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Thank GOODNESS it's TGIF, huh?

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Calais Campbell and Cameron Jordan
It's well-known that quarterbacks are affecting the outcomes of games even more than ever, that receivers, tight ends and receiving running backs are more heavily involved in game-plans and that power running backs are a very rare commodity. What doesn't receive as much attention is how defenses are evolving to counter these new offensive philosophies. There are well-known stars such as J.J. Watt, Earl Thomas and Darrelle Revis who are too good to ignore, but there are many more outstanding players who can thrive in this new NFL.

A Week in the Life of Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden | Bleacher Report
Last week, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden had one of his most daunting assignments of the season: taking on Rex Ryan's Jets defense. Gruden allowed Bleacher Report exclusive access to chronicle a week in his life.

Eagle Eye In The Sky: Raiders Preview
The Oakland Raiders enter Sunday's game against the Eagles with a 3-4 record. They’re at the bottom of a very talented AFC West division that is responsible for three of the Eagles' five losses. Entering the season, this was a team that was written off, considered a front-runner for a top-three pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Peyton Manning, J.J. Watt head 2013 Midseason All-Pro Team -
Since the NFL went to bye weeks in 1990, "midseason" is usually considered to be Week 8 heading into Week 9. Well, guess what? We're hurtling straight for Week 9. With that, my editor asked that I readdress my Preseason All-Pro Team by selecting a Midseason All-Pro Team, which you'll find below.

Buccaneers want Gerald McCoy to leave opposing players on the ground - Bucs Nation
As if they didn't look bad enough.

United 12th Man - Week 8, St. Louis Rams
A fan site by the fans, for the fans! News, highlights, downloads, PC wallpapers, mobile wallpapers, mobile tones, video downloads.

News, notes and quotes: Sherman meet Revis, Revis … Sherman | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
> Wilson explained the two goal-line plays where he didn’t hand to Marshawn Lynch this way: “The first one was a fake to my left and I keep it. It was one of those that we ran before and it worked. They just made a play on it. The second one was one of our zone-read plays. Chris Long came through right away, so I was just kind of reading the area and I thought he was going to tackle Marshawn, so I took it. You never know with Marshawn. Probably next time, I’ll hand it off. We’ll see.”

Sidney Rice out for the season, what now? « Seahawks Draft Blog
Sidney Rice is done for the year, but will he back next season? I have a lot of time for Rice. Statistically you can argue he wasn’t worth the 5-year $41m contract he signed two years ago.

Jace Amaro (TE, Texas Tech) vs West Virginia « Seahawks Draft Blog
Jace Amaro (TE, Texas Tech) vs West Virginia

Russell Wilson Week 9 Press Conference
Russell Wilson talks to the media about the game against the Buccuaneers, the impact of Sidney Rice's injury and what he plans on being for Halloween.

Jermaine Kearse 10-30
Softy interviews Seahawks Receiver Jermaine Kearse. Kearse gives his thoughts on Sidney Rice's injury and how he needs to step up to fill Rice's role.

Thursday Round-Up: Wideouts ready to step up in absence of Sidney Rice
A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Kam Chancellor 10-30
Kam Chancellor talks with Softy about the Legion of Boom. Chancellor gives his thoughts on the past game against the Rams and the upcoming game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Seahawks make strides with goal-line stand
With the game on the line, and the seconds ticking away, the Seahawks’ No. 2-ranked defense found a way to make the plays in a goal-line stand that sealed Monday night’s 14-9 victory over the Rams.

Pete Carroll on Sirius XM: Harvin won't play this week -
"He's getting close," Carroll said, "but not close enough."

Seahawks' Russell Okung may practice Friday; can't play yet - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Pro Bowl right tackle Russell Okung can return to practice Friday.

Sherman: “No regrets” over Twitter beef with Revis | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
One subplot to Sunday’s Seattle-Tampa Bay game is that it will mark the first time Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis have been on the same field since their Twitter battle during the off-season (details of that here and here). In fact, the two have never met.

Thiel: By the way, Seahawks’ Irvin played well | Sportspress Northwest
Pete Carroll and John Schneider’s decision to take converted linebacker Bruce Irvin with a first round pick is paying dividends.

