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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Gameday

Otto Greule Jr

Gameday, baby.

Embracing the Moment - The Official Web Site of Earl Thomas | NFL Safety . Seattle Seahawks
Over the off week and holiday, I took some time to relax by myself, and thought about everything that went into getting to this point. It was the same type of feeling as I had at Christmas, just thinking about how excited and grateful I am for the opportunity to be in the playoffs.

The All-22: Michael Bennett, Logan Ryan among hidden gems for NFL’s top seeds | Audibles -
Every postseason has unheralded heroes. And when the games become more important, those contributions from under-the-radar players can often make the difference between contention and elimination. With that in mind, and the divisional playoffs in sight, here’s one player from each of this weekend’s games we think could have a major impact for the first and second seeds in each conference.

Percy Harvin's return boosts Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints | The MMQB with Peter King
The Seahawks waited, and waited, and waited. And then they almost gave up. But finally, this weekend, all that waiting will pay off as Percy Harvin takes the field against the Saints. And now that the waiting is over, there's no holding back By Peter King · More from Peter·

Seattle Seahawks Take Flight With Son of ‘Harry B.’ ’77 | Dartmouth Now
When NFL fans watch Russell Wilson play, they see a talented and personable young quarterback who has led the Seattle Seahawks to the NFC playoffs in each of his first two seasons and is widely expected to lead them to the 2014 Super Bowl title.

Bill Simmons on the NFL playoffs - Grantland
Before he makes his playoff picks, the Sports Guy lists 10 things that added to his ongoing NFL education.

Seahawks should turn Percy Harvin loose vs. Saints -
If you listen to "Wyman, Mike and Moore", you've maybe heard the back and forth I've had with John Clayton about Percy Harvin. The Professor says it would be a mistake if the Seahawks use him as a kickoff returner Saturday because it increases the chances of him reinjuring his hip. But Pete Carroll said Thursday there will be no limitations.

Official Richard Sherman Website
Alright 12s, this is what we’ve been waiting for all year. We are in a position to achieve something special here in Seattle and it all starts tomorrow. We have plenty of frustrations from last year’s Playoff game against the Falcons, and we’ve prepared all week with these memories in mind to ensure that we never have that feeling again. Although the Playoffs present a bigger stage than the regular season, we are not treating it any different because we have always maintained a 1-0 mentality. This is going to be a dogfight that we are ready to welcome into Seattle.

Double Coverage: Saints at Seahawks - ESPN
Six weeks ago, the New Orleans Saints came to Seattle in a big Monday night showdown with the Seahawks to see which team would gain the upper hand in homefield advantage for the playoffs.

The Seattle Seahawks Defense Relies on a Brazen Tactic: Rampant Interference -
"They look at it and say, 'We may get called for one but not 10,'" said Mike Pereira, a former NFL vice president of officiating who is now a Fox analyst.

New Orleans Saints must adjust in rematch vs. Seattle Seahawks -
The Seattle Seahawks have been considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender all season, but it was a resounding 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 13 that prompted many to tout the team as the best in football. The Saints are unquestionably one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, yet they were unable to muster much against a Seahawks defense that pummeled them at every turn in that highly anticipated "Monday Night Football" showdown one month ago.

Seahawks sacrifice to make most of their remarkable depth | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks are one of the NFL’s deepest teams, which keeps players fresh but means they have to sacrifice playing time and stats for the good of the team.

Richard Sherman: The case for NFL defensive player of the year | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman led the NFL with eight interceptions and made many of his big plays at crucial moments in games.

Earl Thomas: The case for NFL defensive player of the year | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has great range, speed and toughness and uses those assets to force opponents out of their game.

NFL bloggers debate who will cover Saturday's Divisional Round games - 01-10-2014
The NFL Playoffs are down to its elite eight, with the a ticket to the conference championship on the line in the Divisional Round.

Seahawks beloved here, but are growing into a hated team elsewhere | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
A different narrative is developing for those who reside outside the Seahawks’ sphere of sycophancy. These same players who are so revered locally are regarded, in some quarters, as cocky, boastful prima donnas.

Michael Robinson right at home back in Seahawks’ locker room | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Fullback Michael Robinson was cut by the Seahawks in August but stayed close to the team, hoping they’d need to bring him back. When they did, it was like he’d never left.

The time is now for Seahawks | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Young, talented Seahawks look like they’re set up for long run of success but in the NFL there are no guarantees. In this game, it’s best to treat every opportunity as your last.

Breaking Down Mark Ingram's Resurgence in New Orleans Saints Offense | Bleacher Report
New Orleans Saints news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Teams are responsible for keeping concussed players out of games | ProFootballTalk
The letter sent by the chairmen of the league’s Head, Neck, & Spine Committee to all NFL teams subtly but clearly places the blame on two unnamed players (widely believed to be Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis and Packers tackle David Bakhtiari) for violating the concussion protocol by (as to Lewis) failing to leave the sideline area after being diagnosed with a concussion and (as to Bakhtiari) re-entering the game after being removed for a concussion evaluation.

Percy Harvin returns in time for Seahawks’ clash with Saints | The MMQB with Peter King
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on getting back his star receiver just in time for Saturday’s clash with the Saints, and how he finally found success in the NFL

Eight best NFL divisional-round performances since 2002 | Audibles -
Last year's divisional round made for thrilling television. The Ravens nipped the Broncos only after a late-game prayer was answered, Colin Kaepernick ran wild, the Falcons broke Seattle's hearts, and New England held off multiple Houston comeback attempts.

Seahawks playoff history | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seattle has made the playoffs eight times since moving to the NFC, more than all but three other NFL teams.

