards. Where does J.J. Watt rank among the potential winners from '14?

Divisional Round Cheat Sheet -
With the Divisional Round and matchup between Joe Flacco and Tom Brady just hours away, Around The NFL’s Kevin Patra fills you in on everything you need to know. Check out this week's Cheat Sheet.

The Seahawks' 2012 draft picks continue to prove pundits wrong | - Sports
While most of the outside world was mocking the Seattle Seahawks' 2012 draft in the days after it happened, the team's top decision makers, ever so cautiously, dreamed big.

RENTON: Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin ‘supposed to be in jail or dead’ | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
“I mean, it’s a blessing. I thank God every day. I thank God when I go out here to practice. “Because Lord knows I was supposed to be in jail or dead somewhere.”

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Panthers’ Cam Newton hopes to prove he belongs in ‘hostile’ environment | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Panthers’ QB has faced Seattle three times the past three years and each resulted in a loss. Some of his worst games have come against the Seahawks.

Why Pittsburgh “Steel Curtain” S Mike Wagner says these Seahawks are “closest I’ve seen a team play defense the way we did” | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Do you guys know how long I’ve been waiting to write a story about my childhood Steelers teams?!! …

Seahawks survey: From best hair to best trash-talker, who the players picked | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
We asked 11 Seahawks the stuff you might want to know, and here’s how they voted.

How close is this Seahawks’ defense to “best ever”? | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Mike Wagner, a four-time Super Bowl winner on Pittsburgh’s famed “Steel Curtain” defense of the 1970s, says this Seahawks defense could end up being one of if not the best ever. And Mike Ditka, coach of the shutdown, 1985 Chicago Bears, says these Seahawks that host Carolina on Saturday in the NFC divisional playoffs are “pretty darn good.”

How Seahawks’ Bruce Irvin changed from timid to tremendous this season | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
“Sometimes I’ll be in a game and during a timeout I’ll look at the crowd and be like, ‘Dang, a lot of people said I wasn’t going to be here,’ ’’ Irvin said Wednesday. “Sometimes I doubted myself, thinking if I would ever be more than what I was. “So, yeah, man, it’s a blessing. I thank God every day when I go out there to practice because Lord knows I was supposed to be in jail or dead somewhere.’’

For Seahawks, history can wait | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks are focused on the Panthers, not their legacy, entering Saturday’s Divisional playoff game.

Seattle’s biggest fan, ‘Big Lo,’ now a slimmed-down author, too | Local News | The Seattle Times
Lorin “Big Lo” Sandretzky, among the most recognizable Seahawks fans, is hoping for a lopsided win Saturday.

Go inside Seahawks’ minds 5 minutes before kickoff | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
One Seahawks player reads the Bible. Many listen to music, soothing for some, amped up for others. Another thinks of his family. All wonder: Is what I have going to be good enough today?

Russell Wilson a different type of runner than Cam Newton - NFC West Blog - ESPN
“He’s, what, seven inches taller than me,” Wilson said with a chuckle. “And he’s probably around 260 [pounds].”

Pete Carroll: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson deserved Pro Bowl selection - ESPN
“I was kind of disappointed in that, to tell you the truth, because he has had such a great year for us,” Carroll said. “He should have been picked for somebody because he’s that much of a factor when he plays the game. I would think if you want to win, you would have picked him. That’s all.”

A drive that changed the Seahawks' season | - Sports
RENTON — When the Seattle Seahawks' offense took the field in Charlotte earlier this season with 4 minutes, 37 seconds remaining on the clock,...

Offense hasn't come easy for Seahawks against Panthers - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks have beat Carolina in three straight seasons, but if those three regular-season meetings are any indication, Seattle's offense won't have an easy time on Saturday when the teams meet in the divisional-round of the playoffs. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Darrell Bevell on how Seahawks' offense has overcome adversity - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
'I just think a lot of guys have stepped up in a lot of ways,' Darrell Bevell said while talking about the difficult situations that Seattle's offense has dealt with this season. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Five Matchups To Watch: Seahawks vs Panthers
After a two-week break, the Seahawks return to CenturyLink Field on Saturday night to host the Carolina Panthers in a divisional playoff game between teams that have combined to win 11 consecutive games.

