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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Gameday


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Gameday, yahoo!

For the Seahawks, underappreciated is the new underrated | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Perhaps that is what will give this team a new edge. Early in their rise, they played like a group determined to get their respect. Now that they’re respected, life is different.

Team of destiny? Seahawks face a big week « Seahawks Draft Blog
Despite sitting nicely atop the NFC with an 8-1 record, the Seahawks don’t necessarily feel like a team of destiny. Not recently, anyway.

Breaking down the Seahawks vs. the points -
After taking the Buccaneers and the points last Sunday, I'm at 5-4 against the spread in Seahawks' games this year.

Sherman, secondary looking to pounce on Matt Ryan -
If there ever was a time Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan wouldn't want to face one of the NFL's most potent secondaries, it would probably be now.

Living through tragedies gives Turbin perspective -
With the experiences that Seahawks running back Robert Turbin has lived through, he never has a problem keeping everything in perspective.

Wilson not sleepless in Seattle - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
“I usually go to bed around 10 [p.m.] and get up around 5 or 5:15 [a.m.], Wilson said. “So, that’s what, seven hours or so? Something like that.” So, what does the hashtag mean to him?

Seahawks' Max Unger, Red Bryant out; Percy Harvin also won't play - ESPN
"We're going to take care of them this week and have them ready for next week," Carroll said. "We have some rotations we've been working on [in Bryant's absence] in practice, but the same guys will be playing for the most part."

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas uses memory of playoff loss at Atlanta as motivation | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas said a 30-28 playoff defeat last season at Atlanta has been the toughest of his career. “You just never want to feel like that again,” Thomas said.

Prediction time | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
While there seemed an awful lot of angst among the Seahawks’ fan base this week for a team that is 8-1 — the best start in franchise history — there doesn’t appear much reason to worry about Seattle overlooking Atlanta tomorrow. Russell Wilson talked this week about his memories of the playoff loss last year, which he alludes to in the Tweet below, as well:

Five things to watch: Seattle-Atlanta | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are our weekly Five Things to Watch for Sunday’s Seahawks game:

Falcons’ QB Ryan plans to stay aggressive | - Sports
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Despite a recent rash of interceptions, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan plans to keep slinging the ball.“You still...

Seattle Seahawks Need a Convincing Win in Georgia Dome to Silence the Critics | Bleacher Report
I already know what you’re thinking, how can an 8-1 team have critics? Honestly, it’s hard to wrap your head around the notion that the Seattle Seahawks have naysayers with one measly loss to their name, but they are out there...

Seahawks Playoff Picture: Analyzing the Latest Outlook for Seattle | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Seahawks vs. Falcons: Breaking Down Seattle's Game Plan | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Andre Ellington to get about 20 touches for Cardinals -
Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Rashard Mendenhall will be the team's starting running back versus the Houston Texans, but dynamic rookie Andre Ellington will see the ball plenty.

Aldon Smith to have limited role for 49ers vs. Panthers -
Aldon Smith will return to the San Francisco 49ers' lineup as a situational pass rusher for this week's game against the Carolina Panthers, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

Percy Harvin aiming for Week 11 return to practice field -
Help is on the way for a struggling Seattle Seahawks offense. Percy Harvin will be ready to practice in Week 11, coach Pete Carroll suggested Friday. What kind of impact will a healthy Harvin have?

Vikings' Christian Ponder has minor shoulder injury -
It looks like Christian Ponder avoided a serious injury when he dislocated his left shoulder in the Minnesota Vikings' win Thursday. What kind of chance does he have of playing next week?

Fade Into the Red Zone: A Look at Hot and Cold NFL Pass Plays Near the Goal Line | The Big Lead
A breakdown of all passes thrown from near the five yard line in 2013 reveals some cool patterns.

Benford’s Law in the NFL, Part II
Sometimes the best blog posts are ones that remind you of things you’ve forgot. Seven years ago, Doug wrote about Benford’s Law. Also known as the First Digit Law, it has been observed across many data sets, from street address to lengths of rivers to stock prices to the number of followers people have on twitter. A new Applied Economics Letters article states that “nonconformity with Benford’s law can be a useful indicator of poor data quality, which may be a result of fraud or manipulation.”