Seahawks’ Brandon Mebane doesn’t get credit he deserves | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane is appreciated by his teammates, even if the rest of the world hasn’t figured out yet how good he is.

CenturyLink Field set to record fan-induced earthquakes with seismometers for Seahawks-Saints game | Audibles -
The last time the New Orleans Saints visited Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, the 12th Man made enough commotion to register a 1-to-2-magnitude earthquake. That number could intensify for the playoffs Saturday, and the Seahawks will have the equipment in place to record it.

Smarter Stats: NFL playoffs divisional round preview, by the numbers | Audibles -
Football is a tape-based analysis game, and there's no doubt the best way to get a read on teams is to break down their All-22 as much as possible.

NFL: 2 players violated concussion protocol in wild-card games -
Last weekend, Packers T David Bakhtiari and Saints CB Keenan Lewis suffered concussions, and both players subsequently violated the league's concussion protocol, according to the AP.

2014 NFL Draft: Benjamin adds 1st-round potential to deep WR class -
The Florida State pass-catcher is considered a first-round prospect and will challenge to be one of the top wide receivers drafted in May

Ten things from the divisional round that intrigue me -
Peyton Manning, Luck vs. Brady, Belichick vs T.Y. Hilton are all things that intrigue me this week int he NFL Playoffs.

Ten things from the divisional round that intrigue me -
Peyton Manning, Luck vs. Brady, Belichick vs T.Y. Hilton are all things that intrigue me this week int he NFL Playoffs.

NFL Picks - Straight Up - Week 19 -'s host of NFL experts provides expert picks, grades and analysis for each game during the season.

Divisional Game Rankings: Broncos, Niners, Saints look for revenge -
La Canfora: Four games, three rematches. The Saints look to avenge a blowout loss, Peyton faces the pesky Chargers while the Niners owe Cam and company. And don't forget Brady vs. Luck.

Washington Redskins' Jay Gruden: 'I love' read option -
Jay Gruden, asked about his opinion of the read-option offense he once dismissed, said Thursday he loves it now. What does that mean for RGIII, who was excited to play in a pro-style attack under Gruden?

Greg Roman being targeted by Minnesota Vikings -
The Minnesota Vikings are ready to move into the final stage of their head-coaching search. First, they'd like to sit down and talk with San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

What to watch for: Tips for Divisional-Round games -
Gregg Rosenthal breaks down all four Divisional-Round games, looking for ways the Saints, Chargers and Colts could pull off big road upsets.

Sam Bradford locked in as Rams QB, Les Snead says -
Sam Bradford is coming off ACL surgery after several mediocre seasons. Might the St. Louis Rams draft a quarterback at No. 2 overall? General manager Les Snead has your answer.

Ryan Mathews questionable for San Diego Chargers -
San Diego running back Ryan Mathews is questionable for the Chargers' game versus the Denver Broncos. Find out the rest of this weekend's injury updates.

How the Seattle Seahawks Defense Can Hold Drew Brees in Check | Bleacher Report
Whenever quarterback Drew Brees takes the field for the New Orleans Saints, Brees has an opportunity to lead his team to victory. Over the course of his eight-year stint with the Saints, the All-Pro signal-caller has amassed 80 regular-season wins, five playoff wins and one Super Bowl championship.

History tells us Wilson will step up in playoffs | - Sports
RENTON -- It's rare for Russell Wilson to make a football game about anything other than his team. It's not about how he can lead his team to victory,...

Seahawks’ Percy Harvin ready to contribute | - Sports
RENTON — Percy Harvin can admit now that he had his doubts; that he wondered if his entire 2013 season would consist of limited action in one...

Healthy Hawthorne adds speed, tackles to Saints’ defense | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Linebacker David Hawthorne is that rare New Orleans Saint who actually enjoyed watching the 67-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch that helped the Seahawks beat the Saints in their 2011 playoff game at CenturyLink Field.

Five questions and answers with a Saints beat writer | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune was good enough to answer five questions about the game for us.

Seahawks injury report | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Chris Maragos (back) is a surprise add to the list and is questionable. The Seahawks had a walk-through today, so this is an estimation of practice participation.

Thiel: Lynch speaks the big truth about Harvin | Sportspress Northwest
A man of few words, Lynch offered up some honest ones Thursday about what WR Percy Harvin’s return means for a Seattle offense that needs him.

Seahawks' defensive mantra: They have to deal with us -
They're going to have to deal with us.

▶ Blind Announcer with Kenny Mayne from Kenny Mayne
Kenny Mayne's nephew, Troy, got the opportunity to announce a real NFL football game. Troy is blind, and also has Asperger syndrome, but somehow Kenny ended up having the much harder time.

▶ Chris Pratt on his hometown Seahawks - YouTube
I sat down with Chris Pratt to talk about his movie with Vince Vaughn, DELIVERY MAN. The first thing he wanted to talk about was his hometown Seattle Seahawks.

How Percy Harvin's Return Will Impact the Seahawks Offense in Matchup vs. Saints | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks received some good news two days before their playoff matchup with the New Orleans Saints. Wide receiver Percy Harvin is going to play.

More earthquake equipment will be in place for Saints-Seahawks game | ProFootballTalk
The last two times the Saints came marching in to Seattle, the earth moved. Literally.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Seeing Off Cincy
Sunday’s Wild Card weekend officially ended the seasons of the two teams I covered that made the playoffs. It was a tough day for both Cincinnati and Philadelphia, but we’re going to focus on the Bengals this week and come back to the Eagles next week.

2014 NFL Draft: Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook for Divisional Playoffs | Bleacher Report
For eight NFL teams, this week will be all about preparation for the upcoming divisional round of the playoffs. For the other 24 teams, this week is about NFL draft preparation...