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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Thursday


Scott Cunningham

Already Thursday.

Seahawks taking care of business on the road | - Sports
The Seattle Seahawks are on a roll, currently holding the best record in the NFC. They’re about to get an injection of talent when players like wide receiver Percy Harvin and tackle Russell Okung return from injuries, and starting with Sunday’s game against Minnesota, Seattle has four of its final six at home.

Thiel: Harvin’s fit a test for Carroll, Seahawks | Sportspress Northwest
The return of Percy Harvin, who comes with high risk and high reward, echoes a similar scenario endured by the Sounders with star Clint Dempsey. It’s a little different, but . . .

Worth the risk? Why the Seahawks let some players gamble | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Golden Tate, Earl Thomas and other Seahawks are trusted by coaches to make plays some teams would consider risky.

Making his mark | National Football Post
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is putting together a tremendous season, which has gone largely unnoticed by the national media.

Returners with hair: Beware of Seahawks' Jeremy Lane | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Even dreadlocks aren’t safe when Jeremy Lane is zooming downfield in punt coverage.

The Art of Separation | NFL Philosophy
When discussing receivers, the typical evaluator will discuss size, speed, strength, hands, body control, and route running. A bigger wide receiver has an opportunity to make more catches because his size gives him an advantage. Hands, speed, and strength are pretty self-explanatory. Body control is more about a receiver’s ability to haul in the ball while he’s in the air. Route running is about a receiver’s ability to make sharp cuts and that gives him a better chance at getting separation.

Can Kansas City Chiefs Continue to Survive on Defense Alone? | Bleacher Report
Kansas City Chiefs news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Why Return of Percy Harvin Makes Seahawks NFL's Scariest Team | Bleacher Report
Ever since Week 13 of the 2012 season, there’s no question that the hottest team in the NFL has been the Seattle Seahawks . Over the course of their last 15 regular-season games, head coach Pete Carroll and Co...

After second concussion, Reid focuses on adjusting way he plays | CSN Bay Area
Safety Eric Reid and tight end Vernon Davis are symptom-free after sustaining concussions on Sunday.

Percy Harvin, Russell Okung, Breno Giacomini, Max Unger, Red Bryant & more return to practice
Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon ahead of the team's 1:30 p.m. PT "Competition Wednesday" practice and preparation for the club's Week 11 contest with the Minnesota Vikings.

News, notes and quotes: Reinforcements hit the field | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
A long list of players are back at practice today for the Seahawks: Max Unger, Breno Giacomini, Russell Okung, Red Bryant, Jeron Johnson, Derrick Coleman, Jordan Hill and some guy named Percy Harvin.

Film Study: Danny Woodhead's TD catch against the Denver Broncos - Bolts From The Blue
Danny Woodhead's 7 yard touchdown catch against the Denver Broncos in the second half of Sunday's game was a breath of fresh air to the San Diego Chargers red zone offense.

Toxic differential favors Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles -
By most accounts, the Philadelphia Eagles' first season under Chip Kelly has been uneven. But Brian Billick reveals a telling stat that loves Nick Foles and Co. (... and hates the Denver Broncos).

Dominant win pushes Seahawks up in NFL power rankings - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
After their convincing 33-10 victory Sunday in Atlanta, where they dominated in all three phases for all four quarters, the Seahawks have improved in all of this week’s updated NFL power rankings.

Jared Allen on Percy Harvin: ‘Dude’s a playmaker, man’
Percy Harvin played his first four NFL seasons with the Vikings, who visit CenturyLink Field on Sunday. But whether Harvin makes his Seahawks’ debut against his former team remains to be seen.

Colin Kaepernick responds to criticism of his passing -
Colin Kaepernick is taking more criticism for his passing. And he doesn't always respond to criticism with a smile. The San Francisco 49ers QB had an answer Wednesday to the latest batch of critiques.

QB Index: Top teams struggling in passing game -
Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are having huge seasons. But a lot of the top teams in the NFL are struggling to pass. Gregg Rosenthal also looks at the dumbest storyline of the week.

