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Friday Round-Up: Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch in MVP conversation?

Posted Nov 22, 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, November 22 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Dan Graziano of ESPN.com has his latest MVP Watch, and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (No. 3) and running back Marshawn Lynch (No. 9) appear on his Top 10. Wilson appeared at the same spot a week ago, but Lynch is a new addition to the poll. On Lynch, Graziano writes, "This is the guy for whom Russell Wilson would vote if he had a vote, which he doesn't, but that's just the kind of dude Wilson is. He's a team player whose own awesomeness doesn't impress him as far as you know, and he's smart enough to realize what he's got in a backfield mate with Lynch. There are going to be days when Wilson needs to plug all of the variables into his own mental computer and figure out the exact parameters of the next four throws he needs to win the game. And there are going to be days when they're up big because of special things Wilson did in the first half and the way to win is to hand it off to a running back who can't be tackled or tired in spite of an over-reliance on Skittles as his primary source of nutrition."

Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com notes ESPN.com columnist Jeffri Chadiha isn't ready to put quarterback Russell Wilson into the conversation for League MVP, as he recaps a Thursday segment with Chadiha on "Brock and Danny."

Terry Blount of ESPN.com ranks his Top 5 Seahawks at the bye week. The usual suspects - cornerback Richard Sherman, running back Marshawn Lynch, free safety Earl Thomas, and quarterback Russell Wilson - are included. And so is kicker Steven Hauschka, who leads the league with 104 points scored. Blount also labels defensive tackle Tony McDaniel and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse his two most surprising (in a good way) Seahawks players through Week 11.

Brock Huard of 710Sports.com has his latest "Chalk Talk" session, this time breaking down "The Percy Harvin Effect" that helped quarterback Russell Wilson find wide receiver Doug Baldwin for a 19-yard touchdown pass just before halftime against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times highlights some of the off the field work being done by head coach Pete Carroll and A Better Seattle.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune takes a look at how far the Seahawks have come in the 17 years under club chairman Paul Allen.

With an eye on Week 13, Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com recaps the New Orleans Saints' 17-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons last night at the Georgia Dome. The Saints (9-2) - and the rest of the nation - now turn their attention toward the team's Monday Night Football matchup with the Seahawks on December 2 at CenturyLink Field.

Chris Sullivan of MyNorthwest.com consults Mr. and Mrs. Seahawk for some bye-week advice on dealing with football withdrawals for the 12th Man.

Neil Hornsby of ProFootballFocus.com ranks the special teams units for all 32 clubs, and the Seahawks are No. 1 on his list. On Seattle, Hornsby writes, "Truthfully, there are 31 other special teams units and then there are the Seattle Seahawks. They do things differently from their mass use of starters to the way they attack every opportunity. Obviously it helps to have brilliant players like Heath Farwell and budding superstar, Jeremy Lane but they are just the icing on the cake. This would be a Top-5 group without them – with them, no one else is close."

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com says former Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones, who is one of 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014, should be one of  the individuals headlining the official announcement on February 1.

NFL.com Around the League writer Gregg Rosenthal puts Russell Wilson at No. 5 in his latest QB Index.

Speaking of Wilson, we put together an infographic here at Seahawks.com depicting why you should send the second-year quarterback to the Pro Bowl. You can vote for Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks right here.

And lastly, Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth catches up with former Seahawks defensive lineman Jeff Bryant, who was in town recently as part of the organization's 30th anniversary tribute the Seahawks 1983 playoff team.

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