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Week 11 Picks And Preview: Revenge Is A Dish Best Served...By The Media - Daily Norseman
Sunday's game between the Vikings and Seahawks will be billed as Percy Harvin's Triumphant Return Against His Old Team. But is the revenge angle overblown?

Troy Vincent responds to Richard Sherman's column on being commisioner | The MMQB with Peter King
By Troy Vincent As a 15-year NFL veteran, former president of the NFL Players Association and now NFL Senior Vice President of Player Engagement who oversees player benefits, I would like to respond to Seattle’s Richard Sherman—who penned 'Welcome To My League' in this space last week—to gi...

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Thomas, Roethlisberger
For over a decade, Ed Reed was a unique player in the NFL. Despite being a coverage free safety, Reed was arguably the most intimidating player in the league. Quarterbacks always had to be aware of where Reed was. His presence dramatically altered how both the opposing offense and his own defense were able to approach the game. It is very rare for a safety to affect the game like Reed did in his prime, though Earl Thomas is trying his best to assume that lofty status.

‘14 NFL Draft: Wide Out Rankings
As has been the case for almost a decade the receiver position will be driven by underclassmen as juniors and red-shirt sophomores fill the top five slots on our board. There’s something for everyone as the class offers big bodied pass catchers, polished underneath receivers as well as a few field stretchers.

Roman: ‘Anytime we don’t have success, it definitely starts with me’ | 49ers Hot Read
“Every quarterback in the league is going to have days where their stats weren’t great,” Roman said. “It’s important to remember though it’s not just the quarterback. It’s 11 guys on the field, and it’s also bringing forth a great plan, and it’s something in those occasions I need to do a better job of.”

Adrian Peterson of Minnesota Vikings glad Percy Harvin happy with Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
When Minnesota traded wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks in March, few Vikings players were as outwardly disappointed as running back Adrian Peterson.

Seahawks and Vikings both keeping an eye on Percy Harvin’s impending return | Audibles -
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has referred to Percy Harvin’s recovery from a hip injury suffered on the first day of training camp in phases. “Phase 1″ was his surgery and rehab, “Phase 2″ started a couple of weeks ago when Harvin was able to inch his way into some work on the practice field , and “Phase 3″ officially started on Nov. 11, when the Seahawks activated Harvin from the Physically Unable to Perform list and he started a regimen of more focused practice. It’s been a long wait for Carroll, whose team traded a first-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for Harvin’s services in March, then signed him to a six-year, $67 million contract with $25.5 million guaranteed.

Derek Carr is better than people think | Seahawks Draft Blog
Is Derek Carr a first round pick? Maybe not. Has he got a chance to make it in the NFL? I think so.

Ahead of Percy Harvin’s debut, a salute to the F.O. | Seahawks Draft Blog
They know what they’re doing in Seattle. The front office, that is.

Wednesday in Hawkville: Legion of Boom dips into its depth
With Brandon Browner out with a groin injury, Walter Thurmond steps in at right cornerback – where he was expected to be the starter in 2011 before being sidelined by an injury and replaced by Browner.

Vikings analyst: 'D' bigger problem than QBs -
From Christian Ponder to Matt Cassell to Josh Freeman, the Minnesota Vikings have had all kinds of trouble staying healthy and finding consistent production at the quarterback position. But while that has grabbed most of the attention for the 2-7 Vikings, their problems are not limited to who is taking the snaps.

Seahawks notebook: Harvin not limited in practice -
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has plenty of respect for Percy Harvin's ability.

Percy Harvin of Seattle Seahawks on track to play against Minnesota Vikings - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin was a full participant in practice Thursday for the first time since his hip surgery Aug. 1, increasing the likelihood that he will play Sunday against his former Minnesota Vikings teammates.

Seahawks’ draft class of ’13 earns incomplete | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Percy Harvin’s return will more clearly define Seattle’s draft, which gave up so much to get him from Minnesota. But so far the returns are mixed.

What they said: Russell Wilson (with video) | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s some of what Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had to say today when he met the media, along with some video:

What they said: Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Lots of good stuff today from Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn when he held his weekly meeting with the media. Here’s much of what he said:

Avril says Sunday sideline discussion “nothing serious” | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Avril said he and Bennett went out to dinner this week. “He’s one of the guys that I’m closest to on the team and friends sometimes argue,” he said with a smile. “It just happened to be on game day.”

