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No hazing -- Seahawks rookie rocks a mullet by choice -
The coach had to ask. In light of everything that has occurred with the Dolphins, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll needed to know if one of his rookies had been, well, badgered into doing something he didn't necessarily want to.

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

Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers feel good before San Francisco 49ers game | The MMQB with Peter King
Headed for a critical game with the Niners, Carolina is playoff position for the first time in years, and for veteran wideout Steve Smith the feeling can’t be better

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: Midseason Sack Counts
There are 13 offensive linemen who have played 500 snaps or more this season without allowing a sack. All 13 are offensive guards or centers (although Louis Vasquez did spend some time on the outside this year while the Broncos suffered injuries to Ryan Clady and Orlando Franklin). It’s a little easier slowing down a big defensive tackle who spends more time stuffing the run than picking up sacks, but it’s still quite the accomplishment to get halfway through the season without giving up a sack.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | FO Mailbag: Easiest First-Half Schedules Ever
Nat Brooks: You include past schedule strength in each week's DVOA analysis. Here at the midpoint of the season, the Chiefs have the weakest past schedule I can remember. How does their Week 9 schedule stack up against other seasons? How do the weakest three schedules this year stack up against the past? Are we seeing something historic?

Pete Carroll not optimistic on Red Bryant, Max Unger -
Coach Pete Carroll doesn't sound optimistic that the Seahawks will have defensive end Red Bryant or center Max Unger for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

Seahawks trying to get back to their run-stopping ways -
he Seahawks are going back to the site where their last season ended. It's the Seahawks' ability to get back to the fundamentals of their defense that will determine how far this season goes.

Roddy White Injury: Receiver, 3 Others Questionable Against Seahawks - The Falcoholic
The Falcons head into their game against the Seahawks with four important players questionable. The good thing is that most of them are probably going to play. Roddy White is officially listed as...

Blueprint for interim coaches, 49ers' resurgent defense and more -
Suddenly, Jack Del Rio and Wade Phillips are head coaches (again). Yes, both situations are temporary, but Albert Breer has a guide for the interim bosses of the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.

Eddie Lacy tops Making the Leap list for Week 10 -
Eddie Lacy is leading the NFL in rushing over the past five weeks. Find out who else joins the Green Bay Packers' smashmouth tailback on this week's Making the Leap list.

Malcolm Jenkins: Saints' Rob Ryan 'a changed man' -
Rob Ryan admits he was "humbled" when the Cowboys fired him last winter, but his New Orleans Saints defensive unit is happy to have him -- and hopes to show Dallas why on Sunday night.

What to watch for: Viewing tips for Week 10 games -
Week 10 includes a battle of dual-threat QBs as Colin Kaepernick's San Francisco 49ers host Cam Newton's Carolina Panthers. Your "Couchgating" viewing tips for all the weekend's games.

Matt Flynn expected to work out for Green Bay Packers -
The Green Bay Packers passed on a chance to claim Matt Flynn on waivers this week. Ian Rapoport reports the team still plans to work out its former backup quarterback soon.

And down the stretch they come | National Football Post
A look at some of the marquee storylines heading into the second half of the 2013 NFL season.

Week 10 Game Rankings: Panthers at Niners could become key tiebreaker -
Things are finally getting interesting in Week 10, with games like Panthers-49ers and Lions-Bears among the most appetizing. Jason La Canfora ranks the schedule.

Clark Hunt explains move to hire Andy Reid as Kansas City Chiefs coach | The MMQB with Peter King
Under Andy Reid's leadership, the Chiefs have orchestrated a significant turnaround. The man behind Reid's hire explains what he saw in the ex-Eagle that prompted him to make the move

NFL Week 10 schedule features Panthers-49ers, Eagles-Packers, more | The MMQB with Peter King
It’s a battle of the NFL’s best linebacking duos when the Panthers and 49ers meet in San Francisco. Plus, Broncos-Chargers, Lions-Bears, Cowboys-Saints and the Eagles paying a visit to the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers

Eight in the Box: Best games left on the NFL schedule | Audibles -
Each Friday, Eight in the Box will highlight a list of eight players, teams or moments and their impact on the 2013 season. Courtesy of the NFL's never-ending push for parity, nearly 70 of the league's teams (22 of 32) will enter this weekend's action within one loss of a playoff spot.

2014 NFL Draft: Stanford's Hogan, Yankey, Skov star vs. Oregon -
NFL-caliber play along the line of scrimmage, linebacker and quarterback powered the Cardinal's victory.

The Dolphins Options With Jonathan Martin and the Dollars Involved - Over the Cap
We’ve discussed a bit on the Incognito side of the Jonthan Martin situation, but with Dolphins teammates jumping to the defense of Incognito and wondering why Martin is taking such actions, we should also examine what Martin has to lose by leaving the team.

Is RG3 Trying To Get Hurt? Yes. -
PFT Commenter is back with some strong takes about what's really plaguing the NFL: players whose motivation has nothing to do with winning and everything to do with themselves. Brace yourself for a hot serving of big boy opinions.

Seahawks sampling -- Jonathan Martin preferred as teammate - ESPN
When the Seattle players were asked which man they would rather have as a teammate -- Richie Incognito or Jonathan Martin -- the response was 3-0 in favor of Martin.

Seahawks vs. Falcons point spread and pick - Betting market catches up to Seattle - Linemakers - Sporting News
The betting market appears to have caught up to the Seattle Seahawks, who, after a prolific run against the spread, have failed to cover in four of their last five games. Still, Seattle heads to Atlanta as substantial favorites over a crumbling Falcons team that was recently called out by their coach for a lack of effort.

Late bye week works for Seattle - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Is better to have your bye week early in the season or late, as is the case for the Seahawks

Seahawks injury report: Bryant, Unger, Hill are out | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seattle’s official injury report for the Atlanta game has been released, and it lists FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring), C Max Unger (concussion), DT Jordan Hill (biceps) and DE Red Bryant (concussion) as out.

What they said: Dan Quinn | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn talked about the team’s struggles against the run the last two weeks, and a lot more met the media Thursday. Here’s some of what he said:

Audio: Former Seahawk John Moffitt talks about retiring, and more | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Really good stuff here today on KJR-AM from former Seahawk John Moffitt, who talked about his decision to retire this week, and lots more. Definitely worth a listen:

49ers' Upcoming Test Against Panthers Has Huge Playoff Implications | Bleacher Report
Over the course of the final eight weeks of the season, the San Francisco 49ers have plenty of work to do if they want to establish themselves as legitimate Super Bowl contenders for the second straight season...