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Pre-Snap Reads 1/6: Seahawks find themselves in same spot as last year


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Howdy! Terrance has another day off, which means I’m in charge of the links. Gregg Bell wrote a column earlier in the week about the Seattle Seahawks’ familiar predicament. Last year, they were a surprising 6-3, collapsed to 8-8, and turned a first-place position in the NFC West into needing a win and a Green Bay Packers loss to make the playoffs. This year, it’s history repeating itself. Where’s the progress that we’d hoped for?

Take a look at that article and much more as we count it down to the Seahawks’ possible season finale against the Arizona Cardinals.

Seahawks News

Bobby Wagner, DK Metcalf, Seahawks need to win, Packers lose | Tacoma News Tribune
To make NFL playoffs Bobby Wagner, DK Metcalf, Pete Carroll Seahawks need to beat Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears to beat Green Bay Packers. Same as 2023.

Seattle Seahawks have lost their philosophy due to compromises - Seattle Sports
Mike Salk explains how the UW Huskies' national title matchup with Michigan made him realize why the Seattle Seahawks have lost their way.

The Seattle Seahawks ran up an enormous dinner tab on their rookies - USA Today
The Seattle Seahawks are no strangers to making rookies pick up dinner tabs, but their latest feast likely hurt pockets in new ways.

Carroll: All Seahawks can do is 'take care of our business' - Seattle Sports
"We had to win this game anyway," Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. of Sunday in Arizona "Nothing changed about that."

Seahawks needing help to reach playoffs shows what's gone wrong this season for Seattle | AP News
Going into the final week of the regular season, the Seattle Seahawks find themselves in the exact same position as a year ago when they needed a win and a Green Bay loss to make the postseason.

Pete Carroll: "It's Time To Finish This Off On A Great Note"
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll met with the media after Friday's practice to discuss how the team prepared for Arizona during the week, the status of injured players, the three players that were selected to the 2024 Pro Bowl games and more at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

NFC West News

Kyler Murray has shown enough for the Cardinals to build around him through the 2024 NFL Draft | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF
Although quarterback Kyler Murray hasn't been at his best since returning from an ACL tear, the Arizona Cardinals have seen enough to not draft a signal-caller with their top pick.

Cardinals Move Dante Stills, D.J. Humphries To Injured Reserve
Team releases defensive lineman Kevin Strong

In firefighter's helmet, Cardinals fan Duane Schuman stands out
Arizona Cardinals superfan Duane Schuman stands out in his firefighter's helmet, which has helped grow his friendships around the game.

49ers CB Jason Verrett's comeback spoiled by shoulder injury - ESPN
49ers cornerback Jason Verrett took an awkward fall in practice Thursday and an MRI revealed a torn rotator cuff that will require season-ending surgery.

The numbers don't lie: 49ers are now America's Team, not the Cowboys
The 49ers should be considered America's Team given how thoroughly they trounced the competition in Pro Bowl fan voting.

Why the 49ers Believe in Colton McKivitz - Sports Illustrated San Francisco 49ers News, Analysis and More
Offensive line coach Chris Foerster explains why the San Francisco 49ers believe in right tackle Colton McKivitz.

Sean McVay’s mindset has improved, and so have the Rams – Orange County Register
In his seventh season at the helm, McVay has noticed a certain patience about himself that wasn’t present last year. He believes listening to his players and fellow coaches and gleaning lessons from their conversations has shaped him as a leader.

'Lessons Every Week!' Rams Coach Raheem Morris Isn't Shocked by Los Angeles' Hot Streak - Sports Illustrated LA Rams News, Analysis and More
Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris is not at all surprised that his team has turned around its season in recent weeks.

Around the NFL

Ranking the top five rookie classes of the 2023 NFL season: Lions edge out Texans for the No. 1 spot
Bucky Brooks ranks the top five rookie classes of the 2023 NFL season. Houston's C.J. Stroud-led group unsurprisingly makes the cut, but the Texans do NOT claim the No. 1 spot.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle) game-time decision vs. Falcons - ESPN
Saints running back Alvin Kamara is questionable to play against the Falcons on Sunday and will be a game-time decision, coach Dennis Allen said Friday.

Aaron Rodgers voted most inspirational by Jets teammates - ESPN
Aaron Rodgers' first season with the Jets lasted only four plays, but he still made an impact. On Friday, he was voted by his teammates as the Jets' most inspirational player for the 2023 season.

Chiefs to be without WRs Rice, Toney, CB Sneed vs. Chargers - ESPN
The Chiefs will be without their top wide receivers Rashee Rice and Kadarius Toney and starting cornerback L'Jarius Sneed because of injuries for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Agent's Take: Five players with expiring contracts who hurt their market value this season -
The market could be less lucrative for these potential free agents

2023 NFL Week 18: Biggest Matchups, Mismatches | The 33rd Team
Each week, Sports Info Solutions (SIS) will generate a matchup comparison for the week’s NFL games based on its proprietary Total Points...

Ja'Marr Chase wants Justin Jefferson to sign an extension first - NBC Sports
The Bengals receiver becomes eligible for a contract extension after the season.

Eagles rule DeVonta Smith, Darius Slay out - NBC Sports
The Eagles won't have wide receiver DeVonta Smith for Week 18.