Chalk Talk: Seahawks get tricky on touchdown pass -
The Seahawks reached into their bag of tricks last week and pulled out a 43-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse. It was one of the defining plays of Seattle's 33-10 win over Atlanta, and it's the subject of this week's edition of "Chalk Talk" with Brock Huard.

Hawk Talk highlights: Percy Harvin's motivation -
The timing of receiver Percy Harvin's activation off the Physically Unable to Perform list added another element to what was already one of the biggest Seahawks storylines this season.

Tavon Austin, Drew Brees among Week 10 winners -
Rookie Tavon Austin busted out against the Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Drew Brees helped set more records against the Dallas Cowboys to lead Week 10's players of the week award winners.

Herm Edwards ranks Peterson 2nd-best CB - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Let the debate continue.

Chiefs claim Kyle Williams, cut Chad Hall | National Football Post
Wide receiver claimed off waivers from 49ers

Jared Allen and Leslie Frazier praise Percy Harvin - ESPN
“Our odds maybe go up a little bit if he doesn’t play,” Allen said. “So tell him [not] to get healthy.”

Coach Killers, Week 10: It might be time to go, Joe Philbin -
Coach Killers is your weekly look around the league at those performances, decisions and 'Wait, what did he just do?!' moments that put the guy in charge squarely on the ol' hot seat.

Carroll press conference notes: Harvin “feels 100 percent” but still unsure if he plays Sunday | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are a few quick hitters from Pete Carroll’s weekly Wednesday press conference today. Below is some video of Carroll in which he hits on many of the key personnel issues surrounding the team this week:

Ron Rivera's Carolina Panthers turnaround proof of the virtues of patience | The MMQB with Peter King
It both pleases and surprises me to report that patience was the league’s biggest winner in Week 10, and that’s a refreshing rarity in the over-reactionary NFL.

Five Questions, Five Answers: Minnesota Vikings | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Time once again for our Five Questions, Five Answers look at Seattle’s upcoming opponent. This week, our guest is Mark Craig, who covers the Minnesota Vikings for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Seattle and Minnesota kick it off at 1:25 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

Seahawks Wednesday injury report | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Richard Sherman did not participate in practice because of a hip issue.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Scramble: View From The Top
Tom: I made my initial trip to a press box two weekends ago, for the Rams-Titans clash in St. Louis. That was neat, and a sign of how far I've come from attending the previous Rams-Titans game in St. Louis back in 2005. That was the first NFL game I attended in 17 years. After the initial "this is awesome" experience, though, it occurred to me all I did was watch a game with my computer in front of me. That's what I do every Sunday, except I do it with the TV view instead of the all-22 overhead angle I basically had

News, notes and quotes: Reinforcements hit the field | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
A long list of players are back at practice today for the Seahawks: Max Unger, Breno Giacomini, Russell Okung, Red Bryant, Jeron Johnson, Derrick Coleman, Jordan Hill and some guy named Percy Harvin.

Frazier gives lukewarm endorsement of Freeman | ProFootballTalk
“[H]e’s working hard, doing everything he can in practice and in meetings to continue to improve and put himself in a position to at some point, to help our team,” Frazier said, via quotes distributed by the team. “But yeah, we’re pleased with his work ethic and the way he’s progressing.”

How the Texans Fell From Grace - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The writing has been on the wall for the 2-7 Houston Texans for a while now. On Tuesday, the organization waved the white flag. The Texans placed star running back Arian Foster on injured reserve with an undisclosed back injury that will require surgery. On the other side of the ball, they released offseason pickup Ed Reed after just seven games in Houston, with the future Hall of Famer having fallen out of the starting lineup after the team's bye week. He played just 12 snaps on defense in Houston's loss to Arizona last Sunday. Combined with the benching of Matt Schaub for Case Keenum, it's safe to say that the Texans are playing for 2014.

Top NFL Rookie of Week 10: St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin -
With three explosive touchdowns to guide the Rams to a shocking upset of the Indianapolis Colts, Austin is as easy of a Rookie of the Week choice as we've had all year long.