Friday Round-Up: Previewing Week 17 vs St. Louis Rams

Posted Dec 27, 2013

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12th Man.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Blue Friday, December 27 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Terry Blount of digs into quarterback Russell Wilson's mentality as he and the Seahawks prepare for Sunday's win-and-clinch-everything game against the St. Louis Rams. Blount also outlines a few things you should hope to see from the Seahawks offensively, defensively, and on special teams this weekend.

Blount and Rams writer Nick Wagoner preview this weekend's matchup in their "Double Coverage" back-and-forth discussion. NFL Insider Mike Sando delivers some key statistics to help you make your pick for the Seahawks' Week 17 game against the Rams. Sando likes Seattle by a touchdown at CenturyLink Field.

ESPN's NFL Live crew believes the Seahawks will bounce back from last weekend's loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a win over the Rams this weekend.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has a look at what to expect from the Rams' dangerous defensive line, a unit that has powered St. Louis to the third-most sacks in the League (49.0). Condotta also lays out every possible playoff scenario for the Seahawks.

Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune highlights the play of Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, who leads the NFL with 18.0 sacks through Week 16.

Danny O'Neil of explains why the Seahawks' recent losses may not be coming at the worst time, noting in the past nine seasons 14 teams have entered the playoffs riding a five-plus-game winning streak, none of which went on to win the Super Bowl.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks have no doubt quarterback Russell Wilson will bounce back from his rough outing in Week 16.

Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR AM says quarterback Russell Wilson puts the blame for the team's recent trouble on third down squarely on his shoulders.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press details how the Seahawks' new punt strategy is on pace to set a NFL record for fewest return yards allowed in a 16-game season.

All five writers at's Around the League take the Seahawks to top the Rams this Sunday. 

Chris Wesseling of says the Seahawks have the best nucleus of defensive talent in all of football.

Eddie Matz of ESPN The Magazine looks at the improvements the Seahawks have made to their read-option attack this season.

John Brenkus of ESPN The Magazine has a by-the-numbers break down of cornerback Richard Sherman.

Josh Kerns of explores where proceeds from the soon-to-be-released Seahawks license plates will go, talking with Seattle-based non-profit InvestEd, who provides grants to secondary students in need throughout the state. Seahawks license plates are set to become available after the new year. Kerns also chats with a group of Seahawks fans who are lobbying for cornerback Richard Sherman's mother, Beverly - better known as "Mama Sherman" - to be the next spokesperson for Campbell's Chunky Soup.

Here at, team photographer Rod Mar has a behind-the-scenes look at last weekend's game against the Arizona Cardinals in his latest "Eye on the Seahawks" photo blog.

I answer several of your Twitter questions in the latest edition of our #HawksMailbag.

And Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth looks at how the Seahawks plan to slow down Rams defensive end/NFL sack leader Robert Quinn, highlights cornerback Walter Thurmond's return from suspension, and puts the focus on the cooking competition that took place at quarterback Russell Wilson's house on Christmas Day.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto