Lots out there this morning, so let’s get to it. …
— Jayson Jenks takes a look at Bruce Irvin’s transition to linebacker (that’s Irvin, above, intercepting a pass against the Rams). As Jenks writes:
The Seahawks moved Irvin to linebacker as a way to solve a logjam at defensive end with Cliff Avril, Chris Clemons and Irvin. But they also made the switch to utilize Irvin’s gifts — his combination of speed, power and size that allows him to be a factor at the line of scrimmage and in the open field.
Irvin has covered running backs and tight ends, defended the run on first and second down and moved to the defensive line on third down.
“He’s so talented God-given wise that it makes up for his skill right now,” safety Earl Thomas said. “Just think if he keeps working toward improving his skill how much better he can be.”
— Our notebook rounding up the injury news of the day;
— And our fantasy tip.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Seahawks.com puts its focus on Percy Harvin;
— Seahawks.com also writes about the return of key pieces of the offensive line;
— Seahawks.com previews the Vikings;
— All the NFL.com experts pick the Seahawks Sunday;
— The Seahawks are at the top of Brian Billick’s Toxic Differential ratings (and you’ll have to read it to understand it);
— It looks as if Christian Ponder will play for the Vikings;
— Ponder was officially limited during practice Wednesday;
— The St. Paul Pioneer-Press notes that Minnesota has not been a two-touchdown underdog in 26 years;
— The Minneapolis Star-Tribune looks at three key issues in the game;
— The Star-Tribune also writes that Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is tired of Percy Harvin comparisons;
— The Star-Tribune rounds up the injuries for both teams;
— The Star-Tribune has a scouting report on the Seahawks;
— USA Today examines Super Bowl contenders and their fatal flaws;
— Former Seahawk Matt Flynn has re-signed with the Packers;
— Flynn says he didn’t lack commitment in Seattle;
— Former Seahawk John Moffitt mad at how he was treated by the Browns;
— NFL.com breaks down the struggling 49ers’ offense.