Fr-atur-day in Hawkville: Paul Richardson making the most of his dual-role opportunities
Paul Richardson was drafted in the second round because of his receiving skills. But the rookie also has embraced his role as a blocker in the Seahawks’ run-oriented offense.

Rainn Wilson's message to the Panthers | FOX Sports
'Backstrom' star Rainn Wilson believes Carolina has everything to fear when they take the field against the Seahawks on Sunday.

Virginia’s Eli Harold is very Seahawky | Seahawks Draft Blog
If the Seahawks want tough, gritty players with plus athleticism — Eli Harold has to be a strong candidate if he makes it to their pick in the first round. We’ve talked about him a lot this year without dedicating a full debate to his talents. It’s time to have that discussion.

Seahawks say Quinn would be mighty as Jets coach - NY Daily News
The loudest mouth in all of Seattle knows exactly what’s going to happen when the Seahawks’ playoff run is over.

2014 NFL Playoffs: Panthers at Seahawks - Offensive Preview - Cat Scratch Reader
The Panthers have made it this far... can the offense deliver in Seattle?

Panthers at Seahawks: Key Matchups - Cat Scratch Reader
With some injuries this week, the Panthers will be starting a former Seahawk , could possibly be down a wide receiver, and will be a little shorthanded depth-wise in the secondary. Some players need to step up this week in order to compete with the 2014 Super Bowl champs, the Seattle Seahawks.

After Further Review: Comparing top LBs Luke Kuechly, Bobby Wagner -
The NFL features a new breed of linebacker who must play the run, but can excel vs. the pass. And the two best at their position -- Luke Kuechly, Bobby Wagner -- will be on display when the Panthers take on the Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs. So which linebacker is better? We take a closer look and decide.

Stop what you’re doing and appreciate Seahawks’ unprecedented run | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
As their playoff opener looms, there’s nothing wrong with looking back at a special era that includes two Super Bowls and seven playoff appearances.

Seahawks' largest step toward Super Bowl repeat already taken | NFL | Sporting News
Considering raw, unweighted odds, a given NFL team has a 3.1 percent chance to win a Super Bowl in a league of 32 teams. Overcoming those raw odds twice in two seasons? Fat chance.

Scientists to Track Effects of Fans at Seahawks-Panthers Game -
What if the Big One happens during the Big Game?

Pick 6 Preview | 6 things to watch as Seahawks begin championship defense against Panthers - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks begin their title defense by facing a team with some striking similarities in the Carolina Panthers.

NFL Playoff Preview: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
The Panthers had one of the most unusual paths to the divisional round of any team in NFL history.

Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks preview, prediction
This will be the second time these teams have met in the postseason. The last time it was in the NFC Championship Game during the 2005 season and the Seahawks won 34-14. They've met four times in the past five seasons and Seattle won all four regular-season matchups, including a 13-9 victory this season back in Week 8. Seattle is 24-2 at home over the past three seasons, including the playoffs. Carolina has won five consecutive games, including a 27-16 victory over the Cardinals in last week's wild-card round in which the Panthers limited Arizona to a playoff-record-low 78 total yards. During the win streak, the Panthers have averaged 197 rushing yards and allowed 11.8 points and 238.2 yards per game.

Dan Quinn favorite to land Jets coaching job: sources | New York Post

Spread vs Pro-style offense: What's the difference? - Football Study Hall
How do these systems differ in approach and is there a better option between them?

Breakdown of Seattle Seahawks CenturyLink Field home-field advantage | The MMQB with Peter King
By Keith Goldner No team wants to play in Seattle. Why would they? Over the last three seasons, the Seahawks have gone 8-0, 9-1, and 7-1 at home—24-2 in total. That’s downright dominant.

Seahawks' Russell Wilson channels father's influence as player, leader
Russell Wilson and his older brother, Harry, used to throw a prized football that their father, Harrison Wilson III, once caught from Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Fouts. Long before winning a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks, young Russell imagined he was Steve Young, Warren Moon or Tom Brady while firing big-game touchdowns in his backyard.

Why is Russell Wilson a better quarterback than Cam Newton? | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Russell Wilson and Cam Newton, who meet Saturday in the NFC Divisional playoffs, are easy to contrast. But some of the success Wilson has enjoyed comes from the playoff-ready Seahawks team he plays for.