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Monday Musings: Chip Kelly wanted the power, so he gets all the blame - CBSSports.com
Chip Kelly may be an offensive guru, but as an NFL GM, the defense he put together stinks. Kelly wanted all the power, so deserves the blame.

Bill Belichick has had to win more than other coaches to win awards - NFL
We consider it a given that New England will be good, but that has cost Bill Belichick some accolades he deserves. He's had to do more than others to win Coach of the Year.

Roger Goodell knows NFL officiating is inconsistent. Here's why
Roger Goodell isn't thrilled with the statistical inconsistencies among officiating crews -- and he's offered a solution that officials may not like.

NFL playoff picture: Who's in, who's out with six weeks left to play
Carolina continues to look unstoppable, Denver stopped its slide and Green Bay won a key division clash.

Sizing up the MVP race between Cam Newton and Tom Brady - NFL
Cam Newton and Tom Brady are more alike than many realize, and while Brady's case for the MVP is strong, Newton does things that are essentially unique. Bill Barnwell builds his case.

Bruce Arians -- Arizona Cardinals tipped off referees on Cincinnati Bengals' antics
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday that it's likely his team's complaints about the Bengals mimicking Carson Palmer's cadence led to a key late-game penalty call.

Palmer: J.J. Nelson realizing he's a 'big-time player' - NFL.com
The Arizona Cardinals received big performances from multiple rookies in Sunday night's win over the Bengals. None were bigger than J.J. Nelson's, who earned high praise from Carson Palmer.

Injuries: Patrick Peterson suffers low-ankle sprain - NFL.com
Patrick Peterson suffered a low-ankle sprain in Sunday night's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The injury to the Arizona Cardinal's corner isn't believe to be major. Here are some other injuries that we are tracking.

Thiel: Seahawks’ Wilson, O-line rise to occasion | Sportspress Northwest
Thomas Rawls and Tyler Lockett were sensational, but it took QB Russell Wilson regaining form for the Seahwks offense to look as if the season may emerge from mediocrity.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to meet with hernia specialist, may need surgery - Seattle - Scout
Seahawks star running back is traveling to Philadelphia on Monday to been evaluated by the same specialist who operated on Mariners' second baseman Robinson Cano a year ago. If Lynch does have surgery, could his season and perhaps even his career in Seattle be in jeopardy?

3 teams send reminders they should not be dismissed - seattlepi.com
Like Dikembe Mutombo waving his finger at anyone so unwise to challenge him in the paint, several NFL teams sent reminders Sunday that they're still viable in the playoff race.

Seahawks' Tyler Lockett honors Ricardo Lockette after touchdown - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
After his first TD against the 49ers, Tyler Lockett wiped away at two imaginary sleeves and fixed a fictional tie as he walked out the back of the end zone. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks snap counts vs. 49ers: Group effort to replace Bruce Irvin - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
With linebacker Bruce Irvin sidelined due to a knee injury, Seattle's defense had to adjust at two positions Sunday against San Francisco. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Three things from the Seahawks' 29-13 win over the 49ers - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
What we learned and what we're still trying to figure out after the Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers 29-13 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Rookie Wide Receiver Tyler Lockett “A Player Who Can Do It All” For Seattle Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks rookie Tyler Lockett recorded two receiving touchdowns in the team's Week 11 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Five numbers to know about Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
Who is Thomas Rawls? Coming off his huge day Sunday against the 49ers, we took a deeper look to find out more about what makes him so successful.

49ers’ Tomsula explains late-game punts against Seahawks - SFGate
49ers’ Tomsula explains late-game punts against Seahawks In the final six minutes of their 29-13 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, the 49ers twice decided not to go for it on fourth down deep in their territory. [...] they called on Bradley Pinion to punt. [...] they kicked on 4th-and-13 at their own 25-yard line with 5:45 left. Given time to reflect, head coach Jim Tomsula said Monday he had no regrets about his decisions.

Seahawks Play Non-Depressing Football Game, Suddenly Back in Playoff Hunt - Slog - The Stranger
So after all that this dumb season has brought, the Seahawks are now somehow well positioned to make the playoffs. What went right for the Seahawks on Sunday, aside from their comfortablish 29-13 win over the fighting Blaine Gabberts of Santa Clara? Let’s count it off:

Seahawks' Pete Carroll: Social media, distractions make NFL dynasties tougher than college - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
If anyone knows what it takes to sustain a football dynasty, it's Pete Carroll, who has coached college and professional teams to back-to-back championship games. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

NFL Players’ Weekly Challenge: Making It Home for The Walking Dead - WSJ
Many around the league want to watch the popular AMC zombie show live—which makes their work schedule a major problem