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Thank god it's TGIF, you guys.


Two more days.

'Sound FX': Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson - NFL Videos
NFL Films gets you inside the huddle with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as he leads his team to a Week 17 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Why the Seahawks Are Built to Handle Washington's Offensive Revolution - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
With Tom Brady and Peyton Manning still dissecting defenses, this weekend’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins might not produce this year’s Super Bowl winner, but it may still be the key to the NFL’s future. Since their 3-6 start, the Redskins are on a seven-game winning streak, during which their already potent offense stabilized into one of the best in the league. Seattle, on its own five-game winning streak, has coalesced into arguably the best team in football. After outscheming the Chicago Bears en route to a dramatic overtime victory, Seattle pulled off one of the greatest three-game stretches in league history by bludgeoning the Cardinals, Bills, and 49ers, a stretch during which they outscored their opponents 150 to 30.

Marshawn Lynch, Alfred Morris in focus - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch averaged 21.2 carries for 100.5 yards rushing per game through Week 10 this season. His team had a 6-4 record to that point the season.

A much closer look at Russell Wilson, RG III - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Brock Huard reached out Thursday for a little Seattle Seahawks-Washington Redskins pregame chat. The ESPN analyst and 710 ESPN Seattle host wanted to know where Seattle's Russell Wilson and Washington's Robert Griffin III ranked in three key categories: third down, red zone and fourth quarters/overtimes.

Geno Smith, Matt Barkley headline 2013 NFL Draft quarterbacks -
It's not a coincidence that the majority of coaches and general managers who were displaced from their jobs on "Black Monday" were tied to underachieving quarterbacks. The proper identification and development of a franchise signal-caller has always been a critical component of any successful long-term strategy for an organization. However, the instant impacts of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson, coupled with the emergence of Cam Newton and Andy Dalton as viable franchise playmakers, have made it even more important for decision makers to identify the right leaders for their respective teams.

DeAndre Hopkins vs Cordarrelle Patterson " Seahawks Draft Blog
DeAndre Hopkins is Mr. Consistent – a clutch receiver without the eye-popping physical qualities. He makes up for it by getting the basics right – he catches with his hands, doesn’t have many drops, runs good routes and makes crucial rather than explosive plays.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Wild Card Film Room: NFC
Seahawks offense vs. Redskins defense The angle most media outlets will take for this game is "Hey look everybody! The meager third-round rookie quarterback for Seattle has actually been as good as the celebrity first-round rookie quarterback for Washington!" That’s fair –- Russell Wilson deserves the praise. But really, from a pure football standpoint, the most impressive story coming into this game is the job Jim Haslett has done with Washington’s defense. This is a defense that, after Brian Orakpo’s season-ending injury, was deprived of their only viable pass rusher. (And don’t say "Hey, what about Ryan Kerrigan?" Kerrigan is a good, versatile player. That’s it. He recorded a respectable 8.5 sacks on the season but never commanded regular double teams -– not even against right tackles.) Haslett has also had to manage a secondary that’s low on cover safeties and inconsistent wherever DeAngelo Hall lines up.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Wild Card Film Room: AFC
Bengals offense vs. Texans defense The Texans are one of the NFL’s few teams with a cornerback capable of matching up to A.J. Green. Johnathan Joseph is arguably the best pure deep ball cover artist in the game. In the Wild Card matchup against Cincinnati last year, he gave up four insignificant catches early on to Green before basically shutting him out over the final 40 minutes. Last year, Cincinnati's No. 2 receiver, Jerome Simpson, was just respectable enough to discourage Houston from committing unyielding safety help against Green. This year, the Bengals have tried a host of flawed youngsters at No. 2 receiver, and have yet to find a viable option. Marvin Jones has actually shown gradual improvement since Mohamed Sanu’s Week 12 injury, but the fifth-round rookie still doesn’t show consistent quickness in his breaks, and he’s not immune to the occasional bad drop. The Texans, who have played man-to-man the majority of the stretch run, should feel plenty comfortable putting Kareem Jackson on Jones with minimal help.

B.S. Report, 1/2 - ESPN
Smart Guy Wednesday: Aaron Schatz and Bill Barnwell join Bill Simmons to preview the NFL's wild-card weekend.

HTTR 24-7 - Know Your Opponent: The Real Seattle Seahawks Defense
Seattle has an aggressive defense with some good speed in the front seven so when they react to a play it is at 100 mph. The defense makes a lot of plays but makes plenty of mistakes. I keep hearing about this dynamic secondary of the Seahawks with people claiming they are a turnover machine.

