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There is no doubt that the 2023 Seattle Seahawks defense is faster, smarter, and more dynamic than the galactically horrible defenses of recent years. There is also no doubt that the ‘Hawks defense needs to get better, needs to get off the field more efficiently, if they are to make noise in this year’s playoffs. Where do you stand? What is yalls opinions on the resources and results coming from our squad? How bad are we, really? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for being here.

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Seahawks News

“Fire Pete Carroll”? Be careful what you wish for - Seaside Joe
Replacing Pete Carroll would not be easy: Seaside Joe 1735

Seahawks injury updates: LB Jordyn Brooks, RB Zach Charbonnet - Yahoo Sports
Yesterday head coach Pete Carroll spoke with the media and offered updates on linebacker Jordyn Brooks as well as rookie running back Zach Charbonnet.

Bumpus: How DK Metcalf had big game for Seahawks in Dallas - Seattle Sports
Michael Bumpus breaks down what he saw from DK Metcalf in Dallas and why the Seattle Seahawks WR had his best game of 2023.

12 Numbers Of Note From The Seahawks’ Week 12 Loss To The Cowboys - Seahawks.com
Twelve numbers that help tell the story of Thursday night’s loss to the Cowboys.

As Seahawks’ playoff hopes teeter, defense must play to its potential (and price tag) - The Athletic
The Seahawks' struggles on defense are particularly damning after Pete Carroll and John Schneider pumped so many resources into the unit.

Seattle Seahawks Report Card: Top Performers in Week 13 Loss to Dallas Cowboys - Sports Illustrated Seattle Seahawks News, Analysis and More
There's no such thing as moral victories in the NFL, but if there's a silver lining in the Seattle Seahawks latest loss to the Dallas Cowboys, a struggling offense finally came to life behind Geno Smith and DK Metcalf. Reporter Corbin Smith hands out his top five grades and other noteworthy performances from Thursday's defeat at AT&T Stadium.

NFL Week 13: A statistical review of Seahawks-Cowboys Thursday Night Football | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF
The Dallas Cowboys cemented the fifth seed in the NFC and stayed alive in the NFC East division race by beating the Seattle Seahawks 41-35 in a highly entertaining game on Thursday night.

NFC West News

Arizona Cardinals' X-Factors vs Pittsburgh Steelers - Sports Illustrated Arizona Cardinals News, Analysis and More
The Arizona Cardinals will need these four players to step up against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cardinals-Rams Week 12 reactions: Kyler Murray’s play, what went wrong, benching's - Revenge of the Birds
We discuss the Arizona Cardinals loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Rams’ Kyren Williams listed as one of 5 keys to beating Browns in Week 13 - Turf Show Times
Kyren Williams is the key to Rams beating the Browns in Week 13

49ers news: 3 keys to a victory against the Eagles - Niners Nation
Can the 49ers pull off a victory over the Eagles at the Linc?

Brock Purdy will headline Eagles-49ers rematch — but Philadelphia should be even more wary of something else - Yahoo Sports
The two current co-favorites to win Super Bowl LVIII will meet Sunday in Philadelphia, and San Francisco's quarterback situation isn't the only thing that will be different from January's Eagles beatdown.

10 Reasons to Think the 49ers Will Beat the Eagles - Sports Illustrated San Francisco 49ers News, Analysis and More
Breaking down the top reasons to think the San Francisco 49ers will beat the Philadelphia Eagles.

Around The NFL

Sean Payton was right about the Broncos, and the Jets - NBC Sports
In late July, Broncos coach Sean Payton became a pin cushion for widespread criticism after his comments to Jarrett Bell of USA Today went public.

NFL Fantasy Football Podcast: Start ‘em, Sit ‘em Week 13 - NFL.com
Marcas Grant and Michael F. Florio give you their list of players to start and sit in week 13.

How a rugby drill helped the Falcons become a top rushing offense - ESPN
One variation of the running back drill has been named the "chaos drill" for its unique style.

NFL Week 13 predictions, fantasy sleepers, key stats, buzz - ESPN+
Touchdown-packed day for Tua Tagovailoa? Bounce-back game for Detroit? Rushing production for Russell Wilson and Tyjae Spears? Our experts have the latest.

49ers-Eagles has serious Game of the Year potential; plus, Denver's revival and the art of scripting plays - NFL.com
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks digs into the potential Game of the Year: 49ers at Eagles. Plus, the driving force behind Denver's inspiring turnaround and a look at the art of scripting plays via "the first 15."

49ers-Eagles in Week 13, NFC South tussle, Panthers candidates: Our NFL writers discuss - The Athletic
There are playoff implications across the league, but all eyes are on 49ers-Eagles. Our writers break down Week 13.

Every NFL team's biggest need entering Week 13: How AFC playoff contenders overcome injuries to star players - CBSSports.com
Cam Robinson and Jaelan Phillips were among notable players added to IR this week