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Thursday Round-Up: Previewing divisional-round vs New Orleans Saints

Posted Jan 9, 2014

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 - Thursday, Jan. 9 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times says quarterback Russell Wilson can rise to elite status if he and the Seahawks win a championship in the next few weeks.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times breaks down which Seahawks team had it better - the 2005 or the 2013 squad.

Tan Vinh of the Seattle Times chats with team chef Mac McNabb on what it's like feeding Seahawks players, coaches and staff. It's an excellent inside look at exactly what and how much food is being consumed on a weekly basis here at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune writes about the maturation process of free safety Earl Thomas since he was drafted by the Seahawks in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune predicts a big day from wide receiver Percy Harvin this Saturday against the Saints.

Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Saints expect a better performance out of quarterback Drew Brees this time against the Seahawks. Brees finished 23-of-38 for 147 yards, 1 TD, a 3.9-yard average, and a 77.4 QB rating  in Week 13 at Seattle.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald expects quarterback Russell Wilson to elevate his game this postseason.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times highlights the stingy play of the Seahawks defense.

ESPN's NFL Live crew makes their picks for Saturday's matchup in this short video, with all three talking heads taking the Seahawks over the Saints.

Terry Blount of ESPN.com says despite being Super Bowl favorites, cornerback Richard Sherman and the Seahawks are managing to keep a chip on their shoulder this postseason.

We linked to this one from ESPN's Elizabeth Merrill yesterday, but it's a nice story on the Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" secondary that deserves another mention.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com has an in-depth preview of Saturday's Seahawks-Saints game, taking a look back at how Seattle was able to jump on top of New Orleans in their Dec. 2 meeting at CenturyLink Field.

All five writers at NFL.com's Around the League are taking the Seahawks to beat the Saints this weekend.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com says cornerback Byron Maxwell could have a big impact against the Saints this week. Prisco also has his divisional-round picks, taking the Seahawks over the Saints, 27-24.

Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com looks at three football issues surrounding Saturday's game, noting he expects the Saints to move away from their 2-back running attack and feature more shotgun-spread sets, and more throwing from quarterback Drew Brees.

Six of eight NFL experts at CBSSports.com are picking the Seahawks to win against the Saints this Saturday.

Doug Farrar of SI.com provides details on what the Saints are doing this week in hopes of reversing their recent fortune at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today has reaction from wide receiver Golden Tate and cornerback Richard Sherman on how wideout Percy Harvin (hip) has looked in practice this week. Harvin was a full participant in Wednesday's session.

Mike Tanier of SportsOnEarth.com details what advantages the Seahawks have over the Saints this Saturday.

Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com has part one of a three-part "Person of Interest" series looking at key players in the Seahawks' contest with the Saints this Saturday. Part one begins with Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, who finished the 2013 regular season with 86 catches for 1,215 yards and an NFL-high 16 touchdowns.

Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com recaps a Wednesday morning conversation between 710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" and quarterback Russell Wilson, when Wilson talks about facing the blitz-happy schemes of Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. In the interview, Wilson also passes along four books that have provided inspiration in his life.

Dan Restione of MyNorthwest.com takes us back to the Seahawks' roots, when the Seattle Sheep, the Drizzlers, the Bigfoots, the Apple Knockers and Traffic Jammers were nicknames suggested for the franchise.

Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR AM has his report from Wednesday's practice, noting tight end Luke Willson, who suffered a high-ankle sprain just a week-and-a-half ago, was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.

Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com eyes the Pete Carroll-John Schneider pairing that has proven to be so successful in their four seasons in Seattle.

As the Seahawks approach their next championship opportunity, Tim Lewis of KOMO 4 News says the Seahawks treat several of your traditional sports cliches as fundamental beliefs.

Seattle-native comedian Joel McHale, a big Seahawks fan who also stars in NBC's Community, talks with KING 5's Paul Silvi about this year's Seahawks squad.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com ranks the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 according to their chances of getting into this year's Hall, and former Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones comes in at No. 1 out of the 25 semifinalists. Harrison writes, "This guy was a hoss, and given how other recent big-time, multi-All-Pro linemen have fared (Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen), I see no way Jones is left at the Hall of Fame altar."

Seattle-headquartered asset-management firm Russell Investments is increasing its donation to quarterback Russell Wilson's "Invested with Russell" program that supports youth activities for communities in need. The firm will donate $3,000 for every touchdown thrown or ran for by Wilson this postseason. The program donated $2,000 per Wilson score during the regular season, raising $54,000 for Wilson's charitable foundation.

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports Seahawks and Sounders FC license plate sales have already raised $109,000 for charities as of Wednesday afternoon.

Here at Seahawks.com, I answer several of your questions surrounding Saturday's game in our latest #HawksMailbag.

In photos we have a look at Wednesday's practice and an inside look at how the Sea Gals stay fit.

Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth details what makes All-Pro/Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman so good, puts the focus on punter Jon Ryan's favorite playoff memory, previews tonight's Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 cutdown from 25 to 15 finalists - one of which is expected to be former Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones, and recaps Wednesday's events in Hawkville.

And today is the final day to submit an entry to our #Hawkitecture contest. This entry from Russell Investments last night may have taken the cake...

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

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