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Pre-Snap Reads 1/3: Pete Carroll laments Sunday’s loss, lack of run game

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At the beginning of the 2022 NFL season, most Seattle Seahawks fans would tell you they had a firm grasp on a 3 to 5 win expectation for our squad. One playoff appearance later, the expectations for 2023 increased to maybe 10 to 12 wins and a strong shot at the NFC title. In both cases, the crowd-sourced predictions proved off. One very real reality of NFL schedules is that they are quite unbalanced team-to-team, division-to-division. Each season presents unique challenges and odd match-ups that often prove to be the undoing of many good teams, and prove to hand clear advantages to others who are less deserving. The results are unexpected and frustrating. Similar win totals, similar outcomes, high variance expectations. Let’s see how Sunday’s game goes. I recommend loving your team with the same compassion and patience as you did last year. Feliz ano. Clean your room.

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Seahawks News

Seahawks drafting Michael Penix would be fine with me - Seaside Joe
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My thoughts on Michael Penix Jr after the Texas win « Seahawks Draft Blog
I decided not to write this article immediately after the Washington vs Texas game as planned. I wanted to take a few hours to think about it and for good reason.

Seattle Seahawks Notes: Carroll updates injury, laments run game - Seattle Sports
On Tuesday's Pete Carroll Show, the Seattle Seahawks coach shared updates on Abraham Lucas and Jamal Adams while diving into Sunday's loss.

Poor run defense puts Seahawks' playoff hopes in doubt - ESPN
Seattle gave up more than 200 rushing yards to the Steelers on Sunday. Now their playoff destiny is up in the air with one week to go.

Seahawks Mailbag: Playoff Scenarios, Team MVP & More - Seahawks.com
You had Seahawks questions; we have answers.

Seahawks Round-Up: Leonard Williams Continues Post-Trade Hot Streak - Seahawks.com
Seahawks defensive end Leonard Williams recorded his third sack in five weeks in Week 17, as he continues to produce since joining Seattle via trade in October.

Pete Carroll Reveals Seattle Seahawks' Message vs. Arizona Cardinals With Playoffs Uncertain - Sports Illustrated Seattle Seahawks News, Analysis and More
The Seattle Seahawks enter Week 18 needing a win over the Arizona Cardinals and other results to go their way to secure their playoff ticket, much like last season.

NFC West News

Jonathan Gannon: "No doubt" Kyler Murray is our franchise quarterback - NBC Sports
The Cardinals have gone 3-4 since Murray's return from last year's torn ACL.

Arizona Cardinals on Kyler Murray's Future: 'There is No Doubt' - Sports Illustrated Arizona Cardinals News, Analysis and More
The Arizona Cardinals plan to keep Kyler Murray on the team moving forward.

What's at Stake for Sam Darnold in the 49ers' Season Finale - Sports Illustrated San Francisco 49ers News, Analysis and More
Analzying what's at stake for Sam Darnold in the San Francisco 49ers' season finale.

49ers snap counts: Get ready for another week of Elijah Mitchell - Niners Nation
Perhaps San Francisco 49ers QB Sam Darnold too?

Rams-Lions is the most likely NFL wild card matchup - Turf Show Times
The Jared Goff vs. Sean McVay playoff game could really happen in two weeks

Los Angeles Rams Sign QB Dresser Winn, Make Two Other Roster Moves Ahead of Playoffs - Sports Illustrated LA Rams News, Analysis and More
The Los Angeles Rams made three roster moves ahead of the Week 18 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, including signing a quarterback

Around The NFL

NFL playoffs: What's at stake for spots, seeding and division titles in Week 18? - Yahoo Sports
Only four of 14 seeds have been claimed in the NFL bracket.

NFL announces big punishment for Panthers owner David Tepper - Larry Brown Sports
The NFL announced a big punishment for Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, who has been fined $300,000 for his conduct toward a fan.

Justin Fields, the Chicago Bears and a quarterback conundrum - ESPN
The choice between Fields and the unknown could shape an organization that has known only dismal quarterback luck.

Colts' season comes down to one game vs. Texans - ESPN
After four wins last season, and a 3-5 start this year, the Colts are in the improbable position of clinching a playoff berth.

Move the Sticks: College Football Playoff semifinals recap, 49ers & Ravens clinch No. 1 seeds - NFL.com
Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Rhett Lewis are back with a new episode of Move the Sticks.

NFL playoff picture: Postseason probabilities entering Week 18 of 2023 season - NFL.com
The Next Gen Stats playoff probability model provides the latest odds for everyone still in postseason contention. Which teams are most likely to win the four remaining division races and/or clinch one of the final five playoff berths?

Why the Patriots’ Bill Belichick-Robert Kraft partnership is on the verge of a breakup - The Athletic
After the best 20-year run in league history, the Patriots haven't won a playoff game in five years. Now, a sea change feels imminent.

NFL Power Rankings Week 18: Browns and Packers move up, plus a lesson from every team - The Athletic
Nine playoff spots have been decided in the NFL. That leaves five more to go heading into the final week of the regular season.

One thing we learned about each NFL team in Week 17: Chiefs' big plays return; CeeDee Lamb's case as best WR - CBSSports.com
We break down what we learned about each team after Week 17

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Zay Flowers and Houston Texans edge defender Will Anderson Jr. were among the first-round standouts in Week 17 of the 2023 NFL season.