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This week feels weird. It's only Saturday?

Kyle Shanahan says RG3′s healthy, will learn pocket presence | ProFootballTalk
Clearly, there are things Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III needs to work on.

The Week 13 Smash Mouth - The Smash Mouth -
The St. Louis Rams obliterated the Chicago Bears rush defense in Week 13, continuing to prove that their newfound running game is no fluke. Later in the article, we are going to take a look at what is behind the Rams' rushing game success other than Zac Stacy.

How do Saints, Seahawks stack up in terms of salary cap?
The New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks will meet Monday night as NFC front-runners. Who's set up better from a salary cap perspective for 2014 and beyond?

Double Coverage: Saints at Seahawks - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
For a Monday night game in early December, this is as good as it gets. The 10-1 Seattle Seahawks play host to the 9-2 New Orleans Saints in a game that could decide home-field advantage for the NFC playoffs.

Richard Sherman explains why Drew Brees is elite | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
“I wouldn’t say he’s the hardest guy to read, but he’s definitely difficult,” Sherman said. “There are some plays where I don’t know if he knew where he was going at the read. That’s the sign of good quarterbacks, guys who can go through their progressions and make it all the way through their progressions. You can tell he didn’t say, ‘I’m going to this guy at the beginning of the play.’ He went all the way through his progressions, found the open guy and got it there. That’s what makes elite quarterbacks elite.”

Pro Football Focus previews Seahawks-Saints | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are the weekly links, notes and observations from Pro Football Focus previewing the upcoming game:

Seahawks WR Percy Harvin doesn't practice - ESPN
"We will go day to day with how we take care of him," Carroll said. "So yeah, that's what we're facing, I think, probably through the entire finish of the regular season."

Darrelle Revis (groin) questionable for Buccaneers -
Darrelle Revis is listed as questionable for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Find out everything you need to know about the Week 13 injury report.

Russell Wilson finally faces his idol in Drew Brees - ESPN
Russell Wilson is a little embarrassed to say so now, but the last time the New Orleans Saints played the Seattle Seahawks, Wilson just might have been wearing a Saints cap. "I probably did," Wilson said, obviously wanting to downplay it.

A chilly Monday night could benefit Seattle - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
The temperature at kickoff is expected to be in the upper 30s, dropping to the low 30s as the game progresses. And snow flurries also are possible.

Top 10 dead money deals | National Football Post
An inside look at some of the most costly financial mistakes made in the NFL over the last few seasons.

Week 13 Game Rankings: Broncos-Chiefs leads post-Turkey Day lineup -
La Canfora: After Thanksgiving, Week 13's leftovers include a pivotal rematch between the Broncos and Chiefs. Here's the post-holiday lineup, ranked via the Hoagie Scale.

NFL Picks - Straight Up - Week 13 -'s host of NFL experts provides expert picks, grades and analysis for each game during the season.

Prisco's Picks - Week 13 -'s host of NFL experts provides expert picks, grades and analysis for each game during the season.

Eight in the Box: NFL teams that will be better in 2014 than they are in 2013 | Audibles -
Each Friday, Eight in the Box will highlight a list of eight players, teams or moments and their impact on the 2013 season (and beyond). The NFL's parity-driven model makes it possible for teams to turn around their fortunes quickly.

Thank you, Dr. Z. Yours truly, Everybody | Audibles -
Zimmerman's mastery of football minutiae was staggering. During the game, he would keep a visual game chart, with different squiggles denoting pass, run, or punt, his tiny script indicating the ballcarrier or receiver.

NFL Week 13 preview: Examining Seattle Seahawks- New Orleans Saints, more | Audibles -
Chris Burke and Doug Farrar get 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 New Orleans (9-2) at Seattle (10-1) -- Monday, 8:30 p.m.

Bye Weeks Have Not Been Kind to Seattle Seahawks Under Pete Carroll | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Green Bay Packers defense embarrasses itself against Detroit Lions | The MMQB with Peter King
When Mike McCarthy and his family sit down to have their day-after Thanksgiving meal, as is the custom for those whose teams get called to play in the holiday games, it’s going to be very difficult for the Packers head coach to fathom an appetite.

Peter King previews Week 13 and the playoff race in the NFL | The MMQB with Peter King
So many great games on the schedule this week, as the calendar turns to December on Sunday: Denver-Kansas City II, New Orleans-Seattle I, the massively struggling Colts playing for their lives, a jillion teams playing to keep flickering postseason hopes alive.

NFL Week 13 schedule features Broncos-Chiefs, Rams-49ers, Titans-Colts | The MMQB with Peter King
Broncos (9-2) at Chiefs (9-2), 4:25 p.m., CBS By now you’ve probably heard that Peyton Manning got rid of the ball in an average 2.17 seconds on his 40 pass attempts against the Chiefs two weeks ago.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: Stop Backpedaling
Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon is having an excellent rookie season. He’s thrown 13 touchdowns against only four interceptions and ranks a middle-of-the-pack 18th in DYAR and DVOA. He’s one of the big reasons the Bucs are no longer known solely as a giant hot zone of MRSA.

Fisher doesn’t see any problem with Kaepernick’s 2013 performance | ProFootballTalk
“I don’t see any indication of him struggling,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Friday, via quotes distributed by the team. “I don’t know where that’s coming from. He’s throwing touchdown passes and running around just like he did last year. So, I think any time you lose a game or two all the focus goes to the quarterback, but he’s not the reason that they lost football games. So, they’re very efficient and he’s a very talented quarterback.”

Zac Stacy cleared to play, five days after concussion | ProFootballTalk
When the Rams go to San Francisco on Sunday, they’ll have their leading running back. Most likely.

2014 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Tracker -
With the season winding down, draft-eligible underclassmen will soon make their intentions known about returning to school or entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Last season a record 74 underclassmen were granted eligibility, surpassing the previous high (65), which was set the year prior.

Revis vs. Megatron: The Winning Strategy of Turning an Island Into A Peninsula | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I can’t wait for the day that Darrelle Revis’ knee is at full strength so he can reprise Revis Island against any receiver. His assignment on Calvin Johnson reveals that he’s not there yet. However, his performance on Sunday is a story of a great football player with new physical limitations and his coaching staff making adjustments to win the war against one of these most dangerous pitch-and-catch combos in the NFL.

The Second Level: What You Need to Know Heading into NFL Week 13 | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers Offense Have Finally Found an Identity | Bleacher Report
Pittsburgh Steelers news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

The NFL's Biggest Surprises of 2013 | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more