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Gameday, baby.

Three things: Rams-Seahawks - ESPN
Three things worth watching in Sunday's game between St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks

Five matchups to watch: Seahawks vs. Rams
The Seahawks enter their regular-season finale against the Rams on Sunday needing the same thing they’ve needed twice in the previous three games: A win to clinch the NFC West and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Seahawks standouts are top picks and keepers for 2014
Scott Engel of details several standout Seahawks who hold promise heading into next year's fantasy football season.

Seahawks cornerback returns from suspension
The Seattle Seahawks' top-ranked defense is getting reinforcements. On Friday, they activated cornerback Walter Thurmond from roster exempt status and released cornerback Perrish Cox. Thurmond, 26, began

Brandon Coleman does his best in festering Rutgers offense | Seahawks Draft Blog
The Rutgers offense has been pitiful all year. Even benching struggling Gary Nova hasn’t had much of an impact.

Will home-field incentive push Seahawks past Rams? -
Like many others, I thought the Seahawks would crush the Cardinals last Sunday.

Morning Ram-blings: A trade missed - St. Louis Rams Blog - ESPN
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- In the two NFL drafts since general manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher have handled the reins for the St. Louis Rams, they've

Things to improve for the Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
Friday was a look at the things Seahawks fans should want to see from the Seattle offense Sunday. Here’s a list of things you should hope to see on defense and special teams in the game against the St. Louis Rams, with the NFC West title and home-field advantage for the playoffs on the line for Seattle.

Seahawks-Rams: Five things to watch | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Well, after all that for the Seahawks it comes down to this — win Sunday and be assured of homefield through the NFC playoffs, lose and be at the mercy of the 49ers and possibly falling to the fifth seed, and likely having no more home games this season.

Pro Football Focus previews Seahawks-Rams | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here is the weekly set of notes, links and observations from Pro Football Focus, including its preview of Sunday’s game:

Thurmond could see field Sunday | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The suits and strut had to be put on the shelf for more than a month.

Carroll: ‘It’s been a season of continued challenges and this is another one’ | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Here’s what Pete Carroll had to say Friday (remember this was before the injury report came out):

The Biggest Pro Bowl Snub for Every NFC West Team | Bleacher Report
It happens every year. Undeserving players at various positions are selected to the Pro Bowl , while deserving players are snubbed and left out in the cold. Unsurprisingly, the Pro Bowl has turned into a glorified popularity contest...

Rams vs. Seahawks: Breaking Down Seattle's Game Plan | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

The Official Web Site of Earl Thomas | NFL Safety . Seattle Seahawks Feeling Grateful and Enjoying the Grind - The Official Web Site of Earl Thomas | NFL Safety . Seattle Seahawks
It’s a great honor to be representing the Seahawks organization in the Pro Bowl for the third year in a row, and to also keep my motto of always evolving alive. This great moment makes me really appreciate the adverse times, and my teammates who helped me to get to this point. I’m really grateful just for the opportunity to be playing the game I love, and will continue to use successful moments like this to build on and elevate from.

Official Richard Sherman Website
I want to start this blog by saying that I hope everyone had a happy holiday! The main focus this week has been on learning from our mistakes and moving on. We made some uncharacteristic plays last week and didn’t take advantage of a few opportunities, which ended up being the difference in the game. This is how things go in this league. We are constantly facing great teams and things aren’t always going to go our way. All we can do is shake it off and prepare to go 1-0 the following week. As usual, you 12’s were outstanding! We will need all of you to bring the noise to CenturyLink again tomorrow as we take on a very talented Rams team.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Percy Harvin Contract Explained
Former sports agent Joel Corry spent a few minutes explaining some details of Percy Harvin's contract that I had not previously understood. In the interest of keeping Seahawks fan informed, I will share what I learned, as well as some thoughts on the significance of it.

Sunday Primer: Week 17 -
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Cowboys signal-caller Kyle Orton will lead their teams into win-and-in division showdowns. Find out everything else you need to know as kickoff approaches.

Reggie Bush cites chemistry for Detroit Lions' collapse -
Reggie Bush believes the Detroit Lions' second-half collapse can be attributed to the lack of team chemistry. "I just think that maybe our chemistry as a team definitely struggled and lacked a little bit," he said.

2014 Pro Bowl roster analysis: Offense -
Marc Sessler breaks down the offensive Pro Bowl roster to determine if most of the picks, like Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, were on target.

Five for Sunday: Expect shockers in regular season's final weekend -
With divisional rivalries all over the schedule in the final week of the NFL regular season, expect some upsets and spoilers. Also, the Seahawks have a tough road to the Super Bowl, even if they don't play on the road.

Prisco's Picks - Week 17 -
eattle is coming off its first home loss of the season. The Cardinals beat them up and now they get a physical Rams team. Seattle can lock down the top seed in the playoffs with a victory here. I say Russell Wilson bounces back.

The Pro Bowl snub team | National Football Post
Several players have a legitimate gripe following Friday’s announcement.

Cardinals can become third 11-5 team to miss playoffs | ProFootballTalk
Of the 10 NFL teams that have double-digit wins this season, eight have already clinched playoff berths and a ninth will make the playoffs with a win on Sunday. And then there are the Cardinals.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro
The best NFL teams possess three characteristics on the field: resiliency, intimidation, and explosiveness. Two are psychological and one is physical. All three are methods of managing the most pervasive elemental force in football: punishment.

Greg Cosell’s Look Ahead: Cam Newton shows off his strengths on three big passes vs. Saints | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
People think about a player being "clutch" when he makes big plays at the end of games, but the real question is, why did it happen? Attributes and traits lead to success in the NFL, and Cam Newton's strengths led to him making three huge plays to lead Carolina to a win last week.

What to Watch For in NFL Week 17 | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Bill Barnwell on his pick for the NFL All-Pro team - Grantland
Politics aside, let's put together a superlative NFL team that actually makes sense

Bill Simmons on Week 17 in the NFL - Grantland
The Sports Guy embarks on a mission to try to salvage the most abysmal NFL handicapping season of his career

South Carolina's Bruce Ellington still considering NFL draft entry -
An envelope from the NFL Draft Advisory Board is awaiting South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington at his home, but the Gamecocks' standout football and basketball player doesn't want to be distracted by its contents.

Scouting the Russell Athletic Bowl: Miami vs. Louisville
Marcus Smith/DE-OLB/Louisville: It’s going to be interesting to see where Marcus Smith lands in the draft. This is an explosive athlete who has proven he can consistently generate pressure on the quarterback. The issue is that he’s undersized for the defensive end position. Luckily, Louisville has given Smith opportunities to drop in coverage and show evaluators that he has the athleticism to transition to outside linebacker. I’d have no problem pulling the trigger on a dynamic pass rusher like Smith in the second round. He has the potential to consistently reach the double-digit sack mark in the NFL. 2nd Round

2014 NFL Draft: Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence entering NFL -
Lawrence (who led the Mountain West with 10.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss) could earn top 100 consideration in the 2014 NFL draft.

2014 NFL Draft: Huskies TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins leaving for draft -
Washington junior TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins said he will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, while teammate RB Bishop Sankey is undecided.