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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Blue Friday

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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Penning In Peterson
With the Broncos off this weekend, and the Cowboys and Browns off for the next seven months, I was looking forward to covering a new team this week. The wild-card slate wasn't the most exciting in NFL history, so no game really jumped out at me, but one thing did catch my eye on Sunday, so I wanted to look at it further in this space. The thing I found most interesting was the Seattle Seahawks holding the league's leading rusher Adrian Peterson to 45 yards on 23 carries.

NFL coin toss deferral kickoff trend new england patriots | The MMQB with Peter King
More than eight out of every 10 teams that won the opening coin toss in 2015 chose to defer—seven years ago, it was less than one out of every 10. It’s clear that teams prefer to have the ball at the beginning of the second half. What’s much less clear: Does it actually provide any advantage?

St. Louis Rams Fans React to Losing Team to L.A. | The MMQB with Peter King
Feeling furious and betrayed by the NFL’s Los Angeles money grab, St. Louis fans lash out at a league that pretends to care about the ticket-buying and jersey-wearing public, and at an owner who sabotaged his city in a dollar-driven quest for leave

Rams want new stadium to cater to Red Zone, fantasy fans | ProFootballTalk
One of the facts of life of being an NFL fan today is that it's increasingly becoming more fun to watch at home than to go to a game. As more fans play fantasy football and watch on HD televisions with NFL Sunday Ticket or Red Zone Channel, they'd rather stay home and monitor all the games than go t...

49ers hire Chip Kelly as next head coach: 5 things to know -
The 49ers hired Chip Kelly as their head coach on Thursday.

Heisman RB Derrick Henry projects in the draft's top two rounds -
After a productive 2015 campaign, Henry makes the jump to the NFL where he should be the fifth Alabama running back drafted in the first two rounds since 2011.

Prisco's Divisional Round Picks: Home teams handle their business -
Pete Prisco sees all four wild-card winners having trouble pulling off a second straight road win in the playoffs. Will the Patriots and Broncos meet in the AFC Championship? Are the Panthers and Cardinals headed for a showdown?

After Further Review: What the film reveals about each playoff rematch -
Outside of the Chiefs-Patriots, who played last season, the three other divisional round matchups are all rematches. What schemes might and might not work this time?

Move still to come but Rams are officially of Los Angeles
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday that the Rams officially became the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday evening.

Chip Kelly just the coach to give Colin Kaepernick a fresh start with 49ers
If anyone can resurrect Colin Kaepernick's career, it's probably his new head coach.

Blair Walsh speaks to first-graders who sent him cards -
On Thursday, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh met with the local elementary school students who did their best to lift Walsh's spirits after his crushing field-goal miss in the Wild Card playoffs.

Divisional Round preview: Seahawks-Panthers -
Will Cam Newton and the near-perfect Panthers stomp out the defending NFC champions? Gregg Rosenthal previews this battle between conference heavyweights.

Coincidence? Kaep jerseys no longer on clearance -
The 49ers appear to anticipate the hiring of Chip Kelly will be good for business in the Colin Kaepernick merchandise sector.

Seahawks vs Panthers, 3 players to watch
Seahawks vs Panthers, 3 players to watch as Seattle travels to Carolina in a divisional round NFL playoff game.

Jon Ryan laughs off broken nose: I'm too dumb to feel pain. - Jan. 14, 2016 | Seattle's Sports Radio 950 KJR
"Man, I'm going to look like hell in the wedding pictures."

Seahawks focusing on Panthers' Pro Bowl tight end, are better prepared to slow him - Seattle - Scout
Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and his Atlanta Falcons handed the Panthers their only loss of the year three weeks ago in part because they limited Greg Olsen to "just" four catches for 40 yards. Can the Seahawks match this effectiveness on Sunday?

Thiel: Lynch ‘looks good’ in practice. So . . . | Sportspress Northwest
RB Marshawn Lynch was at practice Wednesday, going full speed. Teammate Doug Baldwin dismisses any speculation about drama. And punter Jon Ryan explains his face-plant.

VIDEO: Kris Richard on threat of TE Greg Olsen | The News Tribune

Dave Boling: Jon Ryan is a tough dude, not male model | The News Tribune
Broken nose won’t deter punter from playing, but it may hinder his modeling career

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: Cam Newton deserves MVP -
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has a viable case for this year's NFL MVP honors following a career year in which he threw for 4,024 yards, ran for 553 more, tossed 34 touchdowns and led the league with a sparkling 110.1 QB rating.

