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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Clutch Encounters: Week 16
We have nine games with comeback opportunities to go over this week, including three overtimes, but I wanted to start with a game that will not be featured below. For the first time in his career (71 games including playoffs), Russell Wilson lost a game without having a fourth-quarter comeback opportunity. Seattle's 85-game streak without a blowout is technically still alive due to the score being 16-10 and 23-17 in the fourth quarter, but the Seattle offense was unable to get a possession with a one-score deficit. That has not happened to the Seahawks since a loss to Dallas 80 games ago in 2011. Somehow, backwards-hat Jeff Fisher pulled this one out in Seattle, but it was just one of several surprising results in divisional rematches in Week 16.

Year in review: 10 controversies that defined the NFL and wishes for 2016 |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Rams, Chargers, Raiders fans left in relocation limbo | The MMQB with Peter King
Emotions ranged from wistful to angry at the final home games in St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland. At least one of those fan bases will soon be abandoned by the NFL—and the worst part is that even now, no one knows which

Week 17 playoff scenarios: Patriots, Panthers can clinch top seeds | ProFootballTalk
For the Patriots and Panthers, Week 17 is simple: Win, and you clinch home-field advantage. For other teams, the playoff scenarios are more complex. The Cardinals can get home-field advantage, but only with help.

Cowboys, 49ers, Rams best NFL fits for Cal QB Jared Goff -
With Cal cruising to a 55-36 win over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl Tuesday, it is likely only a matter of time before Goff officially announces that he's making the early jump to the NFL. So where does he project best? And which QB-needy teams should look elsewhere?

Chip Kelly: 'I don't think we're a bad football team' -
Philadelphia Eagles fans can hardly believe the on-field results this season, but coach Chip Kelly hasn't lost faith in the master plan, saying: "It didn't go our way, but I don't think we're a bad football team."

AFC set to roll out wacky collection of playoff QBs -
If the postseason started today, this year's collection of playoff teams in the AFC would offer something special: The wildest collection of quarterbacks we've ever seen.

Next Gen Stats notebook: Cracks in Panthers' pass D? -
Prior to Week 15, Panthers cornerback Josh Norman allowed the lowest yards per coverage snap. Since then, he struggled in his last two matchups. Is a fissure forming in the Panthers' pass defense?

Gus Bradley to return as Jacksonville Jaguars coach -
Jaguars owner Shad Khan is expecting big things from his team in 2016, and he wants Gus Bradley to lead the way. On Tuesday, Khan announced Bradley will remain the team's coach next year.

Thiel: Seahawks will go hard Sunday; Lynch close | Sportspress Northwest
Neither Seahawks coach Pete Carroll nor Arizona coach Bruce Arians will throttle back in Sunday's match in Glendale. And the Seahawks might have the services of Beast Mode.

Pete Carroll: Seahawks waiting on Marshawn Lynch's trainers to clear him to return - Seattle - Scout
Lynch could be back in time to play against the Cardinals in the regular season finale. To do so, he'll need to return to Seattle and practice. To this point, Lynch has largely been in San Francisco working with six-time MMA champion coach Tareq Azim, who is confident that BeastMode will return this season.

What people are saying after Seahawks lay an egg in loss to Rams -
The day after their 23-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams at home on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks are eager to move on from the lackluster effort.

Three Things from the Seahawks' loss to St. Louis - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after the Seahawks fell to 9-6 with a 23-17 loss to St. Louis. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Revisiting the Seahawks' preseason pursuit of guard Evan Mathis - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
What the Broncos have gotten out of left guard Evan Mathis shows that he wouldn't have necessarily been a solution for the Seahawks, who were interested in him before the season. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch could return this week, coach Pete Ca - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
Marshawn Lynch, recovering from sports hernia surgery, could be back at practice on Wednesday if his MMA-style workouts go well the next few days.

Marshawn Lynch Could Return to Practice This Week, and Other Seahawks Injury Updates | Seattle Seahawks
Pete Carroll gave updates on Marshawn Lynch and other injured Seahawks during his Monday press conference.

NFC West Update: Arizona Cardinals Clinch First-Round Playoff Bye With Week 16 Win vs Green Bay Packers | Seattle Seahawks
A closer look at how the Seahawks' NFC West rivals fared in Week 16 around the NFL.

NFL Power Rankings Week 17 - National Football League - ESPN
The Cardinals have supplanted the Panthers at No. 1, while the Jets have cracked the top five in our Power Rankings.

Thomas Rawls Injury Leaves Behind Impressive Rookie Season
The Seattle Seahawks are built on running the ball. Thomas Rawls has come in and been very effective as a rookie running back for the team.

Was Seahawks' loss to St. Louis just a misstep or a sign of regression? - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
A day the Seahawks' five-game winning streak was snapped with a loss to St. Louis, coach Pete Carroll said his team's performance wasn't a sign of regression toward its early-season form. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Al Jazeera releases recording confirming that Sly worked for Guyer Institute in 2011 | ProFootballTalk
The disputed report linking Peyton Manning to HGH has sparked a collateral skirmish that, while technically irrelevant, could be useful when parsing through the broader question of who's telling the truth, and who isn't.

Could Seattle Seahawks assistant Tom Cable get a head coaching gig? - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
Tom Cable has recently been mentioned as a head coaching candidate after his work in retooling Seattle's offensive line this season.

Ranking the Seattle Seahawks' potential NFC playoff opponents - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
Of all the potential playoff opponents Seattle could face, Washington would be best matchup while Arizona would be the toughest.