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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

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The Rams are standing by the injured Sam Bradford. | : Dan Pompei Article
As Sam Bradford stares at his immobilized leg after undergoing ACL surgery, Rams fans may gaze longingly at Johnny Manziel, or Jay Cutler, or Michael Vick, or some other quarterback who may come floating from the heavens at some point in the coming months.

NFL Week 12 preview: Examining Denver Broncos- New England Patriots, more games | Audibles -
Doug Farrar gets you ready for the weekend with The Playbook, a detailed weekly preview that gives you everything you need to know about the upcoming slate of games. Main Events Denver (9-1) at New England (7-3) -- 8:30 p.m.

Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick facing similar growing pains -
Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick took the NFL by storm last season, but both youngsters are struggling in Year 2 as starting QBs. Albert Breer explains that issue and more in his robust notebook.

Press Releases : News : Senior Bowl
Scouts and NFL clubs looking at potential draftees examine game tape, watch practices and games in person and, of course, go to the Reese's Senior Bowl, the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and various pro days across the country.

Episode: On the Double with The Double S Xpress on 2013-11-18 19:00:00 | BBS Radio
Headlined Guest: Nick Ferguson

Seahawks' two surprising players -- Clinton McDonald, Jermaine Kearse - ESPN
What do Seattle defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse have in common?

Off the field, Pete Carroll is an evangelist for better living | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Carroll’s organization, “A Better Seattle”, is about intervention and prevention and focuses on Auburn, Kent, SeaTac, Renton and Tukwila.

An In-Depth Look into What's Ahead for the Seattle Seahawks 2014 Offseason | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Pro Football Focus news and notes on the Seahawks | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks may be off this weekend. But that hasn’t stopped the good folks at Pro Football Focus from compiling their usual weekly assortment of links and notes related to the Seahawks. So here we go:

Doug Baldwin: Pinoy heart
The cliché among scouts is, “You can’t measure heart.” But the Seahawks seemed to have found a way.

Resilient Saints win again on way to Seattle - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
"Listen, they're all big. But obviously we understand the implications of this one," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said after Thursday's victory. "'Monday Night Football' at Seattle, it doesn't get any better than that."

Walter Jones deserves his Pro Football Hall of Fame spot now - ESPN
Walter Jones has made the 25 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a deserving honor in his first year of eligibility, but not enough.

Seahawks' Greg Scruggs hoping to play this season -
"Monday, I'm going to give it a go at practice, and then we'll see. We'll just see how it feels from there," he told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" on Friday.

Seahawks have been finding ways to win
As impressive as the Seahawks’ 10-1 record is, what has impressed them about the unprecedented start? Steven Hauschka, Earl Thomas, Golden Tate and Richard Sherman offer their thoughts.

Afternoon links: Most penalized players, QB comparisons, and more | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Spent a bit of a bye week morning reading a bunch of stuff on-line, and passing along some of what I found most interesting:

Ranking of NFL owners short-changes Paul Allen | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
In this morning’s Trib, John McGrath did a column taking Forbes Magazine to task for its rating of Paul Allen No. 14 among NFL owners. Forbes’ metrics include “condition of the team when the owner arrived,” a factor that should have made Allen No. 1 by a long shot. It’s a great point worth remembering.

Tramaine Brock, 49ers agree to contract extension -
The San Francisco 49ers and Tramaine Brock agreed to a four-year, $16 million contract Friday, sources told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The cornerback will start his first career game Monday night.

Wes Welker (concussion) probable for Broncos-Patriots -
Wes Welker passed enough stages of the concussion protocol to be labeled probable to play Sunday for the Denver Broncos. That and everything else you need to know about the Week 12 injury report.

Facing the Fork: Playoff hopefuls on the brink -
The Around The League boys are "sticking a fork" in teams they don't believe can reach the playoffs. Joe Haden's Cleveland Browns lead this week's list of teams that need a win to avoid The Fork.

NFL Prospect Focus: FCS schools | National Football Post
These prospects won't be in a BCS bowl game, but they will probably be in an NFL uniform in 2014.

Eight in the Box: The best performances from first-time starting quarterbacks | Audibles -
Each Friday, Eight in the Box will highlight a list of eight players, teams or moments and their impact on the NFL. Last Sunday, Matt McGloin made an interesting bit of history.

Chris Long, Kyle Long face each other with dad Howie Long watching | The MMQB with Peter King
And now for the individual matchup of the weekend, the one you’ve all been waiting for, the one every pregame show and postgame show Sunday will feature endlessly: Chris Long versus Kyle Long? Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will meet for the 14th time in the NFL on Sunday night in Foxboro.

NFL Week 12 schedule features Manning-Brady, Cowboys-Giants, more | The MMQB with Peter King
Going past the obvious storylines and taking a deeper dive into every Sunday game in Week 12. All times Eastern; click on teams for more on the matchup. Cowboys (5-5) at Giants (4-6), 4:25 p.m.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 11 DVOA Ratings
A big win against Minnesota continues to bring Seattle closer to Denver on top of the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings for 2013. Less than one percentage point now separates the two teams, and with strong offensive play the last two games, all three Seahawks units now rank seventh or higher. They've even moved into the top spot for special teams.

Greg Cosell’s Film Review: Robert Griffin III still has improvement to make as a quarterback | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
My comments this week that Tampa Bay's Mike Glennon is a more advanced NFL quarterback than Washington's Robert Griffin raised some eyebrows, but there's a lot more to it than the one quote.

Four Games Scouts will be Watching: Week 13
An exciting weekend on the college football schedule sees major battles brewing in the Big 12 and PAC 12. For NFL scouts it will be a busy Saturday as we move towards the end of the college season. One battle out west could have a major impact on the two players involved.

Week 11 Game Scripts and Average Field Position Data
Last week brought us the most lopsided game of the year. The games were more competitive this week, with the largest Game Script belonging to Tampa Bay (yes, Tampa Bay) at 14.0. The Philadelphia-Washington game provides a good example of the information conveyed — and not conveyed — by Game Scripts.

Week 12 NFL Viewing Guide: Let's Talk About the Cardinals Defense - The Triangle Blog - Grantland

If I’d asked you in August who would lead the league in defensive DVOA through 11 weeks, how many guesses would it have taken before you landed on the Arizona Cardinals? I’m comfortable saying at least 10, and probably more. It would have been reasonable to believe that Arizona would have the worst defense in its own division, but certainly not one of the best in the league. Yet here we are, 10 games into the season, and the Cardinals have ridden that defense to a 6-4 record and face a season-defining game against the Colts on Sunday. The last team to beat the red-hot Panthers? That would be the Cardinals, who dominated the Carolina offense and held Cam Newton to just six points back on October 6.

Salary Rankings for Early Pro Bowl Voting - Over the Cap
The NFL has released the early results for the Pro Bowl. While the Pro Bowl is often just a popularity contest and sometimes over-represented by successful teams with very passionate fanbases, I thought it would be a fun exercise to see where the current vote leaders rank in terms of salary. For this I’ll just look at offense and defense and Im also eliminating the Fullback position simply because I don’t rank players in that role right now.