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Dave Boling: Boost for Seahawks is just a healthy hip away | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
From both decrepit locker rooms at Candlestick Park on Sunday afternoon, a common thread of commentary held that San Francisco and Seattle had waged a duel that felt like a playoff game.

Pete Carroll Week 15 Wednesday Press Conference
Head Coach Pete Carroll fields questions from the media about the health of his players and gives his outlook for the upcoming game against the New York Giants.

Kaepernick on his accuracy: ‘There’s obviously always a few you’d want back’ | 49ers Hot Read
Colin Kaepernick’s completion percentage ranks 33rd — in a league that features 32 teams.

Rob Rang 12-6
With several college prospects electing to stay in school, Rob Rang breaks down who is still entering the draft and which prospects to watch on Championship Saturday in college football.

News, notes and quotes: No Harvin or Unger today | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Percy Harvin will not practice today, but will continue rehabilitation work. Pete Carroll stood by his week-to-week, then day-to-day assessments with Harvin.

Justin Tuck of New York Giants -- Seattle Seahawks will embarrass you - ESPN New York
"The last thing you want to be is embarrassed," Tuck said after practice Wednesday. "And this is a team that, if you're not ready to play, they will embarrass you ... and then laugh at you about it."

Seahawks' Derrick Coleman tells Tacoma kids, 'If you have a dream, go for it' | Education | The News Tribune
Seattle Seahawks running back Derrick Coleman says growing up hard-of-hearing helped form him, as a person and as an athlete.

Looking at the overrated guys (in my opinion) | Seahawks Draft Blog
There are quite a few players eligible for the 2014 draft that I just think are flat out overrated.

Why Seahawks Richard Sherman can stop anything – even Bertha | Take 2 | Seattle Times
Richard Sherman did it. We asked Seattle Times readers to solve the city’s biggest mystery: What stopped Bertha?

Giants game will be a prime opportunity for Seahawks -
Everything is there for the taking. That statement is as true for the Seahawks' game on Sunday against the Giants as it for Seattle's playoff positioning. No team has committed more turnovers than the Giants this season, and no team is closer to clinching the top playoff seed than the Seahawks.

Thomas: Loss to 49ers “a challenge to myself” | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
“I just took it as a challenge to myself,” he said. “To re-focus everything and go through all the situations that occurred in the game if we have similar situations again.”

Pete Carroll sees renewed focus after loss - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
“It’s a reality check,” Carroll said. “It showed how the littlest of things can determine the outcome of a game. And being in a good, hard-fought, tough game is good always. I like the others to learn the hard way as always, but that’s not the case. It’s a learning opportunity.”

Notes from Pete Carroll's Wednesday presser | - Seattle Sidelines
"He won’t practice today, he’s rehabbing," Pete Carroll said. "It’s week to week, we’re trying to figure this thing out, then when he gets on the practice field then it’s truly day to day and we’ll see how he responds. As of today, he won’t be going. That means he’s running in his rehab work, then we have to see if he can tolerate it and come back and give us a couple days of work. We’ll have to make sure he’s right, so we’re going to take our time. I know it seems like, ‘how can you take you’re time when you’re this close to the end of the season?’ But we still have to do that to take care of him."

Free Agents, Draft Picks That Could Fill Seattle's Biggest Needs | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Goodell: NFL to consider centralizing replay reviews -
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated Wednesday that the league is considering making fundamental changes with how replays reviews are handled.

Position rankings: NFL Honors stock report -
Is Peyton Manning separating from Russell Wilson in the MVP derby? Our position rankings series turns its attention to the races for the major awards as the end of the regular season approaches.

5 Don'ts every young agent should know | National Football Post
Agents must be on constant guard to protect their clients.

Super Bowl XLVIII contenders: Do Patriots, Panthers have what it takes? | Audibles -
The Seahawks and Broncos represent the class of the NFL. But what about the other teams expected to make the playoffs? In the latest Cover-Two, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar examine the title-worthiness of the contenders outside of Seattle and Denver. New England Patriots Chris Burke: Buy.