Carroll: ‘We have to get our game right’ | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
“First off, what’s really important coming to mind is that we’re getting home coming to play in front of our fans at CenturyLink. The point about that is one obviously we love playing here and our fans have been incredible, but what has really been noticeable the last few weeks on the road are the people turning out for us wherever we go.

O-line coach Tom Cable: 'We got our tails kicked.' | - Seattle Sidelines
"I didn’t think we had any rhythm on offense," Cable said. "Our tempo, rhythm, continuity in staying in drives really lacked. Then we got into a situation where we struggled protection wise, so then we can’t stay on schedule. We didn’t play very good offensively and were very fortunate to win obviously."

Seahawks receivers are ready to pick up slack | - Sports
Doug Baldwin and the rest of Seattle's receivers know they can't replicate what Sidney Rice brought to the Seahawks. Especially not in the most literal sense.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Seahawks 2013 Season Progress Report: Mid-Season
There are plenty of statistical sites on the web. is largely a journal of everything going on with the Seahawks over time. There are times that statistics help to tell that story, and that is why I created this Season Progress Report series a couple years back.

No Easy Answers for the Seattle Seahawks' Blocking Problems | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

How the Rams Defense Can Follow Up Historic Performance | Bleacher Report
After franchise quarterback Sam Bradford was placed on injured reserve, fans and media members alike completely wrote the St. Louis Rams off. No one believed they would win another game the rest of the season...

Midseason Report: Top 5 rankings for each position -
Is Jamaal Charles the most valuable non-QB? Is Earl Thomas a Defensive Player of the Year candidate? ATL highlights the top five players at each position in this week's rankings.

Fred Davis: I've 'nodded off' in Redskins meetings -
Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was not moved before Tuesday's trade deadline. Judging by his comments to the media Wednesday, you can assume Davis still wants a ticket out.

What should have been | National Football Post
The NFL trade deadline once again passed with little activity. Here’s what should have gone down.

Prisco's Picks - Week 9 -
The Bucs had a long rest to stew over their seventh loss. Now they get a long trip to face a Seattle team that is brutal to opponents at home. Mike Glennon against that Seattle secondary is a huge mismatch. And he doesn't have Mike Williams. Blowout.

49ers activate LB Aldon Smith from reserve/non-football injury list -
Aldon Smith's month-long stay on the reserve-non-football injury list is officially over. The 49ers activated Smith from the NFI-list on Thursday making him eligible to play in San Francisco's next game on Nov. 10. The 49ers are on a bye this week.

Golden Tate, Pacman Jones, Mike Mitchell examples of NFL's nonsense issue | The MMQB with Peter King
It's been another banner year for nonsense in the NFL but, just in recent days, so many seem to be rounding into midseason form when it comes to almost comically ill-advised thought or actions.

NFL Playoff Picture, Week 9: Green Bay Packers face key matchup | Audibles -
The NFL regular season begins its turn for home this weekend, crossing the halfway point as each team plays at least its eighth game. It is still early to project fully what the matchups might be come playoff time, but there is more than enough information on the table to figure out which teams migh...

Broncos’ Vickerson wants NFL to fine quarterbacks for flopping | ProFootballTalk
Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson picked up a costly penalty in his team's loss to the Colts when he bumped into Andrew Luck, who appeared to flop to the ground intentionally to get the referee to flag Vickerson for roughing the passer.

Week 8 Game Scripts and Average Field Position Data
The 2013 Game Scripts record was broken not once but twice in week eight. In an unsurprising turn, the 49ers obliterated the Jaguars in London 42-10, holding an average lead of 21.3 points, breaking the largest average margin previously held by… Seattle against Jacksonville. But it was the Bengals demolition of the Jets in Cincinnati that set the new Game Scripts record.

Interception Stories: The Least Appreciated Aspect of Quarterback Analysis | Pre Snap Reads
I don’t watch baseball, so I can’t speak about the comparison that many make between pitchers and quarterbacks, but in my opinion there is no other position in sports like the quarterback. Even the point guard in the NBA doesn’t have the same depth or responsibilities on most teams as your typical quarterback does at the professional level. Finding the right quarterback is often the difference between winning and losing, or even keeping your job and being fired, just ask the Oakland Raiders who stumbled onto Terrelle Pryor this season.