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Hump day.

What Did We Learn from Percy Harvin's Return to Seahawks Lineup? | Bleacher Report
Even though quarterback Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks offense had to wait 10 weeks longer than they had originally expected for wide receiver Percy Harvin ’s 2013 debut, the All-Pro wideout didn’t disappoint...

Pete Carroll Bye Week Monday Press Conference
Head Coach Pete Carroll talks to the media about the Seahawks game against the Vikings, gives an update on player health and talks about how the team plans to approach the bye week.

Monday in Hawkville: Pete Carroll reminds players to remember they’re Seahawks
The players went their separate ways Monday to begin the Seahawks’ bye week, and they won’t reunite until next Monday. But just because they’re off doesn’t mean they can forget totally about football.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson one win away from NFL record - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
With Seattle’s 41-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson registered his 21st win since his NFL debut last season. The league record for most wins in a quarterback’s first two years is 22.

Seahawks seize the top spot in power rankings | ProFootballTalk
There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is the 12th Man.

NFL Playoff Standings: Seahawks rule NFC, wild card very much an open race -
Heading into Week 12 of the NFL Season, the NFC playoff picture is still up for grabs for the lower seeds. Watch this video so get a quick rundown of the standings and the key games coming up.

Mike Evans is that good | Seahawks Draft Blog
Watching the Alabama vs Texas A&M game this year, it’d be easy to write off Mike Evans’ performance as a one off.

Earl Thomas: Back to Seahawks Football
A couple of weeks ago, before the Seattle Seahawks’ win in Atlanta, Earl Thomas gave the pregame speech that became the prologue to probably the Hawks’ most complete performance since their win over San Francisco in Week Two.

Focus on: The pass rush
Now that Chris Clemons, Cliff Avril and Bruce Irvin are back on the edges, and Michael Bennett and Clinton McDonald are providing inside pressure, coach Pete Carroll has the pass rush he’s waiting for.

Tuesday in Hawkville: Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright drawing the line for Seahawks defense
With 29 and 25 tackles the past three games, respectively, linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright are giving free safety Earl Thomas a run in the competition to lead the defense in tackles.

Video by sidthekid18
14 days out, hittin the hurdles today in PT! I spy HMP (Percy) getting his work in too! Makin progress

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | DVOA PLAYOFF ODDS REPORT
The playoff odds report plays out the season 50,000 times. A random draw assigns each team a win or loss for each game. The probability that a team will be given a win is based on an equation which considers the current Weighted DVOA ratings of the two teams as well as home-field advantage. (DVOA ratings are explained here.) Mean Wins is the average number of wins for this team over the 50,000 simulations. Odds are given for winning each playoff seed, as well as for winning the division (DIV), earning a bye week (BYE), or winning a wild card (WC). TOT represents odds of making the playoffs in any fashion.

Seahawks stats: Where Cliff Avril stands alone -
The Seahawks weren't just getting a sack machine when they signed Cliff Avril in the offseason. Seattle was also adding a pass rusher who had forced 16 fumbles over his five NFL seasons.

Tom Cable: Seahawks' linemen 'a little rusty' in returns -
Wide receiver Percy Harvin's first action in a Seahawks uniform stole a lot of the attention from Sunday's 41-20 win over Minnesota, but there were other big returns that impacted Seattle's play as it improved to 10-1.

Pete Carroll's message for Seattle Seahawks: Be responsible - ESPN
“That includes being conscious that they're Seahawks,” Carroll said. “Take advantage of that and have great awareness that they represent wherever they go in what they're doing. It was a pretty strong message. Carroll “We don't want any issues coming off of this week. I want everybody to handle it very well. In a lot of areas, we stayed on them and were very precise about how they want to handle this week.”

Best NFL team? Don't forget about Seattle - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
The Sunday night matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos effectively decided the No. 1 spot in the weekly NFL Power Rankings. Either the Chiefs or the Broncos have been No. 1 since Week 4, and Denver reclaimed the spot with the win.