How Pete Carroll picking the 49ers over Mike Shanahan's Broncos reshaped his career | Jerry Brewer
"How would I have changed? I don't know," said Carroll. "They won a lot of games there. But we did well in San Francisco, too, and I needed to go to San Francisco because I needed to learn where they were with their system. Coach (Bill) Walsh came back my second year there as a consultant, and I had the access to George and to Bill, and that's been extraordinarily meaningful to all of the things that we do today."

Seahawks-Redskins: Eight notes to know - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
The Washington Redskins host the Seattle Seahawks at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday in the NFC Wild-Card Playoffs. Here are eight notes, nuggets and numbers you need to know heading into the matchup:

Dion Sims Evaluation | Draft Breakdown
Yesterday, according to Joe Schad, Michigan State TE Dion Sims declared for the NFL Draft as many have long expected. Sims didn’t put up monster stats his Junior season, but he most likely realized that he was unlikely to see a massive increase in his production his Senior year with the Michigan State offense being far from a juggernaut. In fact, more often than one would expect of a TE in today’s game, Sims stayed in as a blocker on passing plays, which certainly hindered his potential production. Much of the intrigue that will come with Sims is due to the fact that he’s 6’6 and 285 pounds. While with that size, you definitely would expect him to be a mauling in-line blocker, Sims has also showcased soft hands and ability in the open field during this past season.

Don't forget about Lynch | National Football Post
All-22: Keep an eye on the Seahawks' run game this Sunday in the NFC Wild Card.

Twenty Great Reasons to Hate the Redskins | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Welcome to HATE WEEK! The main event of Wild Card weekend is Seahawks-Redskins, and the biggest narrative will be the matchup between the NFL’s two best rookie quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson (try completing 50% of your passes, Andrew Luck). Everyone’s all "RG3 makes the Redskins likable now," and that, my friends, is a goddam lie. The Redskins are unapologetically racist, and the fans are arguably the most insufferable in the NFL. Twenty reasons to hate ‘em:

Seahawks CB Brandon Browner back from suspension, ready to play | - Seattle Sidelines
"Most definitely," he said. "It starts in the head. I’m mentally tough. I know I’ll be a little tired out there, but at the end of the day, I’m fighting for a playoff victory, so I’ll be all right."

Darrell Bevell Press Conference vs Redskins
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell talks with the media as the Seahawks prepare to face the Redskins in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs.

Gus Bradley Press Conference vs Redskins
Gus Bradley talks with the media as the Seahawks prepare to face Robert Griffen III and the Redskins offense.

Russell Wilson Press Conference vs Redskins
Russell Wilson talks with the media as the Seahawks prepare for their Wild Card matchup with the Redskins.

Podcasts -
Seahawks defensive tackle Clinton McDonald joins "The Huddle" to talk about why Seattle is a legitimate Super Bowl contender. He also discusses their defensive priorities heading into Sunday's playoff game and the similarities between Seattle and the Redskins.

Mock draft Wednesday’s: 2nd January " Seahawks Draft Blog
Time for the weekly mock draft update and the first for 2013. I promised video of DeAndre Hopkins (WR, Clemson) performance against LSU in this weeks Chick-fil-A Bowl and you’ll find it above. I’m going to break it down tomorrow, but wanted to include it in this piece because… well you’ve probably worked it out by now.

In pass-happy NFL, still helps to be able to run - Seahawks News -
As a wideout, Santana Moss wants Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to throw the ball as much as possible, of course, preferably in his direction.

Called runs: Seahawks, Redskins up there - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks like to run the football. Their running backs and quarterbacks are threats to run through any defense.

Optional reading for Seahawks-Redskins - NFC West Blog - ESPN
When the Seahawks and Redskins meet Sunday, two of the most rush-heavy offenses in the NFL will square off. But what's most interesting about these rushing attacks isn't the volume of rushes. It's the wrinkle both offenses feature -- the read option.

Russell Wilson was destined to be a Seahawk, and other notes from the QB | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
"You definitely feel a difference," Wilson said. "You feel the energy and excitement about the game. It’s the playoffs. You get really excited by the moment. The biggest thing is, can you ignore the noise. That’s what we’re focused on as a football team. just playing like we always do. Play one play at a time, one practice at a time, and make sure we prepare the right way. As I always say, the separation is in the preparation. We have to focus on that part of the game."