Seahawks O-Line finally healthy again | Sportspress Northwest
At 9-1 in 2013 and 16-2 in their past 18 games, the Seahawks are full strength along a once-depleted offensive line with the returns of Unger, Okung and Giacomini.

Richard Sherman says hip is fine, and he wants to be a tourist attraction | - Seattle Sidelines
"You know I saw Peyton got a day off and I was like, ‘Man, where’s my day off?’" Sherman said. "So I was like, let’s come up with something so I can rest too. Just messing. I’m good, I’ll be out there today. Just needed some rest."

Rob Housler Will Be the Arizona Cardinals Secret Weapon Down the Stretch | Bleacher Report
After a subpar rookie campaign in 2011 and a mediocre sophomore season in 2012, third-year pass-catching tight end Rob Housler was hoping 2013 would be his year to shine in the desert...

Vikings vs. Seahawks: 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

Colts: We'd trade for Trent Richardson again -
The Indianapolis Colts say they would trade for Trent Richardson all over again. But why?

Marcus Lattimore hopes to make 49ers practice debut -
Marcus Lattimore won't see game action in his rookie season with the San Francisco 49ers, but the running back hopes to be cleared for a temporary practice window next week.

Peyton Manning returns to Denver Broncos practice -
Peyton Manning returned to Denver Broncos practice Thursday, sporting extra tape on his sprained ankle. Find out the rest of the injury news from around the league in the ATL roundup.

Tamba Hali, Justin Houston of Chiefs top LB rankings -
Tamba Hali and Justin Houston of the Kansas City Chiefs have been one of the best linebacker duos in the NFL this season. Find out who else made the list in Chris Wesseling's position rankings.

RGIII: I've been hit a bunch in past two Redskins games -
Robert Griffin III took a pounding against the Minnesota Vikings last week. The Washington Redskins quarterback understands changes need to be made before he suffers another serious injury.

Salary cap kings of 2013 | National Football Post
Quarterbacks dominate the list, with a little help from some of the game’s marquee defenders.

NFL Week 10 The MMQB Pressure Points by Greg A. Bedard | The MMQB with Peter King
If their first game after losing All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins is any indication, the Bengals will be just fine when it comes to pressuring the quarterback.

Aldon Smith easing back into action after return from rehab | The MMQB with Peter King
SAN FRANCISCO — Aldon Smith participated in a game last Sunday for the first time since spending a month in a substance-abuse rehab center. He was far from his normally disruptive self, failing to register a sack for the first time this season, four games overall, and finishing with no tackles...

NFL Playoff Picture, Week 11: Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers in tenuous spots | Audibles -
Here’s how the AFC and NFC playoff pictures look as Week 11 begins: AFC 1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0): AFC West leader 2. New England Patriots (7-2): AFC East leader 3. Indianapolis Colts (6-3): AFC South leader 4. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4): AFC North leader 5.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Games Saints Play
Last week’s Sunday night game between the Saints and Cowboys was about as one-sided of an affair as you’ll see in the NFL. The Dallas defense couldn’t stop Drew Brees or anybody he happened to hand it off to, and the Saints were on the field for what seemed like an eternity. In contrast, the Cowboys offense managed to go the entire game without converting a third down. I’m sure it was an ugly game to watch live for Cowboys fans, but I would actually encourage them to watch their offense again. Watching the tape, I think there were a few positive signs up front that may provide the smallest of silver linings.

Vic Fangio: Aldon Smith will play a lot this week | ProFootballTalk
Linebacker Aldon Smith’s return to the 49ers lineup last Sunday against the Panthers didn’t see Smith play a tremendous amount.

Week 10 Game Scripts and Average Field Position Data
We have a new leader in the clubhouse for most lopsided game of the season. The St. Louis Rams pulled off one of the biggest blowouts by a heavy underdog in league history in week ten, defeating the Colts in Indianapolis, 38-8. In the process, the Rams also held an average lead of 23.2 points, the largest Game Script score of the season.