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Friday Round-Up: Previewing Week 16 vs Arizona Cardinals
Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Blue Friday, December 20 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas launched his own personal website last night. It received so many hits within the first hour that it crashed, but it's back up this morning and Thomas has an interesting blog posted about this weekend's matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, as he takes you inside the mindset of the "Legion of Boom."
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com highlights Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer as his "person of interest" heading into Sunday's matchup at CenturyLink Field. Since their meeting with the Seahawks in Week 7, Palmer has tossed 13 touchdowns to just four interceptions while leading the club to wins in six of their past seven games. O'Neil also writes why cornerback Richard Sherman is lobbying free safety Earl Thomas for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has his picks and predictions for Week 16, taking the Seahawks over the Cardinals, 23-14. On the matchup, Prisco writes, "The Cardinals need to win their last two to have a chance to make the playoffs. This won't be easy. Seattle is unbeaten at home. They get after it in a big way at home. If the Cards want to show they are truly a playoff team, they need to show they can win here. They won't."
ESPN's NFL Live crew makes their picks for the Seahawks' Week 16 game against the Cardinals, siding with the 12th Man and the Seattle defense over anything Arizona may muster.
ESPN's Mike Sando provides a few numbers to help you make your pick for this week's Seahawks-Cardinals matchup, noting how quarterback Russell Wilson has improved when facing multiple pass rushers this season. Sando takes the Seahawks by a touchdown in what he thinks will be a "close, hard-fought game."
ESPN's John Clayton says the 2012 quarterback draft class - featuring your very own Russell Wilson - may go down as the best quarterback draft class in NFL history.
The Sando and Clayton duo join 710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" to discuss where the Seahawks fit in the all-time best defense discussion.
Steve Rudman of SportsPressNW.com examines where the Seahawks defense stacks up against some of the all-time greats.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald highlights the impressive under-the-radar type play the team has received from veteran defensive tackle Brandon Mebane.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times looks at why the Seahawks use the play-action pass more than any other team in the NFL.
Bill Swartz of CBS Seattle eyes Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals and passes along the club's injury report from Thursday, where offensive guard J.R. Sweezy was held out with a concussion.
John Breech of CBSSports.com shares his latest projections for NFL MVP, where quarterback Russell Wilson ranks at No. 3 behind Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (No. 1) and Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (No. 2).
NFL.com Around the League writer Gregg Rosenthal eyes the NFL playoff picture ahead of this weekend's matchups. The Seahawks can clinch the NFC West, a first-round bye, and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win over the Cardinals.
Dean Siemon of the Northwest Guardian recaps a Monday charity appearance by Seahawks Man of the Year Doug Baldwin, who collected gloves, scarves and hats for those in need while visiting with service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Sunday's game between the Seahawks and Cardinals is the fifth-most popular game of the week according to Ticketmaster's "Buzz Index" which ranks each game's popularity based on site traffic, ticket demand, sales volume, and ticket revenue.
Kirkland, Wash. native and Juanita High School grad Bryan Walters has been signed from the team's practice squad to its 53-man active roster.
Team photographer Rod Mar captured several images from the team's "Turnover Thursday" practice.
And Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth highlights the impact cornerback Byron Maxwell has made since stepping in for the suspended Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond, puts the focus on versatile defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, and details quarterback Russell Wilson's consistency in Hawkville.