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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

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Thank god it's TGIF, you guys!

Cardinals vs. Panthers preview: Greg Cosell talks Carolina running game, says Lindley better option than Stanton - Revenge of the Birds
He said what?

2015 NFL Draft: NFL talent showcased in 'other' New Year's Bowls - CBSSports.com
So much attention has been dedicated to four-team playoff and the unique scouting opportunity in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, but the three bowl games earlier on New Year's Day were hardly just appetizers. There were several standout performances from NFL draft prospects in the Outback Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Citrus Bowl.

Ravens vs. Steelers: Changing the game plan if Le'Veon Bell sits - SBNation.com
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White explains how the Ravens could make life very difficult for Ben Roethlisberger if the Steelers don't have running back Le'Veon Bell for their Wild Card game Saturday.

How the Cardinals can beat the Panthers - SBNation.com
If the struggling Cardinals are going to beat the Panthers this weekend, they'll need to stop Cam Newton, says retired NFL defensive end Stephen White.

NFL Wild Card Picks: Credit for Cam Newton, Debt Relief for the Cowboys | Bleacher Report
Riffs, rants, observations and dissenting opinions from the voices in my head: Here's a warped and dented take on the Wild Card round playoff games, featuring repo men, medieval Venetian merchants and Baron Batch.

Was 2014 the greatest NFL rookie receiving class ever? | The MMQB with Peter King
The “Wet Blanket of Reason” kicks off 2015 by answering that question, and offering insights into the NFL’s pay structure and this weekend’s wild-card round

The All-22: Unsung heroes of the NFL's wild-card matchups | SI.com
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from SI.com

2014 NFL Season in Analytical Review: Passing, Offense Trending Up | The MMQB with Peter King
Aaron Rodgers' overall production in 2014 matched up as one of the best seasons ever by a quarterback. Plus, Russell Wilson's legs carried him into elite company and a look at more analytical trends that surfaced

Ryan Lindley to start for Cardinals with Drew Stanton out | National Football Post
Quarterback sidelined

Week Seventeen Game Scripts: Panthers Steamroll Falcons, Win NFC South
There are lots of bad things one could write about the NFC South. But for the most part, the Atlanta Falcons had been a competitive team this year, and not just by NFC South standards. Entering week 17, Atlanta had posted an average Game Script of +0.7; sure, that’s not very good, but it’s above average! The Falcons had not been embarrassing, and in fact, had outscored opponents by 40 points through three quarters.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Cam Newton
A 7-8-1 record doesn't mean the Carolina Panthers had an easy ride to a division title this year. From losing Jordan Gross and Steve Smith in the offseason to losing Greg Hardy during the regular season and often being forced to play with very limited offensive line combinations, the Panthers have faced plenty of adversity.

Romo: Lions' D as 'good a test' as we'll face all season - NFL.com
Tony Romo isn't taking the Detroit Lions' nasty defense lightly, telling reporters this week: "They're outstanding. I think they're going to be as good a test as we're going to have all season."

Reggie Wayne, Matt Hasselbeck want to return to Colts - NFL.com
Veterans Reggie Wayne and Matt Hasselbeck are leaning away from retirement and toward returning for 2015. Will the Colts bring them back for another season?

Washington to interview Vic Fangio for coordinator post | ProFootballTalk
Washington coach Jay Gruden isn't wasting time lining up a replacement for fired defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Washington is lining up interviews with 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, 49ers defensive backs coach Ed Donatell and Chargers lineback...

Window is open for new deals for 2012 draft picks | ProFootballTalk
Under the 2011 labor deal, new contracts for draft picks can be signed after three years in the league.  Technically, the window opens upon the conclusion of the player's third regular season. With the end of the 2014 regular season, all 2012 draft picks are now eligible for new deals.

Frank Reich to interview for Jets opening as well | ProFootballTalk
Frank Reich might be a leading candidate for the Bills head coaching job, but that's not his only option. According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the Chargers offensive coordinator will interview for the Jets vacancy as well.

49ers ask for interview with Teryl Austin | ProFootballTalk
The Lions think that defensive coordinator Teryl Austin has a good chance of getting a head coaching job and coach Jim Caldwell said that multiple teams had requested permission to speak with him about their openings. We now know of two teams sniffing around Austin.

Coaching visits tracker - NFL.com
Rex Ryan might be the most popular coaching candidate on the market.The former Jets coach has interviews lined up with multiple teams. Check out who else is drawing interest.

Seahawks admit season has had unique challenges | HeraldNet.com - Sports
RENTON — The Seattle Seahawks learned a few hard lessons in the 11 months between winning a Super Bowl and returning to the postseason as the...

Seattle getting value out of FB/DL Will Tukuafu - seattlepi.com
Will Tukuafu won't admit to having a favorite position. Just whichever one gets him on the field.

Cement truck lights up with rock-solid Seahawks pride
From top-to-bottom, the cement truck is decked out in 12th Man pride. Even the moving barrel stays electrified.

NFL playoff predictions: Chalk up Seahawks' Super Bowl repeat | NFL | Sporting News
Get the latest NFL news, video updates, scores, schedules, standings and more on Sporting News.

Seahawks fan goes Beast Mode on bark | Local & Regional | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News
As the Seahawks sharpen their talons for next week's playoff game, a local artist is sharpening his blade in tribute.

Power rankings: 2014's best and worst units - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
The 2014 ESPN.com weekly NFL Power Rankings finished similar to how it started: with the Seattle Seahawks at No. 1.

Familiarity with No. 1 seed assists Seahawks approach to postseason
Defensive end Michael Bennett: "We've already been through it one time, so we know what it's going to be like"

Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin can’t resist dig at Jim Harbaugh | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin wishes new Michigan coach good luck, then adds: “And go, Buckeyes”