Power Rankings: No. 2 Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
A weekly examination of the Seahawks' Power Ranking:

Seahawks Pete Carroll: ‘We haven’t done anything yet’ | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks coach happy with Seahawks’ 10-1 record at bye week, but warns players to use break wisely as Saints showdown looms.

Carroll: Seahawks ‘can get better,’ will need to | Sportspress Northwest
The Seahawks have benefited from a friendly schedule of sub-par QBs and an apparently injured Adrian Peterson. The trick is to keep getting better faster than the remaining foes.

Since you asked … | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Russell Wilson’s 4th quarter passer rating is 93.8, with 4 TDs and 3 INTs (half of his 6 for the season). That’s 9th in the NFL. Those comparing that to Kaepernick will note that his fourth quarter rating is 41.3, 41st in the league.

Hawks bring Daniels back to PS | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
As some of you noticed, the Hawks made a practice squad move, bringing back B.J. Daniels and cutting G Zach Allen. It was pretty clear they liked Daniels as they moved him up to the 53 man recently before waiving him. The suspicion was that the Niners might try to bring him back, but he cleared. He’s an interesting prospect, so similar physically to Wilson. With the return to health of so many offensive linemen, Allen was expendable.

Seahawks get bye week off, return to practice Monday | - Sports
In something of a best-case scenario, the Seattle Seahawks head into their bye this week, not just 10-1, but appearing primed to get better when they get back.

Jabari Greer on New Orleans Saints' IR with ACL tear -
New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer was placed on season-ending injured reserve with an ACL injury. Is the loss of Greer the biggest in a series of blows to the Saints' defense this season?

Carson Palmer has total command of Cardinals' offense -
Carson Palmer has played his best football in five seasons during the Arizona Cardinals' three-game winning streak. Is it because he now has a complete command of the offense?

Pete Carroll to Percy Harvin: We won't change offense -
"We don't have to hold back and count plays and stuff like that. He'll play a regular amount as we go," Carroll said, via ProFootballTalk. "He won't play every play; we're going to still rotate our guys. We're not changing the offense. "I told Percy that the first night I talked to him. I told him we're not going to change because you're coming to our team, we're just going to add you in and hope you can be a factor to help us, which he's going to be."

Panthers' Steve Smith to Pats' Aqib Talib: 'Ice up, son' -
Steve Smith had the final say in his matchup against Aqib Talib when the New England Patriots took on the Carolina Panthers. No. 89 didn't pull his last punch in a postgame interview with Albert Breer.

New kids on the block | National Football Post
11 weeks into the season and this year’s class of rookie coaches seems to be catching on quick.

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks new No. 1, but overall quality is lacking - NFL -
Seattle and Denver move ahead of previous No. 1 Kansas City, but heading into the last six weeks, it's tough to identify quality teams behind them.

Whitner withdraws application to change name to 'Hitner' -
In October, 49ers safety Donte Whitner announced that he was changing his last name to 'Hitner.' On Tuesday, he withdrew his application.

Whitner withdraws application to change name to 'Hitner' -
In October, 49ers safety Donte Whitner announced that he was changing his last name to 'Hitner.' On Tuesday, he withdrew his application.

Peyton Manning's protection; Ahmad Brooks penalty; more NFL Week 11 thoughts | The MMQB with Peter King
CHICAGO — We have great and controversial events to discuss, and we shall. But there are great and controversial events every week in pro football, and I’ll get to the rise of a battered Denver offensive line, to the 113-minute weather/tornado-threat delay, and to a foul that, in today’s footb...

New England Patriots-Carolina Panthers marred by officials' bad call | The MMQB with Peter King
First and foremost: Carolina is a very good team. There will be no “but” in this column, no, Carolina’s a very good team, but the Patriots got jobbed. None of that.

Another way to do team rankings
The Jets lost by 40 points to the Bengals in Cincinnati; adjust for home field, and that is still a 37-point adjusted margin of victory, the best single game for the Bengals this year.