Person of Interest: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
A closer look at Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who lost four times to the Seahawks before orchestrating a brilliant fourth quarter in Week 6 to finally them in Seattle. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' Fred Jackson, Cliff Avril and Cassius Marsh join 'The Huddle' - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
This week's edition of 'The Huddle' included visits from the Seahawks' Fred Jackson, Cliff Avril and Cassius Marsh ahead of Sunday's huge playoff game with the top-seeded Carolina Panthers. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' Richard Sherman: 'Rhetoric is changing' with black quarterbacks - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
With Seattle's Russell Wilson and Carolina's Cam Newton, the two quarterbacks who will square off in Sunday's divisional-round game, both black, Richard Sherman called it 'awesome' that it's no longer a big deal. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks Thursday report: Marshawn Lynch, Luke Willson full participants again - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks have received a good sign that running back Marshawn Lynch could finally return to action Sunday and he was able to practice again without limitation on Thursday. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Scouting the referees for NFL divisional playoff weekend - NFL Nation- ESPN
A closer look at who will be officiating this weekend's four playoff games, and what their tendencies were in the regular season.

'NFL Turning Point': Russell Wilson's Incredible Pass Play To Tyler Lockett | Seattle Seahawks
NFL Films shares on-field sound and reaction to Russell Wilson's 35-yard pass to Tyler Lockett from this past Sunday's wild-card win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Dangerous Run Game Makes Panthers a “Most Difficult Offense” for Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks
When the Seahawks face the Panthers on Sunday, it will be one of the league's best running games against the NFL's top ranked run defense.

Cliff Avril Crashes Michael Bennett's Media Session | Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett had the start of his Thursday press conference interrupted in entertaining fashion by the emergence of fellow pass rusher Cliff Avril.

Mel Kiper’s mock: Who was available for the Seahawks? | Seahawks Draft Blog
First of all, if you missed this weeks podcast don’t forget to check it out (see below). We had Matt Brown on (he attended the National Championship game) and talked about the Seahawks/Panthers game this weekend.

Seahawks notes: Lynch practices again on Thursday -

'Sound FX': Seahawks-Vikings Wild Card - NFL Videos
Listen as Doug Baldwin was wired for sound as the Seahawks square off against the Vikings in the Wild Card round.

Panthers or Seahawks? For Eugene Robinson the choice is simple
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's Thursday morning, three days before the Panthers-Seahawks playoff game, and Eugene Robinson's phone is buzzing with texts.

Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell excited for Jimmy Graham's eventual return - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell put aside any suggestions that the offense is better off without their star tight end. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Mebane and Rubin 2 big keys in Seahawks' top run defense | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO
RENTON, Wash. AP - From afar, Brandon Mebane would look at film of other defensive tackles around the NFL and what Ahtyba Rubin was doing in Cleveland jumped off the screen.What he saw on the screen became even more impressive when Rubin decided to sign wi

Seahawks punter explains playoff faceplant by saying 'I couldn't just press L2' -
Video games do not translate to real life.

Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch ‘day-to-day,’ ‘encouraged,’ Pete Carroll says | The Charlotte Observer
The availability of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch for Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game against the Carolina Panthers is up in the air.

Renowned psychologist impressed by Seattle Seahawks' 'culture of grit' - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
Can grit be identified and nurtured in players? Pete Carroll thinks so, and an expert on the subject left Seattle impressed with the Seahawks' culture.

Dab vs. Divinity: Panthers-Seahawks Is the NFL's Next Great Rivalry | Rolling Stone
Cam Newton vs. Russell Wilson: Why the Dab vs. Divinity is the NFL's next great rivalry.

Breaking down NFL playoffs: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks - Carolina Panthers Blog- ESPN
NFL Nation writers David Newton and Sheil Kapadia go back and forth on the clash between the Panthers and Seahawks in the divisional round.

Seattle Seahawks fans expect dramatic game against Carolina Panthers | The Charlotte Observer
If the Seahawks are playing a postseason game – which they just so happen to be on Sunday (hat tip, Blair Walsh) – then you can count on routine insanity.

Thursday Round-Up: Who's The Most Trustworthy Playoff Quarterback Remaining? | Seattle Seahawks
A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

As many as eight teams could have interest in Redskins QB Robert Griffin III - NFL Nation- ESPN
Our NFL Nation reporters offer their take on what interest there would be in Robert Griffin III across the league.