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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Wednesday


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Hump day.

A Look at Pricing Points for Richard Sherman and the Seahawks - Over the Cap
I had a few comments today about CB Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks and what he could be worth in the future to Seattle, so I thought why not take a look at Sherman and his potential value. Sherman is currently in the 3rd year of a rookie contract signed in 2011 and can be extended following the season, so this is clearly a big year for him.

Marshawn Lynch: rare glimpse at soft side of Seahawks’ Beast Mode | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
Tough Seahawks running back describes Beast Quake run as a metaphor for his life in rare ESPN interview.

Jamaal Charles, Peyton Manning among 2013 Midseason All-Pros, Awards Winners | The MMQB with Peter King
We're at the halfway mark of the 2013 season, so The MMQB is pressing pause to take a look back at the storylines, teams and players that made an impact or headlines in the first half of the season. After nine weeks of studying tape, Greg A.

Week 10 NFL Power Rankings - Rodgers' Injury a Blow for Packers | Fanspeak NFL Blog
After 9 weeks of NFL action, here is Fanspeak's Week 10 Power Rankings:

Week 10 NFL Power Rankings - Rodgers' Injury a Blow for Packers | Fanspeak NFL Blog
After 9 weeks of NFL action, here is Fanspeak's Week 10 Power Rankings:

Crabtree cleared to return to practice after Achilles rehab | 49ers Hot Read
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree has been medically cleared to return to the 49ers practice field for the first time since tearing his right Achilles on May 21.

Aaron Rodgers effect on Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
More than anything else, the effect on the Seahawks regarding Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers' injury is to show the team how fortunate it is that the same thing hasn’t happened to Russell Wilson.

Assessing Seattle’s tackle situation « Seahawks Draft Blog
The injuries to Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini might actually be a blessing in disguise. That’s assuming Russell Wilson survives the next couple of weeks of course…

Up next: Atlanta Falcons
A lot has changed since the Falcons rallied for a 30-28 victory over the Seahawks in their divisional playoff game in January, as the Falcons are 2-6 entering Sunday’s rematch at the Georgia Dome.

Focus on: Marshawn Lynch
Look who’s second in the NFL in rushing. With his 125-yard performance against the Buccaneers on Sunday, Marshawn Lynch has moved into the No. 2 spot among the league’s leading rushers.

Power Rankings: No. 4 Seattle Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
A weekly examination of the Seahawks' Power Ranking:

Carroll trusts Golden Tate to take chances - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Going by the fundamentals of the game, players shouldn't field a punt inside their 10-yard line.

Will the Seahawks be able to retain Richard Sherman? -
There are two sides to having elite players in the NFL. On one hand, they're essential to a team's success. But on the other, when their contracts are up, they will command a substantial raise that could hamstring a team's ability to retain other vital players.

Chalk Talk: Jermaine Kearse's touchdown vs. Bucs -
The 16-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse kick-started the Seahawks' comeback win over Tampa Bay, and it's the focus of this week's edition of "Chalk Talk" with Brock Huard.

Greg Schiano leads list of NFL coaches on the hot seat -
With two months left in the season, a handful of coaches might be facing uncertain futures. Find out where Greg Schiano, Rex Ryan and others stand entering Week 10.

Michael Crabtree cleared to practice for 49ers -
The San Francisco 49ers have a major piece of their offense back in the mix. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree has been cleared to practice after undergoing surgery to repair a torn Achilles in May.

What we learned: AFC teams suffer tough losses -
The Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans all suffered demoralizing losses Sunday. That's one of 33 takeaways from an eventful Week 9 in the NFL.

NFL Power Rankings: Among 9-0 teams, Chiefs may be worst - NFL -
Are the Chiefs, with a pedestrian offense that ranks 25th, the worst team ever to start 9-0? Sure looks like it, but without a loss, they remain No. 1 in our weekly rankings.

2014 NFL Draft picks that can help midseason bottomfeeders | The MMQB with Peter King
We’re at the halfway mark of the 2013 season, so The MMQB is pressing pause to take a look back at the storylines, teams and players that made an impact or headlines in the first half of the season. Here, Andy Staples looks at the teams most in the running for the No.

Luke Kuechly, Andrew Luck headline Audibles All Second-Year Team | Audibles -
It's hard to know what to make of second-year NFL players. For every rookie disappointment who sees the light, there's a first-year star who falls into a sophomore slump.

NFL Draft 2014 Risers/Fallers: Top prospects from Oregon, Stanford on display Thursday | Audibles -
The NFL's uninspiring Thursday slate brings another potential dud this week: 3-5 Washington on the road to face Christian Ponder and the 1-7 Vikings. So perhaps more so than any weeks prior, football fans will turn their mid-week attention to the college ranks.

Matt Flynn clears waivers | ProFootballTalk
As it turns out, the Packers weren’t being discreet about Aaron Rodgers‘ injury because they hoped to making a claim for the contract of former Packers backup Matt Flynn.

Reid says calling Alex Smith a “game manager” is a compliment | ProFootballTalk
Last month, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said he doesn’t know what the term “game manager” means. (So much for that Utah education.)

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 9 DVOA Ratings
So, which team has the best defense in the NFL this year? The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed just 12.3 points per game, the best figure in the league. The Houston Texans, as crazy as it sounds, are leading the league with just 273.5 yards allowed per game. Cleveland actually leads the league with just 4.5 yards allowed per play. And a lot of fans would just forget about which teams lead in these various categories and instead go with the defense with the strongest track record of dominance over the last season and a half, the Seattle Seahawks.

Using the SRS to Analyze NFL Games Through Nine Weeks
Let’s start with the SRS ratings through nine weeks, excluding the Green Bay/Chicago Monday Night Football game:

NFL Draft Week 10 Stock Report: FSU's Devonta Freeman on the rise -
A look at NFL prospects who helped themselves this past weekend and a few who might have hurt themselves

Reinforcements coming soon for injury-gutted Seattle Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Despite their NFC-best 8-1 record, the Seattle Seahawks have struggled all season to overcome injuries at some of the team’s most important positions. Finally, it looks like those struggles could be over within the next few weeks.

Run defense concerns Seahawks | - Sports
RENTON -- After giving up 200 yards on the ground to the St. Louis Rams, the Seattle Seahawks defense vowed last week to clean up their mistakes.But...

Seattle Seahawks: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 10 | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more