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Why the Vikings are on the rise | National Football Post

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2014 Rushing by Number of Backs
Our current football terminology is going to cause a lot of confusion for future fans if it doesn't change. Just as modern defenses use sub packages roughly three times as often as base personnel, current offenses no longer use "regular" personnel (two running backs, one tight end, two wide receivers) that regularly anymore. As we lead up to the publication of Football Outsiders Almanac 2015, we're continuing to peel back the curtain behind some of the charting stats you'll see in the book. Today, we'll look at offensive rushing success based on number of backs in the backfield.

Former football players make the jump to NASCAR pit crews | The MMQB with Peter King
CONCORD, N.C.—Before the most popular racecar driver in America called him a teammate, before the rumbling of stock cars and the roaring of tens of thousands of NASCAR fans filled his ears on weekends, all William Harrell could hear was the ticking.

Dwayne Harris, Roy Helu Jr. and Other Overlooked Acquisitions Ready to Shine | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

The End of the USFL: The strange finale of the fun, upstart league on a rainy night in the Meadowlands | Longform -
The strange finale of the fun, upstart league on a rainy night in the Meadowlands

Jim Fassel hints at pending “very good spring league” | ProFootballTalk
Ever since shuttering NFL Europa in 2007, the NFL has lacked a developmental league under its own control. That may be changing soon. Former Giants coach Jim Fassel dropped a nugget of news during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, saying: "Don't be surprised if there was a very good spring ...

Titans CEO says team won’t budge on offsets for Marcus Mariota | ProFootballTalk
There are only three unsigned draft picks left in the NFL, but the biggest name of the bunch might stay that way for a bit. According to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.

Michael Irvin: Cowboys are 8-8 at best without Dez Bryant -
Former Cowboys great Michael Irvin believes the Cowboys top out at 8-8 without Dez Bryant.

Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas BOTH deserve Calvin Johnson money -
Both Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas deserve Calvin Johnson money this offseason. Here's five reasons why.

Five things to know about Donald Trump's USFL experience
For the 30th anniversary of the USFL's final game, Arash Markazi explores controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump's involvement with the ill-fated 1980s pro football league.

Joe Namath believes he's found the cure for brain damage caused by football
After a life of football, Joe Namath fears he has brain damage. But he's sold on a dubious treatment -- and wants others to buy in too.

Making the Leap, No. 4: Bills WR Sammy Watkins -
Injuries and poor quarterback play contributed to a disappointing rookie season for Sammy Watkins. Will he develop into a true No. 1 receiver for the Bills in 2015? Chris Wesseling explores.

Russell Wilson leads 6 Seattle Seahawks named to MMQB’s ‘Top 100′ most influential list - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks are well represented as Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQB) unveils their offseason list of the top 100 most influential people in the NFL for the 2015 season.

Dez Bryant says he won’t report to Cowboys without long-term deal | The Seattle Times
Dallas wide receiver posts message on Twitter asking for deal by Wednesday’s deadline.

Seahawks fans band together to serve up hope for New York bartender after stroke | The Seattle Times
Pat Shalvoy, who turned Carlow East into a Seahawks haven in New York City, suffered a stroke last month at age 34. The fans he served are now rallying around their favorite bartender.

Fantasy Football: Preparing for a dynasty league startup draft - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Training camp is only a couple of weeks away. That means it is time to begin getting ready for fantasy football drafts. This year, I've been invited to joi

Seattle Seahawks: Spring football makes too much sense
The NFL is working on launching an developmental league that would play in the spring. That's great news for the Seattle Seahawks on their fans.

What changes would you make to the NFL? A few suggestions - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
MLB tweaked the format for the home-run derby this year and the end result was, well, a home run. That successful adjustment was the genesis of a conversation on 'Brock and Salk' Tuesday morning about potential changes in other sports. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

2015 Seahawks Preview: Who Will Win The Starting Job At Right Cornerback? | Seattle Seahawks
With Byron Maxwell departing in free agency, right cornerback is one of the few starting jobs that opened up in the offseason, and it should be a fun competition to watch.

Jimmy Graham's versatility, Tyler Lockett's polish might affect race for Seahawks' receiver jobs | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Conventional wisdom — plus anyone who saw the Seahawks’ offense try to throw the ball inside the opponent’s 20-yard line last season — said wide receiver would be the position Seattle upgraded first and most this offseason.

Should Seattle Seahawks Extend Bruce Irvin Before Heading into 2015 Season? | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks have been known for their elite defense in the past few years, and Bruce Irvin has been a large part of that dominance. Seattle Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor among league’s top tacklers - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks defense has been pegged by many as one of the greatest NFL units of all-time. But what allows the Hawks defenders to maintain their prowess?

Who are Alaska's best Seattle Seahawks fans? Look north | Alaska Dispatch News
A Seahawks executive and two players toured Alaska recently, and they found their most enthusiastic fans were the farthest north.

Seattle Seahawks: Why Michael Bennett Should Hold Out | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Holmgren returns to coaching, sort of | ProFootballTalk
The Big Show is back. After musing about a possible unretirement in 2014 to coach the Raiders, former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren will dust off his whistle and his collection of curse words to coach one of the two teams in next year's Southern Bowl in New Zealand.

Fantasy Football Rankings & more, The Fake Football 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook: Seattle Seahawks
The Fake Football's @LordReebs previews the fantasy football future of the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks.

Which Quarterbacks Have Passed The Most: Career Ratings
On Sunday, I calculated the average number of pass attempts (including sacks) per game for each season since 1950, and then looked at which were the highes

Predicting this year's breakout candidates - Seattle - Scout
Who will be Seattle's Training Camp superstars this year and will they show enough to carry over their preseason success into the regular (and potentially post) season? breaks down five favorites and a diamond in the rough who could enjoy breakout campaigns in 2015.

NFC West power rankings: Arizona Cardinals lagging way behind rest of division at TEs - Revenge of the Birds
We continue to rank the teams by position.

Why NFL lags behind NBA in guaranteed contracts
Nothing in life is guaranteed. At least that's what most of us, including NFL players, have been led to believe. Of course, this isn't entirely true for players in the NBA, where most players' contracts are ironclad agreements with their teams.

Gus Bradley is changing everything about the Jaguars. Next up: the record -
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley has a 7-25 record in his two seasons at the helm, but the positive energy he has built around the franchise has fans, players and the organization convinced that big things are on the way.