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WP: Pre-Week 9 – Midseason Awards
This week at the Washington Post, a look at some unusual midseason awards. Unsung Rookie of the Year: Offense – Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings With the ty

Blanket Coverage: A not-quite-complete midseason All-Pro team |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Colin Kaepernick benching, Titans fire Ken Whisenhunt | The MMQB with Peter King

Which NFL coach will be fired next? Oddsmakers like 49ers, Lions, Colts -
Who will be the next NFL coach to get canned? Let's take a look at the candidates.

Midseason All-Prisco Team: Brady, Gronk, Gurley, Watt earn honors -
After eight weeks of football, it's time to shower midseason accolades on the best of the best in the NFL.

After Further Review: Broncos' D on pace with '85 Bears and here's why -
A look back at some of the great defenses since 1980 in the NFL shows several common threads with all of them, and a closer look at Denver's current unit shows they're following that same path to success.

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles? He's not terrible anymore
Blake Bortles has made undeniable progress. Whether that leads to a successful career could depend on if the Jaguars surround him with a better team.

QB Index: Midseason Starter Rankings 1-32 -
Tom Brady is still Gregg Rosenthal's top quarterback. Andrew Luck's slide continued. Peyton Manning rose up the list. Take a look at what else happened in this week's edition of the QB Index.

Midseason Awards: Biggest surprises -
The Bengals are undefeated and the Rams are surprising teams by giving the football to their stud rookie. Andy Dalton and Todd Gurley are two of our biggest surprises this season. Who else made the list?

Will Blaine Gabbert be a new QB in San Francisco? -
Blaine Gabbert was thrust into a less-than-desirable situation in Jacksonville and performed like it. Can he excel in a similarly morose situation in San Francisco?

Lions could be headed for a complete reconstruction -
The Lions blew up their front office Thursday, firing their general manager and team president. Is this the first installment of a complete reconstruction that could include the removal of Matthew Stafford?

Steelers release draft-bust Archer, add Jacoby Jones -
The Pittsburgh Steelers have released running back Dri Archer in order to make room for veteran return man Jacoby Jones, the team announced on Thursday.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson backs up Cowboys' WR Dez Bryant over taunting allegations -
"Dez Bryant is one of the good guys in the league," Wilson said. "He would never do that. He would never wish ill on anyone. He's not that type of person at all by any means. That's just somebody making something up."

Russell Wilson: The goal is to play 20 years - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
A look around the Seattle Seahawks beat.

Seahawks' Doug Baldwin says Ricardo Lockette is walking, joking - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Doug Baldwin told 'Justin and Gee' that he texted with fellow Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette Thursday morning and that he is 'doing well.' - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Former NFL official rips Roger Goodell, instant replay - Yahoo Sports
NFL officials will forever be loathed by fans for those questionable holding calls and missed pass interference penalties, but the NFL made it a point this season to discipline those refs who make crucial mistakes, and one former zebra isn’t buying it.

Russell Wilson gives reason to believe Seahawks are finally over Super Bowl hangover - Yahoo Sports
There are times when it's hard to fathom that Russell Wilson believes the words that are coming out of his mouth. He'll stack clichés like pancakes and drown them in syrupy optimism. It's saccharine to the point of leaving an audience with a mouthful of cavities.

Seattle Seahawks Week 8 grades -
The Seahawks beat a fatally flawed Dallas team by the slimmest of margins on Sunday, but you won't hear them apologizing for a win that evened their record at 4-4 ahead of their Week 9 bye.

Clayton: Remaining schedule could be elixir for Seahawks' ills - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The first eight teams on the Seahawks' schedule had a combined 32-30 record, while the final eight games are against teams with a similar combined record, 31-31. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' Cliff Avril honors the memory of his dad - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Cliff Avril doesn't get the credit he deserves, one teammate says. But it's not credit that motivates him. For that, he looks closer to home.

Advice for Seahawks fans who are sick of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
For the 12s who would like to ban the Fox's top play-by-play team from calling Seahawks games, the hosts of 710 ESPN Seattle's 'Bob, Groz and Tom' have some advice: Get over it. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks 2015 First-Half Honors | Seattle Seahawks
A look at players and moments that stood out from the first half of the season.

Assessing the Seattle Seahawks’ playoff chances at the midway point | The Seattle Times
A few thoughts on Seattle's playoff chances as the Seahawks enter their bye, and which teams Hawks fans should root for this weekend to help those odds.

NFL Midseason Report: Widespread injuries, league-wide disparity - NFL -
We go into every NFL season with a host of preconceived notions and perceptions, and then the games begin and everything gets scrambled. Injuries, surprising ineffectiveness and unexpected breakthrough performances quickly re-write the narrative of the season. Things don’t go as predicted. So let’s take a look back at what has already unfolded in the NFL’s 2015 season. Don Banks presents his NFL midseason report.