Washington CB on Seattle: ‘They don’t like us and we don’t like them’ | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
"I can remember going up there last year and almost fighting at the coin toss so they don’t like us and we don’t like them. It’s going to be a heck of a game." – Washington CB DeAngelo Hall to 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. this week

Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson looking forward to facing Redskins DB DeAngelo Hall | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
"We were just competing, and words were said," Robinson said after the game. "I think it was a little different because it’s another guy from Virginia, stuff like that. It’s definitely out of character. I want to apologize to my teammates and all of the Seahawks fans, stuff like that." Asked at the time if it was something personal that escalated, Robinson said about Hall: "No, he’s garbage, man."

Seattle Seahawks partially prepped for Robert Griffin III | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
It’s safe to say that Seattle Seahawks defensive end Alan Branch isn’t too concerned about the improving health of Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Marshawn Lynch vs. Alfred Morris: Which tailback is superior? -
Who says that the running back position has been devalued? That's certainly not the opinion of most of the playoff participants when you closely examine the keys to their offensive production. Of the 12 teams in the postseason, eight feature 1,000-yard rushers, including five of the six teams starting first- or second-year quarterbacks.

Richard Sherman not worried by Washington Redskins -
So Sherman's answer wasn't a surprise when USA Today asked him what Washington Redskins receivers worried him heading into Sunday's NFC Wild Card Game. "None of them," Sherman said.

Sea Hawk Run!: Common Opponent: Seahawks and Redskins vs. Panthers
This year, the Seahawks and Redskins played five games against common opponents, but one opponent best illuminates Sunday’s Wild Card teams: the Carolina Panthers. Like the ‘Hawks and ‘Skins, the Panthers have a young, gifted, physical quarterback, Cam Newton – last year’s offensive rookie of the year. And Carolina employs the zone-read option. This is as good a measure as we can get between the two defenses.

Justin Smith returns to San Francisco 49ers practice -
The San Francisco welcomed back a big cog in their defense on Thursday, as dominant defensive lineman Justin Smith returned to practice.

Moments that defined them: Andrew Luck, RG3, Russell Wilson -
Wilson was a nice story, but many dismissed him as they said, "He only wins at home." Wilson changed all of that with a win on the road in Chicago. A win that would ultimately cost the Bears a playoff spot. Here, Wilson gives the Seahawks the lead over the Bears.

Bill Polian believes that Moneyball does not work in the NFL, and here’s why he’s wrong | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
There's no questioning the credentials of former NFL executive Bill Polian. When you build teams to a championship or near-championship level as Polian did with the Buffalo Bills (1986-1993), Carolina Panthers (1994-1997) and Indianapolis Colts (1998-2009), you've got a history that will have people very interested in what you have to say. Polian says a lot in his current capacity as an analyst for ESPN, but he has nothing good to say about the trend that has more and more NFL teams exploring sabermetrics as an additional way to evaluate the efficiency and productivity of players.

5 traits of an NFL dynasty | National Football Post
Observations from top football people all agree on these five components in building a dynasty.

Underclassmen - Should they stay or go? | National Football Post
Russ Lande gives his thoughts on three underclassmen who are debating coming out early for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Does the 'cross-country' trip impact NFL playoff teams? | National Football Post
Here's my take after going through the drill as a player.

After Further Review: Little-known names who could be big in playoffs - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
The playoffs are when the big names are expected to shine, but it's also when little-known players can come up huge. Pete Prisco studies game tape to point out guys to look for, like Bengals rookie receiver Marvin Jones. After Further Review

Norv Turner in high demand -- as assistant coach -
Almost every team with a vacancy (minus the Chargers, of course) has contacted Turner. ESPN reported Turner is on the Jets' list of offensive coordinator candidates (the team will likely fire Tony Sparano) and I'm told the same. The Cowboys, yet again, are interested in Turner, but Turner told the San Diego Union-Tribune the Cowboys won't be his next destination.

Why wouldn't there be NFL interest in Oregon's Kelly? | National Football Post
Pro offenses of today are all about tempo, speed and points. - Redskins' Jackson quietly putting together strong season
During the Redskins’ 3-6 start, the defense allowed 21 points or more in every game and 26 or more in six of the nine games. But during the seven-game win streak, they have tightened up, allowing more than 21 points only twice.

2013 NFL Draft: LSU LB Kevin Minter is NFL-bound - CBSSports
LSU redshirt junior Kevin Minter has decided to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, according to a report by ESPN's Joe Schad.