Jeff Triplette's corporate website crashes as his officiating suffers increasing scrutiny | Audibles -
As it turns out, the last two weeks have been a more trying time for NFL official Jeff Triplette than we could have imagined. During the same stretch that he was busy blowing a clock call in the New York Giants’ 24-17 win over the Washington Redskins on Dec. 1, and busy blowing a red-zone call that gave the Cincinnati Bengals a gift touchdown in their 42-28 win over the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, the league’s most bumptious ref was also dealing with some serious corporate issues.

NFL Stock Watch: Bears boosted offense in quick, impressive fashion -
The NFL Stock Watch takes a look at who's up and who's down around the NFL. This week we take a look at the Chicago Bears and their re(?)surgent offense.

Mike Tomlin, Jim Harbaugh reported as possible Texas candidates -
Both Mike Tomlin and Jim Harbaugh were reported as possible candidates for the Texas Longhorns coaching job ... which isn't even open yet.

Jadeveon Clowney will have NFL teams digging deep before the draft | The MMQB with Peter King
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Believe the hype. South Carolina end Jadeveon Clowney, heralded as the best NFL defensive draft prospect in more than a decade, trots out of the tunnel at Williams-Brice Stadium for pregame warm-ups before taking on blood rival Clemson on Nov. 30.

Super Bowl 48's no-tailgating rule another troubling sign for the big game | The MMQB with Peter King
While we still were all happily replaying the snowy and zany events of Week 14 in our heads, the 11th commandment was handed down from on high early this week, and at first glance, it sounds just as iron-clad and restrictive as the original 10, and possibly more consequential if violated: "Th...

Pro Bowl 2014: Who deserves to make the cut | The MMQB with Peter King
Pro Bowl balloting closes the day after Christmas. In an effort to help "merit” trump "popularity," I filled out a full ballot that’s based solely on film study from this season. Stats are noted in some of the analysis, but they did not factor strongly into any decisions.

2014 cap is projected to be $126.3 million | ProFootballTalk
In a salary-cap environment, one of the biggest things about which to think is the spending limit. Per multiple reports, league owners were told at Wednesday’s quarterly meeting that the salary cap for 2014 currently is expected to be $126.3 million per team.

Eli’s willing to restructure, but is he willing to take less money? | ProFootballTalk
“I haven’t thought about it, but if they come to me, yeah, we’ll discuss it and figure out a plan,” Manning said Wednesday, via Jordan Ranaan of

Grantland NFL Podcast: Playoff Contenders and the RG3 Decision - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Barnwell and Mays go through the playoff contenders in the NFC and break down the benching of Robert Griffin III. You can listen to this podcast on t

NFL beat writer roundtable on job, Twitter, pressure, breaking news | The MMQB with Peter King
The NFL beat has never been more all-encompassing than it is today, given the multiple platforms for content and the intense competition both locally and nationally. To give readers some insight into the job, I empaneled five respected NFL writers for a roundtable discussion on the business.

How Would Centralized Replay System Affect NFL Games? | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Inside Slant: Knee injuries on rise overall - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
We've done our best to track the increase in ACL injuries this season, most recently noting that the majority have occurred on grass. Our friends at ESPN Stats & Information expanded the research this week to include all knee injuries -- tendons, other ligaments, knee caps, etc. -- that have resulted in a player being placed on injured reserve.

Chicago Bears: Martellus Bennett has ideas for Bears' defense -
Tight end Martellus Bennett has caught 53 passes this season, but his biggest catch could come by influencing his brother, defensive end Michael Bennett of the Seahawks, to join him with the Bears when he becomes a free agent. "Next year I am trying to get him to come here because he will be a free agent again. So I am selling him already," Bennett said Tuesday on his weekly segment of the "Boers & Bernstein Show" on WSCR-AM 670.

Blake Bortles, the top 10 QB the 2014 NFL Draft needs -
With several questions about the quarterbacks eligible for next year's draft, the Central Florida junior signal caller is poised to go high.

NFC West: Week 14 Good, Bad & Ugly | Fanspeak's NFC West Blog
The Seahawks streak is snapped by narrow 49er home win, Cardinals crush Rams 30-10 in Arizona.