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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Wednesday

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The Seahawks Effect, ELO Ratings, and Rex Ryan
In week 1, the Seahawks beat the Panthers. In week two, the Panthers lost to the Bills. In week 2, Seattle crushed San Francisco. In week three, the 49ers lost to Indianapolis. In week 3, the Seahawks suffocated the Jaguars; […]

Blind Power Rankings: Week 8 and Average Margin of Victory - Daily Norseman
Week 8 Power Rankings are out! There's more to focus on than the Vikings, although they did drop precipitously after one performance. Also introducing: average margin of victory!

The Most Obvious Secret in the NFL | NFL Philosophy
It may be the most famous analogy about team building in NFL history. When asked about why he was leaving the New England Patriots, Head Coach Bill Parcells infamously stated: “They want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries. Okay?”

Video: Michael Robinson | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Former Seahawk-turned current Seahawk Michael Robinson met the media today to talk about his return to the team. Among the more notable news items:

Chalk Talk: Zach Miller's touchdown catch vs. Cards -
A perfectly placed throw from Russell Wilson and a spectacular diving catch by Zach Miller gave the Seahawks a touchdown and a 14-0 lead during their Thursday night win over Arizona.

Seahawks’ remaining schedule appears favorable | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
It’s always risky looking ahead in the NFL but the Seahawks’ remaining schedule of nine games looks good. The game at San Francisco is the only one in which they’d be an underdog, says a Las Vegas sportsbook director.

Is Jimmy Graham just scratching the surface? | National Football Post
The National Football Post takes you inside the tight end’s impressive 2013 season.

The NFL's most underpaid players | National Football Post
Ten players who are currently performing well above their pay grade.

Not so unstoppable after all | National Football Post
Sunday night’s loss to Indianapolis exposed issues that had been lurking beneath the surface in Denver.

NFL by the numbers: Trent Richardson has been a dud with the Colts | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
There are many ways to look at the NFL, but the easiest - and most tedious – method to figure out what is going on is by examining the numbers. Here is a numerical look at the league heading into Week 8:

Power Rankings: No. 4 Seattle Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
A weekly examination of the Seahawks' Power Ranking:

A few key points for Seattle this week - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
A few things to look for this week at practice for the Seahawks and game night against the St. Louis Rams:

Percy Harvin of Seattle Seahawks to return to practice - ESPN
As expected, wide receiver Percy Harvin will return to practice this week for the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Monday.

Video: Seahawks safety Earl Thomas | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s some video of Seahawks safety Earl Thomas talking about the return of Percy Harvin and Michael Robinson and the team’s success on the road this season:

Week 8 NFL Power Rankings -- And Then There Was One Undefeated | Fanspeak NFL Blog
Week 7 of the NFL Season was filled with costly injuries and big shakeups to the standings. So after 7 weeks, here is Fanspeak's Week 8 Power Rankings:

Pro Football Focus: Sherman, Thomas Pro Bowlers | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Pro Football Focus released its list of guys who would make the Pro Bowl as of right now. The Seahawks landed four guys on the list, including two starters.

Seahawks’ Robinson faced kidney, liver failure | Sportspress Northwest
After returning from a health scare, free agent FB Michael Robinson had other offers, but there was one place he wanted to be. The call came, and he’s a Seahawk again.

Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch among top mid-level QBs -
Elite QBs like Teddy Bridgewater aren't the only ones scouts are watching. As Gil Brandt writes, scouts are studying up on little-known gems like Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch.

Is Corey Lemonier the Next Pass-Rushing Phenomenon in the Making? | Bleacher Report
Ever since head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke took over in San Francisco, the 49ers have shown that they have one of the best front offices in the league when it comes to drafting...

Seattle Seahawks: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 8 | Bleacher Report
It was an interesting Week 7 for the Seattle Seahawks and NFC West. It's time to get you caught up on everything you need to know as the Seahawks prepare to take on the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football in Week 8...

Brady Quinn, Austin Davis set to join St. Louis Rams -
The St. Louis Rams plan to sign veteran Brady Quinn and developmental project Austin Davis at quarterback. Why didn't they take a chance on Vince Young or Tim Tebow instead?

What we're not overreacting to after Week 7 -
Chatter surrounded the Denver Broncos' chances of an undefeated season, but it was put to rest after Peyton Manning's team lost to the Colts. However, it isn't time for Broncos fans to worry.

Anquan Boldin thrilled to see Colin Kaepernick run -
Anquan Boldin says having quarterback Colin Kaepernick run and throw helps the San Francisco 49ers' offense. Will the team's win over the Titans, with 68 ground yards by Kap, mean more read option?

What we learned: Vikings make Giants' D look good -
Jason Pierre-Paul and the New York Giants' 32nd-ranked defense can shut down an offense -- when there's no threat of a pass. Find out what else we learned from Monday's win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Report: Aldon Smith got favorable treatment from Santa Clara cops -
According to a report, 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith got favorable treatment from the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office.

Head Trauma in Football: A Special Report | The MMQB with Peter King
Three years ago today, I sat in the office of Massachusetts neuropathologist Ann McKee, who studies the brains of deceased former football players to discover the effects of repetitive brain trauma.

NFL helmets play central role in helping make football safer | The MMQB with Peter King
The question proved to be something of a brainteaser: Do you wear the helmet with the most modern technology? During The MMQB’s NFL training camp tour this summer, we asked this of a handful of players.

History of rule that cost New England Patriots against New York Jets | Audibles -
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was not happy about the penalty that allowed the New York Jets to grab an extra first down and eventually re-try a winning field goal in overtime on Sunday, but the coach has nobody to blame but himself for Nick Folk's successful 42-yard try that ga...

Why Matt Stafford is a Polarizing Quarterback | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I'm a Matt Stafford fan. If you're the kind of person who has an anxiety attack if you don't have your morning coffee in that black mug you bought 12 years ago, then you probably dislike Stafford. If you're a nitpicking analyst who lacks the perspective to see that numerous small flaws don't outweigh a…

Waiver Wire: Week 8 - Waiver Wired -
Adam Levitan has notes on 30 players to consider adding to your team, including Tampa rookie Mike James.

Updated QB Power Rankings After NFL Week 7 | Bleacher Report
Week 7 in the NFL marked the beginning of an NFL career for some and season-ending doom for others. Many newer faces and lesser-known quarterbacks have started to make a name for ...

2014 NFL Draft: Week 8 Stock Report -
A look at NFL prospects who helped themselves this past weekend and a few who might have hurt themselves

Why Shea McClellin looks lost | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
Shea McClellin is not panning out like the Bears hoped. They won’t tell us that because general manager Phil Emery is the one who selected him only a year ago, but it’s clear by the former first-round pick’s performance.